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New Year’s Eve

December 22, 2016

Here’s a rundown on activities in Waterville Valley on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31.  Please keep in mind activities and events are subject to change and space/availability may be limited.  It’s always a good idea to call ahead.

60’s Day

Saturday, Dec. 31 is 60’s Day at Waterville Valley Resort! We’ve come a long way since our days of leather Cubco boots and wooden Strato Rossi’s, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a day to remember the early years. Throw on a retro sweater and come celebrate at Waterville Valley ski area on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a 60’s best ski sweater contest at T-Bars at 4 p.m. and 60’s inspired apres ski cocktails and food items. 603-236-8311


Enjoy fireworks over Corcoran Pond on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m.  Fireworks are best viewed from Town Square courtyard; or, snag a seat by the windows at La Hacienda Mexicana or Mulligans Tap Room & Eatery.  603-236-8175

Kid’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Kids ages six to 12 are invited to the Waterville Valley Recreation Department’s annual Kids New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!

The party starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m.  The Recreation Department will be serving food, raffling off prizes, playing games in the gym, having a special performance of The Mad Scientist Holiday Spectacular, and the kid’s favorite – a New Year’s countdown!

You must preregister your child(ren) by Dec. 26 in order to save $5 off the $40 admission ($30 with a Native ID).  Space is limited to a maximum of 70 children.  Sign up online or call 603-236-4695.

Parents/guardians must sign in and out their children. If you are planning on having another parent sign out your child you must give the Recreation Dept. a signed note.

Sleigh Rides

Enjoy a sleigh ride through our charming town on an authentic Austrian sleigh, complete with upholstered seats and cozy blankets, and pulled by a team of magnificent (and friendly) 2,000 pound Belgian horses. Rides last approximately 30 minutes and cost $18 for ages 13+, $12 for ages 2-12, and FREE for children ages 2 and under on a lap. Sleigh rides depart from Town Square every half hour. On Saturday, Dec. 31, the sleigh will be running from 1-6:30 p.m. and at 7:15 p.m. (due to the fireworks). Reservations are required and can be booked at the Town Square Condos front desk located at the entrance to Town Square. You can reach the reservationist by phone at 603-236-8175.

That's me in front, my daughter Jenna on the right, and Chris from the Black Bear Lodge on the left enjoying a sleigh ride!

That’s me in front, my daughter Jenna on the right, and Chris from the Black Bear Lodge on the left enjoying a sleigh ride!

Valley Snow Dogz Excursions

The Valley Snow Dogz will be offering dogsled excursions on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30 & 31 at 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Space is very limited and advance reservations are required by contacting Town Square front desk (at the entrance to Town Square), 603-236-8175.  Check-in for dogsled rides at the Town Square front desk.  You will then be directed to drive and park at the Livermore parking area at the base of Tripoli Road.  Upon arrival, you’ll meet the guides and dog teams, then get loaded in the sled, and then dogs, guests and musher will be off and running.  The trail ascends to Osceola Campground for moonlit mountain vistas and then loops back for the excitement and thrill of the downhll back to the staging area.  The run is just under two miles.  The cost is $65 per person (single riders only…maximum weight per sled is 200 pounds…minimum age is 7 years).  Children ages 7-11 $80 if riding double.

My daughter-in-law, Lauren, bundled up and ready to head out on a dogsled excursion!

My daughter-in-law, Lauren, bundled up and ready to head out on a dogsled excursion!

Snow Tubing

Tubing in the Valley is better than ever! On the hill adjacent to the Waterville Valley Golf Course you’ll find multiple dedicated tubing lanes and a warming center in The Clubhouse. Guests of all ages can participate, but children must be at least 42 inches tall to tube alone. The tubing hill is walk-up (not lift serviced). Dress appropriately in warm clothing, including gloves and winter footwear. For everyone’s safety, ski boots and other hard shell boots are not permitted. Holiday hours for tubing are from 9 a.m. til 8 p.m.  The Clubhouse will be serving pizza and other goodies during tubing hours (AND The Clubhouse serves breakfast on weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon!).  603-236-4805

Tubing at Waterville Valley

Recreation Department

On Saturday, Dec. 31, the Recreation Department (located on Noon Peak Road) will be open and offering Tot Open Gym from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Open Gym from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Adult Pickleball from 12:30-2:30 p.m., and Indoor Climbing Wall from 2:30-4 p.m.

La Hacienda Mexicana Restaurant

Waterville Valley’s newest restaurant and lounge, La Hacienda Mexicana (located on the second level of Town Square), will be open past midnight for revelers on New Year’s Eve.  The Sam Adams girls will be there and you can save on Sam Adams beer.

la hacienda sam adams

Coyote Grill Restaurant (located in the White Mountain Athletic Club)

The Coyote Grill will be open from 3-11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. Reservations for tables are required. Sixteen bar seats will be available on a first come first served basis.  603-236-4919

coyote grill bar2

Mulligans Tap Room & Eatery

Mulligans (located in Town Square) has a private party from 6-10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. They plan on opening to the public from 10 p.m. to last call with live music.


About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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