Horton Ball drop

The Horton Hotel in downtown Boone prepares for a New Year Eve ball drop in 2019.

Though celebrations may look a little different this year, there are still a few ways you can ring in the New Year in the High Country. Check out the list of local events below.

NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS AT BEECH MOUNTAIN: Come and help us celebrate the end of 2020 and ring in 2021 with a firework display. The fireworks are free to enjoy and will begin when the clock strikes midnight. Fireworks can be viewed from lodge deck and in the resort village. This event will take place at Beech Mountain Resort. For more information call (828) 387-2011.

SUGAR MOUNTAIN NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION: A New Year’s Eve celebration mountain style. Join us for a complimentary alpine torch light parade at 11:45 p.m. and a firework show at midnight. A fee, as well as reservations for the indoor festivities from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. featuring live music by The Rockabilly’s, are required and should be made by calling (828) 898-4521 Ex. 261.

HORTON HOTEL BALL DROP: We are Dropping the Ball on 2020 a little early and welcoming in a New Year with The 2nd Annual Ball Drop at the Horton Hotel. View it from the Rooftop or outdoors in Downtown Boone. We will also offer a live virtual stream of the event. The countdown will take place at 8 p.m. Last call is 9 p.m. and doors open at 4 p.m. Space is limited, first come first serve. Reservations are not required. For more information about this event call (828) 832-8060.

APPALACHIAN SKI MTN. NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS CELEBRATION: Appalachian Ski Mtn. will hold its annual New Years Eve Fireworks Celebration. The fireworks show will begin at the new family friendly time of 9:30 p.m. The event will also feature restaurant specials from 5 — 9 p.m. and evening ice skating from 7 — 9 p.m. The ski slopes will remain open until 10 p.m. Both ski and skate reservations are required. For more information call (828) 295-7828.

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