As 2016 comes to a close, residents across the High Desert will be celebrating the end of another year and the beginning of a new one as they ring in 2017 with extravagant parties and events.

While the Happy Place cannabis festival in Victorville will take place all day Saturday and into the wee hours on Sunday, the following events will be hosted Saturday night until the clock strikes midnight New Year’s morning for those interested in partaking in smaller gatherings to celebrate.

New Year's Eve Ball in Barstow

There will be champagne, dancing, dinner, live music, a balloon drop, party favors, an art show and more Saturday night at Hacienda Tequila, 29836 Old Highway 58, Barstow.

This event is presented by Dignity Station, which aims to help homeless artists earn an income. Tickets are $70 per couple and the event will start at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 760-686-4392 or visit

Green Tree Inn’s Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party

Taking a page from the best-selling novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Green Tree Inn invites guests to come dressed in their best and classiest 1920s attire for a roaring good time as they welcome 2017 in style at their Great Gatsby New Year’s Party.

“We’ve always had New Year’s Eve parties hosted at the hotel, but this is the first year we’ve put a theme to it,” said Gladis Cuebas, decorator for the event. “We’re really excited for the community to come out and see what we’ve put together for a fun night. I think they’re really going to like it.”

The party is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. inside the hotel’s parlor with an elegant dinner set to take place from 6. to 8 p.m. Following the dinner will be casino-themed activities, a comedy show with Comedian JT Turner and a live performance by local band Be Okay as guests are invited to dance the night away. The party will conclude with a champagne toast at midnight to welcome in the New Year and will be wrapped up by 1 a.m.

Tickets are $95 per person or $150 per couple and can be purchased from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Green Tree Inn Hotel’s events office. The hotel is at 14173 Green Tree Blvd in Victorville. For more information, call 760-245-3461.

John’s Incredible New Year’s Eve Pizza Party

Families looking to spend a safe and enjoyable night out with the kids as they ring in the new year are welcome to celebrate at John’s Incredible Pizza with a party filled with food, photos, games and fun.

The night will consist of an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet with salad and a dessert bar while children of all ages can enjoy a variety of ticketed and non-ticketed games to play as they attempt to win fabulous prizes. A photo station will be set up for guests to take silly pictures while IncrediBear may or may not photobomb you. Once the clock strikes 12, everyone will have the chance to watch the ball drop at midnight on the restaurant's big screen.

The event is set to take place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m, with prices starting at $16 for the Celebration Package, which includes a buffet, beverages, free rides and game play for non-ticket games and New Year’s party accessories for the kids. The Premium Package includes everything for $26 along with a $15 FunCard. The restaurant is at 14766 Bear Valley Road in Victorville. For more information, call 760-951-1111.

El Pescador New Year’s Eve Party

For El Pescador Seafood and Mexican Grill, 2017 is looking to start off with a gesture of kindness as its New Year’s Eve Party will partner with the Don Ferrarese Charitable Foundation to raise money for the organization.

“This particular fundraiser, a portion of the proceeds will go toward the foundation and is looking to raise money for scholarships, which are handed out every year to students,” said event coordinator Dana Hernandez. “This our first time partnering with El Pescador and they’re a great restaurant and the event is for a really great cause.”

Guests are invited to dance the night away as the restaurant will be transformed into a fancy ballroom for a New Year’s Eve formal dance. The party also will feature casino tables, karaoke and live music provided by DJ Pulse and a chance to watch the ball drop as the clock strikes midnight. A full course meal and drinks also will be provided by the restaurant.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at 14144 Green Tree Blvd. in Victorville. Tickets cost $150 per couple or $75 per person. For more information, call 714-331-7068. For ticket purchases, call 760-964-4976.

New Year’s Eve Party at Ricky’s Bar

Ricky’s Bar and Nightclub is looking to kick off 2017 by inviting guests for a night of socializing and celebration at their New Year’s Eve Party.

The party will start at 7 p.m. as entertainer DJ Angel will provide music and entertainment while drink specials will be available throughout the night. There will be a free buffet, along with a free champagne toast at midnight for all attendees.

Tickets are $20 at the door and the bar is located at 13728 Hesperia Road, Suite 12, in Victorville. For more information, call 760-951-5400.

12th annual New Year’s Eve Party at Cadillac Ranch Saloon

Those looking to celebrate the New Year with Southern hospitality and family entertainment should look no further than the Cadillac Ranch Saloon, which is saddling up for its 12th annual New Year's Eve Party.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Party favors will be handed out to guests and there will be live entertainment provided throughout the night hosted by K-FROG radio with local country band Southern Spirit playing the hits. The night will end with a champagne toast at midnight as guests watch the ball drop.

"It's going to be a feel-good fun night with lots to do and great music to celebrate the new year," said Judy Foster.

The bar is located at 22581 Highway 18 in Apple Valley. Tickets are $12 at the door and rides for the event will be available. For more information, call 760-247-7060. For rides, call 909-286-3669.

Monica Solano can be reached at or at 760-951-6231. Follow her on Twitter @DP_MonicaInes.