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

Kirkwood New Year's Fireworks

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 Day.

Ring in 2019 in Lake Tahoe with these New Year's Eve holiday activities, events, shows, and fireworks—many of which are kid-friendly, so bring the whole family to Lake Tahoe for New Year's fun.

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

The annual New Year's party at Mt. Rose features events that take place at the resort's Main Lodge, with live music starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by a closeout fireworks show to fill the sky starting at 5:45 p.m. For more information about acts that will be performing for this fun-filled day of skiing adventures, visit the official website.

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Squaw Valley Family Celebration

Squaw Valley will ring in the New Year with a family-friendly party that is fun for all ages. The event (which runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.) includes a fireworks show, glow stick carnival games, live music, drinks (for parents), and an East Coast New Year's Eve ball drop celebration at the Olympic House starting at 7 p.m. New to this year is the world's largest torchlight parade, where skiers and snowboarders will carry colorful LED torches down the 3.2-mile Mountain Run. The parade, which hopes to draw 3,000 participants, will start at 5:45 p.m. at the top of the Gold Coast Funitel.

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The Squaw Valley Prom

After enjoying the fireworks show (best viewed from the KT Base Bar), get over to the Olympic Village Lodge for a New Year's Eve party to bring in 2019 with a bang. The 15th annual Squaw Valley Prom features two Tahoe-area DJs spinning from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. so you can dance out the old year and start the new year off on the right foot. Proceeds from this benefit prom go to support the High Fives Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for winter sports athletes who have injured themselves in pursuit of their professional careers.

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Heavenly Holidays New Year Celebration

Ring in the New Year at Heavenly Village, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 31. The evening will include world-class music, games, fireworks, and the world's only Gondola Ball Drop. Entertainment includes an outdoor concert, ice sculpting performances, fire dancers, a photo booth, and face painting. The party continues into the night at one of the many casino nightclubs.

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Snowglobe Music Festival

The annual Snowglobe Music Fest will take place on the newly renovated Community Play Field on The Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) campus in South Lake Tahoe. Here, guests can enjoy electronic music amongst mountain vistas from December 29 through 31. The 2018 lineup includes artists like Above & Beyond, Diplo, Big Gigantic, and more. Ticket information is available online at the official SnowGlobe website.

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New Year's Eve Fire & Ice Celebration

Come ring in the New Year at Northstar California with the annual Fire & Ice New Year’s Celebration. It is fun for all ages. There will be a DJ, live music by local artists, a spectacular fireworks show, s’mores, drink specials, face painting, shopping, dining, ice skating, and more. Activities start at noon and go until the fireworks show at 9 p.m.

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New Year's Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade at Kirkwood

Ring in the New Year with an evening of fun at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, which will be hosting their famous Kirkwood Torchlight Parade, down a to-be-determined run on the front-side, followed by a spectacular fireworks display viewable from the Village Plaza area. For details and reservations, visit the website.

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New Year's Eve at Montbleu

The Montbleu Resort Casino in South Lake Tahoe is having a New Year's Eve bash that includes two party zones for one price: MontBleu Showroom and the Opal Nightclub. This an adults-only evening featuring go-go dancers, body painting, party favors, and more. The celebration begins at 9 p.m. and requires you to purchase tickets from the official site (linked above) in advance. Tickets start at $70.

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New Year's Eve at the Crystal Bay Club

The California Honeydrops and special guests Achilles Wheel will rock out 2018 (and welcome in 2019). The show will be followed by an after-party with Jelly Bread in the Crystal Bay Club Casino Crown Room. The Crystal Bay Club is at 14 Nevada State Highway 28 in Crystal Bay, west of Incline Village, near the California state line. The party starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $50 plus fees.

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Fireworks in Downtown Reno

If you are in Reno for New Year's Eve, come to the Reno New Year's fireworks show, sponsored by the downtown hotel-casinos and the City of Reno. The best place to view the fireworks is from Virginia Street by the Reno Arch, and you should be downtown at midnight for this spectacular fun street party.

In previous years, Whitney Peak Hotel, located next to the Reno Arch, offered a package deal for New Year's Eve partiers. The package for two features a deluxe room with scenic views, a full-course dinner with a glass of champagne in Heritage Restaurant, complimentary bottle of champagne, and two tickets to a live show. Details for the 2019 New Year have not been released yet, so stay tuned.

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