Happy New Years! In the spirit of the holiday season and it being the week of New Years Eve, I wanted to write a blog about my favorite NYE celebration to date: Snowglobe Music Festival. We’re currently still dealing with a global pandemic, so unfortunately Snowglobe isn’t happening this year and who really knows when it’s going to happen again, but regardless, I wanted to write about it. If you don’t know what Snowglobe is, it’s a 3-day electronic music festival that happens December 29th, 30th, and 31st every year in South Lake Tahoe, California. This festival is made for all ages… so yes, I saw families there and I would not recommend taking your kids to this. Hard no. Anyways, I know some people may be immediately turned off by this festival since the performers are mainly DJ’s and “electronic” music… I hear you, but coming from someone who doesn’t listen to that music either, I can honestly tell you that this festival is worth it. There is just a certain vibe there, that makes it so fun. It’s like a winter wonderland in the middle of the woods with music and dancing. I went to Snowglobe in 2018 with a huge group of friends and it was sooo much fun. To top it off, I was 100% sober as well. If you know me, you would know that I am not a big partier. I just like to dress up, dance, and have fun with the people I care about. That is my idea of a good time.
How to Prepare:
- Find a place to stay EARLY: There are plenty of places to stay in Tahoe from hotels, cabins, Airbnb’s, and more. However, places book up quick and prices rise greatly during New Years Eve. The earlier you book, the better places and prices you’ll find. Something that I learned in school is that booking.com, kayak, expedia, trivago, etc. are literally all the same, but expedia is the best choice for reliability, customer service, and prices. You’re welcome. Also, having a large group of people helps because the price will go down since everybody is splitting it and it’s just more fun that way too. When I went, we stayed in a little hotel/motel a few miles away from the venue. Staying somewhere close to the venue is an important note to make as well, because if you’re Ubering, that’ll lower the prices on that too. There were 8 of us in this hotel room, but oddly enough, it totally worked. We had one bathroom, which seemed to be the only difficulty when we were all getting ready, but that was just a minor issue for an affordable price. Our room had a queen size bed, with another little room attached to it that had a bunk bed where the bottom bunk had a full size mattress on it. We also brought a queen size blow-up mattress and a twin size blow-up mattress. So to paint a picture for you: 2 girls were on the queen bed, another 2 were on the queen blow-up mattress, 2 girls on the bottom bunk, 1 on the top bunk, and our 1 guy friend on the twin blow-up mattress. There was practically no room to walk, but like I said, it was cheap, a close distance, and it was worth it. Our heater did break after the first night because one of the girl’s blasted it way too hot… which was probably the worst part because it was winter and snowing, so it was freezing. But we just layered up and snuggled up in bed to deal with it.
- Figure out transportation: It’s New Years Eve, so finding safe and reliable transportation is most important. Do NOT drink and drive. Do NOT get in the car with someone who has been drinking or are under the influence of anything. So take an Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or have a safe and sober driver. The festival has a designated waiting area for Uber and Lyft, but there are thousands of people at this festival and you’re in a small town like Tahoe, so you will be waiting awhile before you get your Uber or Lyft. However, waiting longer beats getting in an accident over drunk driving. So dress warm and wait patiently. As I mentioned before, staying somewhere close to the venue is important for cheaper prices on Uber, Lyft, etc. You do have to keep in mind though, that it is NYE and a music festival, so the prices will not be cheap regardless. But of course if you’re staying close to the venue, it will help you out a bit price-wise. There are a few hotel/motels close to the venue (Lake Tahoe Community College), so I did see people walking… but I wouldn’t recommend walking, unless you really are super close to the venue and are dressed warm enough. In previous years, people had died from hypothermia with trying to walk… no joke, take this stuff seriously. My friends and I had an advantage because I was sober so I fit four people in my car, and then we had another sober friend who fit the rest of our group in her car. So for us, all we had to do with split a parking pass which is way cheaper than taking an Uber.
- Pack WARM clothes: I use to run pretty warm-blooded so I did not wear as many layers as to what I would do now and I would not recommend this to anyone else. PERSONALLY, at the time, I just use to run really hot so all I wore were onesies with a long sleeve bodysuit and leggings underneath, gloves, snow boots, and two pairs of socks (one of the socks being “hunting” socks). The third night, NYE, was the coldest night being 10 degrees Fahrenheit so I was fine the first two nights, but absolutely freezing the third night and definitely had wished I layered up more. Not sure what’s happened to me in the past year, but now I get cold very easily so I could not have survived in the outfits I wore back in 2018 when I went. If you want to wear onesies like I did, I 10/10 recommend, just make sure you layer up. MUSTS: thermals, gloves, thick/wool/hunting socks, and proper snow boots. Most of my friends complained about having water seep through their boots so that made them miserable because their feet were wet and freezing. For some reason, I was totally fine when I wore the cheapest snow boots off Amazon… not sure how that worked out, I guess I got lucky? Moral of the story: wear heavy-duty, snow/water-proof boots that will keep your feet warm and dry. Also pack thick, heavy, wool or hunting socks and layer them up. My mom always told me, “if your feet are cold, you’ll never be comfortable and that’s how you get sick”… which I agree. Buy thick/heavy socks and layer them on in your proper snow boots. Another tip is to pack the little pocket heaters, to keep your hands warm and wear beanies or scarfs too. I can’t believe I’m about to advise this, but wear a face mask of some-sorts at night. On the third night, the most freezing part of me was my face. It was numb and I practically couldn’t feel it, so if I were to go again, I’d bring some sort of face mask to keep my nose from freezing off. Of course, wear snow jackets or snow pants if you want to. I didn’t because I wore onesies, but my other friends did because they were freezing. I understand “for the gram” you may not want to be wearing all those layers, so just take your pictures first and then layer up for the actual festival. Trust me, warm clothes and layers are your best friends here.
