Wondering what to do for the big night? We've got some recommendations for you, whether it's a four-course Italian feast in New Paltz, contra dancing, daytime activities for the family, or a brassy New Orleans-style stomp.
New Year's Fiddle and Dance Weekend
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason host world-class musicians and dancers at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge for a weekend of learning new moves and showing them off; styles include cajun, zydeco, contra, swing, waltz, and blues. Admission includes classes, music, food, and bunks, culminating with celebratory parties, dinners, and dances. Click here for more info.
New Year's Eve Celebration at A Tavola
Less than two years after A Tavola in New Paltz opened, it has been included in Zagat's America's Top Restaurants Guide for 2013. See why this New Year's Eve with their four-course celebration menu, featuring housemade lobster ravioli with blood orange and chive, and chestnut honey panna cotta. Presecco toast at midnight. Click here for more info.
New Year's Eve in the Mountains
Windham and Hunter Mountain ring in the new year with all-day entertainment. Music from DJ Brian starts at 11am at Windham with kids entertainment, and the Amish Outlaws start at 8:30pm followed by fireworks. Hunter's festivities start at 4pm with a kids' torchlight parade and ends with a procession down the mountain followed by fireworks. Click here for more information on Hunter, and here for more info on Windham.
Millbrook Rotary New Year's Eve
For the 9th year, the Millbrook Rotary Club is giving back to the community with this afternoon festival. Kids can enjoy performances by the Bindlestiff Cirkus, the Puppet People, and Dog on Fleas as well as model railroad displays, arts and crafts, and balloon twisting, all before 9pm. Events throughout Millbrook. Click here for more information.
New Year's Eve Full Moon Celebration
Spend your New Year's Eve watching psychedelic live-painting by artists Alex and Allyson Grey, stilt walkers and a laser light show while dancing to the music of Narkatta, Room of Voices, Eli, Ohia, Dr. Masgnosis, and Psylander at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls. Click here for more information, and here for a recent article on Alex Grey.
Uptown Kingston's New Year's Eve “1913” Celebration
Kingston's Historic Stockade District will be re-imagined as it was 100 years ago. Boitson's, Duo, Stockade, and BSP will simultaneously host era-specific festivities, with gift/discounts to patrons dressed in period outfits. The evening culminates with the first ever ball drop at the corner of N. Front and Wall Streets. Click here more information.
New Year's Eve New Orleans Style with Glen David Andrews
The trombonist rings in the new year with his horn at Hudson's Club Helsinki. His southern style will be matched by a special New Orleans-inspired menu. The jazzman has played Lincoln Center and made appearances in Spike Lee's Katrina films When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and If Da Creek Don’t Rise. Click here for more information.