Whether you like to ring in the New Year with a big party and spectacular fireworks display, or prefer the soft sounds of nature during a low-key hike, Nevada is home to great locations for your ideal New Year’s vacation. Imagine yourself stepping out from your cozy Nevada vacation rental at midnight and looking up to see fireworks illuminating the sky. You could also head out for a fantastic New Year’s Day buffet at one of Nevada’s renowned eateries. Check out these top New Year’s Eve getaway locations in Nevada.
A vacation rental right in Reno puts you close the Reno’s huge downtown New Year’s Eve celebration. Look for restaurant specials across the city. Head to Virginia Street, where partygoers gather to wait for the big countdown. At midnight, fireworks are set off on rooftops across the city skyline; the biggest display is at the Reno Arch, accompanied by music broadcast on local radio stations. The Grand Sierra Resort, the Atlantis, and the Peppermill host all-inclusive indoor events that include champagne, food, dancing, and live entertainment. Those celebrating with their families are sure to appreciate the special New Year’s activities at the Nevada Museum of Art and New Year’s skating at the Downtown Reno Ice Rink at Aces Ballpark.
2. Las Vegas
If you love a big party, Las Vegas is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Streets close on the strip for one of the biggest block parties with revelers moving from location to location sampling the best that Las Vegas has to offer. For best viewing of Las Vegas’ super midnight fireworks display, make reservations to party on the rooftop at the Moon Nightclub. The Hard Rock Cafe and Sake Rok also offer glitzy New Year’s Eve parties with great views of the fireworks. If you have a vacation rental on the edge of the city, leave your car in the garage and use the RTC bus system for convenient rides that go all night long on New Year’s Eve, beating the traffic and helping keep everyone safe.
3. Carson City
A New Year’s Eve getaway in Carson City puts you close to Lake Tahoe for days full of skiing, snowshoeing, and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. For a fabulous dinner, live music, and dancing, ring in the New Year in style at the annual fundraiser ball put on by the Friends of the Carson City Library. For a more casual celebration, The Cafe at Adele’s offers relaxed fireside dining with musical entertainment. Your kids will enjoy the special New Year’s Eve day events, including art and other activities at the Carson Visitor Center, and the annual Breakfast and Bowl at Carson Lanes.
4. South Lake Tahoe
Families are sure to love the Heavenly Holiday New Year’s Eve party at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe. Starting early in the day, this party includes fabulous ice sculptures, DJ music, and magicians throughout the afternoon. The event culminates with a live music performance, followed by a countdown and ball-drop at 9 p.m. — perfect for youngsters who aren’t ready to stay up until midnight. Local casinos, including Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, provide events for adults looking to party into the night. For music lovers, the SnowGlobe Music Festival at Lake Tahoe Community College offers three days of live music performances, including national acts, along with fireworks and extreme snow sport demonstrations.
For an early New Year’s Eve celebration that doesn’t skimp on excitement, book a vacation rental in Fallon for your New Year’s getaway. Fallon hosts a huge fireworks extravaganza each year at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. There’s plenty of parking and comfortable seating, and the fireworks go off right at dusk, making this a great choice for early birds. After the fireworks, join locals and visitors around a huge bonfire. Hot beverages and other refreshments are available. On New Year’s Day, head to Veteran’s Park for a fun run for the whole family. Participants get T-shirts, and there is a breakfast for participants and spectators after the race is over.
6. Virginia City
Piper’s Opera House is the place to go in Virginia City on New Year’s Eve for live music, gourmet appetizers, fun party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. For a relaxed celebration, head to the Ponderosa Saloon or the Delta Saloon for local music and a midnight toast in a come-as-you-are environment. Your kids will love exploring this old mining town during the day. Stop in at the Way It Was Museum to explore Nevada’s rich past, pay a visit to the restored Fourth Ward School, and take a tour of the Chollar Mine. Finish your explorations with a stop at Grandma’s Fudge Factory, and watch the workers make homemade confections right before your eyes — then choose a selection to take home with you.
For a New Year’s Eve celebration in the spirit of the Old West, check out the annual New Year’s Eve Bronco Bash at Spring Creek Horse Palace. This family-friendly event includes a full rodeo with many open competitions, including some for kids. For adult entertainment, Elko magazine sponsors an annual Black and White Ball, and the Stockmen’s Hotel and Casino opens its doors to revelers looking for live music and games of chance. A fireworks display in downtown Elko greets the New Year at midnight.
Located in the center of Nevada in the heart of Pony Express country, Ely offers a New Year’s Eve getaway with Native American ruins to explore, thousands of migratory birds for viewing at the Stillwater Wildlife Refuge, and secluded vacation rentals for those looking to get away from it all. Go to the Cell Block Steakhouse for a delicious New Year’s feast — try the grilled steak, and save room for the special New Year’s Eve desserts.
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