Big Bear Celebrates 2018 with New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade, Wyatt’s Party

Doo Wah Riders at Wyatt'sWhere will you be when the ball drops in Times Square to ring in 2018? Sing Auld Lang Syne during several New Year’s Eve happenings, from family-friendly at Wyatt’s to fun at Nottingham’s in the Village.

Tradition continues with Snow Summit’s long-running Torchlight Parade celebrating the New Year on December 31 at 7 p.m. Some 250 torch (they’re actually flares but who cares)-bearing skiers and snowboarders slowly descend down Log Chute in a serpentining sea of light best be seen from the lake’s north shore—try East Boat Launch and Woodland Trail lots.

Snow Summit parties after the parade with winter carnival-theme New Year’s Eve party in the base area. Call (909) 866-5766 or for tickets.

Families will want to check out Wyatt’s Grill and Saloon at the Convention Center for a New Year’s bash that welcomes kids as well as adults. Big Bear’s only family celebration features indoor bounce house, arts and crafts projects for ages 3-12, and arcade games plus headliner entertainment with the nationally renowned Doo Wah Riders.

Snow Summit torchlight paradeFor over 35 years the Doo Wah Riders have played “high energy country with a Cajun twist” around the country, appearing in concert with Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alabama, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson among others. The list also includes Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Lone Star, Randy Travis and the Oak Ridge Boys and ranges from John Denver to Joan Jett.

The Doo Wah Riders recorded with Bryon Berline on his Grammy-nominated CD “Fiddle and a Song” and the band appeared in the movie “Basic Instinct,” playing their original song “Glowing in the Ashes.” The band has been featured entertainment at The Grammys, Academy of Country Awards and plays regularly at Disneyland. A medley of classic western songs is a Doo Wah Riders staple and seeing a band of this caliber just feet away is a real treat.

The special New Year’s menu features a variety of affordable entrees, appetizers, desserts and special children’s meals. DJ Robert plays a variety of country and Top 40 tunes and there’s free country dance lessons. Midnight features complimentary champagne toast and there’s plenty of party favors to ring in 2018. Children’s activities continue till 11 p.m.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with dancing starting at 7 and Doo Wah Riders taking the stage at 8. Wyatt’s is offering complimentary door-to-door take home service beginning at 9 p.m.

Wyatt’s, known as one of Big Bear’s best dining values with hearty portions at wallet-friendly prices, is at the Convention Center (42900 Big Bear Blvd. at Division). Tickets are $18, ages 13-18 $9, 12 and under $3. Call (909) 585-3000 or click here.

Nottingham’s features a special New Year’s dinner menu downstairs from 5-10 p.m. before the party upstairs. Doors open at 7 p.m. with live music at 9 p.m. featuring popular Izon Eden’s classic covers.

There’s cozy fireplaces, big screen TVs for football, shuffleboard and darts. The evening includes appetizers, desserts, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Book in advance; Nottingham’s always sells out. Call (909) 866-4644.

Barnstorm Restaurant has Duke Michaels and Peggy Baldwin playing for guest dining pleasure. The latter is a worldclass cellist who has played with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra and Yanni among others. (909) 585-9339.

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