Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dakota County New Year's Eve party brings families to Lebanon Hills Regional Park for early countdown

The timing may be unconventional, but the celebrating is all the excitement you're used to at Dakota County's eighth annual New Year's Eve party. Rather than counting down to 2014 at midnight, the family-oriented event will culminate in a big ball drop just before 8 p.m.


Featured activities include a magic show, storytelling, bonfires and more. Several candlelit options bring people outdoors through hiking and snowshoeing trails, a sledding hill and ice skating on Schulze Lake. Lebanon Hills offers snowshoe rental, but attendees should bring their own sled or ice skates. Party-goers can also enjoy a free make-your-own-s'more buffet or purchase a variety of other hot concessions from The Tot Boss and RA MacSammy's food trucks.


The event will be held from 5–8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Visitor Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Cost is $8 per person if pre-registered by Dec. 30 and $10 per person at the door. Children age 5 and younger are free.


For more information or to pre-register, visit and search calendar of events or call 651-554-6530.

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