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posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015

10…9…8…7…6… Happy New Year! While we haven't popped the bubbly quite yet, we have started thinking about New Year's Eve. And, we want to make sure you have plenty of time (if you haven't already) to buy tickets, make dinner reservations, or sign up the kiddos for their own “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration.

We’ll be adding to this list as we hear of more events, but here’s a few ideas to get you started:

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Dinner / Dancing

New Year’s Buffets at the Isle
Dec 31-Jan 1 | Thurs 4-11pm; Fri Midnight-2am & 10:30am-2pm
Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Waterloo
Cost: $9.99-$21.99
The Farmer’s Pick Buffet will be serving up fresh and flavorful fix in’s at the Isle this New Year’s. Breakfast, lunch or dinner… you can have it all. Hit the slots and then hit the New Year’s Eve Buffet on Thursday, December 31 from 4-11pm for $21.99. On Friday, January 1 there will be a Midnight Breakfast Buffet from Midnight-2am for just $9.99, and a New Year’s Day Buffet from 10:30am-2pm for $19.99.

All-You-Can-Eat Sushi Buffet at Soho
Dec 31 | 5-9pm
Soho Sushi Bar & Deli, Cedar Falls
Cost: $24.99 per person
A Chef selected buffet of hand rolled sushi.

New Year's Eve Dinner at Ferrari's
Dec 31 | 5-10pm
Ferrari's Ristorante, Cedar Falls
Cost: $60 per person
Special 4-course dinner plus a glass of wine or champagne. Call (319) 277-1385 for reservations.

New Year’s Eve Dance with DJ Faythe Kubik
Dec 31 | 7:30pm-12:30am
Electric Park Ballroom, Waterloo
Admission: $20
Doors open at 7pm. Dance to a great mix of music, including the fabulous 50’s and 60’s, swinging big band, classic rock, popular country, energizing pop, and sultry-sizzling Latin.

Evansdale AMVETS New Year's Eve
Dec 31 | 7:30pm-Midnight
AMVETS, Evansdale
Admission: Free
Doors open at 7:30pm. Music by Mark and the Easy Does It Band from 8pm-Midnight.

New Year’s Dance Party with Wildcard
Dec 31 | 8-11pm
NCC Pavilion, Waterloo
Admission: $25 per person or $40 per couple
Doors open at 6:30pm with dancing beginning at 8pm. There will be a light meal served at 11pm, followed by a champagne toast at Midnight.

New Year's Eve Party at VooDoo
Dec 31 | 8pm
VooDoo Lounge, Cedar Falls
Admission: Free until 10pm
Doors open at 8pm. Pre-sale bottle service - 2 for $250 on select bottles.

Rockin' in the New Year with McKenzie's Mill
Dec 31 | 10pm
Deringer's Public Parlor, Cedar Falls
Admission: $20
Doors open at 5pm with showtime beginning at 10pm. Tickets available for purchase in advance. Food menu available before the show.

Looking for more dining options? Visit the Dining & Nightlife section of our website.

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Family Fun

Noon Year’s Party
Dec 31 | 10am-Noon
Phelps Youth Pavilion, Waterloo
Admission: Members free; Non-Members $5 (includes same-day admission to PYP)
Ring in the New Year a little early with family crafts, snacks, games, and watch the ball drop at Noon. Stop in or call (319) 291-4490 to reserve your spot by December 29.

Ice Skating at Young Arena
Dec 31 | 1-3pm
Young Arena, Waterloo
Admission: $5
No skates? Don't worry. You can rent them for just $3.

Waterloo Black Hawks Hockey vs Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Dec 31 | 6pm
Young Arena, Waterloo
Admission: $12.89-$20
Enjoy a good old-fashioned rivalry hockey game in Party Town. The Waterloo Black Hawks will take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in a New Year’s Eve match-up at Young Arena.

Taking the kids bowling or to the movies also makes for a great night out with the family.

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Live Music

Blue Suede Cruze
Dec 31 | 9pm-1am
Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Waterloo
Admission: Free

Higher Ground
Dec 31 | 9pm
Jameson’s, Waterloo
Admission: Free
* Free party favors and champagne toast at Midnight.

Never The Less
Dec 31 | 9pm
Screaming Eagle, Waterloo
Admission: Free

And, here's a few helpful tips as your making your New Year's Eve plans:

  • Register and/or buy your tickets in advance. This will ensure you have a spot and save you time the day of the event.
  • Make dinner reservations. New Year's Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year for restaurants and bars, so plan ahead and make your reservations now.
  • Call a cab. If you plan on consuming a few cocktails, it's best to leave the driving to someone else. Make your travel arrangements in advance if possible.

Cheers to a safe and Happy New Year friends!


- Beth Keeney, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo Credit: Higher Ground, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Waterloo Center for the Arts/Phelps Youth Pavilion. 

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