New Year's Eve right around the corner

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Holiday > Local businesses offer plenty of alternatives

As the twinkle of the holiday season begins to dim, everyone begins to prepare for the next big celebration, New Year’s Eve. Locals do not need to travel too far this year to properly ring in 2014. There are plenty of events and activities happening throughout the day and night on New Year’s Eve, as local businesses prepare to help residents celebrate close to home.
Traveling Safe
Traveling safe this New Year’s Eve is easier than ever. The transit system is running its regularly scheduled day routes, continuing runs throughout the night until 2 am. Scheduling ahead is ideal; however, they will be accepting calls on New Year’s Eve, as well. For reservations or more information, contact them at 662-RIDE.
The Los Alamos Taxi will also be providing transportation services on New Year’s Eve. They provide door-to-door pick-up and delivery and have the ability, with advance notice, to transport large groups to parties both on and off the hill. Call for a quote and scheduling at 505-250-8943.
The Great Outdoors
Spend the day with the family under the beautiful New Mexico sky ice skating or skiing. The Los Alamos County Skating Rink is open from noon – 6 p.m. on both New Year’s Eve and Day.
Shred or ride the slopes of Pajarito Mountain over the New Year’s holiday, as well. They will be open regular hours on both days from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Dinner and a Show
A few local restaurants will be offering special menus and hours that evening.
Blue Window Bistro is staying true to their annual New Year’s Eve tradition with a special dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The price is $60 per person, which includes a glass of sparkling wine. Reservations are required. Contact them at 662-6305 to make your reservations.
The Bandelier Grill in White Rock will be open normal hours, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., with Chimichanga and Taquitos Specials. They will also be featuring San Diego Style Corona Cod Fish Tacos. Their sister restaurant, Los Ojos, in Jemez Springs will be featuring the Renegade Mountain Band at their new year’s celebration, for those who want a little mountain flair.
Timeout Pizza in White Rock will hold normal operating hours; but their drive-through window will be open until 11:30 p.m. for the late night pizza party craving.
The Los Alamos Little Theater is holding a special performance of Nana’s Naughty Knickers, which includes a dinner afterwards catered by the Los Alamos Elks Lodge. The story follows the story of Sylvia, an 80-something grandmother with a naughty secret: she has been running an illegal, underground lingerie business for years; and now the landlord, tenants and police are starting to get suspicious. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and advance tickets are required. Visit lalt.brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets.
Celebrate the New Year in Style
The Pajarito Brew Pub and Grill will be holding their annual New Year’s celebration beginning at 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. There will be a D.J. spinning tunes and plenty of champagne. Tickets are limited and are $10 per person.
A limited menu will be available throughout the night. Purchase tickets in advance at the Brew Pub. Call them at 662-8877 for more information.
Buffalo Thunder Resort is holding a number of celebrations. DJ Flo Fader will be playing at Club Warehouse from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m; and “Party Like a Rock Star” old-school style at the Turquoise Trail from 9:30 p.m. until 12 a.m.

-April M. Brown