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New Year's

Ring in the New Year in Anchorage; sing “Auld Lang Syne” in Alaska! From fireworks extravaganzas to intimate dinners, Anchorage, Alaska, is the place to be to welcome 2016!

Celebrate with Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve in Town Square Park. The fun starts at 5 p.m. with a dance party and culminates in a kid-friendly fireworks spectacular that lights up the night at 8 p.m. True to the name you’ll find hot entertainment and icy fun, with a children’s ice gallery, food vendors and 3-D light projections all around Town Square.

The grownups can party through the first hours of 2016 at the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball at Dena'ina Center. Billed as "Alaska's largest and classiest New Year's Eve Party," this bash is open only to those 21 and older and runs until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

If you'd rather turn back the clock get your tickets for the New Year's Eve Rewind party held at The Hotel Captain Cook. Dance into the new year with the greatest hits of the '70s, '80s and '90s.

For a downhill countdown, head to Girdwood for the Torchlight Parade at Alyeska Resort. Local skiers and snowboarders descend the mountain with torches in hand, creating a parade of lights from top to bottom. The Torchlight Parade takes over the mountain at 9 p.m., and fireworks cap the festivities. Stake out a spot near the resort’s day lodge for the best view of both the procession and the fireworks. You can also ring in the New Year at the nearby Sitzmark.

With fireworks and live entertainment, New Year’s Eve is always a feast for the eyes and ears, but many Anchorage restaurants also host specialty dinners with decadent flavors and plenty of bubbly as well. Kinley's Restaurant is preparing a special menu, and with their reputation of amazing special events like wine maker dinners this is one to check out.

In downtown Anchorage, Muse is known for turning out artful meals. After all, the restaurant is inside the Anchorage Museum. The culinary masterminds behind Muse are planning a special menu for their New Years Eve dinner. And what would New Years Eve be without a toast? Raise a glass to the New Year at Crush Wine Bistro. Their cellar goes far beyond champagne, and reservations for the dinner on Dec. 31 are always a smart idea. If steak and shrimp are your forte, then indulge yourself with a four-course menu at Sullivan's Steakhouse.

For revelers headed to Girdwood for the Torchlight Parade, Alyeska Resort's Pond Cafe will be serving a New Year's Buffet and Seven Glaciers is featuring a prix fixe dinner.

Anchorage celebrates like none other on New Year’s Eve, so resolve to spend the holiday in Alaska!