The options for what to do on New Year’s Eve in Taos County are as eclectic and diverse as the people who live here.
Clear the old year
If you’re looking for a spiritually reflective activity to put 2017 in the rearview mirror, Shree Yoga is offering a three-hour workshop led by Suki Dalury, complete with meditation breathwork and “deep forward folding postures to help clear away the old year.” Dalury calls the New Year’s Eve workshop “3, 2, 1 Launch, Houston, We Have No Problem.” All levels of yoga experience are welcome. This is happening from 4-7 p.m. Admission is $36.
Shree Yoga, 112 Camino de la Placita, Suite C. Call (575) 758-8014.
The Taos Inn party
New Year’s Eve at the historic Taos Inn is traditionally a go-to place for locals and visitors alike. As always, there is no cover charge to visit “the living room of Taos.” A special balloon drop filled with piñata-style prizes is planned for the midnight hour. Live music by Andrews, Morel and Berry will start at 8 p.m. There will also be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Doc Martin’s restaurant, attached to the Taos Inn, will have a holiday dinner and wine pairing, expertly prepared by executive chef Bill Hartig. Doc Martin’s is also open New Year’s Day for brunch and dinner.
The Taos Inn and Adobe Bar, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2233.
Prime rib at El Monte
El Monte Sagrado is planning a prix fixe prime rib dinner. The Anaconda Bar will be staying open as late as possible. Reservations can be made for times between 5-9 p.m.
El Monte Sagrado Living Resort, 317 Kit Carson Road. Call (844) 828-7339.
Gonzalo at The ‘Brush
The Sagebrush Inn is hosting live music in its spacious conference center. Gonzalo will be performing traditional Spanish music and classic rock. Tickets to the New Year’s Eve dance are $25 each and include a champagne toast at midnight, party favors and light appetizers. The inn’s restaurant is also offering 25 percent off the $24.95 adult or $12.95 child buffet dinners to concert ticket holders. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Sagebrush Inn, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Call (575) 758-2254.
Party on the Plaza
The Town of Taos Facilities and Events Department is hosting “Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Taos Plaza” from 7-10 p.m. Mayor Dan Barrone and his family will be serving a pig roast dinner to the community and visitors. There will also be a countdown to 2018 and balloon release at 9 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. Before that will be a special performance by Michael Hearne at 7 p.m. and the Damn Band at 9 p.m.
Parking and traffic will be prohibited on the plaza from 1 p.m., but will be open to foot traffic all day. Parking will be available at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Loretto parking lot, the town hall and the Taos Public Library. For people requiring Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant access to the event, there will be extra parking at the Guadalupe lot and the area next to the McCarthy parking lot directly behind the Historic Taos County Courthouse.
Masks at the Mothership
Dan Irion, part owner of Taos Mesa Brewing, said the venue is planning something new this year. “This is the first time we’ve hosted the masquerade ball, but the idea of creating an event showcasing multiple local musicians and entertainers makes sense to continue annually.” Irion is a musician himself and says, “Magic can happen, especially on the last day of the year. … New Year’s is a night that allows for that magic to take place. The hope is to craft a memorable event to begin 2018 on a higher consciousness.”
The music lineup is Poor Man’s Blood, Last to Know, Coco’s Hen House of Burlesque, Ryan Nobody, Christof Brownell and Kanizzle, with musical vignettes by Spanky’s Plumpdumpters. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $10 and available at holdmyticket.com/event/300002. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show. This is billed as an all-ages show, but the bar requires ID.
Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Call (575) 758-1900.
The Business at The Alley
The Alley Cantina is featuring hot R&B rockers Katy P and The Business starting at 10 p.m. Their kitchen will be open until 11 p.m. with a champagne toast at midnight and party favors included in the $10 cover charge.
The Alley Cantina, 121 Teresina Lane. Call (575) 758-2121.
Parties on the slopes
The local ski areas are celebrating with or without the snow flying. At Taos Ski Valley, the festivities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a laser light show. There will be the traditional procession of skiers who make their way down the mountain in the dark with flares to guide them to the bottom. There will also be a fireworks display by Gemini Fireworks. Taos Ski Valley pubs Martini Tree Bar, the Blonde Bear Tavern, Stray Dog Cantina and Hotel St. Bernard plan to celebrate with food and drink specials. There’s no charge for the outdoor show.
If you’re looking for a ski resort that will accommodate an early-to-bed, early-to-rise lifestyle even on New Year’s Eve, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is your place. According to Lisa Lopez, the resort’s human resource manager, “Our guests like to turn in early. We don’t plan anything special for New Year’s Eve.” The slopes are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cafe closes at 8 p.m. Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m. Located at 5224 State Road 518 in Vadito. Call (575) 758-2233.
Red River is also hosting a torchlight parade and fireworks display at the ski resort Saturday (Dec. 30) at 7 p.m. The Motherlode Saloon, a local Red River bar, is offering prime rib sandwiches, shrimp skewers, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Located at 406 Main St. Call (575) 754-6280. Bull O’ The Woods Saloon, another Red River establishment, is featuring live rock music by BC and the Big Rig from Tulsa, Oklahoma, starting at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $10 and festivities start at 6 pm. Includes entertainment and a champagne toast. Located at 401 East Main St. Call (575) 754-2593.
Angel Fire is offering a prime rib dinner menu for $70 at Elements, the Angel Fire Country Club. Call ahead for reservations. The annual New Year’s Eve torchlight parade starts at 7 p.m. Dress warmly and meet at the base of the ski mountain. Located at 10 Miller Lane, Angel Fire. Call (575) 377-3055.
Have fun this New Year’s Eve, be safe and please don’t drink and drive.