Downtown Asheville

New Year's Eve 2011

New Year's Eve 2011

Good-bye 2011, hello 2012

While there is no formal, organized, city-sponsored street party — such as a First Day celebration in years past — follows are some of the top venues in Downtown Asheville for adults who want to ring in the new year this upcoming Dec. 31, 2011:

1. The Orange Peel | More>

2. The Grey Eagle | More>

3. Asheville Music Hall | More>

4. Tressa's | More>


1. Tall Gary's (at Pritchard Park) | Features Chatter Box and champagne at midnight | More>

2. Jack of the Wood | Sons of Ralph with legendary mountain music man Ralph Lewis will be playing | More>


1. Many restaurants in Downtown Asheville — and further out — aren't doing anything special, other than to offer a wonderful night out on the town. The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association offers a fine list for a fine evening this New Year's Eve. | More>

2. Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village is still working on a New Year's Eve hotel package and dinner. | More>


1. Asheville's Fun Depot (just south of Biltmore Village on Sweeten Creek Road in South Asheville) | More>

2. LaZoom offers a special holiday comedy bus tour of Downtown Asheville | Laugh in the New Year with the whole family on LaZoom's Happy Jollidays Tour | More>


1. Grove Park Inn (in North Asheville) | Black tie, big band sound, as traditional and beautiful as it gets in Asheville. For those who want to put on the dog and put on the ritz and be seen. No doubt it will be a memorable New Year's Eve party in a spectacular venue, the Grove Park Inn and Resort, where President Obama and his family stayed while vacationing in Asheville. | More>

2. The Grove House (near Broadway and UNCA in North Asheville) | NOT traditional, instead as wild and barely legal as it gets. It lives up to the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce's slogan: "Anyway you like it." This New Year's Eve bash at the Grove House entertainment complex is NOT just for the gay at heart, but for straights, too. Now all that's left to do if you show up here this New Year's Eve is just dance your brains out. | More>

3. Westville Pub (in West Asheville) | New Year's Eve party and champagne at midnight. Features Dicordian Society and their brand of progressive experimental funk. | More>

4. Old Farmer's Ball New Year's Eve Contra Dance (at Warren Wilson College) | This year's theme: "Cowboys, Aliens and Ninjas" | More>

STROLL BY DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY STORE WINDOWS | The Asheville Downtown Association had its annual Holiday Windows Competition. So an evening stroll in Downtown Asheville past all the glittering beauty of the holiday season might be one way to enjoy this year's New Year's Eve. ADA provides a list of those shops that participated | More>

MORE VENUES AND IDEAS! | As New Year's Eve 2011 approaches, more news from Asheville Area restaurants and pubs — as well as ideas from Ashevillians themselves — on how to bring in the New Year of 2012 will materialize. | Have a suggestion? Tell your idea of fun for this New Year's Eve. | More>