Lake Tahoe New Year’s Eve Events & Happenings

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“Ringing in the new year” refers to the old tradition of celebrating beginnings and endings with bells—á la Alfred Lord Tennyson’s 1850 poem “Ring Out, Wild Bells.” For those of you planning to ring in 2016 in the Lake Tahoe area, here’s a rundown of some of the entertainment lined up for this year’s celebration (bells not included).

SnowGlobe Music Festival | South Lake Tahoe, CA | tahoesouth.com
South Lake Tahoe on Dec. 29-31, 2015 at the Lake Tahoe Community College Campus. Combining the world’s best musicians with the world’s best snow conditions, the SnowGlobe Music Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience that offers the ultimate fusion: music and mountains.

Fire & Ice Celebration | Northstar Village, CA | northstarcalifornia.com
Celebrate with your family & friends in The Village at Northstar! Enjoy live music, ice skating, roasting s’mores by the fire and an amazing fireworks show at 9 p.m.

Sunset Snowshoe Tour | Tahoe Donner, CA | tahoedonner.com
This scenic snowshoe hike meets at Trout Creek Recreation Center and the tour will go from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Please reserve your spot(s) at least 48 hours in advance.

Torchlight Parade | Tahoe Donner, CA | tahoedonner.com
A fun FREE event for intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on the Race Course run. Come to Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area early to secure a spot in the parade. There will be a DJ, plus snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-ups are from 4:30-5:45 p.m. with a chair loading time at 6:15 p.m.

Gondola Ball Drop & Fireworks | Heavenly Village, CA | skiheavenly.com
The evening begins at 6pm and is packed with world-class music, games, fireworks, and the world’s only Gondola Ball Drop. Entertainment includes an outdoor concert, ice sculpting performances, fire dancers, a photo booth and face painting. The party continues into the night at one of the many casino nightclubs. 

New Year’s Eve Cruise on the M.S. Dixie II | South Lake Tahoe, CA | zephyrcove.com
It’s true – this Lake Tahoe boat tour has fans! The 520-passenger, award-winning M.S. Dixie II is the largest cruising vessel in South Lake Tahoe, and a local favorite. Considered one of South Lake Tahoe’s most entertaining and affordable water activities, the M.S. Dixie II has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine. From 9pm to midnight enjoy dinner, dancing and sightseeing as you ring in the new year!

New Year’s Family Buffet | Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, CA | ritzcarlton.com
Enjoy a sumptuous buffet of seasonal, culinary delights with favorites for the entire family. After dinner, head down to the Village at Northstar to enjoy live music, ice skating and a fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required.

New Year’s Eve Dinner | Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, CA | ritzcarlton.com
Ring in the New Year on this magical night with holiday-inspired menu selections. Advance reservations are required by contacting restaurant reservations at (530) 562-3035.

New Year’s Spectacular | Mount Rose, NV | skirose.com
Enjoy New Years Eve with family and friends at Mount Rose beginning with a Snowcat Parade at 4:45 pm, then a Kid’s Torchlight Parade at 5:30 pm and end with beautiful fireworks at 5:50 pm.

Four Course Menu & Live Music | West Shore Café, CA | westshorecafe.com
Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the breathtaking West Shore of Lake Tahoe. A first-class celebration that includes: bubbly, noise makers and of course, a gourmet five course chef’s tasting menu. Doors will open with cocktail hour at 7 p.m. and dinner will begin at 8 p.m. Enjoy live music by Ike & Martin as you celebrate lakeside with friends and family. When the hour hits, all guests will toast with a glass of Champagne and celebrate with party favors galore. This event is for adults 21+ only and is $125 per person plus tax and gratuity.  Please call to make a reservation 530.525.5200.

New Years Eve at Squaw Valley | Squaw Valley, CA | squaw.com
Come ring in the new year in style here at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Free live music in The Village, Fireworks, and all night parties!

Glow Stick Parade and Carnival at Squaw | Squaw Valley, CA |  Info on New Year’s Eve at Squaw
Registration takes place in the Olympic House at 4:00 pm across from Wildflour.  This will be an awesome way for the kids to bring in 2016!

New Years at PlumpJack Café | Olympic Valley, CA | squaw.com
Ring in the New Year with a meal to remember at PlumpJack Café!  A special New Year’s menu includes 4 exquisite courses, a glass of bubbles, and amuse bouche. Reservations strongly recommended 530.583.1578.

Magic Fusion at the Loft Theater & Lounge | South Lake Tahoe, CA | tahoesouth.com
Magic Fusion is a perfect blend of intimate magic and comedy, featuring world-class, award-winning magicians from around the world. Magic Fusion is in The Loft Theatre, a brand new live theater, lounge, and dining venue located in the Heavenly Village, South Lake Tahoe, CA.

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