Organizers of local revels prepare for a freezing New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve cold preps at the Salvage Station in Asheville. (Photo: WLOS staff)

Outside the historic Henderson County courthouse Sunday night, New Year’s Eve revelers celebrating the “Apple Rise” celebration at midnight will surely have coats on.

County planners are also prepping for the freezing weather. “We’ll have six heating stations around,” said Bridgette Galloway with Henderson County. “We’re also going to be serving hot chocolate and hot cider. We’ve got a DJ this year. We’ll also have kids decorating hats.”

Last year was the debut of the event. Even with the freezing forecast, Galloway is confident added features to this year’s celebration will draw families to Main Street.

In Asheville, rooftop bars on two of the city’s newest hotels, the AC Hotel and the Cambria, will have heaters to keep guests warm. AC Hotel general manager, Michael Hickerson, said the hotel has already sold-out its’ Rock & Rye New Year’s Eve event, that pays homage to the site’s historic hotel, that operated many decades before the new Marriott property opened.

“We’re expecting over 475 people in our space,” said Hickerson. The rooftop bar is already outfitted with heaters and gas fireplaces for ambience and warmth. All music and food will be inside, in an adjacent ballroom and in the hotel’s main restaurant on the ninth floor. But guests are sure to venture outside to the adjacent rooftop space, despite the cold, just for a breath of fresh air

At the Salvage Station on Riverside drive, manager Jessica Louer anticipates over 300 revelers to come for music and to welcome in 2018 Sunday night. The venue that has a large outdoor space. The live music, featuring two bands, will play inside, but patrons will also likely venture outside to sit by fire pits and stay warn by propane heaters. Louer doesn’t think the cold will deter revelers from coming.

“It doesn’t really affect our business as much as it used to,” said Louer. “People know we have the indoor facility and heaters and stuff. Last year we had six to seven hundred people here. We've already pre-sold a lot of tickets so, we’re hoping we get a lot more walk ups that day.”

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