It is time to celebrate.

The year is ending in mere hours, welcoming a new one with endless possibilities. Bidding farewell to 2009 in style doesnít require a trip to the Big Apple, it can be accomplished close to home. Stephenville and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of events for family-style fun and party-goers alike.

Kicking it country style

Country music lovers will have their share of places to frequent tonight as big-names such as Stoney Larue and Cory Morrow share tunes to welcome in the New Year.

City Limits, located at 1907 E. Washington in Stephenville, will welcome Stoney Larue. Tickets are $25 per person and doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.citylimitstexas.com or by calling 254-968-5222. Donít drink and drive, reserve seats on the shuttle bus when purchasing tickets.

Waltz Across the Pasture is a Texas-style New Yearís Eve Party at H6 Ranch in Granbury. The event will host Cory Morrow and Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros for the evening, which benefits Signature Kids, a scholarship program in Hood County. A Texas-style barbecue dinner, live and silent auctions, cowboy breakfast and two-stepping will also be included in ticket prices.

For more information, call Jim Hartman at 817-360-1212, Teddye Holloway at 817-243-8837 or visit www.signaturekids.org.

Family-packed fun

The Cross Timbers Country Opry, located one mile east of Stephenville on US Highway 377, will ring in the New Year with several performers tonight. Guests will hear the musical talents of Rance Norton, Zach Whetstone, Jess Clifford, Laurie Rasberry, Caitlyn Brette, Elvis, Breckenridge Hot Footers, Dan DeVivo and Mike and Dixie Dunton. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and barbecue, black eyed peas and cornbread will be served. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased by calling 254-965-4132.

Lone Star Lanes will be open late, until 12:30 a.m., allowing for a night of family fun and knocking down one pin after another.