7 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Truckee


We love this time of year in Lake Tahoe! Even though Christmas has passed, we are still feeling incredibly festive and ready to celebrate the New Year. If you are in need of some last minute North Lake Tahoe and Truckee New Year’s Eve ideas, we have you covered!

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1. Truckee Free Holiday Shuttle

For the third year in a row, the Town of Truckee in partnership with local businesses has made getting into Downtown Truckee easy and convenient with FREE shuttle service from the local neighborhoods to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Northstar! Residents and visitors alike can help reduce congestion and their carbon footprint by leaving the car behind this holiday season. Enjoy one of Truckee’s most festive times of the year and forget the traffic and parking hassles! FREE neighborhood shuttles will be providing service to/from Downtown Truckee between 6 PM and 2 AM daily. The neighborhood shuttles will service the following areas: Donner Lake, Sierra Meadows, Brockway, Gateway, Deerfield, West River St., Prosser, Tahoe Donner, Glenshire. Connections between the neighborhood and resort shuttles can be made in Downtown Truckee at the Truckee Train Depot.

Where: Neighborhoods too and from downtown Truckee, Squaw/Alpine, and Northstar

When: Tuesday, Dec. 26 – Sunday, Dec. 31 | 6 PM – 2 AM

Cost: Free

Online: www.tahoetruckeetransit.com

2. Merry Days and Holly Nights

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is celebrating its third annual Merry Days & Holly Nights, two weeks of spirited events and activities December 16-31. Enjoy a weekend full of events, with farm-to-table dinners, happy hours, and live music, leading up to the New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Start the 31st off with a skiing or riding with Chief Mountain Host and Olympic Gold Medalist, Jonny Moseley as he takes you on a mountain tour of Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows. After a fun-filled day of skiing, head to the village for the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. There will be fun and exciting kid's activities, a fireworks show, live music, and drinks for the parents. Olympic House will be completely open for an unforgettable NYE family party, ending with an East Coast New Year's Eve ball drop featuring DJs and a Balloon Drop.

Don’t forget to take part in the World’s Largest Torchlight Parade! Squaw Valley is attempting the world's largest torchlight parade by inviting all 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. This FREE event will take place at 5:45pm at the top of the Gold Coast Funitel.

Where: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows 

When: Thursday, Dec. 27 – Sunday, Dec. 31 | All Day

Cost: Free

Online: www.squawalpine.com/holidays

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3. California Honeydrops at Crystal Bay Casino

Don't miss the high-energy live performance from the California Honeydrops and their special guest, Achilles Wheel for New Year’s Eve. Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows.  

Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room | 14 State Highway 28, Crystal Bay

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 9 PM

Cost: $50 + ticket fees

Tickets: crystalbaycasino.com

4. New Year's Eve Light Parade and Fireworks Show at Tahoe Donner

This fun event at  Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is for intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted in the dark on our Race Course run. Come early to secure a spot in the parade. Sign-ups are from 4:30 - 5:45 PM with a chair loading time at 6:15 PM. The New Years Fireworks show will follow the light Parade. This is a free event with music, and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. 

Where: Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 4:30 PM

Cost: Free

Online: www.tahoedonner.com/events

5. Fire and Ice at Northstar California

Ring in the New Year at one of the best fireworks shows in Lake Tahoe! Celebrate with family and friends around the outdoor ice skating rink in the Village at Northstar with BoomBox Party Band, an ice bar and warm fire pits all night long. Northstar California's New Year's Eve calendar includes events all day long:

DJ on the Village Stage | 12pm – 6:30pm

Face Painting by Giggle & Grin | 5pm – 8pm

DJ Chango on the Village Stage | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

BoomBox Party Band | 7pm – 9pm

Northstar’s Annual Fireworks Show | 9pm

Event details can be found here: www.northstarcalifornia.com


6. Champagne Celebration at Manzanita

Celebrate at Manzanita in style with Dom Pérignon. Ring in 2019 with family and friends as the resort’s signature restaurant is transformed into a lavish lounge with music, dancing, and a special Dom Pérignon menu of cocktails and bottle options. 21 years and older only. À la carte pricing

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe | 13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 11pm - 2pm

Online: laketahoethisweek.com

7. Dinner at West Shore Cafe

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the breathtaking West Shore of Lake Tahoe at the West Shore Cafe. A first-class celebration that includes: bubbly, noise makers and of course, a chef’s tasting menu. Doors will open with cocktail hour and a delicious dinner to follow. Enjoy live music by Jeff Jones & company 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.

Where: West Shore Cafe

When: Monday, Dec. 31 | 5:30 PM - 12:30 AM

Cost: Adults: $125

Online: www.westshorecafe.com

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