By Dan Walton

Pioneer Staff

Radium Hot Springs

New Years Eve is the anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Radium Hot Springs and 2014 will be its 24th celebration. This party goes on during the day, with chili, hot dogs, hot chocolate, and a birthday cake all beginning at Brents Shack at 3 p.m. Theres no cost to attend, but they will be accepting donations for the Radium Hot Springs. Later, at 6:30 p.m. from the Springs Driving Range, a fireworks show will be underway to brighten up the villages sky.

It will be easy for those in Radium to leave behind any feelings of tension from 2014, as Bare Hands Day Spa will be operating with six therapists between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on both Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st.

We wish you a healthy, happy finish to 2014 and a great start to 2015, says owner Heather Fischbuch.

If youre looking for new years entertainment in Radium that goes later into the night, CasaVino Wine and Tapas Bar will be open until midnight. Beginning at 8 p.m., CasaVino will be offering a five-course meal with wine, tapas, and dessert. Reservations can be made online at www.casavino.ca or by calling Dee at 250-341-5100.

Panorama Mountain Resort

A second round of New Years Eve fireworks in the valley will be blasting off from Panorama Mountain Resort. And skiers who are comfortable handling illuminating props can be a part of it, though the best view of the Torchlight Parade Fireworks Display will be from the base of the Mile 1 Express. Earlier in the evening, the resorts Great Hall will be hosting a festive meal at 7:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 800-663-2929.

Fairmont Hot Springs

At Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, there will be a Glow-in-the-Dark Pool Party between 8 and 10:30 p.m. (regular admission fees apply), and then the party hops to the Bears Paw and Grill, where DJ Wild Bill will be spinning starting at 9 p.m. until close. Theres no cover charge and party favours plus champagne at midnight are included. And anyone spending their night in the Fairmont community will want to look up at the sky around 10 p.m., when the valleys third round of New Years fireworks begins at the resort up near the Historical Indian Bathhouses.

A stones throw from the resort is From Scratch, which is holding one of their famous Kitchen Parties on December 31st. Between 6:30 and 10ish p.m., guests will be involved in the wholesome preparation of an eight-course meal. The party will toast to the new year along with those in the Eastern Standard Time zone. To reserve your seat, call 250-345-0008 or email info@fromscratchfood.com. Tickets cost $79.95.

Invermere on the Lake

The go-to New Years party in Invermere will be at Buds Bar and Lounge with the theme Under the Sea, which features three DJs (Kelownas Miss DVS as the headliner). Tickets can be bought for $15 in advance at Buds or at the Syndicate Board Shop, or $20 at the door.

And make sure you recover from your new years festivities quickly because another major celebration is in store just a few days later. Its no secret that Lake Windermere has the worlds longest ice skating trail, but that title becomes official on Saturday, January 3rd the first day of the valleys new Winter in Motion Festival, which runs into February. Pick up the next Pioneer to read all about this first-time festival that will kick off the prestigous World Record win. Happy New Year!