What to do in the Catskills on New Year's Eve

The Catskills might not be exactly Times Square -- but that's a plus, right? If you're looking to go out on New Year's Eve, we've got local options, from sit-down dinners to DJ-fueled dance-offs. 


Fleischmanns retreat center Spillian is opting for full-on old-fashioned whimsy this year, hosting a New Year’s Revel with a treasure hunt, a toast contest, a chance to be crowned King or Queen of Twelfth Night, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. $50 includes dinner and champagne. 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. 

Local faves Blues Maneuver are playing the annual New Year’s bash at the Andes Hotel. Three-course dinner included — and the menu looks outrageous. Call for reservations: 845-676-3980. $75 per adult, half price for children. 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 

Wayside Cider, a recently-opened cidery in Andes with a beautiful tasting room, is ringing in the New Year with a dance party and local pulled pork buns. Party starts at 5 p.m. 

Karaoke all night long. No cover charge. Need we say more? Karaoke Bash feat. DJ Bangkok at the Shire Pub in Delhi; party starts at 9:30 p.m. 

Watch the Times Square ball drop on the big screen at the Hanah Mountain Resort in Margaretville. Surprise giveaways and raffles, free champagne toast and more. No cover charge; endless buffet tickets for $55 per adult, $10-20 per child. 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. 


Make a night of it at the Blackthorne Resort in East Durham. There’s a five-course dinner with live music in the dining room ($55), followed by dancing with the Little Creek Band in the pub, a jumbo-screen ball drop and fireworks at midnight, and — if you’re disinclined to drive home — stay the night for another $75. 

Hunter Mountain celebrates both outdoors and in, with a torchlight parade, fireworks, a DJ and live music in the main bar. 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Not to be outdone, Windham Mountain hosts a grand buffet, live music and fireworks. Dinner tickets $99 per adult, $39 per child; no cover charge for music. 


Green Wolf Brewing Co. in Middleburgh hosts live music and local brews, with Becca and Brian of Becca and the Tall Boys. No cover. Music from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., brewery open til 1 a.m. 


Pre-game at the Roscoe Beer Co., where the friendly brewmasters are hosting live music starting at 5 p.m. with Sam Haiman, followed by Albi Beluli at 7 p.m. Snacks, local beer, cider and wine on tap. 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

The Dancing Cat Saloon in Bethel lives up to its name this year, with a rollicking dance party featuring the Somerville Brothers band. Early menu for $45 from 5 to 8 p.m.; after that, it’s the late menu with music, champagne toasts and midnight snacks for $80. Jazz brunch on New Year’s Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Outdoor types, try not to imbibe too much on Saturday: you’ll want to be fresh as a daisy for the annual New Year’s Day Snowshoe at Walnut Mountain, sponsored by Livingston Manor’s Morgan Outdoors and the Renegades Mountain Bike Club. Call to register, 845-439-5507; you can also rent snowshoes in advance. Sunday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 


If it’s not already sold out, the Peekamoose’s annual New Year’s party in Big Indian is reliably a rager: dancing, photo booth shenanigans, champagne, and of course terrific local food. Call for reservations: 845-254-6500. $45; 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. 

Local soul rock legends Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, fronted by Halcottsville’s own Arleigh Kincheloe, are playing the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on New Year’s Eve. Tickets $40; VIP packages available. Showtime at 9:30 p.m. 

The Emerson Resort’s Woodnotes Grille in Mount Tremper is a classy place to dance the night away to the funky sounds of the D-Squared Band. $35/person includes dinner and champagne toast. Call for reservations: 845-688-2828. 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. 

The newly-reincarnated Smokin Boars BBQ, now open in Lake Katrine almost a year after a devastating fire put them out of business, is celebrating their first big event with a barbecue buffet and the Ben Rounds Band. $55 in advance, $65 at the door. 8 p.m. - midnight. 

Know of a great New Year's event happening in the Catskills this year? Let us know with a comment below.