It’s time to party

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By Kirsten Laskey

Welcoming in the New Year calls for a little fiery sparkle, feel-good music and decadent food. Los Alamos is indulging in the festive atmosphere by hosting several New Year’s Eve events.

From 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31, the Valles Caldera National Preserve will host its first annual “Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration.”

Campfires will be lit at the Valle Grande staging area, Missing cabin and History Grove. Complimentary hot beverages, refreshments and more will be served. Midnight will be marked with a five-minute firework show, if there is enough snow on the ground.

Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors or adults age 62 and older, and $15 for youth who are age 6-15 years old. Children who are age 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

Fees include moonlight passes for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The Los Alamos Ice Rink will also be ushering in the New Year. The event, “Say Aloha to the New Year,” will be held 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

A Hawaiian theme will be featured – complete with lighted tiki torches, beach music and games such as pineapple bowling.

Admission is $6.50 for adults and $2.50 for children age 5 and younger.

Dianne Marquez, manager of the ice rink, said the staff is “just trying to revamp it (the New Year’s Eve celebration) at make it more fun.”

She encourages the public to head over to the rink “just because it’s fun family event … the kids have a fun time  - it’s fun for all ages. It’s just a really safe, fun environment.”  

While celebrations occur outdoors, a party will be held indoors, too. The Best Western Hilltop House will host a New Year’s Eve bash from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 31. The festivities include live music by Jackknife, dancing, appetizers and a breakfast buffet at midnight.

The hotel is also offering a special $49 fee for a one-night stay with the purchase of a ticket.  Advanced tickets cost $30 per couple or $40 per couple at the door.

Kim Selvage, owner of the Hilltop House, encouraged the community to join the celebration because it’s a “great opportunity to remember 2009 and have a great time ringing in a wonderful 2010.”