Partygoers who haven’t quite decided on New Year’s Eve plans didn’t drop the ball yet. There are dozens of parties, dinners and concerts happening in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region. Here are a few suggestions to get your plans started.
Get ready to moonwalk
Beat it to Mohegan Sun Pocono for the Bash in the Ballroom. The Plains Twp. casino’s annual New Year’s celebration features Who’s Bad, a tribute to Michael Jackson. The fun starts at 10 p.m. and runs through 1 a.m. There is no cover.
Mohegan Sun has several other events that night as well, including Gerard Demarco at Elixir, Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns at Breakers and Graces Downfall in Bar Louie. At 9 p.m., Stephanie Peters and Mike Gaffney take the stage at Wise Crackers, where the $25 cover includes hats and noisemakers.
Treat yourself to a sumptuous dinner and entertainment at upscale local eateries. POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave., offers $49.99 seatings from 5 to 5:30 and 9:30 to 10 p.m., which include a four-course dinner and Champagne toast plus music by DJ Matt Michaylo in the Oak Bar; call 570-955-5890 for reservations.
Elsewhere in Scranton, Terra Preta Restaurant, 222 Wyoming Ave., has two-, three- or four-course farm-to-table dinners (with vegetarian options available) priced between $65 and $90, plus music by DJ Honeyman Lightnin’; call 570-871-4190 to save a seat.
Or, head up the valley to Plate d’Azure, 26 S. Main St., Carbondale, for a three-course, BYOB dinner for $29.95. Seatings are at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Call 570-536-6543.
If you’re looking for some country tunes to highlight your festivities, head to the Woodlands Inn & Resort, Plains Twp., for South by South West New Year’s Eve with the Tommy Guns Band in the Whiskey Creek Ballroom. Tickets are $30 and include a complimentary beverage, hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast along with the band’s rollicking take on country music. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Dine, party and stay with package deals available at local hotels. JZ New Year’s Bash at Ramada Clarks Summit, 820 Northern Blvd., begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes music by the Fab Three and Ron Morgan & Crossroads, plus a cocktail hour, dinner stations, desserts, sandwich buffet and dancing priced at $99 or $149 per person with hotel room, or $249 for a couple’s package with a room. Call 570-344-2212 or visit jztours.com for reservations.
Four Points by Sheraton, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton, offers a New Year’s Eve Party with Dashboard Mary from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. It costs $189 per couple for the full package and overnight stay or $55 per person for dinner and dancing only. Call 570-344-9811 for more information.
Dine and dance
Want some food with your fun? Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Sperazza Band at the Dupont Hose Company Banquet Hall, 308 Main St. The event costs $45 per person for an open bar (sans shots), Champagne at midnight and a full meal with dessert. Guests can choose between chicken scampi, breaded pork chops or penne with meat sauce for their entree. The dinner starts at 8 p.m., and doors opening at 7. The energetic cover band then performs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hats, horns and noisemakers for midnight also will be available.
Hit the road
Looking to get away from it all for a night? Visit Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, where Sinbad performs his stand-up comedy at 8 p.m. in Gypsies Lounge; admission is $50 to $65. Or, ring in the new year with DJ Skribble at the resort’s Get Wet Ultra Pool starting at 9 p.m. for $45. Call 877-682-4791 or visit mountairycasino.com for more information on events.
Nearby Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts also offer a variety of entertainers and combination packages that include events, dinner and overnight stays customized to taste. See Pete Begley, Chapter 2 and Paul Bond at Pocono Palace in East Stroudsburg; catch tarot card reader Cassandra, Byrd Presley Band, DJ Chris and RC Smith at Paradise Stream in Mount Pocono; or enjoy Kartune and Mike Burton at Cove Haven in Lakeville. Visit covepoconoresorts.com or call 800-432-9932 to book.
Jam at the Jazz Cafe
Flux Capacitor takes its electric sound to River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River St., Plains Twp. Doors open at 10 p.m. for the show. Tickets are $10. The band, which originated outside Philadelphia and has played all over the country, has developed a strong following in the region for its lively and energetic performances that mix rock and electronica elements with improvisation.
If you’re interested in a more relaxed kickoff to the new year, seek peace of mind through yoga and meditation during Mindful New Year’s Eve at the Wonderstone Gallery, 100 N. Blakely St., Dunmore, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 570-344-2360 or visit thewonderstonegallery.com for more information.
Like a Rolling Stone
You can’t always get what you want, but Mauch Chunk Opera House has what you need. The Jim Thorpe venue kicks off the year with its New Year’s Eve Start Me Up Classic Rolling Stones Show featuring the Glimmer Twins, often referred to as the best Rolling Stones tribute band in the country. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; the show starts at 9:30 with jamming running through 1 a.m. Tickets cost $25 and include a Champagne toast at midnight. Check out mcohjt.com for tickets.
Fun for little ones
Kids get a head start on festivities Thursday at the Noon Year’s Eve celebration with “Minute To Win It”-style games and other activities that lead up to a countdown to noon at Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. The free program is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Call 570-654-9565, ext. 26, to register; space is limited.
— charlotte l. jacobson and patrice wilding