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Visiting the mountains any time of year is cause for celebration, but New Year’s brings it up a notch. Groovy celebrations, eye-catching fireworks displays and record-setting parades welcome any that make the journey. Here’s three New Year’s celebrations in the High Sierra to consider when planning your 2018-19 festivities.

Boogie & Groove Your Way Into The New Year

Image appears courtesy: Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau

The world famous Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is hosting a Groovy Seventies party this New Year’s Eve in its Lodge Grand Ballroom. Be sure and dress to impress by bringing your favorite platform shoes and flare pants! Featuring live music from party band the Valley Cats, boogie and groove your way into the new year with a 2019 balloon drop and champagne toast.

Kids can even get in on the action. Children 13 yrs. and older are invited to the main party, while those 4-7 yrs. can enjoy a Super Hero party and those 8-12 yrs. can revel in a Hollywood soiree.

Check out more about this event and others happening in and around Yosemite.

World’s Largest Torchlight Parade

New Year's In The High Sierra World's Largest Torchlight Parade Squaw Valley
Image appears courtesy: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows

As part of the Merry Days & Holly Nights festivities during the Holidays, the folks at Squaw Valley|Alpine Meadows are putting on a shin-dig this New Year’s like no other. New for this year, they will attempt to have the world’s largest torchlight parade. To do this, they’re calling ALL skiers & riders over the age of 5 yrs. to join together and make one final lap for 2018. The plan is to light up the night sky with colorful LED torches as they thread down the 3.2-mile Mountain Run, attempting to best 3,000 participants and break the record. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of history!

Family Friendly Fireworks Spectacular

New Years Eve Fireworks Mammoth Lakes California High Sierra
Image appears courtesy: Mammoth Mountain

Make New Year’s a night for your entire family to remember at Mammoth Mountain. This free, kid-friendly event features live music and a fireworks spectacular starting at 9 pm over the Village. For those looking for something even more special, gain access to the Village gondola deck and experience the “best view in the house”. Kids will love the visit from Woolly, face painting, party favors, hot cocoa and holiday snacks. Plus, parents will love the cash bar. Tickets are available on the Mammoth Mountain website  – $20 for adults, $15 for youth (5-12 yrs.) & seniors and $5 for kids 5 yrs. & under.

Check out more about this event & others happening in and around Mammoth Lakes.

Sure, you can head to a big city for New Year’s but why? It’ll be expensive, over-crowded and the pressure of having the greatest night ever will be too much. Instead, head to the High Sierra where the living is easy and the attitude is relaxed. Combine it with a full vacation of fun & talk about a WIN-WIN!

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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