Ring in the New Year at These Clinton County Venues

It’s time to say so-long 2015 and hello New Year! champagne glasses w titleHere are some great ways to do that with a bit of fun and festiveness.

If a lively show with a mix of music, comedy and audience participation sounds like a delightful way to celebrate (we think so!), sign up for Hidden Lake Winery’s Dueling Piano Bash. This New Year’s Eve show, featuring Spanky Entertainment, begins at 8:30 p.m., giving you time to enjoy a wonderful dinner first in the Winery’s Grill Room—with a glass of wine, of course. The Winery also has ten comfy cabins for those wishing to make a night of it.

Dueling Piano Bash
Thursday, December 31, 2015
8:30 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.
$10/person before December 29; $15/person after December 28
Hidden Lake Winery & Banquet Center
10580 Wellen Road, Aviston
Grill open Thursday, 12:00p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
618-228-9111

Roundhouse Wine Company is also hosting a special celebration with music by Judy McNutt, appetizers all night long, party favors, and a midnight toast with the company’s own Bell Tower Bubbly, a carbonated Niagra wine made by Vahling Vineyards in Stewardson, Illinois.

Ring in the New Year
Thursday, December 31, 2015
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
$10/person – reservations recommended
Roundhouse Wine Company
1938 Dogwood Lane, Centralia, IL
618-532-1600

Maybe a quiet dinner in a special setting is more your style. If so, make a New Year’s Eve reservation at Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery. With its beautiful country location and rustic African décor, it’s a bit like taking a trip without leaving home! Ease into the evening with one of the house wine’s while you peruse a menu that includes a long list of tasty appetizers and entrees such as prime rib, baby back ribs, chicken with wine sauce, seafood and pastas. Bretz is also hosting a special New Year’s celebration on January 1, complete with champagne, and starting at 6:00 p.m. Early bowl-game watchers can head to either the Sunset or Main bars, which will open at 11:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Celebration with Champagne Fixx
Friday, January 1, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery
15469 IL-127, Carlyle, IL
Dining Room hours: Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
618-594-8830

Spending the New Year in the comfort of home? Stop by Crooked Creek Winery for a tasting during the week and buy some of their wines to enjoy as the old year winds down. As an an incentive, they’re offering 15% off on all cases during December! Be sure to call ahead as their hours vary in winter.

Crooked Creek Winery
24585 W. 10th Street Road, Centralia, IL
618-495-2161

However you celebrate, we wish you a Happy New Year – and we hope to see you visiting Clinton County in 2016!

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