New Year's Eve celebrations to welcome in 2013

-- Staff reportDecember 27, 2012 

The Mountain Area will be welcoming 2013 with a number of festive events on Monday, Dec. 31:

Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant

Coarsegold's Alfonso's will host a special celebration from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Karaoke will be held from 8-10 p.m., music and dancing will be held from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. followed by a breakfast buffet from 1-2 a.m. There will also be a Belair Belini toast at midnight.

Admission, not including dinner, is $10 per person or $15 for two people. Admission automatically enters attendees into a raffle with items such as jewelry and gift cards.

Tickets are only available through servers at Alfonso' 35364 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold.

Details: (559) 642-6656.

Blue Heron Restaurant

The Blue Heron Restaurant in Coarsegold's Yosemite Lakes Park will offer selections from its regular menu along with the New Year's Lobster special for $35 per person from 5-9 p.m.

The Blue Heron Lounge will be open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., featuring drink specials, dancing to the Dave Henderson Group (7 p.m. - 1 a.m.), complimentary hors d'oeuvres at 9 p.m. and a $2 champagne toast at midnight. There is no cover charge.

Reservations: (559) 658-6969.

Buckhorn Saloon

North Fork's Buckhorn Saloon will offer party favors and complimentary appetizers and dancing to "No Requests."

Champagne toasts will be held at 9 p.m. and midnight.

Three vacation package door prizes will be drawn during the night -- two seven-night vacations to Hawaii and one three-night gamblers vacation.

Cover charge is $15 per person of $25 per couple.

Reservations: (559) 877-8700.

Casa Castillo's Mexican Restaurant

Castillo's, at Bass Lake, will be serving its regular lunch and dinner menu from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Details: (559) 658-2272

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

There will be dancing from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at Casa De Fuego's New Year's Eve party. Music will be performed by "Hindsite."

Doors open at 8 p.m. $25 cover charge.

Late Night Magic New Year's Eve Party will be held in Nativo's Restaurant featuring DJ Timmy Blue from 10p.m. to 2 a.m. Doors open at 10 p.m. $25 cover charge.

Purchase New Year's Eve Party tickets at The Gallery Boutique or call (559) 692-5200.

Must be 21 or older for all New Year's Eve events at Chukchansi Gold.

Crab Cakes Restaurant

Crab Cakes will offer special New Years specials in addition to the regular menu from 4-9 p.m. There will also be Sweet Dreams desserts available along with party favors and champagne. The restaurant and bar is now located at 49271 Golden Oak Loop, behind the talking bear.

Reservations: (559) 641-7667.

DiCicco's Italian Restaurant

Dicco's will be serving its regular lunch (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and dinner (3 p.m. - 9 p.m.) menus on New Year's Eve.

Reservations: (559) 641-5588.

El Cid Mexican Cuisine

El Cid's will be serving its regular menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: (559) 683-6668.

Erna's Elderberry House Restaurant

Erna's Elderberry House will host a New Year's Eve Gala with two seatings -- one at 5 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. The second seating will be for those who wish to welcome in the new year at Erna's.

A special menu will be prepared by Executive Chef Gunnar Thompson and Pastry Chef Luisito Gonzales.

Reservations can be made online at

Details: (559) 683-6800.

Evergreen Conference Center

Evergreen Conference Center will host a New Year's Eve celebration beginning with a social hour and refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by a choice of prime rib or lemon herb salmon dinner at 7:30 p.m. There will be a New York midnight toast at 9 p.m. and then a DJ with dancing and games until midnight.

The event costs $29 per person.

Details: (559) 683-8162.

Five Star Restaurant

Five Star will be serving its regular menu from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Details: (559) 641-5888

Hitching Post

Ahwahnee's Hitching Post will host an evening of food and fun including games and prizes and festive hats. The Stone River band will perform from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Details: (559) 683-7917.

Oakhurst Elk's Lodge

The Oakhurst Elks Lodge, 42484 Highway 41 at Bass Lake turnoff (Road 222), will host a New Year's celebration beginning at 6 p.m. with no host cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by a surf and turf dinner at 7 p.m. with baked potatoes, vegetables, salad and New York Cheesecake.

Music and dancing will begin at 8:30 p.m. There will be a free champagne toast at 9 p.m. celebrating New York's new year, followed by an Elks' toast at 11 p.m. and the traditional California midnight toast.

Tickets cost $25 for Elk members, $30 for non-members.

Reservations: (559) 683-2717

Oka's Japanese Restaurant

Oka's will offer its regular menu and Teppanyaki demonstration cooking will be available from 4:30-9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Reservations: (559) 642-4850.

The Pines Resort

Start your evening off with a festive dinner at Ducey's on the Lake. Entrees on the Sunset Menu cost $25 between 4-6 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to close, a special New Year's Eve four course dinner will be available for $65.

For a $10 per person cover charge, Battle of the Bands will begin at 9 p.m. in the Pines Bar and the Lakeview Room with complimentary champagne and a fireworks show at midnight over the lake.

Details: (559) 642-3141.

Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya's 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. California New Year's Eve Celebration includes a reception, gourmet dinner, live entertainment and party favors, as well as a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. The theme this year is "New Years Around the World."

The "Kids Wild New Year's Bash" will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

This year children ages 4-12 will enjoy a night full of entertainment, dinner, activities, party favors and crafts.

Restaurant dinner specials at Tenaya include:

4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. -- Sierra Restaurant New Year's Eve Dinner Specials

5-10 p.m. -- Embers New Year's Eve Dinner Specials

New Year's Eve lodging packages available.

Ascent Spa will be offering a complimentary Holiday New Year's Celebration Makeup Makeover!

12-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30.

12 -5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31.

Reservations are made every half hour and required due to limited availability. Call Ascent Spa at (559) 692-8961 to book now.

Details: (559) 683-6555.

Todd's Cookhouse Bar-B-Que

Todd's will be serving its regular menu from 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Details: (559) 642-4900.

Woody's New Orleans West

Woody's will be serving its regular menu from 4-9 p.m.

Details: (559) 683-4414.

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