Top New Year’s Eve events around Lake Tahoe
It’s the biggest party night of the year.
And whether you’re looking for a family-friendly setting, a classy soiree, a raucous countdown party or something else, Lake Tahoe has the celebration for you.
Here is a roundup of some — emphasis on SOME — New Year’s Eve parties around the lake.
Seas of booze-fueled people, music, excitement, occasional outbreaks of chaos: the elements that make for the largest concentration of New Year’s revelers around the lake every year. The place: Stateline.
With most of the casinos hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations, this is the biggest party in the basin.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will host several parties. Vinyl will be the site of a dance party featuring a performance by Steel Breeze starting at 10 p.m. Admission a New Year’s Eve countdown, champagne toast, LED bracelet and swag. Cost is $59 until Dec. 30 and increases to $69 on the day of. Parties also will be taking place in Alpine Union and Guitar Plaza. Get more details at hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com.
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe will host its first-ever Black Diamond Ball. Listen as DJs spin dance music and aerialists perform above inside PEEK Night Club. The party starts at 9 p.m. Call or text 775-339-1803 or email PeekReservations@harrahs.com with questions.
MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa will be the site for two mega parties, one inside its showroom and the other in Opal Nightclub. Admission gets you into both parties. Cost is $75 through Dec. 30 and $80 on the day of, plus taxes and fees. MontBleu recommends coming dressed to impress.
Of course, if all this seems overwhelming, Tahoe Biltmore on North Shore will host a costume celebration.
“Bust out your favorite throwback costumes and step out of time with North Lake’s biggest New Years Eve party.”
Visit http://www.tahoebiltmore.com/ for information.
Across the highway in Crystal Bay, the Crystal Bay club is hosting a performance by California Honeydrops. The after party will feature Reno-based band Jelly Bread. Visit http://www.crystalbaycasino.com/ for information.
I’m on a boat
Perhaps the most Tahoe way to send off 2018 is … on Lake Tahoe.
The M.S. Dixie II will host its annual New Year’s Eve cruise. Featuring dinner, live music, dancing and special celebrations, the three-hour cruise is a family-friendly way to start the evening.
The cruise will depart from Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina, 760 U.S. 50, at 6 p.m.
Cost is $80 for children 11 and younger, and $160 for everyone else. Space is limited and reservations are recommended.
Looking for something a little classier than drunken debauchery teetering on the brink of becoming a full-scale riot? Edgewood Tahoe has you covered.
Known best for hosting the annual celebrity golf tournament, Edgewood is hosting its inaugural NYE Black & White Ball.
“Harkening back to the days of lively jazz bars, old Hollywood and tuxedos, this red carpet event will transport the property’s Clubhouse to another era where guests can enjoy culinary excellence, an eight-piece band and a swanky lounge complete with cigar rolling and cognac tasting,” according to Edgewood.
The event will feature live-action chef stations throughout the clubhouse and celebrity-inspired cocktails, such as the Marilyn Martini.
The evening culminates with a private midnight fireworks display.
Cost for the ball is $250. Tickets are inclusive of tax, service charge, food, and valet parking inside the gates of Edgewood.
Those looking for a more formal sit-down dinner can buy tickets for a separate five-course price fix menu dinner, which includes a bottle of champagne plus paired wines. The cost for the dinner is $375 per person, which includes admission to the Black & White Ball. The VIP dinner runs from 7 p.m.-midnight.
Visit edgewoodtahoe.tix.com to purchase tickets.
Lounge it up
One of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in the basin is back.
The Loft’s party is complete with heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, decorations, party favors, live DJs, a midnight countdown and more. All packages include a champagne toast at midnight.
DJs will be spinning chill/deep house, fun high-energy top-40 dance music, R&B, and classic dance floor favorites, per The Loft.
The event is from 8:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve until 2 a.m. New Year’s Day.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a VIP private table with bottle service.
The clock is ticking to get in your last turns of 2018. And a bunch of local ski resorts will host activities.
Homewood Mountain Resort will host a champagne toast to the last run of 2018. Skiers and riders should meet at the mid-mountain Big Blue View bar for the toast from 3-5 p.m. Visit http://www.skihomewood.com for information.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort will host a torchlight and fireworks show for New Year’s Eve. Registration takes place at 9 a.m. Meet up at chair 5 at 6 p.m. The torchlight parade starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 7.
Stick around for an ’80s New Year’s Eve party at The Cornice Pizza. The party starts at 9 p.m. Visit http://www.kirkwood.com for information.
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will host a snow cat parade at 4:30 p.m., followed by a kids torchlight parade and fireworks show. Lodgepole Cafe in the Main Lodge will be open extended hours from 4:30-5:30 p.m. serving free hot chocolate with a limited food menu for sale. Parking is subject to fill up so be sure to arrive early.
Visit skirose.com for information.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will attempt to set the record for the world’s largest torchlight parade.
“Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is calling skiers and riders ages 5+ to join together for the final lap of 2018 on New Year’s Eve, lighting up the night sky with colorful LED torches as they thread down the 3.2-mile Mountain Run in an attempt to best 3,000 participants and break the record,” according to Squaw.
The parade will take place weather and conditions permitting, starting at 5:45 p.m. Visit squawalpine.com for information.