New Year’s Celebrations & 20 Things to Do in Asheville

Here’s our Top 20 ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day in Asheville and the NC mountains – with many things to do, ranging from festive parties to outdoors solitude! Read more details at

Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge in Lake Lure on New Year’s Day

  1. Asheville Restaurants: Many are open late on New Year’s Eve and feature a lively bar to celebrate the New Year. Make reservations ASAP!
  2. 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.
  3. Grove Park Inn: The New Year arrives with parties, dancing, champagne, and party favors throughout the resort – make restaurant and hotel reservations ASAP! And see the Gingerbread creations.
  4. Inn on Biltmore Estate: New Year’s Eve Gala is high style! Their hotel package (Dec 30-Jan 1) includes your guest room, breakfast buffet, black-tie five-course gala, midnight fireworks and toast, admission tickets to the estate, and more.
  5. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino will have live entertainment at multiple locations. At Essence Lounge is the New Year’s Eve Roaring 20s Countdown. Reserve a table for 2 for $200 and receive VIP Wristbands, a bottle of Möet & Chandon, keepsake champagne flutes and more.
  6. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad: Spend the evening on the train, rolling along the tracks while dancing the night away! Includes a three-course gourmet dinner, live music and midnight toast.
  7. Mountain Magnolia Inn: This historic inn in Hot Springs has a great New Year’s Package that includes one, two nights or three nights with a special dinner for two, live entertainment, dancing and sing-along, appetizers, party favor and a sparkling toast.
  8. Beer Pubs: Plenty of pubs and bars to celebrate with local brews! Many are within walking distance in downtown Asheville.
  9. Orange Peel: Railroad Earth concert
  10. Tressa’s Jazz & Blues: Great jazz club with live music, party favors, midnight toast & balloon drop. Dance all night to the soulful groove of Asheville’s wildly popular band Lyric with special guest Ruby Mayfield on saxophone. Complimentary soul food. Champagne fountains and midnight toast.
  11. Fur Ball Gala: A black-tie benefit for Brother Wolfe Animal Rescue, DJ, live entertainment, open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and silent auction.
  12. Wine & Cocktails: Hang out with your sweetie at a downtown Asheville wine or cocktail bar.
  13. Vacation Packages: See our holiday vacation packages page for the latest deals and specials.
  14. New Year’s Polar Plunge: Take the plunge into Lake Lure and freeze for a reason – to support local charities.
  15. Pampering in Style: Get pampered in one of the fabulous bed and breakfast inns in and around Asheville.
  16. Hibernate: Recover from holiday stress with a tranquil stay in a cozy cabin, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  17. 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)
  18. Get Outdoors: Start work on that New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds and enjoy a hike to a waterfall!
  19. Shop: There’s plenty shopping options on Friday and Saturday to find those special after holiday deals.
  20. LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours: Take the zany tour on the big purple bus.

Get more details on all of these events for New Years in Asheville at


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