- Pack the right food and water: Unless you plan on eating-out every meal, it’s important to pack filling and nutritional foods. Yeah, I sound like a mom here, but you’re going to a music festival for hours…in the freezing snow… constantly on your feet…you need it (especially if you’re partying too). I packed trail mix, protein bars, protein shakes, fruit, and cases of water (my friends don’t call me “mom” for nothing). Every morning, we all went to the local Safeway for the Starbucks and something to eat from the deli-department. My friends either got breakfast burritos, sandwiches, or fried chicken… I got pizza pockets. They were good, I couldn’t help it! This food was cheap and filling, so that’s how we started off our days. Before we’d leave, I was making sure everyone was drinking plenty of water and tried to pass out my protein bars to whoever would take one! There is food to purchase at the festival, but none of us did so I cannot tell you how they tasted or what the prices were like. All I know is, it’s important to eat and drink water to make sure your body is fueled for the night.
- Pack medicine and immunity boosters: Again, it’s cold, snowing, and you’re on your feet a lot. Emergen-c or Pedialyte are your best friend. If you get a headache or anything, it’s important to have medicine on hand to help you out as well. Everything in moderation of course.
- Go with the right people: Music festivals are a good time and if you go with the right people, it’ll be the best time. I had a great time at Snowglobe with my group of friends, but I have experienced a music festival with an uncomfortable group and I was miserable the entire time. Make sure you’re going with friends and people who care about you, include you, don’t pressure you into anything, who you’re comfortable with, and who you don’t have to babysit. Good vibes only. Music festivals are meant to be fun, so surround yourself with the best people for you! Always!
- Dress up: It is a music festival and New Years Eve, so dress up!!!! Something that I love about music festivals is the outfits and dressing up part. New Years Eve is known for sparkles and glamour, and music festivals are known for crazy outfits as well. This makes it kind of tricky when you’re trying to layer up and be warm in the snow. So if you care, I’ll tell you how I managed to “dress-up” and stay warm. As I mentioned before, I use to run warm-blooded so I didn’t dress as warm as I would now and as YOU SHOULD when you go. Layer up. Dress warm. If you want to enjoy yourself and be safe, comfort over cute. Any day. Anyways… on day one I wore a red and black checkered (lumberjack-looking) onesie with a black bodysuit, black headband, black gloves, leggings, layered/thick socks and red lipstick. The second day I wore a giant-oversized camo onesie, black bodysuit, black gloves, leggings, layered/thick socks with a black beanie. This onesie would’ve been good for extra layering since it was so oversized. So if you want to go the onesie route, I recommend getting oversized onesies so you can wear a lot of layers underneath like thermals, leggings, or even snow pants. As for the third day (NYE), I wore a grey and white snowflake onesie, white turtleneck bodysuit, leggings, layered/thick socks, white earmuffs, face jewel stickers, and sparkly make up.
- Have Fun: It’s a music festival and New Years Eve… have fun!!!!!! Of course be safe, be smart, be responsible. If you’re dressed warm enough and have good people with you-you should be fine and have a great time. Like I mentioned before, I don’t even listen to electronic music and I was sober, AND I HAD A BLAST. I’m also super short, so I can’t even see the stage unless someone picks me up or puts me on their shoulders… and I still had a great time. Be open-minded and have fun!
New Years Eve celebrations look different this year and I know you can’t be with everyone like you used to… but I do have some ideas for you to celebrate at-home this year. My family has some silly NYE traditions we’ve done since I was a little girl: eat 12 grapes at midnight, wear new red or yellow underwear (red for love/passion, yellow for money in the new year), and run around the street in your neighborhood with suitcases and scream where you want to travel in the new year after midnight. I know these sound silly, but it’s fun to do and gives you something to look forward to with going into 2021. So that’s it for my families NYE traditions. But something else you can do at home is dress-up, because why not? Wear that sparkly outfit you had planned, listen to music, watch the ball drop in NYC, and drink champagne (if you’re of age). Those are just a few “Covid-19 or 2020”, safe, at-home ways that you can do to celebrate the new year.
I know 2020 has been a rough year in many ways for everybody, but I think it’s important to reflect on the past year and focus on the good. It’s easy to get caught up in the bad… due to Covid-19, I went 6 months without any pay (no unemployment, no stimulus check, nothing), I lost any and all Summer Internship opportunities, wasn’t able to get a hotel job in the fall, I may not be able to walk for my college graduation and getting a job in the travel and tourism industry during a global pandemic may potentially be a tough-task to achieve this upcoming summer after I graduate… but there’s nothing I can do with the past year or the future. All I can do is focus on the good and focus on what I can do now to make 2021 and the future years to come better than this one. I started this travel blog, a clothing brand with my family, a podcast with my best friend, while working a day job and being a full-time college student. For a terrible year like 2020, that’s pretty cool. 2020 is almost over, and 2021 is about to begin. It’s going to take awhile before life goes back to normal, so make sure to count your blessings and figure out how to keep on-keeping on. Happy New Years everyone! Let’s kick 2021 outta the park!!