To say that 2016 was not such a great year is an understatement. The past week alone has been filled with unexpected celebrity deaths, and family deaths, and I think everyone is ready to see this year hit the road. People say seven is a lucky number, so maybe we will have just a bit of luck on our side in this New Year.
This weekend, there’s a few things to check out before you ring in 2017. Enjoy some champagne, visit the gingerbread house display one last time, and say farewell to the old. If you still need a place to party for NYE, check out our full guide on what’s happening on New Year’s Eve in Bucks County and nearby.
Events are listed in chronological order
1. Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting
Friday, December 30, 3 – 6 pm, participating Wegmans Food Markets, PA
A crisp flute of champagne or a glass of sweet sparkling wine is the perfect way to ring in the New Year. Wegmans is pouring some of its favorite sparkling wines to help you select the best one for your New Year’s Eve gathering. The store has a variety of sparkling wines and champagne to pop so you can taste them all! This is an open house event, no reservations needed. Give your local Wegmans a call to make sure they are participating. Also, the store will close on New Year’s Eve at 9 pm, and will open on New Year’s Day at 9 am.
Still need more adult beverages for your party but aren’t sure what to bring? Stockton Fine Wines in Stockton, NJ is open for beer tasting and wine tasting this weekend. Check out their hours and alcohol availability here.
2. Gingerbread House Competition and Display
Saturday, December 31, Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA
The Gingerbread House Competition and Display at Peddler’s Village is a tasty wonderland that has been on display since December 12. This weekend, take some time to visit the holiday Village Gazebo and check out the wondrous display of houses. There are more than 50 creative entries on display this year.
Admission is free and the display will be open during shopping hours through New Year’s Day. Hours include Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Stop by Peddler’s Village early and take in the scenery, or hit up the many eateries in the village. We wouldn’t want you getting hungry and eating the displays!
3. Dining out on New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, various Bucks County restaurants
Looking for a place to celebrate the New Year, complete with drinks and food and good friends? Bucks County is the place to be. We created a large list on where you can dine and drink in the area this year, and below are a few we missed. Be sure to call or check these establishments’ Facebook pages for more information and reservations:
- Bella Tori at the Mansion (Langhorne) is celebrating the new with a three-course dinner service in its romantic mansion. They are taking reservations for 4 – 9 pm. Check the menu out here and reserve your spot by calling 215.702.9600.
- Genevieve’s Kitchen (Doylestown) is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner for $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. It will feature a four-course dinner inspired by the chef, and it begins at 5 pm. Reservations are recommended so call 267.614.9635 to save your spot.
- Mojito Cuba Caribe (New Hope) has a surf & turf New Year’s Eve dinner menu planned for $65 per couple, tax, tip and beverages are not included. Dinners are served between 5 – 10 pm. There will be live music starting at 9 pm and complimentary champagne toasts at midnight. Call 267.740.2900 to reserve.
- Spinnerstown Hotel Restaurant (Quakertown) is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with the Electric Trio of Craig, Wade, and Don, who will be performing in the Tap Room. The party includes a complimentary champagne toast and a special menu prepared by Chef Ricky. Reservations are required for seating in the taproom, but standing room and the bar is available on a first come, first serve basis. Call to reserve at 215.536.7242. Party starts at 4 pm.
4. Music at MOMs
Saturday, December 31, Maxwell’s On Main, 37 N. Main St., Doylestown, PA
Bucks County is not only home to great food and restaurants, but it’s a home to eclectic musical artists too. Check out Maxwell’s On Main’s music night, featuring Archawah and Julia Hudak. Enjoy a new era of music inspired by indie-folk rock, folk, and soul. Free admission, 21 and up, and the show starts at 10 pm. Before you spend the night jamming and sipping on brews from MOMs draft list, try out some of the bar’s great appetizers, like their fried pickles with “moms dipping sauce.”
We’ve already ordered our strip steaks and sirloin for New Year’s Eve from Haring Brothers, just north of Doylestown. Are you ready? See our list of where you can purchase good meat, including pasture-raised beef, pork and chicken, in Bucks County. We’ll also be stopping by Altomonte’s to pick up some apps and cheeses. Yum.
Have a great weekend!
Want to know what’s happening in Hunterdon County? See our Food Events in Hunterdon County calendar.