Don’t be left out in the cold. Reservations for New Year’s Eve 2015 should be made this weekend. A free shuttle will be running until 2 a.m. on the North Shore on New Year’s Eve. For information on the schedule, call (866) 216-5222 or visit www.laketahoetransit.com. This post is from the local online paper, Tahoe Weekly. Check them out!
Around the Lake
Spend the afternoon at Mt. Rose
Enjoy après at Mt. Rose before heading into town for dinner. A snowcat parade kicks off the festivities at 4:45 p.m. followed by a kids torchlight parade at 5:30 and a fireworks show at 5:50 p.m. | skirose.com
Torches at Tahoe Donner
Tahoe Donner Downhill | Truckee
Kids ages 10 and older who can ski intermediate runs unassisted are invited to participate in the annual Torchlight Parade at Tahoe Donner at 6:15 p.m. Enjoy a DJ and snacks before the parade. | tahoedonner.com
Dine at High Camp
Squaw Valley | Olympic Valley
After a day on the slopes head to the Village Events Plaza Stage for après and live music with Chi McClean from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a New Year’s Eve dinner at High Camp from 6 to 9 p.m. The festivities really begin with a fireworks exhibition in The Village at 7 p.m. followed by a late night party at the Olympic House from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. | squawalpine.com
All ages invited to Squaw Creek
Resort at Squaw Creek | Olympic Valley
Ring in the New Year at the Resort at Squaw Creek with something for the whole family. The New Year’s Eve Grand Celebration is tailored to the 21 and older crowd, while Kid’s Night Out is geared toward children ages 4 to 12 and the Teen’s Night Out focuses on ages 13 to 20. Each party features dinner, live music, party favors and entertainment. | squawcreek.com
Wine and Dine at West Shore cafe
West Shore cafe | Homewood
Head to the West Shore cafe to taste the five-course chef’s tasting menu including sweet and savory delights starting with a poached lobster crème brûlée followed by pan-seared black sea bass and grilled lamb chops. Enjoy live music by Ike & Martin throughout the evening and ring in the New Year with a champagne toast. | westshorecafe.com
New Year’s Eve Stella Truckee
Stella at The Cedar House Sport Hotel offers its pop up winter dinner series with one menu and one seating from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Diners are encouraged to ask questions of the kitchen staff, join in conversations and savor the tasting menu. Each course is served with brief comments about ingredients or technique. $227 | RSVP cedarhousesporthotel.com
New Year’s Eve celebrations
The Ritz-Carlton | Northstar
The Ritz-Carlton hosts a buffet of seasonal delights followed by an evening of live music, ice-skating and fireworks to ring in the New Year in the Village at Northstar at 9 p.m. Afterwards enjoy music and dancing in The Living Room. | ritz-carlton.com
Fire and Ice at Northstar
Enjoy ice skating and s’mores around the fire before settling in for a fireworks extravaganza at 9 p.m. Start the evening with the Mountain Table Dinner Series on mountain. | northstarcalifornia.com
Dumpstaphunk and Monophonics
Crystal Bay Casino | Crystal Bay, Nev.
Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. The group is joined by psychedelic soul masters Monophonics. The party continues after the clock strikes midnight with Jelly Bread in the Red Room. | crystalbaycasino.com
Tahoe Biltmore | Crystal Bay, Nev.
Bass Heavy partnered with The Bounce Festival to bring an evening of high-energy music and dance. Fort Knox Five returns with a mix of electronic funk ranging from hip-hop to soul to reggae to break beat and back again. Bay Area producer DeeJay Theory will spin the beats as the ball drops at midnight. The party continues to the wee hours of the morning with The Rhino. | tahoebiltmore.com
New Year’s Eve party
Hacienda del Lago | Tahoe City
The Reggae Ambassadors invite you to celebrate New Year’s Eve from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with reggae, hip-hop, electronica and remixes featuring DJ Ramone, Dub Fyah, live performance by Winstrong plus a champagne toast at midnight. 21 and older only. $10 cover. | hacdellago.com
A trifecta of parties at Montbleu
Montbleu Casino | Stateline, Nev.
Rock the night away at three parties throughout the Montbleu Casino. Enjoy access to the Opal Ultra Lounge, Blu Nightclub and the main party in the newly renovated Convention Center with live music from Pop Fiction, Go-Go dancer performances and body painting. | montbleuresort.com
Step back in time at Hard Rock
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino | Stateline, Nev.
Break out your best 80s gear and get ready to get wild at Vinyl with live music from The Radio Rebels. | hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com
Winter festival life at SnowGlobe
Lake Tahoe Community College | South Lake Tahoe
The SnowGlobe Music Festival returns for the third year from Dec. 29 to 31 with a stellar line up of headliner DJs and producers including Jack U, Dillon Francis and Chet Faker. Find new treasures from local vendors and watch athletes compete in a big air exhibition. Read more about SnowGlobe in this issue. | snowglobemusicfestival.com
Watch the gondola drop at Heavenly
Heavenly Village | Stateline, Nev.
Fire and Ice meet for a night of celebration in the Heavenly Village. The Fire Groove Dancers will be twirling hoops of flame along to live music from the LA All Stars. Meanwhile the Fear No Ice sculptors fire up their chainsaws for an ice sculpting exhibition. The grand finale includes the Heavenly Gondola Ball Drop at 9 p.m. followed but a fireworks display. | skiheavenly.com
New Year’s Eve cruise
Zephyr Cove Resort | Zephyr Cove, Nev.
Ring in the New Year with an evening cruise aboard the “Tahoe Queen” from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Guests may enjoy live music and dancing, passed hors d’oeuvres, a lavish dinner buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. Limited space. | zephyrcove.com
Reno and beyond
New Year’s Eve at the Grand Sierra Resort
Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, Nev.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2015 at the annual party at the GSR. Say good-bye to this past year and welcome the new one. Enjoy enticing elixirs and savory foods while waiting for the ball to drop with family and friends. | grandsierraresort.com
Celebrate under the Arch
Downtown Reno is party central on New Year’s Eve with a fireworks show centered around the Reno Arch at midnight. The Eldorado and Silver Legacy will feature nine parties complete with countdowns and champagne toasts all accessible by a single access pass, and you’ll have to visit all of the downtown hotspots to enjoy all of the parties. | renotahoe.com
5 p.m. | Mt. Rose
7 p.m. | Squaw Valley
9 p.m. | Village at Heavenly
9 p.m. | Village at Northstar
Midnight | Downtown Reno
Celebrate in Reno
5 p.m. | Circus Circus
5 p.m. | Eldorado and Silver Legacy
9 p.m. | Peppermill Casino
9:30 p.m.| Grand Sierra Resort
*Information provided by www.tahoeweekly.com