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
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 5th.
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. The Snake River Grill will be offering delectable options such as wild Maine diver scallops, dry aged beef prime rib, and flourless chocolate roulade. At Branding Iron Grill, guests can enjoy delicious mushroom soup, casonsei ravioli, striped bass, and more.
5. Catch a live music show
The party doesn’t have to end when the fireworks stop. Keep the fun going with a live show right in Jackson Hole. If you’re a country music fan, head to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar on town square to see Kurt Van Meter perform at 9:30 PM, and get ready for an interactive crowd experience. Or, see the West’s most well-known cover band, Changing Lanes, at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village. This high energy band is a crowd favorite, so grab your tickets before it sells out.
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, and your itinerary will be set. Happy New Year to all!