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Cheyenne New Year's Eve Ball Drop

The New Year’s Eve ball drops, ringing in 2012 in Cheyenne.

The New Year brings celebrations of all kinds to the Casper and around the Cowboy State.

Whether you’re looking for something for the kids, a relaxed party, a ritzy night on the town or even a rodeo, the Casper Star-Tribune’s Guide to New Year’s Eve and weekend offers some suggestions to help you welcome 2019.

For more arts and entertainment options, go to Trib.com. To submit an event, email features@trib.com.

For the Family

Macaroni and cheese celebration

Casper’s downtown plaza counts down to noon at the family-friendly Noon Year’s Mac N Cheese Festival featuring gourmet macaroni and cheese made by local chefs. The ice-skating rink will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31

When: David Street Station, 200 S. David St.

Skate into 2019

The new New Year’s Eve Skate at the Wagon Wheel ends with a midnight dance party and a countdown to a balloon drop. The admission price includes skate rental, free bounce and a drink coupon.

Where: Wagon Wheel Roller Skating, 305 Van Horn Ave., Mills

When: 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Admission: $15 per person

Info: New Years Eve Skate on Facebook

First Day Hikes start 2019 outdoors

Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails offers the eighth annual First Day Hikes Jan. 1 at 16 state park and historic site venues, as part of the nationwide America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

Park staff and volunteers will lead the free hikes. For details and a hike near you, go to wyoparks.state.wy.us and naspd.org.

A night on the town

Gatsby New Year’s Party

Yellowstone Garage Bar and Grill’s Gatsby-themed event features “a roaring 20s playlist” and contests for the best dressed of the era. Prizes include two tickets to Post Modern Jukebox at the Casper Event Center.

Where: Yellowstone Garage Bar, Grill and Venue, 355 West Yellowstone

When: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29

Cost: No cover charge

Info: Gatsby New Year’s Party on Facebook

Racca’s Solid Gold New Year’s Eve

Racca’s New Year’s Eve party features endless food, dancing, cocktails from Backwards Distilling Company and DJ Chris Pfaff.

Where: Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana, 430 S. Ash St.

When: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Tickets and info: $89 including tax and gratuity at the restaurant, 307-337-2444 or Racca’s Solid Gold New Year’s Eve on Facebook

New Year’s Eve Party with Tris Munsick

Tris Munsick and the Innocents bring alternative country out of Sheridan for a Wyoming-style night of dancing. A free champagne toast at midnight rings in the New Year.

Where: Beacon Club, 4100 W Yellowstone Highway

When: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Info: 307-577-1503 or New Year’s Eve Party with Tris Munsick on Facebook

Around Wyoming

Drag and dance party

Cheyenne Little Theatre hosts “Under the Big Top: Drag Cabaret,” a New Year’s Eve party featuring a drag show, dancing and drink specials.

Where: Atlas Theatre, 211 W. Lincolnway, Cheyenne

When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, show begins at 9 p.m.

Tickets and info: $15 or VIP tables are available with bottle service at 307-638–6543, Under the Big Top: Drag Cabaret on Facebook or cheyennelittletheatre.org

New Year’s Eve White Out party at the Paramount

The second annual New Year’s Eve White Out party at the Paramount Ballroom craft cocktail lounge features food and party favors; gratuity and cocktails are included in the ticket cost.

Where: The Paramount Ballroom, 1609 Capitol Ave., Cheyenne

When: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Tickets and info: $120 reserved seating, $100 for general admission at paramountballroomcheyenne.com, New Year’s Eve White Out on Facebook, 307-220-4554

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop celebration at the plaza

New Year’s Eve begins 3-5:45 p.m. inside the Depot with kids activities and games inside and outside, horse-drawn carriage rides and ice skating. A special ball drop and fireworks show starts at 6 p.m. and a midnight ball drops kicks off 2019.

Where: Cheyenne Depot Plaza

When: 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Cost: Free

New Year’s Eve Buck & Ball New Year’s offers rodeo and concert

The 17th annual New Year’s Eve Kissack Water & Oil Buck & Ball features Chancey Williams & the Younger Brothers Band and the Burch Rodeo. The arena action features major names in bronc and bull riding with top NFR stock contractors’ livestock. The event raises more than $10,000 for local nonprofits, according to the Cam-Plex website. Events the day before include a calcutta and stock sale.

Where: Cam-Plex Central Pavilion and Wyoming Center Equality & Frontier Halls, 1635 Reata Dr., Gillette

When: 4 p.m. dinner with Pokey’s BBQ, 7 p.m. rodeo and 9 p.m. music Dec. 31

Tickets and info: cam-plex.com, 307-682-0552, the Cam-Plex, CBH Co-Op locations or Ruff’s Bar in Rozet

Party at Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Hello 2019! New Year Party features Shufflebuggy with a mix of country, oldies and contemporary rock and roll. The party for ages 21 and older offers hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar and a champagne toast.

Where: Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 720 Sheridan Ave., Cody

When: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Tickets and info: $25 at the door, $20 in advance at centerofthewest.org

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Star-Tribune reporter Elysia Conner covers arts, culture and the Casper community.

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