New Year's Eve

What are you doing New Year's Eve? If the sheer pressure of it all — the taxis, the crowds, the sparkles, the horror! — has you clinging to your couch, take a peek at some of these local happenings for a simple way to celebrate.

Marin Country Mart's Belcampo Meat Co. is ringing in 2014 with a Farm to Table Soiree. Reserve seating from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to enjoy a delectable prix fixe menu, with live music provided by The Joshua Smith Trio. Too late for a babysitter? Belcampo is offering a children's menu as well.

The Poggio family also invites any last-minute reservations — they will be open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Ring in the New Year with a glass of Prosecco and Italian cuisine.

It's said that the French know how to celebrate, and Left Bank agrees with this sentiment. Say "au revoir" to 2013 with a festive prix fixe meal at the cozy Larkspur location.


If you're making the trek to Tahoe, or are already enjoying the winter wonderland, Kirkwood, Heavenly and Northstar resorts are all gearing up for memorable New Year celebrations.

Northstar will kick things off early with its Fire and Ice celebration, beginning at noon on New Year's Eve with an on-stage DJ aside the ice skating rink from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; complimentary face painting and an electroluminescent puppet show from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring the all-female Queen tribute band, the Killer Queens.

Feeling adventurous? Head to Kirkwood for a snow cat tour to the mountain's top, offering a unrivaled view of the fireworks below. Tours depart at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Skiers and riders can also opt to participate in the New Year Torchlight Parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Visit the Cornice Grille for complimentary appetizers, DJ music, fire pits and mountain revelry from 7:45 p.m. until midnight. 

Heavenly will house the world's only Gondola Ball Drop that coincides with New York's iconic moment. (Note: With the time difference, Hevenly's drop will take place at 9 p.m.) This will ve followed by a worldclass firework display.

Whichever option you choose, have a safe and wonderful evening!