County celebrations to count down on New Year’s Eve
|By Sue Tiffin - Staff Writer | December 23, 2015|
Some people might want to ring in the New Year sound asleep in bed, but for those ready and willing to end the year with a celebration, there’s plenty to do around the county on Dec. 31.
The township of Minden Hills is celebrating a Family Fun New Year’s Eve with skating, horse drawn wagon rides, tobogganing and hot chocolate. Kids of all ages are invited to the S.G. Nesbitt arena in Minden from 6 - 8 p.m. The event and activities are free, but participants should bring their own skates and tobaggons.
Once the kids have gone to bed, the adults can take part in the countdown at numerous parties happening on the last night of 2015.
The Bonnie View Inn (2713 Kashagawigamog Lake Rd, Haliburton) is offering hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, DJ dance and champagne toast at midnight.
Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple, and groups of eight will receive a complimentary bottle of wine if they book in advance. The event runs from 6 - 1 a.m. View more details at bonnieviewinn.com.
The Red Umbrella Inn (1075 Red Umbrella Road, Minden) is celebrating the new year with prime rib and lobster tail, complimentary champagne and a rock and roll show by The Rocken Bobs. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. There are separate ticket prices for dinner, the show and accommodation.
Check redumbrellainn.com for more details. A $5 shuttle is available for guests who would prefer not to drive.
Prime rib will be served at the Dominion Hotel (113 Main Street, Minden), which is advertising a casual atmosphere and a live band to get people moving on the dance floor. A champagne toast, noisemakers and a midnight buffet will help people get 2016 started on the right note. Tickets are $65 and some overnight accommodation is available. Visit DominionHotelPub.ca for more information.
A New Year’s Eve dinner buffet and gala awaits visitors to the Pinestone (4252 County Rd. 21, Haliburton), which is offering a $59.95 buffet, late night snack, music by Toronto DJ Paul Ritter and New Year’s Day breakfast for two to start the year right. Visit pinestone-resort.com for more info.
Well-wishers are welcome at the West Guilford Community Centre (1061 Kennisis Lake Road) to celebrate the engagement of Brooke Reid and Larry Reynolds. The semi-formal party includes a dinner buffet from 8 - 9:30 p.m., party favours and champagne at midnight. The Maclay Experience is performing for those who want to take to the dance floor. A shuttle bus to Carnarvon, Minden, Haliburton and Lochlin costs $5. Tickets are for sale at the West Guilford store or by contacting Paula Reid.
Sandy Lane Resort (17592 Hwy. 35, Algonquin Highlands) is offering a “Winter Wonderland in the Country” package that includes the best fireworks display on Halls Lake and a huge bonfire, according to organizers. Rates start at $59.60 per person, per night. More information about available packages is available at sandylaneresort.com.
For those looking for quieter moments to end the Christmas season, the St. Anthony of Padua Mission (27 Victoria Street, Haliburton) will greet visitors to a Solemnity of Mary, The Mother of God liturgical celebration on New Year’s Eve at 4:30 p.m.
SUE TIFFIN is a reporter for The Highlander.