Guide to New Year's Eve in Lake Tahoe: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

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From fireworks over downtown Reno to slope-side celebrations on one of the area's many ski resorts, the Lake Tahoe region of Nevada and California offers up plenty of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Ring in the start of the new year in Lake Tahoe with the whole gamut of holiday activities, events, shows, and fireworks. Many of the celebrations are kid-friendly, so bring the whole family to Lake Tahoe for New Year's fun.

Most New Years' Eve festivities for 2020–2021 are canceled, and local guidelines vary depending on if you're on the California side of the border or the Nevada side. Confirm the most up-to-date details before finalizing your plans.

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New Year's Ski Party and Fireworks at Mt. Rose

New Year's Eve torchlight on mountain
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Nevada, USA
Phone +1 775-849-0704

The New Year's Ski Party and Fireworks at Mt. Rose are canceled for 2020–2021.

Spend the last day of the year on the powdery slopes of the Mt. Rose resort, with specially planned activities like the Poker Run, where participants must ski or snowboard to five different checkpoints on the mountain and draw a card at each one. Whoever reaches the bottom with the best poker hand, wins.

In the evening, either watch or be a part of the parade down the mountain. The procession is made up of snowcats (the vehicles that push snow), followed by a human torchlight parade. Participants ski down the slope in a line, each person holding onto a lit sparkler. For spectators, the effect is a dramatic moving chain of fire sliding down the snow.

The outdoor festivities conclude with a fireworks display over the snowcapped mountain and then continue inside the lodge with a live DJ and drinks.

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Squaw Valley Family Celebration

1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146, USA
Phone +1 530-452-4331

The New Year's Eve Family Celebration at Squaw Valley is canceled in 2020–2021.

Squaw Valley celebrates the New Year with a family-friendly party that is fun for all ages. The event includes a fireworks show, glow stick carnival games, live music, drinks, and an East Coast-style New Year's Eve ball drop celebration at the Olympic House.

Central to the whole shebang is the world's largest torchlight parade. Over the course of one and a half hours, skiers and snowboarders will carry colorful LED torches down the 3.2-mile Mountain Run. The parade draws as many as 3,000 participants and starts at the top of the Gold Coast Funitel. Afterward, there is a fireworks show over the mountain, followed by a rock concert at Olympic Valley Lodge.

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Snowglobe Music Festival

SnowGlobe Music Festival 2019
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1300 Al Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
Phone +1 530-542-6056

The Snowglobe Music Festival is canceled for 2020.

The annual Snowglobe Music Festival takes place on the Community Playfields at The Lake Tahoe Community College campus in South Lake Tahoe. Guests can enjoy big names in electronic music among mountain vistas, with past headliners including groups like Skrillex. This three-day event always begins on December 29 and ends on December 31.

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New Year's Eve at the Crystal Bay Casino

14 NV-28, Crystal Bay, NV 89402, USA
Phone +1 775-833-6333

The New Year's Eve concert at Crystal Bay Casino is canceled in 2020.

The Crystal Bay Casino on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe usually puts on a New Year's Eve concert to celebrate the end of the year. In between sets, you can stop by the slot machines or blackjack tables to play a few hands and see if you have some end-of-year luck.

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Heavenly Holidays New Year Celebration

The New Year Celebration at Heavenly Village is canceled in 2020–2021.

The whole family can enjoy New Year's Eve at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe. Discover an array of kid-friendly activities, including holiday face painting, a carnival, an ice sculpting contest, and virtual snowboarding. A pre-NYE party on December 30 usually gets the celebration started, and you can typically ring in the new year on December 31 with live music, a drone light show, and the world's only Gondola Ball Drop. The party continues into the night at one of the many casino nightclubs.

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Fireworks in Downtown Reno

Fireworks over Reno, Nevada
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The New Year's Eve fireworks show in Reno is canceled for 2020–2021.

Just across the state border in Nevada, the city of Reno also offers dazzling New Year's Eve events. Head to Virginia Street by the Reno Arch to get the best view of the 13-minute-long fireworks show, which is said to be bigger than the one in Las Vegas.

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Guide to New Year's Eve in Lake Tahoe: Festivals, Events, Things to Do