Experience a one-of-a-kind fusion of mountains and music for the annual three-day SnowGlobe Music Festival.
The festival, which runs from Tuesday, Dec. 29, through Thursday, Dec. 31, will feature an electronic-music-heavy bill with acts such as Jack Ü, Kaskade and Dillon Francis.
The venue is off College Way, near Lake Tahoe Community College, and just a short drive from a host of Tahoe’s renowned ski resorts.
All ages are welcome. Children 10 and younger get in free.
For general admission, tickets begin at $99 per day.
For more information, visit snowglobemusicfestival.com.
USS Hornet New Year’s Eve Dance
What: Ring in the new year aboard the USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier-turned-museum. The party will feature live entertainment, a dance floor and lessons, a silent auction and a midnight countdown. View San Francisco’s many firework displays from the deck of the ship.
When: Begins 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
Where: 707 W. Hornet Ave.
Cost: $50 general admission
What: Watch or participate in Ferndale’s annual Barrels by the Bay New Year’s barrel-racing competition during the Jan. 2-3 weekend. All levels and ages are welcome. Overnight camping and stabling options available.
When: Sign-up at 9 a.m., racing begins at noon Saturday, Jan. 2
Where: Humboldt County Fairgrounds
Cost: $10 to $45 entry fee
New Year’s Eve Sleepover
What: Celebrate this New Year’s Eve with a sleepover at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It features a sparkling-cider toast and sundae bar, activities for the family and programs by aquarium naturalists.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, through 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1
Where: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row
Cost: $125 per person
New Year’s Eve fireworks show
What: Join more than 200,000 San Franciscans for a waterfront fireworks show at midnight New Year’s Eve. Fireworks will be launched from Pier 14, and suggested viewing locations include Treasure Island, Telegraph Hill and restaurants along the Embarcadero.
When: Fireworks kick off at midnight Thursday, Dec. 31
Where: Around San Francisco Bay
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported a date for Victorian Christmas in Nevada City. The final Victorian Christmas of the year was on Dec. 23.