10 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Wyoming

The time has come to say farewell to 2018. Now, with the last evening of the year upon us, it’s time to start making plans! From celebrations with classic ball drops and horse-drawn carriage rides to the opportunity to win big at the casino, Wyoming boasts an impressive array of NYE options. Here are our favorites!  

Glow Worm Parade for Kids, Jackson Hole, WY

This New Year’s Eve bring your kids down to the Sweetwater Gondola ready to ski at 5:30 p.m. to participate in a glow stick parade. Afterwards, continue the celebration with the adult’s version, the Torchlight Parade, followed by fireworks. Finish out the evening at the nearby Gondi-Gala for live music and family-friendly partying.

Cheyenne’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop kicks off at 3 p.m. with events aimed for kids, including games, horse-drawn carriage rides and ice skating, ending with a 6 p.m. ball drop and fireworks show. Come back that evening to watch the ball drop in the plaza.

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Snake River Grill New Year’s Eve Dinner, Jackson, WY

Enjoy a nice dinner out on the town this New Year’s at the Snake River Grill. The dinner isn’t cheap, but you get what you pay for, with a menu full of delicious items like Hamachi sashimi, braised Colorado lamb shank, and raspberry cream tartlettes for dessert.

Racca’s Solid Gold New Year’s Eve, Casper, WY

If you find yourself in Casper, Wyoming this New Year’s Eve, you won’t do better than Racca’s Solid Gold event for partying. For $89, party-goers are invited to “ring in the new year with a fun, all-inclusive evening, that is sure to be full of surprises,” including endless food, dancing, and drinks, according to their website. 

Midnight Maidens: A Dragonettes New Year, Laramie, WY

Kick off the new year with a one-of-a-kind drag show in Laramie, Wyoming, put on by the Laramie Dragonettes. Door cover is only $5 for a show that starts at 9 p.m. Dance, play games, and watch drag as the ball drops.

New Year’s Eve Party at the Wind River Casino, Riverton, WY

Come see the largest balloon drop in Fremont County at the Wind River Casino in Riverton, Wyoming this New Year’s Eve. While there, consider playing the slots and sticking around for cash drawings on the hour with a grand prize of $2019. 

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Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel New Year’s Eve Cash Bash, Lander, WY

Could you use a little extra cash to start up 2019? The Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel invites you to “Win your share of over $9000” as part of their New Year’s Eve Cash Bash, starting at 8 p.m. and lasting until 1 a.m. Make sure you stick around until at least 11:45 p.m. to see their fantastic fireworks show.

New Year’s Eve Bash at the Trap Bar and Grill, Alta, WY

The Trap Bar and Grill in Alta, Wyoming is offering free shuttles after 9 p.m. to anyone who wants to spend the night celebrating with them. Come by any time after 8 p.m. to see their musical guest, Hot Pass. They’ll have party hats and a midnight champagne toast. 

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Ball Drop at Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel, Cody, WY

Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel has been in Cody, Wyoming for over a century. They celebrate New Year’s with a special dinner menu, dancing, live music, courtesy champagne toast, and ball drop. 

New Year’s Eve Buck and Ball, Gillette, WY

For the last 17 years, the New Year’s Eve Buck and Ball has been a go-to celebration in Gillette, Wyoming and this year is no exception. According to their website, “This year’s 17th Annual Kissack Water & Oil’s New Year’s Eve Buck and Ball along with CINCH will be bringing you non-stop entertainment from great bucking horses and bulls testing the top 20 cowboy’s athletic ability in the world.” Doors open at 4 p.m. although the rodeo doesn’t start until 7. Pokey’s BBQ will be served and over $10,000 of proceeds will be given back to local non-profits.  

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