Ring in the New Year in style on bases
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Dances, fireworks and champagne are all a part of celebrations U.S. military bases throughout Europe are planning to welcome the new year. If you prefer staying close to home on New Year’s Eve, but still want to take part in festivities, consider attending activities at your local base.
Here is what military communities are planning for New Year’s Eve:
SHAPE: The SHAPE Club New Year’s Eve party offers a Moulin Rouge theme from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Four-course menu, wines on the table and a full open bar. The Zenith Band and a cabaret show are on tap for entertainment. A champagne toast at midnight. Evening or dancing attire is a must. Tickets are 90 euros. This is an adult event. For information, call DSN 423-4133 or civilian 3265-44-41-33.
Ansbach: Soldiers Lake Pavilion at the Urlas Housing Development on Shipton Kaserne is the venue for a party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Music, refreshments and fireworks. Dress warmly, as the party’s outside. Open to local nationals and their guests. No pets allowed. Shuttle service to Katterbach, Urlas, Army Lodging, Bleidorn, Barton and Bismarck. DSN 467-2790 or civ. 09802-83-2790.
Heidelberg: A party at Legends, at Patrick Henry Village, will begin at 8 p.m. and go to 2 a.m. The theme is “The Big Lebowski”— come dressed as your favorite character. Prizes for best costume and best bathrobe. League bowling, games, karaoke and a disc jockey. Admission free. DSN 388-9570 or civ. 06221-338-9570.
The Bowling and Entertainment Center on Patrick Henry Village will be host for a family party from 3-6 p.m. Cost includes three hours of cosmic bowling, shoe rental and a finger food buffet. Animated movies will be played on the screen. Adults pay $20; ages 12 and under pay $15. An evening party takes place starting at 8. Bowl or dance the night away. Buffet includes beef brisket and carved ham. A champagne or sparkling cider toast at midnight. $35 adults; ages 12 and under are $20. Entry to the party without bowling is $20. DSN 388-9040 or civ. 06221-338-9040.
Kaiserslautern: Vogelweh’s Kazabra Club will party from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Champagne greeting at the door, party favors, a free buffet and balloon drop at midnight. $10 per person. Patrons must be 18 or older. DSN 489-7261 or civ. 0631-536-7261.
The Vogelweh Bowling Center’s celebration starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes to 1 a.m. Dinner, cosmic bowling. DJ, party favors, games, prize drawings and arts and crafts for kids. $150 per lane, which can accommodate up to eight people. DSN 538-6543 or civ. 0631-538-6543.
Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh will have a Lights Out Party from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Champagne toast at midnight, with a breakfast buffet at 2 a.m. Patrons must be 18 or older. Tickets are $5. DSN 538-9986 or civ. 0631-354-9986.
Mannheim: The Top Hat Club’s party goes from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. DJ Big Money and special guest DJ Lil Money. $20 in advance or $25 at the door; price includes a small champagne, party favors, breakfast. DSN 380-9370 or civ. 0621-730-9370.
Ramstein: DJ Diamond will play tunes for a party at J.R. Rockers sports bar. Complimentary party favors and a champagne toast for the first 100 people. Free and open to all enlisted or equivalent civilian identification card holders. Patrons must be 18 or older. DSN 480-2333 or civ. 06371-472-333.
Spangdahlem: The Brick House community center is the site of a party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free pizza, drink specials, party music and giveaways. For ages 18 and over. DSN 452-2979 or civ. 06565-61-2979.
Stuttgart: The Galaxy Bowling & Entertainment Center’s party goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Bowling, prizes, soft drinks, finger foods and a champagne toast at midnight. $30 for adults; $25 for children 4 -14; entry free for those under 4. Buy tickets in advance at the center. The center’s Irish Pub is offering a comedy show featuring Comedy Central’s Scott Kennedy, starting at 9 p.m. DSN 431-2575 or civ. 07031-15-2575.
Wiesbaden: The Entertainment Center’s party runs from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Special drink prices, DJ, free finger food and champagne toast. Cosmic bowling throughout the night. Bouncy castle and movies for kids. Free finger food. DSN 335-5190 or civ. 0611-4080-190.
Cappuccino Casino’s party goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Karaoke with DJ Joker, free snacks and give-aways. Singing contest with cash prizes. Civ. 0611-411-4444.
Aviano: Ring in the new year at Aviano Lanes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cosmic bowling, party favors, prizes, Prosecco toast at midnight, french toast breakfast. $60 per lane, which can accommodate up to six people. Shoe rental included. DSN 632-7487 or civ. 0434-30-7487.
Camp Darby: The Bowling Center will have an open house party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free wi-fi, gaming, live and recorded music, party favors. Food and beverage available for purchase. DSN 633-7458.
Naples: Strikers Bowling Center offers cosmic bowling from 8:30-10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. to midnight. $20 per person, includes bowling, champagne, party favors and buffet. The O’Rhys Irish pub will have “Dancing Through the Decades” from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. DJ Wendy, free champagne and party favors at midnight. Entry is free. DSN 629-6976 or civ. 081-811-6976.
Sigonella: Celebrate at Connections from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dancing and a cash bar. Jox Pub’s party is from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. and includes dancing, free munchies, party favors, door prizes and a midnight champagne toast. DSN 624-4264.
Teens and ’tweens can celebrate at the Youth Complex in Marinai from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Black-and-white dress is a must for teens. Dancing, games, scavenger hunt, billiards, ping-pong, prizes and a sparkling cider toast at midnight. DSN 624-1750.
Vicenza: A masquerade ball will ring in the new year at The Lion’s Den from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. The band Drop Simpler entertains. Also a DJ, snacks, party favors and a complimentary midnight toast. $25 when tickets purchased in advance or $30 at the door. Note: Patrons wishing to use the gaming machines must have tickets to enter the area. A bowling party package is also available. Up to six people, two hours of bowling, shoe rental, a large cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda for $35.85. Offer valid from 6-11 p.m. To reserve a lane, sign up at the bowling alley. DSN 634-8257 or civ. 0444-71-8257.
Rota: Dinner and a show with a special menu at El Rompidillo at 7 p.m., the Comedy Squadron at La Plaza at 9 p.m., DJ, dancing and a party. $45 per person or $75 for two. Ticket purchase not required for the comedy show. DSN 727-5673.
RAF Lakenheath: The Liberty Club offers a high-end casino, Irish bar, Manhattan night club, VIP room, DJ SebaDEE, food, prizes, a balloon drop and more. Club members pay $20 and non-members $25 at the door. Tickets available at the cash cage in advance. Ages 18 and over. DSN 226-1611 or civ. 01638-521-611.
Liberty Lanes will have a Roaring ’20s party with the Charleston, Lindy Hop and bowling from 9 p.m. Food and prizes for best dressed. Suggested dress is a ’20s-theme outfit. $20 adults, $10 ages 5-12; ages 4 and under free. DSN 226- 2108 or civ. 01639-522-108.
RAF Mildenhall: The Tudor Bar’s festivities start at 8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast. Free for Mildenhall Officer Club members and $10 for non-members. Ages 18 and older only.
The Fire and Ice celebration features DJ Harp, hors d’oeuvres, midnight balloon drop, champagne toast and breakfast. Club members pay $10 in advance or $15 at the door; non-members pay $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Open to enlisted and civilian equivalents ages 18 and up. Call civ. 01638-542-683.