Kick off the New Year 2016 with the fun only found in Asheville! Here are our top things to do, including the best New Year's Eve parties and things to do each day.
New Year's Eve Celebrations: Check out these fun options!
- Downtown Asheville: While there is no public outdoor event to welcome the new year, there will be plenty of indoor venues to celebrate - including many restaurants, clubs, pubs, live music venues, etc. If the weather is nice, the streets will be buzzing with lots of activity and fun street entertainers.
- Asheville Restaurants: Many are open late on New Year's Eve and feature a lively bar to celebrate the New Year. Make reservations ASAP!
- Beer Pubs: Plenty of pubs and bars to celebrate with local brews! Many are within walking distance in downtown Asheville.
- Wine & Cocktails: Hang out with your sweetie at a downtown Asheville wine or cocktail bar.
- The Omni Grove Park Inn: All of their restaurants are open. Blue Ridge Dining Room will feature the big New Year's Eve Buffet and a New Year's Day Buffet. At Elaine's Dueling Piano Bar, there's no cover but a $10 parking charge. A very special 3-course dinner in Vue 1913 ($90/person) or a 3-course menu at Edison $55/person. New Year’s overnight package includes a New Year's Eve Classic Dinner & Show with Dean & Marilyn, tickets to the NYE Times Square Party at the hotel, and complimentary overnight valet or garage self-parking. $1128/2 nights, And check out the National Gingerbread House Competition™ Display.
- Inn on Biltmore Estate: Ring in the new year in style! NYE Celebration Package at the Inn on Biltmore includes two nights (Dec 30 and Jan 1), breakfast buffets, admission, dinner, sparkling wine, midnight champagne toast, fireworks and more - from $1775/couple. NYE Gala Package includes two nights (Dec 30 and Jan 1), grand black-tie gala with five-course dinner and open bar, breakfast buffets, admission and much more - from $3458/couple.
- Harrah's Cherokee Casino has live entertainment at multiple locations.
- Pack’s Tavern New Year’s Eve Buffet and Countdown in downtown Asheville with a buffet 6:30-9 PM and party until 2 AM. $50/person includes both dinner and party.
- Grove House New Year's Eve Bash with three clubs (Club Eleven, Scandals & Boiler Room) for one price. Dancing on three floors, four bars, 5 DJs, balloon drops, party favors, heavy hors d'oeuvres. Very diverse crowd since it's Asheville's largest gay / LGBT club. 8 PM-3 AM. Best dance club downtown. $30/person ($25/person advance tickets). 11 Grove Street
- Mountain Magnolia Inn: This historic inn in Hot Springs has a great New Year's Celebration with a 3-course dinner for two, dancing, live music, champagne toast and New Year's Day brunch. $250/couple in addition to your guestroom.
- Social Lounge & Tapas Bar: Silver & Gold Masquerade Ball, $5 cover, complimentary hor d'oeuvres and champagne toast. 29 Broadway downtown.
- Strada: Celebrate An Authentic Italian Tradition with The Feast of the Seven Fishes on New Year's Eve, 1 PM until late, $35/person. Downtown at 27 Broadway.
- The Market Place Restaurant: New Year’s Eve bash, with an amazing a la carte menu by Chef William Dissen, and live music from 5 PM–2 AM. Downtown at 20 Wall Street.
- Rhubarb: Farm to fork dining on Pack Square downtown with late night celebration until 1 AM.
- Lex 18: Two events on New Years Eve. Sentimental Journey, a century of love songs, 6-8:30 PM with four-course dinner, black tie, $95/person. Top Hat 1920s Variety Dinner Show is 8:30 PM-1:30 AM white tie optional, with five course dinner, Champagne and dancing, $145/person. Only 40 tickets for each!
- Tressa's Jazz & Blues: Great jazz club with a big New Year's Eve Bash with live music starting at 10 PM. Doors will open at 7 PM, the buffet in the upstairs lounge starts at 8 PM. Ring in 2016 with a complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop on the dance floor. 28 Broadway in downtown.
- Twisted Laurel: The funk band Free Flow plays 9 PM-1 AM. Downtown at 130 College St.
Winter Lights at NC Arboretum: Stroll through the wonderland in the gardens. Open both New Year's Eve and New Year's nights. Read all about Winter Lights.
Biltmore Estate: Biltmore Estate is open on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. See America's largest home decked out in festive finery! Restaurants are open (make dining reservations in advance). See our Christmas at Biltmore Guide.
Get Outdoors: Start work on that New Year's resolution to lose a few pounds and get in better shape! Take a winter hike and enjoy views through with leafless trees, cool temperatures, and few fellow hikers. See our hiking guide for top picks. All trails in the National Forests are open every day. And don't forget to find some of our spectacular waterfalls (most waterfalls are open on New Years Day, including DuPont State State Forest and Gorges State Park). Area ski resorts will be open all weekend.
- Resolution Run 5k: Run through the streets of Downtown Asheville. This race welcomes families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their first resolution. Starts at 10 AM on January 1. Register here.
Shop: There's plenty shopping options to find those special after holiday deals. Most locally-owned stores will be closed on New Year's Day. Browse through more than 200 shops, 30 art galleries and a dozen antique stores in Downtown Asheville. For more great local shops with unique gifts, explore the cool small towns in our mountains. Located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Village is home to more than 40 unique shops. Explore the River Arts District.
LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours: What a fun outing with friends and family! Take the zany tour on the big purple bus. Make reservations in advance! Read more about LaZoom Tours.
Gingerbread Houses at Grove Park Inn: For a real treat, see the amazing display of gingerbread houses from the National Gingerbread House Competition at the famous Grove Park Inn Resort. (Read about their New Year's Eve celebrations above.) Overnight guests and restaurant guests at the resort can view the display at anytime. If you're not a guest, visit on Sunday-Thursday. It's free to tour the display and see the other elaborate decorations at the grand hotel. See our Gingerbread House Competition Guide.
New Year’s Polar Plunge: Take the plunge into chilly water at Lake Lure and freeze for a reason – to support local charities. Read more about the Polar Plunge.