The Hippo


Apr 23, 2019








Gunstock celebrates with fireworks. Courtesy photo.

New Year’s on the slopesNew Year in Motion

When: Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to midnight 
Where: Pats Peak, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker
Tickets: Party & skiing ticket $90 adult, $50 junior; party only $70 adult, $35 junior
See: or call 428-3245
Gunstock Rocks New Year’s Eve
When: Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 4 p.m. to midnight
Where: Gunstock Mountain, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford
Tickets: NYE special event lift ticket price: adults/teen $55, child/seniors $40
See: or call 293-4341
Other New Year’s Eve events
First Night Wolfeboro
When: Wednesday, Dec. 31, from noon to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Venues throughout Wolfeboro
Tickets: First Night button $15
Enjoy live doo-wop, jazz, and a capella performances and a fireworks display.
First Night Portsmouth
When: Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Where: Downtown, Market Square, Portsmouth
Tickets: First Night button $20 adult ($25 day of); children under 12 $2
View ice sculptures, try out stargazing, see live performances, enjoy a fireworks display on South Mill Pond at 7:30 p.m. and countdown to midnight in Market Square at the Street Dance.
Cheers to 250 Years New Year’s Eve Gala
When: Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 7:30 to 12:30 a.m.
Where: Grand Ballroom at Grappone Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord
Tickets: $75
See: or
Celebrate the beginning of Concord’s 250th anniversary year with live music and DJ-ing, dinner and dancing, and historic programming about the city through the decades.
New Year’s Eve Gala
When: Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m to midnight
Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester
Tickets: $30-$85 depending on activities selected
Take in a night of dinner, Dueling Pianos, and dancing or see a New England comedy line-up and comedy hypnotist. 

Slopeside New Year
Spend the last moments of 2014 frolicking in the snow

By Allie Ginwala

You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to ring in the new year with outdoor activities. Try tubing, snowshoeing, a sleigh ride, or hitting the slopes with new year celebrations at Pats Peak Ski Area and Gunstock Mountain Resort.

Gunstock Rocks New Year’s Eve Celebration aims to give those who love being outside in the winter an evening of activities for a family, a couple or a group of friends. Bill Quigley, director of marketing and sales at Gunstock, said New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to get together and get outside. 
“Everyone is so time-crunched to get that family time,” he said in a phone interview. “New Year’s Eve is a time where everyone in the family can get together.” 
While night skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions, Quigley said there are a number of other activities too. The tubing trails will be open, and horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered, as will snowshoe tours and skiing and riding tips from ski instructors.
The celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. with events running throughout the evening. Quigley said the open and ongoing aspect makes it easier for all ages to take part. 
“There are families that go home, make their kids dinner, and come back at 8 [p.m.] and ski or ride and watch the fireworks,” he said. 
Other activities include live music, a balloon artist and a roaming juggler, as well as a s’mores firepit. The festivities all lead up to the annual torchlight parade and fireworks show. For the parade, a group of ski instructors and staff head down a trail with lighted flares in hand. When they reach the base and extinguish their flames the fireworks start. 
“It’s pretty gorgeous,” Quigley said. “For the outdoor active family or for the family just looking for something different … it’s just a boatload of fun.”
Another chance to hit the snow for the big countdown is at Pats Peak’s New Year’s In Motion celebration. 
“It’s a fun event whether you’re skiing or snowboarding or not. … Everyone can do their own thing,” Lori Rowell, marketing director at Pats Peak, said in a phone interview.
The all-ages evening has games and raffle prizes, live music, and of course night skiing and snowboarding. One of the more popular features is three tasting stations prepared by Pats Peak’s chef, Guy Pelletier. The food station themes this year are “American Bistro,” “Mama Mia, That’s Italian” and “Chinese New Year.”
Before the midnight fireworks and champagne toast is the annual “throwing of the beads” party favor toss. A staff member will stand on the upper deck of the lodge and shower the guests with T-shirts, whistles, beads and 2015 glasses. 
“It’s a fun place,” Rowell said. “Once you come you’ll be like, ‘Why don’t I do this all the time?’”
As seen in the December 25, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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