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New Year's Eve in the Ozarks
Dated: December 28 2022
New Year’s Eve just happens to fall on a Saturday this year, which is kinda perfect. Saturday night is typically a big night out anyway, and we’ll have Sunday to rest up before going back to reality and the realization that we have months of cold winter left until springtime. We made it through Christmas and all the family gatherings so don’t we deserve a little splurge? Yes, we do. Let’s send 2022 out with a bang, and toast to all the fun ahead in 2023! Here are some suggestions:
Pro tip: If it appears your chosen event is sold out, ask if there’s a waitlist. Sometimes plans change and you might luck out!
Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, MO
Big Cedar is a big property and this year there’s a party in every corner for revelers of every age. If you haven’t visited the Worman House Bistro recently, you’re in for a treat. The restaurant boasts a stunning menu and an equally stunning view of Table Rock Lake. This year’s late-night New Year’s Eve celebration offers live music, small bites at sweet and savory food stations, a midnight champagne toast, and an incredible view of the fireworks display over the water.
The Grandview Conference Center is equally stunning and has plenty of space for an adults-only New Year’s Eve bash with live music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and another great view of fireworks. 21 and up only.
Big Cedar isn’t leaving teens out of the fun, and they’ll need to bundle up! Fun Mountain is the place for dinner, arcade games, a private light tour of the property, and an ice-skating party followed by fireworks. This one is for ages 13-17.
Younger kids can get in on the action too, while Mom and Dad party elsewhere. Big Cedar’s Enchanted Forest New Year’s Party is for kids ages 4-12 and includes dinner, bowling, laser tag, a dance party, and loads of other fun activities. They get to stay up for the fireworks too, all safe and supervised.
Historic Gillioz Theater – A Night to Remember
It’s a Mardi Gras theme this year, so throw on your most flamboyant purple, green, and gold, a mask, shiny beads, and get ready to party! The Mixtapes will provide the tunes, and all guests over 21 get some bubbly for a midnight countdown and toast. Why not spring for the VIP Experience for a table and reserved seat for the show? Downtown is always fun, but New Year’s Eve at the Gillioz is truly unique.
Savoy Ballroom – Masquerade Ball
Okay, to be perfectly clear, we hear this is just about sold out. But ya know, sometimes people cancel and there may be a wait list so you might as well check availability at one of the most fun and popular parties in the Ozarks. C-Street’s historic Savoy will transform into a surreal scene with hors d’oeuvres and desserts, a cash bar, party favors, a champagne toast, a huge balloon drop with cash and prizes, and music from the Phin Addicts! Tickets, if any are available, are $65 for this night to remember!
Martha’s Vineyard – Glitter and Gold
As their Facebook page says, a little party never killed nobody… and nobody parties like Martha’s. Queens and Kings will harken back to the Golden Age with glitz, glamor, and all that jazz. If fabulous is what you’re looking for, it doesn’t get any more fabulous and flamboyant than this! Doors open early at 5 pm, but the party will go until the wee hours! $15 cover for 21+, $20 cover for ages 18-20.
This intimate, live music venue on Springfield’s west side is a fantastic place for entertainment. Whether downstairs or up, guests can enjoy great food and drinks, friendly staff, and an always-hoppin’ dance floor. New Year’s Eve will rock out with Paralandra, TROY, and LaBee’s Company. Admission includes appetizers, champagne toast, and party favors. Reserve a table or mix and mingle… you can’t go wrong here.
Q Enoteca – The Melody Room: A New Year’s Eve Celebration Concert
What’s better than live music in a first-rate C-Street wine bar? New Year’s Eve at Q Enoteca, that’s what. They’re billing it as a Top Tier Premium Live Music Experience, and that’s what it looks like to us. Enjoy live performances by Brecka Henderson, Kiva Stevens, Myles Williams, and more, plus food, drinks, and smooth C-Street vibes. Door entry is $25.
Painting With a Twist – Black Light Glow Party
How does a little Neon Champagne Love sound? Dreamy! Enjoy New Year’s Eve while you learn a new skill and craft some artwork to take home. This party will be extra fun because you’ll alternate between painting in regular light and black light… trippy! Bonus points if you wear your neon finest because there will also be dancing and singing and much merriment. Staff provides all the instruction and supplies, and as for food and drink, just imagine a table full of your favorites. That’s because you bring ‘em! This BYOB party will certainly bring a glowy twist to your New Year’s Eve so unleash your inner artist and go make some magic!
