What are you doing New Year's Eve?



We hope your Christmas was one of your merriest ever! We did get a white Christmas despite some rather dicey weather on the day. Fortunately, there are about 10 inches to about a foot of snow throughout the Vilas and Oneida County areas. Cold temperatures have made the slushy conditions created on Sunday transform into a frozen base and fresh snow is needed.

Looking towards the weekend, we thought you might like some ideas on where to spend New Year’s Eve. Here are a few tried and true locations, as well as a couple of new establishments, inviting everyone to join them in welcoming the New Year!


On Dec. 31, from 3:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., join in on the fun as the Town of Woodruff says goodbye to 2016 at the Red Hot New Year’s Eve Celebration.

This event will be held in the Town of Woodruff grounds and there will be sledding and ice skating all day. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. and lasting until 6:30 p.m. there will be free sleigh rides. Then at 5:00 p.m. warm chilled bones with hot chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate and hot cider. The proceeds from the food sales will go to the Woodruff Beautification fund.

There will also be kids' games and crafts available.

Then at 7:00 p.m., thrill to the Red Hot Fireworks display behind the Woodruff Community building, presented by the Town of Woodruff and the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bring on 2017!

There are several restaurants throughout the area that will be celebrating New Year’s Eve. For details about what they offer, visit the website or call for further information.

Eagle River

The Blue Heron Restaurant: 4443 Chain O Lakes Rd., Eagle River. Website  Call 715- 377-2144.

Eagle Waters Resort: 3958 Eagle Waters Rd., Eagle River. Website. Phone: 715-479-4411. Note - Eagle Waters host a Casino Royale Party. You may purchase the all inclusive package or dine-only at the restaurant.

Land O’Lakes

Gateway Lodge Restaurant and Lounge: 4103 Highway B, Land O' Lakes. Website. Phone: 715-547-3321. There is a special New Year’s Eve menu and dancing with the music of “Borderline” beginning at 10:00 p.m.

The Black Oak Inn: 5407 County Rd B, Land O' Lakes. Website. Phone: 715-547-3705. The party begins at 10:00 p.m.

Bent's Camp Resort and Lodge Restaurant: 6882 N Helen Creek Rd., Land O' Lakes. Website. Phone: 715-547-3487. Dinner reservations start at 4:30 p.m. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. with “Big Road”.

St. Germain

Whitetail Inn: Highways 70 and C, St. Germain. Website. Phone: 715-542-2541. There are reservations and tickets sales for the “Big Odyssey” show.

The Timbers Bar & Grill: 1053 Elbert Rd., St. Germain. Website. Phone: 715-470-3059. The Karaoke/DJ party starts at 8:00 p.m.

Wild Bear Grill and Pub: 1330 Halberstadt Rd. St. Germain. Website. Phone: 715-479-5778. Reservations. DJ “Wildfire” music starts at 9:00 p.m.

Of course, there are many restaurants and taverns hosting parties to kick off 2017. Have a blast but be safe. If you are in an Oneida County establishment, ask about "SafeRide" for a free ride home.


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