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Bring in the New Year in Door County

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com

 

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Bring in the New Year in Door County

By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com

Why not bring in the New Year in Door County? Here are some ideas for places to go, things to do and what to eat (we'll leave the beverages to you) on New Year's Eve and day.

white-gull-inn-sign-door-county-wisconsin"Home for the holidays" is billed by its sponsor, American Folklore Theatre (AFT), as an evening of songs of the season, holiday humor and a good old-fashioned sing-along. It sounds like a warm and wonderful way to bring in 2013.

The final performances of "Home for the holidays" are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at Old Gibraltar Town Hall in Fish Creek. Doc Heide, Chris Irwin & Claudia Russell, of American Folklore Theatre, are performing (other concert dates are 7 p.m. Dec. 28 and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 29).

Follow the New Year's Eve show with dinner at a Door County restaurant. Glidden Lodge, Sturgeon Bay, has a special New Year's Eve dinner menu (along with its full menu). Included are these special options: prime rib, princess salmon, roast duck l'orange. The restaurant will also have hats, horns and champagne to help guests celebrate 2013.

the-english-inn-door-county-wisconsinHarbor Fish Market & Grille, Baileys Harbor, is also promoting its New Year's Eve menu: fresh fish including Chilean sea bass, halibut cheeks, scallops, fresh tuna, Kobe steaks, prime rib and more. Also open New Year's Eve are Northern Grill & Pizza, White Gull Inn Restaurant, the English Inn, the Log Den and many other restaurants. Check our Open in Winter section for restaurants!

Plan to work off the dinner by taking a swim on New Year's Day. Head to Lakeside Park in Jacksonport for the 27th annual Polar Bear Swim, coordinated by the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club. J.R. Jarosh, of Jacksonport, started the event when he was 13 year old. While many waterfront locales have similar events on New Year's Day, the Polar Bear Swim of Door County is special, Jarosh said.

"It's a fun celebration. People are coming together around the water," Jarosh said.

But if taking a dip in icy Lake Michigan is not your cup of tea, head to Frosty Fest in downtown Egg Harbor on Jan. 1. Watch the 35th annual New Year's Day Parade, participate in the YMCA fun run or just enjoy live music, food, snow sculptures and specials in the shops.

Oh, and a wide variety of hotels have special packages around the New Year holiday. Check out what lodging is open and who's doing what on DoorCountyNavigator.com.