December 28, 2012 - 4:57 PM
With 2012 winding down, the countdown begins - to make the right New Year's Eve plans.
There are a wide range of events, from dancing to mini getaways to family events in the Kamloops area for everyone to celebrate the end of 2012.
Hoodoos restaurant at Sun Rivers golf course is offering an intimate venue with four dinner stations, a dessert station and a glass of champagne at midnight for $60 per person. Dancing will take place throughout the evening with music by Allison Productions. Reservations can be made by calling 250-828-9404.
The Coast Hotel and Conference Centre in Aberdeen is offering an event catered to a rowdier adult crowd, dubbing their New Years Eve celebration as the "biggest bash in town." A DJ dance party will be held in the ballroom while local band Black Dog Blue performs in the theatre. The $65-tickets include a deluxe dinner buffet beginning at 7 p.m. Hotel accommodations are also available as well as a New Years Day Brunch Buffet for $25. Tickets are available at the front desk of the hotel.
Those who live in the northern regions of the city or are looking for a family venue might want to head to Westsyde for New Years Eve.
A family dinner and dance is being held at Rainbow's Roost on Westsyde Road from 5:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. with live music by The Dung Beatles and entertainment by Uncle Chris the Clown.
Tickets are $35 or $15 for children aged four to 12. They can be purchased online at www.rainbowsroost.com.
For those seeking a mini getaway, the South Thompson Inn and Guest Ranch is offering one nights accommodation with a buffet dinner, midnight snack, champagne toast and party favours for $149 per person. Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple will provide live entertainment before the dance party and DJ begin. Those interested in the evening but wanting to settle into their own bed at the end of the night can pay the $99 rate for the evening without accommodations.
If you're looking to head north for a more wintery getaway, Sun Peaks has many ways to celebrate heading into 2013.
Dan Oig performs live on stage at the base mountain at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Kids festivities are held at 7 p.m. featuring a glow stick parade.
The traditional Sun Peaks torchlight parade takes to the mountain at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
While the Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge is hosting a private, sold out event, those interested in hitting a Kamloops nightclub on New Years Eve can visit Cactus Jacks Saloon. It's open until 4 a.m. just for that night and serving champagne at midnight. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Mountain High Pizza downtown and Faction Board Shop on Dalhousie Drive.
No matter where you wind up as the clock counts down to a new year, at least the Mayans were wrong and we get a chance to enjoy 2013.
— Jessica Wallace
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