Whether you're into sports or classical music, Houston is the place to be for New Years.

Texas Tech's Red Raiders will face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. The game is set for an 8 pm kickoff at Houston's Reliant Stadium on Friday, December 28.

The Big 12 Red Raiders finished the season with a 7-5 record. The Big 10 Minnesota Gophers were 6-6 this season. This will be the first Meineke Bowl for both teams.

Bowl game tickets are on sale now.

Visitors and locals alike will want to head Downtown on December 31 for New Year's Eve Houston. Ring in 2013 at this free, family-friendly event will Grammy Award winner KC and the Sunshine Band. You will enjoy a host of performers and entertainers, a bubble garden, an illuminated art car parade, ice skating, a variety of food and drinks, plus two countdowns.

New Year's will arrive early for families with small children and a second arrives at the stroke of midnight with a spectacular fireworks finale.

If you're looking for something a little more classical, how about a Viennese New Year? The Grammy-nominated early music ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston envelops its guests with festive music by the legendary composers of the Viennese royal court. The concert program featuring two rising stars of the opera stage. The magnificent instrumentalists of Ars Lyrica Houston will perform works by J.H. Schmeltzer, Johann Joseph Fux and Johann Strauss, the "Waltz King."

The concert is followed by the Ars Lyrica Annual Gala at 10:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Hobby Center. Guests will enjoy flowing champagne, delicious hors d'oeuvres from Artista Restaurant, Viennese waltzes, and the opportunity to bid on a distinctive silent auction.

More New Year's Eve events to come. Check back on this page for updates!