Now that the stress of the holiday season is behind most of us, it is time to start thinking about your New Years Eve celebration. If a trip to the Wisconsin Dells is on your agenda, there are plenty of fun options to choose from. Be forewarned though, staying in the Dells over New Years can be expensive.
Chula Vista (Hwy 13 North, 608-254-8366) is hosting Chula Fest 2008. Admission is $49.95 for adults 21+ ($24.95 ages 12-20 and $12.95 ages 11 and under). Admission includes all drinks, and celebration events. There are 3 different themed rooms – a DJ room, a live band room, and a kids carnival. You don’t need to be a guest at Chula Vista to attend Chula Fest 2008. Rooms start at $149 a night with a 2 night minimum.
Great Wolf Lodge (1400 Great Wolf Drive, 608-253-2222) has a New Years Eve buffet, crafts for the kids, an early countdown to 2009 for families with younger children, and music in the lobby. Also featured is their Great Duck Race, where hundreds of rubber ducks are dropped into the lazy river. A free night stay is awarded to the person whose duck finishes first. Rooms start at $349.
Kalahari (1305 Kalahari Drive, 608-254-3217) is offering a very unique African themed buffet starting at 5:00. Some of the offerings are South African smoked prime rib, Moroccan bisteeya (chicken & almonds in a pastry), flame grilled king fish, Libyan beef cigars, Ethiopian grilled vegetables, and Dukkah nut dip. They also have separate teen and a family parties that are free for hotel guests. Included are a DJ, dancing, prizes, snacks, a midnight balloon drop & champagne toast. Rooms start at $349.
Meadowbrook Resort (1533 River Road, 608-253-3201) has a Family New Years Eve party for guests of the resort. Included are snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, games, face painting, party favors and more. There is an early 2009 countdown at 10:00. A continental breakfast on New Years Day is also included. Rooms start at $189. Visit the Meadowbrook website for more information on their party.
The Wilderness (511 E. Adams Street, 800-867-9453) will be having their party in the Glacier Canyon Conference Center. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door for ages 12 and up. Ages 3-11 is $5 in advance or $7.50 at the door. Included is a DJ, dancing, kids activities, appetizers, and a balloon drop at midnight. There will also be hourly prize drawings. Rooms start at $220.
Bars & Restaurants
Nearly all Wisconsin Dells bars & restaurants will be opening and celebrating New Years Eve on the 31st. The following are those that are hosting special events, in addition to the traditional midnight toast.
The Dells Comedy Club (591 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, 608-253-9453) opens at 8:00 with comedian Kevin Downey Jr., followed by the Wild 4 Hypnosis Comedy show. Party favors, a DJ, a champagne toast & a midnight balloon drop are included. Also included is a midnight buffet. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. More information can be found on their website.
Monk’s at the Wilderness (45 Hillman Road, 608-254-6665) is hosting a party starting at 10:00 with a live band on the lower level. Party favors and a midnight champagne toast are included. The cover charge to see the band is $5, otherwise you can party in the bar area for no cover. The downtown Monk’s (220 Broadway, 608-254-2955) is not having any special New Years Eve events.
Marley’s (1470 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, 608-254-1800) New Years Eve party starts at 10:00 with a DJ and dancing. There is a champagne toast at midnight as well as a balloon drop. Cover charge is $10.
A discussion of New Years Eve in the Dells wouldn’t be complete without information about taxi services. The following is a list of companies that serve the Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton area.
Wisconsin Dells Taxi – 608-415-7433
Dells Cab Co. – 608-253-7722
Sureway Taxi – 608-253-2129
Dells Delton Shuttle Taxi & Limousine Service – 608-253-6746
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