Are you looking for something fun to do this New Years Eve in Wyoming. There are celebrations all over the sate. Pick the one that sounds like a good time and lets have fun!
The New Year’s events in this list are hot spots in a land where people make their own entertainment. These are communal gatherings, where authenticity is celebrated, history relived and company enjoyed.
Festivities begin at the mountain resort with the kids’ Glow Worm Parade at 5:30 p.m. Children under age 14 will carry glowsticks. Adults follow immediately thereafter, carrying torchlights. Did I mention the parades are on skis? Kids who are comfortable skiing the Teewinot Run may do so. Younger children ride on snowmobiles. The parade finishes with a grand fireworks display over Teton Village.
Proud of offering this New Year’s Eve tradition so far west of Manhattan, Cheyenne welcomes thousands of people to its Ball Drop every year. Count down to the New Year beginning at 11 p.m. There will be music and dancing on the plaza. A 200-pound ball of LED lights will gently descend, and fireworks will shoot off from the top of the Hynds Building.
Another Eastern New Year’s Eve tradition moves West. Casper offers its version of the nonalcoholic celebration that began in Boston in 1976. Downtown Casper explodes with magicians, fire and improv dancers, native American storytelling and drumming and a community drum circle. The evening ends in fireworks.
4. Buckin’ Ball in Gillette
The annual Buckin’ Ball in Gillette includes an evening rodeo and dance. Two-step the night away to live country music, this year provided by Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge are Yellowstone’s winter accommodations. Both lodges offer a special New Year’s Eve dinner menu, including traditional Western fare. Mammoth Hotel is the only park accommodation reachable by car in the winter. To access Snow Lodge, deep in the park’s interior, Yellowstone provides snowmobile and snowcoach.
Nagle Warren Mansion was built by Erasmus Nagle in 1888. The furnishings are authentic to the period, and the restored bulding is in the National Register of Historic Places. Stay at this b and b over New Year’s Eve and participate in a costumed murder-mystery dinner. This year’s theme is “Who’s Killing Time?”
Cody is a gateway town to Yellowstone National Park. It’s also the nearest access to the ice climbing that’s opened up at Shoshone National Forest. Two outfitters have permits to take ice climbers up the frozen ice falls of the South Fork. You can go off in any direction from Cody. Back in town, hunker down over a buffalo filet at Wyoming Rib and Chop House. Then go snowshoeing in the morning.
Thermopolis Hot Springs are the largest mineral springs in the world. The healing waters were a gathering spot for the dinosaurs. Indigenous tribes have long valued the therapeutic waters. Have a soak. Breathe. Relax. Repeat. Make a New Year’s resolution.
The Grand Targhee Resort has a full complement of New Year’s Eve activities: torchlight parade, fireworks, prix fixe dinner at the Branding Iron Grill and late-night entertainment provided by Musketeer Gripweed at the Trap Bar. At 8,000 feet, though, it seems a waste not to move out onto the snow and contemplate the stars as the New Year commences. Four days later, the USSMA Ski Mountaineering Classic takes place.
Here we are, back where we began, at Jackson Hole. Have yourself tucked in with warmed blankets. Your gondola ascends the Bridger line to over 9,000 feet. A special New Year’s Eve dinner at eco-friendly Couloir Restaurant is followed by Gondi-Gala, with music provided by Mandatory Air. The best place to be is above it all.