Towns, from Belle Fourche to Rapid City, will be hosting New Year's Eve celebrations, including Deadwood's ball drop and casino giveaways.
"We're hoping the weather holds out for a bit," George Milos with the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce said. "There's a little doom and gloom, but we're expecting a big weekend as always."
In Deadwood the main event, according to Milos, is the Deadwood ball drop. The ball will be dropped from the balcony of the Franklin Hotel at midnight and despite the cold weather, Milos expects a great turnout.
"It's become quite popular," Milos said. "Thousands of people are out on Main Street, even if it's cold. I've been here when it's been five degrees out, and it's been packed. Lots of places have something special going on."
Mystic Miner Ski Resort in Lead plans to keep its tubing slopes open until 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
"I think we will have a great turnout," Kristi Hamilton with guest services at Mystic Miner said. "Conditions are good, so skiers will come out. It should just be excellent this weekend."
Despite the less than perfect weather headed to the Black Hills, hotel rooms are almost full, though Black Hills Central Reservations assure that there is still room and will still be room for guests through the holiday weekend.
"We can always find rooms if people want to come to the Black Hills to celebrate New Year's Eve," Susan Johnson, head of Black Hills Central Reservations, said. According to Johnson, the hotels throughout Sturgis, Spearfish, Deadwood and Rapid City are at 90 percent capacity and she expects to get a lot of phone calls Friday morning to check the current availability.
Spearfish will be hosting an array of events. Many bars, such as Flannigan's Irish Pub, Z Bar and Nightclub, Lucky's 13 Pub and Crow Peak Brewery will have live music or special events. Lucky's 13 Pub, Besler's Cadillac Ranch, and Chophouse and Whiskey Bar will all be hosting free champagne toasting at midnight.
There's plenty to do this New Year's Eve. Here are some of the activities in the Black Hills.
New Year's Eve Star Party, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Journey Museum: Families are invited to view the astronomy show in the Wells Fargo Theatre and see the solar system inside the Journey's inflatable planetarium. Telescopes will be set up on the lawn for star-gazing, and there will be activities in the lobby, including a drawing for a book and a solar system floor puzzle. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $7 plus tax for adults and $5 plus tax for students 17 and younger; tickets are available at the door.
Sturgis Family Fun Night, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring 20 activities at 12 locations in Sturgis. The nonalcoholic event is designed for families to celebrate New Year's Eve together. The theme is "Tropical Luau," and will feature activities such as a "dress your pineapple" contest, bowling, roller skating, face painting, limbo, swimming, magic shows, musicians, talent show, BMX bike show, clowns, exhibits by the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and a ball drop at 9 p.m. at the Main Street Armory.
Individual tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children; a family of four may attend everything for $25. Locations include Buffalo Bill's Bowling Alley, Center for the Arts, Community Center, Holiday Inn Express Water Park and Main Street Armory.
For more information, call 347-3556.
Comedy show by Sean Morey from the "Bob & Tom" radio show, 7 p.m. at the Historic Golden Wheel Dancehall in Whitewood: A $20 ticket includes free appetizers and open bar; call 695-7536.
Thunder Alley Bowling Party, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Robbinsdale Bowling Center, 805 E. St. Patrick St., Rapid City: $18 ticket includes shoes, pizza, pop, and party favors. For more information, call 342-2935.
Resolution Run 2011, 5K Run/Walk: registration at 7:30 a.m., Jan. 1, with 9 a.m. race time at Crow Peak Brewery in Spearfish; $15 with five nonperishable food items or $20. Post-race activities include awards, baked goods, beer and music by Chuck Will's Widow.
New Year's with DD & the Fayrohs, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Four Aces, Deadwood.
New Year's Eve shuttles from Spearfish to Deadwood, call Prairie Hills Transit at 642-6668.
Annual ball drop, Deadwood's Main Street, midnight.
Annual ball drop from the 10th floor of the Hotel Alex Johnson, Rapid City, midnight: The Alex Johnson also will host the Black and White Ball with a 1920s theme. Entertainment includes celebrity impersonator Tracey Bell and the Gary Bloomberg Band; 342-1210.
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn New Year's Eve party, 9 p.m. in the atrium: free to the public; includes DJ and cash bar, along with a ball drop, balloon drop, party favors and champagne toast; 348-4000.
New Year's Eve Dinner Show with the Potter Family at The Beanery, Rapid City: dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a variety show, hors d'oeuvres at 9:30 p.m. with a champagne toast at midnight; 348-6775.
Black Hills Symphony Orchestra concert, 8 p.m. "A Tale of Two Cities: New Year's Eve in Vienna and London." Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre, 348-4676.
Rapid City Rush vs. Wichita Thunder hockey, 7:05 p.m. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena, www.gotmine.com.
New Year's Eve at the Radisson, 445 Mount Rushmore Road: Dance party with Rooted Souls, Chef's Signature Dinner, breakfast buffet and room specials; 348-8300.
Deadwood Thyme Bistro will be hosting a dinner. Tickets are $25.
Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort will be giving away four cash winners every hour with increasing amounts, with the grand prize winner at midnight walking away with $4,000.
Cadillac Jacks will have a four-day giveaway, ending with someone winning a 2010 Ford F150 XLT Chrome Edition Truck. Drawings will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday and continue until 10 p.m. Monday, which will include a $100,000 cash drawing.