Find It: NYE Parties South of the River

This New Year's Dakota County has plenty to offer, even for complete teetotalers.


Don't want to drink in the new year? Have no fear. For New Year's 2013, Burnsville, Apple Valley and other south metro cities will have plenty for you to do.

Big Baby Boomer with Louie Anderson: The gap-toothed comedian is back by popular demand. 

"Big Baby Boomer, came from the love of food, the hatred towards exercising, the results of Father Time but mostly my joy of stand-up comedy, which I think should have been called sit down comedy. It's a show that's big on laughs and has zero calories, it will be the best ab work you've done in a long time!" Louie Anderson stated in a press release.

Anderson will perform two shows back-to-back at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on NYE. The first show begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by an encore at 10. Prices range from $31.95 to $71.95 per ticket. Reserved VIP tickets are also available for $101.95. 

A Wicked-Cool NYE at Buck Hill: So much to do, so little time before the clock runs out. Partiers at Buck Hill will be able to ski, ride, or tube until midnight, enjoy Kevin Hall's Amazing Magic Show (as seen on America's Got Talent!), listen to music from the Rythym Junkies with Dean Weisser & Leslee Mckee, and feast in the Whittier Room. The event will be capped off by a fireworks display at midnight. Free "Glitter Glam Hair-Dos" and tarot card readings will also be available. 

Regular prices apply to many of the activities (lift tickets, rentals, food, beverages and the Big Air Competition). There are no additional charges for the extra perks on NYE. to reserve seating for dinner in the Whittier Room, contact Diane at 952-432-6566 x3 or email diane@crystallakegolfcourse.com.

All-night Skate: On New Year's Eve, Skateville will be hosting an epic skating party that will last into the wee hours of Jan. 1, 2013. Tickets include hot dog, soda, and New Year's noise makers. The cost is $20 before Dec. 30, $25 at the door. For those who are a little leery of pulling an all-nighter on wheels the price of admission is $7.

Beach Boys (sort of) at Mystic Lake: There is some disagreement about whether this Wilson-less simulacrum of the Beach Boys truly does qualify as the real thing, but it should be a good party anyway. two shows will take place in the Mystic Showroom®, one at 7 p.m. and another at 10:30 p.m. Tickets will cost $49 to $59. Contact the Mystic Box Office at 952-445-9000 or go to mysticlake.com for more details.

Shimmy, Shake, Rattle and Roll at Med Cruise Cafe: NYE at the Ansari family's Burnsville outpost will include belly dancing shows, music from the Latin band, K-Libre 24, and dinner. Prices range from $39.99 to $45 per person.

Enjoy! a Sumptuous Dinner: Enjoy! in Apple Valley will be offering a special menu full of classy confections like Lobster Bisque, Oyster Rockefeller and half-roasted duck.

Bogart's Place in Apple Valley will have music from band, Good For Gary starting at 9:30 p.m.

A Family-Friendly Outdoor Outing at Lebanon Hills: Lebanon Hills Regional Park's seventh NYE party starts at 5 p.m. Enjoy snowshoeing and hiking by candlelight, sledding on the lit sledding hill, s’mores at the bonfire, and readings by storyteller Roy Edward Power, magician Matt Dunn and live animals from Dakota Wild Animals. The price is $10 per person at the door or $8 per person in advance. Children ages 5 and younger are free.

Event ends at 8 p.m. Great for little ones and early risers.

• Hurricane Grill & Wings, one of Burnsville's newest restaurants, will be hosting a party at 8 p.m. featuring live music with Jambo Joe Bones and a "Crazy Hawiian Shirt contest."

• In Lakeville, the fun begins at Rudy's Redeye Grill at 9 p.m. Live music with Tim Howe.


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