The winter season is here and with it come the rush of holidays to take over. Each year we celebrate New Year’s here in Hocking Hills in a variety of ways. If you are looking for a new destination to plan for your New Year’s holiday, look no further than Hocking Hills. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable throughout your stay and have you close to all the celebrations in Hocking Hills. Take a look at the top five Hocking Hills New Years’ Eve activities to celebrate New Year’s with:
New Year’s Eve Train Ride
Each year in Hocking Valley, the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad hosts its annual New Year’s Eve train ride. This special event is only available on New Year’s Eve night and brings about a train ride through the region. The train departs at 10:30 PM from Nelsonville Depot and will travel to East Logan before it returns back. Guests aboard the train will be able to ring in the new year with a dazzling fireworks show in the sky above. Adults will be able to purchase a wine and cheese package for their cabin during the ride; children will be able to enjoy pizza and soda for theirs. The train ride is an all-ages affair. Guests can reserve their spots aboard the Hocking Hills New Year’s Eve Train Ride by calling 740-753-9531. Each cabin is heated so you can be comfortable from start to finish.
New Year’s Eve Gala at The Dairy Barn Arts Center
Another great event that takes place each year in Hocking Hills is the New Year’s Eve Gala located at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. This local arts center showcases a variety of events throughout the year including the Holiday Bazaar. The center is decorated in a variety of art exhibitions providing a classy ambience to the occasion. The event is always free to attend, and all purchases made there will benefit programs available to the local community. Come enjoy your New Year’s toast with us at the New Year’s Eve Gala only at the Dairy Barn Arts Center.
Explore Local Hiking Trails
The remaining activities are some of our favorite winter activities in Hocking Hills. Guests can enjoy a visit to the Hocking Hills State Park where some incredible views await you. The park is open year-round and is a popular destination in the winter as the water freezes along the river and waterfalls. Visitors may also get a better glimpse at local wildlife peaking their head out of curiosity. You will find the trails to be cold but nothing that a little winter gear can keep you comfortable with. Make sure to pack some comfortable hiking boots to keep your feet warm along the way. Hocking Hills State Park will be more quiet and remote during the winter, but you will still be sharing the trails with other visitors. If you are looking for easier hikes, Ash Cave and Conkles Hollow are perfect to navigate.
Try Out a Favorite Restaurant
Many of the local restaurants here in Hocking Hills will be open for the New Year’s holiday. Dine out to celebrate the occasion with a loved one. There is no place more special than Rhapsody. This local restaurant is a fusion of fine dining and casual ambience for a unique dining experience. The restaurant partners with the local culinary institute to provide training for up-and-coming chefs. Live piano music is always playing during your meal, making this restaurant the perfect choice for a date. Or check out Salaam for restaurant that features exotic cuisine from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. These restaurants typically offer fine wine to help you cheers the New Year’s Eve off to.
Go Sledding at Lake Hope State Park
End your New Year’s Eve getaway with a trip over to the Lake Hope State Park for some sledding. The park features a variety of hills that offers the perfect spot to enjoy some sledding with. Throw on your favorite winter attire and head to the park for some thrilling downhill fun. This is a great activity for families with small children who want to join in on the festivities. When you are done make sure to check out Lake Hope Lodge’s restaurant for some tasty meal options.
New Year’s Eve in Hocking Hills Is Almost Here
Make sure you do not wait until the last minute to book your next vacation rental here in Hocking Hills. New Year’s Eve will be a momentous occasion and we have the perfect vacation rental for you and your family. Simply book line today and get ready for a New Year’s Eve in Hocking Hills like no other. Come see the fun waiting for you in Hocking Hills.