Jessica Callan and a group of friends have played BINGO on New Year’s Eve every year they’ve been able; it didn’t matter if they won or not, it’s the great fun, company and the possibilities that keeps them coming. Submitted photo

Mesquite celebrates the New Year in many ways. Some celebrate in a different time zone so they can be comfortable tucked in to bed by the stroke of midnight in Nebraska after watching the ball drop and ring in the New Year one hour earlier in Times Square. Clubs like the Elk’s hold their holiday celebration early, ring in the New Year on Eastern Time and afterward those who wish to continue head out to the Eureka to celebrate on Pacific time as well, others head home to bed.

For those who party hardy on Pacific Time there are a few options.

The Black & White Ball was started three years ago by a group of friends who wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve in their own time zone when, at the time, most parties were held early and locals celebrated on Eastern Time. The annual Ball is always elegant and formal but never lacks fun. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

What better way is there to ring in the New Year than by winning large amounts of money? Apparently many visitors and locals feel the same way. The casinos were packed, especially the BINGO hall. Filled to capacity every New Year’s Eve, these hot dabbers played for three hours and some rang in 2019 just a little bit richer. Jackpots are larger on New Year’s Eve and so is the crowd.

Some folks prefer a larger more diverse crowd, those were the ones who filled the Casablanca Showroom and Skydome Lounge. Gregg Peterson Band stomping in the New Year with a little bit of country while the gang in the Showroom rocked the house with DJ Jimmy and Vegas Limit in the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Bash.

The Stateline Casino is a favorite party place for many locals on New Year’s Eve with hourly cash drawings and the opportunity to win big at midnight. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Many locals prefer the New Year’s Eve bash at the Stateline Casino where they had the group “Most Wanted” entertaining the crowd. Stateline offered hourly cash drawings and one lucky local won $2017 in their midnight drawing and entered the New Year with a nice start.

The Skydome lounge at the CasaBlanca had a crowd of foot stomping country loving people celebrating with Gregg Peterson and his band. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Last but surly not least are the Party People. Larry LeMieux and a group of friends throw an elegant, formal and far more intimate New Year’s Eve Party that’s attended by about 60 friends and friends of friends; they’re the same group that throws the Hangar Dance after the Veteran’s Parade. The party may be more formal than most but it doesn’t lack flavor or fun. They held the party this year at the 1880 Grille which included appetizers, a gourmet dinner, martini bar, music, dancing and party favors among other

The biggest and Ultimate New Year’s Eve bash of 2017 was held in the CasaBlanca Showroom where 500 partygoes brought down the house along with Vegas Limit and DJ Jimmy in an all request night of music and fun. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

things. This group started the annual New Year’s Eve bash because they wanted to celebrate in Pacific Time, but years ago, most parties ended by 10 p.m. They didn’t want to celebrate with a group of strangers either so their options were limited. They took charge and began their own; it’s been a hit for three years and began as the Black & White Ball. It’s still the Black & White Ball but each year they carry a different theme and this year was “A touch of Blue.”

Not that you’d want to rush the year; it’s only just begun, but if you’re on the lookout for somewhere to ring in 2020, there are a few options around town, no matter what time zone you want to celebrate in.