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New Year’s Eve is a buzzing holiday in Jackson Hole, with lots of celebrations and winter activities on every corner. Here’s how to make the most out of a New Year’s getaway in Jackson Hole this year:
1. Plan a trip for the whole week
It takes more than a few days to see all that Jackson Hole has to offer. Plan your getaway for the whole week! The more time you have, the more you and your family can explore the area. This time of year is particularly exciting in Jackson Hole, because there’s plenty of snow on the ground, and skiing season is in full effect at the world-famous slopes. Other winter activities include snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and even horse-drawn sleigh rides available on New Year’s Day. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the two nearby national parks, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, which are only accessible via snowshoes, cross-country skis, or snowmobiles during winter.
2. Go to a torchlight parade
Snow King Mountain has canceled their torchlight parade this year, but there will still be fireworks. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort torchlight parades are TBD.
Torchlight parades are a special New Year’s Eve tradition in Jackson Hole. Each of the three local resorts has their own version of a fiery light show as skiers glide down the mountain, torch in hand. Snow King Mountain hosts the longest-running torchlight parade in the area, but Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee Resort have equally as captivating shows. The torchlight parades are all followed by spectacular firework displays, the perfect way to top off your New Year’s celebrations.
3. Bring the kids along
Jackson Hole has plenty of family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations if you’re bringing the little ones along. Prior to the torchlight parades, each resort has their own “Glowstick Parade” where kids are given glow sticks instead of torchlights. Children who are comfortable with skiing will have a blast parading down the mountain with their “torches”. The Jackson Hole Playhouse also hosts their annual holiday comedy show, which includes a delicious dinner and is appropriate for any age. This hilarious show runs on New Year's Eve, but you can catch it until January 2nd, 2021.
4. Treat yourself to dinner
For some, New Year’s Eve is about extravagance and celebrating all your accomplishments from the past year. What better way to celebrate than with a luxurious four-course meal, and perhaps some champagne? Many local restaurants in Jackson Hole participate in special New Year’s Eve prix fixe menus, like the Branding Iron Grill. At the Snake River Grill, indulge in delectable options such as Hawaiian ahi tuna crudo, truffled pheasant breast, and triple chocolate cheesecake.
5. Catch a live music show
The best way to finish off the year? Catch a live concert right in Jackson Hole! If you’re a country music fan, head to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on town square to see the fun-loving Walker Williams Band perform at 6:00 PM, and get ready to dance.
Whether you’re seeking a fancy dinner or a local fireworks show, Jackson Hole has something for anyone planning a fun New Year’s getaway. Check out even more things to do while you’re in town, book a stay at Town Square Inns, and your itinerary will be set. Happy New Year to all!