West Texans prepare to ring in the new year


FILE – Lone Star NYE Live! fireworks show from Reunion Tower (Photo courtesy NBCDFW)

ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – After a hard year of juggling the pandemic, canceled events, and fundraisers Downtown Odessa and the Odessa Mariott are full of hope and ready to welcome 2021.

Lawanna Lambert, the Executive Director of Downtown Odessa Inc. said, “From our Downtown family and our city family to yours Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for the opportunity to serve we enjoy working with the community and the public. We look forward to all the positive and good things that are coming.”

Alysa Batson, the Food and Beverage Director at the Odessa Mariott said she looks forward to everything in 2021!  “I was just talking to some friends and saying ‘okay how can we bond together as a group how can we be better and stronger as a team,'” she said.

The Odessa Mariott still finding ways to celebrate by having the Barrel and Derrik restaurant open for reservations only. They also have a new years package for those that want to make a night of it.

“Overnight accommodations and we are offering complimentary 1 p.m. check-in for those who do choose to stay overnight and play it safe,” said Aanna Kanght, the Director of Sales and Marketing.

For native Odessans who still want to join in on the fun, Downtown Odessa has safe and socially distant activities for the family.

“We are pushing things through January 3rd. We still have the Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt going on, you still have the augmented reality stations that are active, and the Merry and Bright window art is all still decorated,” said Lambert.

West Texans we spoke to say they look forward to quality time at home. Amy Minjarez said she is ready to “just to be at home with family, cook a meal, and watch movies.”

Another resident, Sergio Prez said, “just stay home with my family. I’m not going anywhere or anything like that just staying home.”

“We’re going to spend it at home with the kids. Maybe do a little bit of cooking and a movie night,” said Christy McGuire.

Health officials say however you decide to ring in the new year make sure you are taking those extra precautions to stay safe.

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