Despite the freezing temperatures, San Antonio's New Year's Eve event had a pretty big turnout.

The whipping winds and cold weather didn't stop residents of the Alamo city from coming out to party.

"This is San Antonio, we're born and raised here we want to celebrate with all our people and celebrate with the family and regardless of whether it's cold or not, we just bundled them up, put layers on the kids and that's what it is, it's all about having a good time," one man said.

"Well even if it's cold celebrating the New Year here downtown is kind of like a tradition, the fireworks, the music, the culture, the family, it's something fun to do," another woman said.

The festivities included musical performances, food and beverage stands, and a giant Ferris wheel in the center of the action. Ringing in 2018, also meant the beginning of the year long celebration to commemorate San Antonio's tricentennial year.

"[It's a] celebration of our military, celebration of the founding cultures of San Antonio, celebration of our international heritage and also the way we can look forward to the great accomplishments to come are going to be part of the year," said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

Some of the city's favorite performers said getting a chance to play on this New Year's, was extra special.

"To celebrate the tricentennial in San Antonio, in my time, while I'm here...I'm so lucky, really fortunate to be here to be part of that celebration," said Little Joe, one of the performers.