New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Events in Asheville
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It’s hard to believe, but another year is at its end. What better way to give the old year the boot and usher in the new one than to celebrate with family and friends? Sure, you could spend yet another night of cuddling on the couch with a movie and popcorn, but you could do that anytime! New Year’s Eve is a night for revelry and celebration, so check out the following list of New Year’s Eve events in and around Asheville and get off the couch!
Pack’s Tavern, 20 S. Spruce St., Asheville Downtown Asheville’s historic restaurant is hosting a buffet from 6:30-9 p.m., followed by Countdown to 2019 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with music, dancing, and drink specials. The buffet is limited to 100 tickets, so make reservations ASAP!
Montford Rooftop Bar, 199 Haywood St., Asheville
The bar at the top of the Hyatt Place Hotel downtown is hosting a New Year’s Eve party from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Limited tickets are available, and include 3 drinks and 2 small plate meals. Capella on 9, 10 Broadway, 9th Floor, Asheville Capella on 9 is another rooftop bar atop the AC Hotel in downtown Asheville. The Midnight Masquerade New Year’s Eve Party will feature DJs, hors-d'oeuvres, and a champagne toast at midnight. The festivities begin at 9 p.m Thirsty Monk (South Asheville), Biltmore Park Town Square
What is more “Asheville” than a keg drop at midnight?? The Thirsty Monk in Biltmore Park will lower a two-story glowing golden keg in celebration of the new year, then tap a new keg for celebrants to share.
Grove House, 11 Grove St., Asheville The 3 nightclubs within the multilevel building downtown will feature dancing, balloon drops, favors, and hors-d'oeuvres from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Strada, 27 Broadway, Asheville
Do New Year’s Eve the Italian way, with the Feast of the 7 Fishes at the restaurant from 4-11 p.m. Twisted Laurel, 130 College St., Asheville Live music, hors-d'oeuvres, a champagne toast, and a midnight breakfast buffet gets underway beginning at 7 p.m.
Asheville Symphony Orchestra Cirque Musica’s Crescendo will feature pops and classical music by the symphony, while jugglers, acrobats and contortionists perform daring feats at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The family-friendly event begins at 8 p.m. Following the performance, adults are invited to the banquet hall in the Cellular Center to ring in the new year with dancing, hors-d'oeuvres, party favors, drinks, and a champagne toast at midnight. For reservations or tickets, visit the Asheville Symphony Orchestra website.
Marion Gold Nugget Drop
A mere 35 miles from Asheville, the small town of Marion really lives it up on New Year’s Eve. In one of the stranger celebrations of the end of the year, a 6-foot-tall gold nugget drops ala the Times Square ball at midnight. Instead of dropping to a boring platform, this nugget descends into an edible 10-foot donut. The unconventional nugget drop and accompanying party earned the town fourth place in CountryLiving.com’s 8 Best Small Towns in the U.S. for New Year’s Eve list. In addition to the nugget and donut, the event features a costume contest, DJ spinning tunes, and wagon and train rides for the kids. It all starts at 8 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Marion.
Beech Mountain Ski Resort
If you’re up for an hour’s drive, the ski resort in the highest town in Eastern America is hosting a New Year’s Eve event for the whole family. Skiing, ice skating, and snowboarding will be accompanied by live music, games, dancing, and fireworks. The fun begins at 7:30 at the Beech Tree Bar.
New Year’s Day
Lake Lure, 2724 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure Dip more than just your toes in the lake about 45 minutes south of Asheville to raise money for charity during the New Year’s Polar Plunge. Crazed participants dive into the chilly waters starting at noon on Jan. 1, and the event features music and bonfires. If you’re not brave enough to participate, spectators are welcome!
First Day Hikes
Get started on your New Year’s resolutions with a walk in nature. The North Carolina State Parks system offers free guided hikes on Jan. 1. For a list of participating trails, visit the Parks’ website.
Biltmore Estate is still decorated for the holidays, and open on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. It’s a good idea to purchase tickets for the house tour in advance since these days will likely be busy.