What To Do? New Year's Eve in North Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe offers numerous options for partying it up on New Year's Eve. Here's a quick look at some of the top picks.

Squaw Valley USA
Squaw Valley will host an enormous New Year's Eve bash in the newly remodeled Olympic House at the base of the mountain. The party starts at 9pm and features live bands, DJ's, five bars and plenty of room for the usual revelry. Entry is $10 at the door (cash only) and guests must be 21 & older with a valid ID.  Doors open at 9pm. Drink service until 1:30am. More info.

Squaw Valley is also hosting a special Family New Year's Eve celebration at High Camp at the top of the Cable Car. I'll be a fabulous night at elevation 8200’ with entertainment for the whole family. This all-ages soiree begins at 6pm and includes a starry-night Cable Car ride (guests should upload the 5, 5:15, 5:30 or 5:45pm Cable Car), spectacular surf and turf buffet dinner and music and dancing for the young and old alike. Bring in the new season with a 9 pm East Coast New Year’s champagne toast (with sparkling apple cider for the youngsters). And, you'll be back down to the Village to view the 9:30 New Year’s Eve Fireworks display.
Adults: $50 includes a Cable Car ticket. $36 for those with tickets or passes already. Kids (12 & Under): $34 includes a Cable Car ticket. $26 for those with a lift tickets or passes already. This event may be sold out. More info.

Squaw Valley's popular Le Chamois will also hold a lively New Year's Eve bash, as will most all of the Squaw Valley establishments, including Mamasake.

Northstar-at-Tahoe
Celebrate New Year's Eve with all your friends at the Village at Northstar with live music, polynesian dancers, fireworks, drink specials, shopping, dining, skating, and other fun for all ages! The celebration includes dinner at Baxter's Bistro, a candle-making party, live music from a Journey tribute band, polynesian dancers, and a spectacular fireworks display.

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, located mid-mountain at Northstar, will also host an evening of festivities, including dining options and a special ballroom celebration.

For details on Northstar's activities click here.

Resort At Squaw Creek
Resort at Squaw Creek presents aNew Year's Eve Buffet Dinner and Grand Celebration. Executive Chef Jason Friendy and his team have gone all out with a menu sure to impress.  But this event is far more than food.  It's an entire night of entertainment with a magician, comedian Rick D'Elia (you may have seen on Comedy Central or The Tonight Show), DJ and dancing, a kid's play room next door (for the later hours), two toasts (one at 9 PM with cider; midnight with champagne), and late night munchies.  Reservations are required:  Holiday Hotline 530.581.6686.  Adults: $75 Children 4-12: $25 3-and-under: FREE.  More info.

If you prefer a smaller scene, head to Sandy's Pub for dueling pianos and other fun (no cover). 

Crystal Bay Casino
The Crystal Bay Casino is well known as the epicenter of entertainment on Lake Tahoe's North Shore, and New Year's Eve is always a special night. This year, Northern California singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene returns to the Crystal Bay Casino's Crown Room in support of the release of his sixth solo album, Till The Light Comes, a collection of ten new songs.  

Following a special acoustic evening on Dec 30th, Jackie joins his band for New Year's Eve. This "standing room only" show will include a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and enough decibels to cover even the most boisterous revelers.

This show is sold out, but, Crystal Bay will have two FREE dance parties after the show, and of course, you can hang in the casino. Get more info at www.crystalbaycasino.com, by phone at 775.833.6333 or at the Crystal Bay Casino for more info. The Crystal Bay Crown Room is a No Smoking Venue. All Crystal Bay Casino shows are 21 and over.

Jake's On The Lake
Sitting lakeside in Tahoe City, Jake's on the Lake offers spectacular lake views and a big New Year's Celebration. Come early with the family for an Ala Carte menu, or come later for a 3-Course Prix Fixe dinner. Guaranteed reservations required. At the countdown to midnight ring in the New Year 2011 with party hats, balloon drop, and a champagne toast! DJ Ryu will play dining and dancing music, no cover charge. Free Night Rider service.

Early seating 5:30-7:15pm - Ala carte menu. Entrees range from $28-$31. Holiday Kid's Menu available. Later Seating 7:30-9:15pm - 3-Course Prix Fixe menu includes entree, soup or salad, & dessert. $51-$86 depending on entree choice. Appetizers available ala carte.

For more information and reservations please call (530) 583-0188 or click here.

West Shore Cafe'
Welcome 2011 with lakefront, gourmet decadence. The West Shore Café - recently reopened by JMA Ventures, LLC, which also owns Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort - will host a New Year’s Eve menu, presenting a four-course, prix fixe menu complete with champagne. Taste Chef Bryce’s most creative celebratory dishes, including oyster-saffron bisque, frisee with pine nuts and burrata cheese, venison osso bucco; and a palate of desserts including Ghirardelli chocolate mousse.

New Year's Eve festivities planned for the West Shore Cafe include two rounds of dinner seating (5:45-6:15 p.m. and 8:45-9:15 p.m.) for a gourmet, four-course prix-fix menu (see below), with Champagne included! Prices will be $75 for adults and $25 for kids.

Reservations are required for New Year’s Eve, and can be made by calling the West Shore Café at 530.525.5200.

In addition to dinner, the Cafe will remain open for cocktails and revelry through the new year, and for those planning a hearty celebration, six mountain-themed rooms will be available to guests that evening.

Call (530) 525-5200 or email info@westshorecafe.com for dinner reservations, or email innkeeper@westshorecafe.com for room reservations.

No matter where you are around the Lake, there are plenty of opportunities and locations to celebrate. Some additional suggestions:

Sunnyside Resort and Lodge - West Shore.

Wolfdale's - Tahoe City.

River Grill - Tahoe City.

Please drive safe and drink responsibly.