By Michelle Ventress

If you’re planning to make the trek to Lake Tahoe for New Year’s Eve this year, planning ahead will save you some major headaches. For a more intense party, you’ll want to be in the closed street in the “downtown” area in front of Harvey’s, Harrah’s, and MontBleu. Nearly every bar and club is offering some kind of New Year’s Eve celebration for eager party-goers. The following is a compilation of New Year’s Eve events for nearly every celebratory taste.

New Year’s Eve in Olympic House, Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley has so much to offer for a New Year’s Eve vacation. In addition to a huge party featuring two DJs, a live band, and five bars, you can relax with some ice skating, a ride on the cable car, dog sledding tours, the climbing wall, and snow tubing. Check out Olympic Museum which showcases memorabilia from the 1960 Olympics held at Squaw Valley. Entry to the NYE Party is only $10 and guests must be 21 or older.

Zephyr Cove Resort New Year’s Eve Cruise
760 Hwy 50
Zephyr Cove, NV89448
(775) 589- 4906

In addition to the lodge, campsites, cabins and RV hookups, Zephyr Cove is home to the Tahoe Queen and the MS Dixie II. Take a cruise for New Year’s Eve for an outstanding party on the lake. The Tahoe Queen is the only authentic Mississippi paddle wheeler on Lake Tahoe. MS Dixie II is the largest cruising vessel on the lake and both boats have received rave reviews for their stellar service and enchanting tours.


NYE at Northstar Resort

Mountain homes, family friendly condos, budget friendly hotels and brand new luxury condos round out the lodging choices available at Northstar at Tahoe. While the accommodations might be perfect, you probably won’t have much time to spend enjoying them because New Year’s Eve at Northstar promises fun all day and night. Shopping, dining, ice skating, bungee jumping, live music, drink specials and DJs will make NYE unforgettable. Throw in a fireworks show and you just might take up permanent residence there.

A Heavenly New Year Celebration

Touted as the best family-friendly celebration in Lake Tahoe, A Heavenly New Year Celebration has a schedule of events for everyone to enjoy. An ice sculpting show accompanied by a light show, music and audience participation kicks off the event. A live music dance party and gondola drop will precede the 9 p.m. celebration complete with fireworks.

If you’re looking for something a little quieter than an all night long street party, a relaxed dinner at Riva Grill on the Lake might be a good location for your New Year’s Eve festivities. The restaurant is located in South Lake Tahoe and showcases gorgeous views of the lake. If you have other NYE dinner plans, Riva Grill on the Lake also serves brunch, lunch and has an impressive bar and grill menu. There are plenty of photo ops from the deck and the food is delicious. Reservations are suggested.

Michelle Ventress lives in Sacramento with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not writing or traveling she enjoys spending time working in her garden and volunteering.