In short order we’ll be ushering in 2017 with confetti, Auld Lang Syne, and midnight kisses, but before the ball drops, there’s fun to be had. Join us in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration.
We’ve broken down our list by celebration style to help you quickly find your preferred NYE vibe. Here are 13 events to help you ring in the new year!
Note that kid-friendly events are marked with an asterisk (*).
1. Big Lick Downtown Countdown*
The 4th annual Big Lick Downtown Countdown is Roanoke’s version of Times Square. Various areas offer vendors, incredible musical guests, great food, craft beer, and specialty cocktails, as well as the beloved Star Rise at the stroke of midnight. Claim a rooftop seat at Center in the Square or enjoy making the rounds in Market Square. There’s something for everyone to love at Big Lick Downtown Countdown.
2. Fincastle Ringing of the Bells*
A unique event occurs in Fincastle each New Year’s Eve. Fincastle Ringing of the Bells is both solemn and celebratory as a mix of church bells, Taps, and shotgun firing bids adieu to the passing year and literally “rings in” the New Year.
3. New Year's Eve All Night Skate*
If you want to (and if you can), skate the entire night away at Firehouse Skate N Play in Vinton. The New Year’s Eve All Night Skate starts at 7 p.m. and wraps at 7 a.m. with a pizza buffet, huge midnight balloon drop, fun contests with great prizes, excellent skate fun all night long, and a pancake buffet to close out the fun. If you can’t make it until 7 a.m. ($25), skate until 11 p.m. for just $15. Skate rentals are available.
4. New Year's Eve Celebration*
Consider the New Year’s Eve Celebration at Fairy Stone State Park in Stuart with a two-night cabin stay. Dance to whatever the DJ spins until the midnight celebration of party favors and refreshments. Punch will be provided or you can BYO beer or wine. $10 per person. Cabins require a two-night stay.
Fancy Dress Galas
5. Dress to Impress NYE Party
Corned Beef & Co.’s Dress to Impress NYE Party is the place to go if you want to dress up and be seen this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy three DJs, party favors, and of course the midnight champagne toast for just $20 per person.
6. New Year's Eve Gala at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
The fanciest New Year’s Eve party in town is the New Year’s Eve Gala at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Bring your better half (dressed to the nines, of course) and enjoy a buffet, plenty of beverages, party bands in two ballrooms, and champagne toast. Tickets are $195 per couple or $97.50 for a single. Rooms are available from $189.
7. New Year's Eve Gala at the Vinton War Memorial
The New Year’s Eve Gala at the Vinton War Memorial is your chance to get all dolled up for a wonderful night of welcoming 2017 with the one you love. Black tie is optional, if you don’t want to go full-blown James Bond. BYOB but enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a DJ mixing all night. $130 per couple or $65 per person. Have a group of friends? Grab a table for eight for $450.
8. Franklin County's New Year's Eve Harvester Bash*
Franklin County New Year’s Eve Bash is a family-friendly affair at the Harvester Performance Center that includes several fantastic bands on stage, a midnight champagne toast, and plenty of party favors. Tickets are $27 in advance or $32 at the door.
9. New Year's Eve Bash at Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill
The New Year’s Eve Bash at Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill will feature GAK-BOTZ, a popular ‘90s rock and hip hop tribute band. The party kicks off at 10 p.m. with just a $10 cover. Care for dinner beforehand? Make a reservation for a table as early as 5 p.m.
The Last Supper...of 2016.
10. New Year's Eve Chef's Dinner at Chateau Morrisette
A special evening awaits at Chateau Morrisette. The five-course New Year’s Eve Chef’s Dinner includes wine pairing with each course as chosen by the Winemaker. Limited seating is offered at 5 and 7:30 p.m. for $95 per person.
11. New Year's Eve Party at Elephant Walk Restaurant & Lounge
Bring your bestie or your spouse for dinner and entertainment at the New Year’s Eve Party at Elephant Walk Restaurant & Lounge for $55 per person. Looking for pre-midnight fun only? You can do that! For $30 per person, come for just the entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and champagne toast.
12. New Year's Eve at Peaks of Otter Lodge
Head to the mountains for New Year’s Eve at Peaks of Otter Lodge. The buffet dinner begins at 8 p.m. and The Elliott Hammond Quintet will play you into midnight. Watch the ball drop in NYC on the 8’ screen and enjoy a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. $127.50 per couple or stay the night and be treated to breakfast the next morning for $329.96.
13. Growing Up in The Valley's New Years at Noon
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Growing Up in the Valley’s New Years at Noon is a special event for kids! The “ball drop” is actually more than 20,000 bouncy balls falling from the ceiling at Salem Civic Center! The fun includes bounce houses and other inflatables, plus a laser tag arena, face painting, magic shows, live music, and more. A four pack of tickets is $25 or buy single tickets for $7 each. Ages two and younger are free with adult admission.
Be safe this New Year’s Eve and book a room, designate a driver, or call for one. Yellow Cab Services of Roanoke provides 24-hour service with its extensive fleet of vehicles.
Capture and share your #NYE moments with us by including #BlueRidgeDay. Happy New Year!