Still looking for a fun and festive way to ring in the New Year? Here are eight options throughout the West for those of us who didn’t plan ahead. They're also easy on the wallet and (mostly) family friendly.
Heavenly Holidays Gondola Ball Drop, South Lake Tahoe, California
Ring in 2020 with a combo gondola “drop” and fireworks show, performances in ice sculpting and fire dancing, and thousands of fellow revelers. The night's festivities begin at 7 p.m., and culminate at 9 p.m. with the drop and fireworks display to coincide with New York's midnight celebration in Times Square. If you're child-free, head to one of the area's casino nightclubs afterward to keep the celebration going. Free entry.
Mt. Hood Skibowl 32nd Annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza, Oregon
Night skiing, a downhill torchlight parade, and two separate fireworks displays are all part of the fun at Mt. Hood Skibowl's 32nd Annual Extravaganza, which also includes plenty of dancing—as well as the world's only cosmic tubing, complete with laser lights and music. Free entry.
First Night Monterey, Monterey, California
Booze-free and entirely family friendly, First Night Monterey kicks off at 3 p.m., with an opening ceremony followed by activities such as hat making and face painting. A twilight procession—with stilt walkers and giant puppets—completes the kid-centric portion of the evening, though a First Night button ($25 for adults, $15 ages 6–15, free for 5 and under) offers access to dozens of citywide performances all evening long, from high-energy bluegrass to traditional Irish tunes.