New Year’s Eve in Idyllwild will be crisp and cold, with snow and ice likely to remain on the ground because of nighttime temperatures in the 20s. Snowfall dusted Idyllwild in crystalline white on Monday night, Dec. 28. That night was picture-postcard beautiful with temperatures in the high teens.
New Year’s Eve will be a good time to find a restaurant or friend’s home with a glowing fireplace, brilliant beverages, great food and most of all, the people you most want to be with. Caution is advised for those not familiar with the Hill’s snow-covered black ice. Walking can be treacherous.
Local restaurants are already well booked, with some, such as Café Aroma, that are completely sold out. Ferro may still have a few bookings, but reserve now. Willy B is the entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m. Belly dancing and Daniel Gray providing DJ dreamy couple music begins at 10 p.m. Last meal booking is at 10:30 p.m. and the bar remains open until 2 a.m.
Fratello’s has a special menu but is only open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe and Bistro has the band Change Required playing until midnight, and The Lumber Mill is open until 9 p.m. for food and later for the bar, possibly as late as 2 a.m., depending on patron attendance.
The American Legion Post 800 has bar beverages at happy hour prices all New Year’s Eve day and night.
The Soboba Casino in San Jacinto has a New Year’s Eve party with Eliminator playing the best of ZZ Top. DJ Mike provides turntable honors. AC’s Lounge opens at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person at the Soboba Box Office.
Check with other restaurants not listed for their schedules.