Mother’s Brewing Co. – The Barrel House Dance Party
Get your dancing shoes on and come cut a rug at Mother’s! The beer will be flowing, the draft cocktails will change your life (don’t miss the Ranch Water), and you’ll get the first shot at their new IPA, Dance Party Disco Dance. DJ Imperial from KSMU’s The Basement will spin all the tunes to get you moving, and your $10 admission includes some midnight bubbly.
Contender eSports Lock-In
If you’re a gamer, you’re a winner this New Year’s Eve. Contender eSports on South National regularly offers tournaments, events, and even weekly Ladies' Night. But when the clock strikes midnight and the calendar flips to 2023, gamers can enter an all-night competition frenzy until it’s time for breakfast. $25 for members and $35 for non-members get you a lock-in pass from 12 am until 8 am. This is the best of both worlds- party early, then settle in for some gaming fun until the sun comes up on a brand-new year.
Discovery Center – Noon Year’s Eve
The little kids need their own party and the Discovery Center delivers. From 10 am until noon on New Year’s Eve, kids can enjoy the new indoor, interactive playground and Minecraft Build room. Of course, all the other hands-on exhibits will be on full display too, until a 12-noon balloon drop to ring in the new year. It’s included in the cost of general admission and free to Discovery Center members.
Tie & Timber – Brew Bash
Start the party at noon at Tie & Timber and kick the last day of 2022 off right with a taste of the much-anticipated Barrel-Aged Snooze French Toast Pastry Beer. Sip all day, then enjoy covers by Jeremy Evans at 9 pm, plus a photo booth, a special cocktail release, and other fun surprises. Toast at midnight with confetti, balloon drop, and bubbly. With 12+ open hours of fun to be had, you owe it to yourself to hang out at one of the Pickwick neighborhood’s most popular spots.
Greek Belly – Our Big Fat Greek New Year’s Eve Night
If Gyros, Souvlaki, and a hearty cry of “Opa!” are speaking your language, New Year’s Eve at Greek Belly is the place to be. Enjoy one of two dinner shows, a special 5-course menu, and entertainment! Seriously, Greek music, belly dancers, and plates smashing all around, what could be more festive? Reservations are highly recommended for this bash. The early dinner show starts at 5 pm, and the latest seating is at 8, which leaves plenty of time for more downtown merriment. Or, if you’re like some of us, a chance to head home early and avoid the late-night crowds.
New Year’s Day Brew Pub Brunch – Turkey Creek Brewery, Hollister, MO
If black-eyed peas and hog jowl aren’t your jam, you can enjoy New Year’s Day a whole new way at Turkey Creek Brewery in Hollister. Who wants to cook after spending all that time in the kitchen over the holidays? Let Turkey Creek handle it. Enjoy a breakfast food brunch bar, craft beer, Mimosas, and Bloody Marys in one of three seatings: 11 am, 12:30 pm, or 2 pm.
New Year’s Day Sweeper – Century Lanes, Nixa
Get out and move, but stay in your lane on the first day of 2023 at Century Lanes in Nixa. Bowling tournaments can be so much fun, and frankly hard to find, so Century decided to bring the competition on day one. There’s a maximum of 60 entries in this Sweeper with an entry fee of $70. High game pots–both handicap and scratch–are paid out every game and optional side pots are available too. We bet you haven’t celebrated many holidays at a bowling alley before, so if you have some spare time, strike out in a whole new way on New Year’s Day! (See what we did here?)
Community Blood Center of the Ozarks - 28th Annual Miracle of Giving Blood Drive
December 30th is your chance to do something nice for your fellow man and get some cool swag in the process. The 28th annual Miracle of Giving Blood Drive is an opportunity to take a few minutes to slow down, lie back, and give the gift of life. You can give blood, platelets, or plasma at any time, so what makes this particular day special? A long-sleeved T-shirt, a $10 Casey’s gas card, and a super cool campfire mug, that’s what. Oh, and the fine folks at Youngblood Auto Group will put you in the running for a $1000 gas card. Now that’s the way to start the new year off right!
Be safe, have fun, and happy new year to all!
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