From Snowshoe Mountain to Pleasant Valley, the many vacation rentals in West Virginia offer spectacular settings for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve getaway. The Mountain State provides exciting end-of-the-year events in the capital city of Charleston, as well as cozy hometown celebrations in places like Fairmont. If you’re wondering where to go in Davis or Clarksburg to celebrate the coming of a new year, look no further than these top eight getaway spots in West Virginia. Grab your party hat, pack your bags, and use this list to kick off a great new year of travel.
Spend New Year’s Eve downtown in Charleston, West Virginia’s capital city, for its annual free GoodNight celebration. For more than 20 years, families have enjoyed this festive night of dancing to local bands, singing with local choral groups, listening to the WV Youth Symphony, and watching other talented artists perform, ushering in the coming year.
Presenting its version of New York City’s Times Square celebration, Clarksburg, West Virginia, throws a New Year’s Eve party in the city’s Jackson Square. Bring your family to enjoy this free event, featuring food, live entertainment, vendors, and a DJ. The city has everything covered, even providing portable heaters to help keep party-goers warm. The fun starts in the early evening, and holds out right through the night as you ring in the New Year and watch the spectacular big ball drop from a city fire department ladder truck.
Wondering where to go in Cairo, West Virginia, for New Year’s Eve? Visit North Bend State Park for its annual party. Show up with a hearty appetite and dig into the delicious New Year’s Eve buffet at the park’s North Bend Restaurant. Meal service includes a carving station, a variety of hearty entrees, sides, and tempting desserts, along with refreshments and mixers. Wear your casual clothes for live music and entertainment in a relaxed family atmosphere, perfect for reminiscing about the wonderful events of the passing year.
4. Pleasant Valley
For a “Rocking New Year’s Eve” celebration in Pleasant Valley, West Virginia, head for the Copper House Grill. With a dinner receipt, admission is free to the festivities downstairs, or pay a small admission fee at the door. A DJ spins tunes to keep you singing and dancing, and polish it all off by welcoming the New Year with a champagne toast at midnight.
Close out the old and ring in the new at Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia. Seasonal activities at the park include hiking and snow sports to keep your family busy during the day. Nearby, the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers seasonal train rides, including the popular Christmas Polar Express. Settle down to a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner and entertainment before returning to your Davis, West Virginia, vacation rental to start your new year. As an alternative, Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center in Davis hosts a New Year’s bash with something to please the whole family. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner before partying to live music and raising a glass for a midnight toast. Door prizes and party favors add to the fun at this West Virginia state park, and your 6-to-12-year-olds can party on their own for the evening at the resort’s Kidz Korner. Call ahead for reservations and make it a night to remember all year. Before you leave the area, try skiing on some of the park’s dozens of ski slopes and trails.
Whether you are in the mood to celebrate for a few hours or all night, head to Snowshoe, West Virginia, and party on New Year’s Eve at the Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Choose from a variety of New Year’s Eve celebrations, including a family-friendly Big Top party featuring pizza, lemonade, punch, party favors, and a sparkling cider midnight toast. Children under 2 get in free, and tickets are available in advance or on event day. If you want to return to your Snowshoe vacation rental before midnight, there’s an early bird party option that includes an evening toast. Parents looking for a child-free evening out can dress their 2-to-7-year-olds in comfortable clothes and take them to the Lil Tikes party. Professional staff provides childcare with fun activities, movies, party favors, an early cider toast, and cots and blankets for snoozing. For a fun and free event, head to the Village Block Party and listen to the DJ spin some wax before the New Year rolls in.
Pipestem brings in the New Year with hors d’oeuvres, dancing, live entertainment, noisemakers, and a midnight toast with champagne at Pipestem Resort State Park. You don’t need reservations; tickets are available for purchase at the door. This West Virginia’ state park offers your family awesome views of the Bluestone River Gorge canyon floor, as well as scenic views from the park’s aerial tramway. Treat your family to activities including seasonal snow sports, geocaching, horseback riding, and fishing to complete your getaway weekend.
At Heston Farm in Fairmont, West Virginia, your family can “Rock Into the New Year” with a festive buffet dinner and decadent desserts at the restaurant. After dinner, savor music from a local band, and then dance until the clock strikes midnight. Partying in this friendly, down-home atmosphere is a great way to celebrate. Make reservations to join this cozy hometown celebration, and make new friends for the new year.
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