Despite the pandemic, there are plenty of New Year's traditions that will remain the same: the ball will drop tonight in Times Square in New York (though without the crowds of people) and Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve will light up television screens around the country. Locally, there are still things to do if you want to ring in this new year, but be warned that there will be no Ozaukee Taxi, tonight, so plan ahead.
Sir James Pub in Port is hosting a Harry Potter-themed Magical Farewell to the Crappiest Year Yet from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wear your Hogwarts finest, if you're so inclined, and earn your house 10 points and yourself a butterbeer jello shot while enjoying Harry Potter inspired cocktails and snacks!
The Bridge in Grafton is having a New Years Eve Party featuring DJ INFOTEK! No cover charge. Champagne toast at midnight. FREE SAFE RIDE from 9pm-2am.
The Cork & Barrel in Newburg is having a New Year's Eve Bash $2 Rail Old Fashioned's served from 12-6PM, The Verdict starting at 9PM, FREE Party favors & snack food bar starting 10:30PM, FREE champagne toast at midnight and a 40x20 Outdoor heated & tented Tiki bar area open beginning at noon.
The Lime Cantina in Cedarburg is having a New Years Eve Dinner Event beginning at 4pm with live music from 6-10 p.m. by Marr’Lo and Nicolette! Dinner Specials such as Cola Mole, Carne Asada and Shrimp Skewers, as well as specialty New Year's Eve Drinks. Call to reserve your table inside or outside on our heated tented patio where the music will be playing at 262-618-3386. Carryout available!
The new Union House in Cedarburg has All-You-Can-Drink Rail Mixers for $20, a free Bubbly Toast at Midnight and a new expanded menu, including a delicious Charcuterie Box or some of our tasty Snack Boards, beginning at 4 pm.
Many area restaurants have dinner specials tonight that don't require reservations if you're looking for a special meal out - call ahead to find out details.
Unfortunately, the Port Washington Polar Bear Club has cancelled the official dip in the Lake on New Year's Day, but spending time along the lakeshore at Lion's Den, Harrington Beach or the parks around Port Washington is still a great way to start the new year.
Happy New Year, Oz!
Still looking for a place to get your Christmas Tree? Here are the top picks for in or near Oz where you can cut your own or choose a pre-cut fresh tree!
Uselding's Christmas Trees
Located on Western Rd. just outside of downtown Cedarburg, choose a pre-cut tree, wreaths and other trimming.
Cedarburg Creek Farm
Located at 649 Hwy 60 in Cedarburg, the Cedarburg Creek Farm has pre-cut trees, wreaths, decorated pots, petting zoo, hayrides and more.
Sandhill Tree Farm
Located at 2323 E River Rd. in Grafton, Sandhill Tree Farm will be open for cut your own trees December 5th & 6th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate, candy canes, a holiday gift shop, fresh florals from Shady Lady and photo opportunities.
Gene Fransee & Son Nursery & Landscaping/ Home of Kletzien Garden Center
Located at 3670 Hwy. W in Port Washington has trees, wreaths, poinsettias, vintage Christmas collectibles and more.
First Congregational Church
Located on the corner of Jackson St. and Grand Ave., along the Sauk Creek, the First Congregational Church is now in their 35th year of selling pre-cut trees as a fundraiser for the church.
Buechler Farms, LLC
Located at 587 S. Royal Ave in Belgium, Buechler's offers trees, wreaths, planters and a special Christmas Shop with ongoing activities for the kids.
Willoway Farm & Friends
New this year, Willoway Farm and friends are selling pre-cut balsams at N5412 Cigrand Dr. in Waubeka, as well as some other local goodies. Enjoy a campfire and hot chocolate, too.
Anderson’s Greenview Tree Farm
Located at W4266 County Rd. D in Random Lake, Anderson's has pre-cut trees as well as wreaths and a Christmas Gift Shop in the barn, or take a walk or hay ride out to the fields to cut your own.
Trees For Less
Located at 11550 Wausaukee Rd. in Mequon has cut your own and pre-cut trees.
Stumpf's Tree Farm
Located at 340 Horns Corners Road in Cedarburg, Stumpf's is already sold out for this season, but a consideration for 2021.