Asheville New Year 2017 Celebrations & Things To Do

New Year Celebrations & Things To Do

Kick off the New Year 2017 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 all weekend.

New Year's Eve Parties & Events

  • 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. Make reservations ASAP!
  • Beer Pubs: Plenty of pubs, breweries 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, and the NYE Times Square Party. And check out the National Gingerbread House Competition™ Display.
  • Inn on Biltmore Estate: Ring in the new year in style with their grand two-night package.
  • 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. 
  • 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 mixed and diverse crowd. Best progressive dance club downtown. 8 PM-3 AM. $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. 
  • Social Lounge: Masquerade "Super Hero" Party, $5 cover, complimentary hor d'oeuvres and champagne toast. Starts at 9 PM. 29 Broadway downtown.
  • Strada: Celebrate An Authentic Italian Tradition, Feast of the 7 Fishes, 11 AM-11 PM on New Year's Eve. Open New Year's Day 4-9:30 PM. Downtown at 27 Broadway.
  • The Market Place: A la carte menu by Chef William Dissen, and live music from 5 PM until. Downtown at 20 Wall Street.
  • Rhubarb: Farm to fork dining on Pack Square downtown with late night celebration.
  • Tressa's Jazz & Blues: Live music and dancing starting at 9:30 PM. Doors open 7 PM, the soul buffet in the upstairs lounge starts at 7:30 PM. Midnight champagne toast and balloon drop. 28 Broadway in downtown.
  • Keg Drop at Thirsty Monk at Biltmore Park: Watch the lighted, golden keg descend at midnight. Then, they will tap a fresh keg of Highland Brewing Cold Mountain Winter Ale. Free to attend. 2 Town Square Blvd, Asheville
  • More to come!
  • Season’s at Highland Lake Inn: New Year's Eve 3-course dinner, 5-9, $70/person. New Year's Day buffet 11 AM-2 PM, $24.95/adult. Flat Rock.
  • See more events on our Daily Calendar.

Stay in Style: Be pampered in one of the fabulous bed and breakfast inns in and around Asheville. Or get away in a cozy cabin or vacation rental or highly-reviewed hotel.

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.

Chimney Rock State Park First Day Hike

First Day Hikes: The North Carolina's state parks system will offer free guided First Day Hikes on January 1, the perfect chance to begin the New Year with exercise and a reconnection with nature. Here are the hikes near Asheville:

  • First Day Hike at Chimney Rock Park: First time at Chimney Rock! Meet at 8 AM at the front gate (road doesn't open for traffic until 10 AM) and hike up to the top, led by State Parks Superintendent James Ledgerwood. Free hike includes admission for the full day!
  • First Day Hike at Mt Mitchell State Park: Join a ranger for a walk along the Balsam Nature Trail, 0.75 miles. Remember it's usually 15-20 degrees cooler on the summit than in Asheville. Meet in the upper summit parking area at 1 PM. Free. (Parkway is closed south of Mt. Mitchell. From Asheville, reach the park via NC 80 from Marion, then south on the Parkway.)
  • First Day Hikes at Gorges State Park, 9 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM led by rangers. Free. Arrive early to get details at Visitor Center.
  • First Day Hike at South Mountains State Park: Hike with a ranger to the 80-foot High Shoals waterfall. The 2.75-mile hike will last about 1.5 hours. Offered at 10 AM and 2 PM.
  • First Day Hike at Lake James State Park: Join Ranger Clay Veasey on the Paddy’s Creek Trail for a 2-mile hike at 10 AM.

Shop: There's plenty of shopping options to find after holiday deals. Browse shops in Downtown Asheville (free parking on New Year's Day). The Asheville Outlets are open 10 AM-6 PM on both December 31 and January 1. For more great local shops with unique gifts, explore the cool small towns in our mountains.

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. 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. See our Gingerbread House Competition Guide.

Polar Plunge at Lake Lure

New Year’s Polar Plunge: Take the plunge into chilly water at Lake Lure on January 1 and freeze for a reason – to support local charities. Read more about the Polar Plunge.

See our Asheville Holidays Guide for more!

Fireplace in Historic Asheville B&B
Winter Events & Valentine Outings
January 01, 2017 to March 31, 2017
See our top picks for things to do and events in January, February and March - including Valentine's Weekend!
Asheville Events Calendar
Daily Events Calendar
Every Day of the Year: Search for a variety of events with our daily calendar that includes all of western North Carolina! Search for your particular interests and location. Easy!

Unwind with a drink and conversation at one of our friendly wine or cocktail bars in downtown Asheville.
Hundreds of brave (and crazy) people take the annual New Year’s Polar Plunge at the Beach at Lake Lure and freeze for a reason – to support local charities. Many more... read more
While winters are usually on the mild side in the city of Asheville, it's a different story at nearby ski resorts in western North Carolina. Since we have the highest mountains in eastern USA, you... read more
Winter hikes can provide many wonderful surprises like better views (since leaves are off the trees), few fellow hikers, no bugs, brilliant skies with clear distant views on many days and cool... read more
February 26, 2017
Everyone is invited to participate in, or simply spectate this family-friendly spectacle showcasing our local personality and creativity. Asheville's Mardi Gras downtown... read more