Ring in New Year's in Anchorage. From fireworks extravaganzas to intimate dinners, Anchorage, Alaska, is the place to be to welcome 2017.
New Year's Events in Anchorage
After sunset, 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 2017 at a number of locations. The Dena'ina Center hosts an annual celebration. The Hotel Captain Cook New Year's Eve party is filled with food, music and fun
Five Star Entertainment puts on a New Year's bash at the Sheraton from 8 p.m. to well after the ball drops. Hard Rock Cafe's New Year's party is family-friendly revelry until 9 p.m., then cranks it up to 11 with music from Big Fat Buddha after that. The Anchorage Museum's Razzle Dazzle Ball is all about standing out, even as the museum hosts "Camouflage," an exhibit all about blending in.
New Year's Eve in Girdwood
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 Anders Osborne.
New Year's Eve Dinners
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. Restaurants such as Kinley's, Crush Wine Bistro and Sullivan's Steakhouse in Anchorage and Seven Glaciers is featuring special dinners for revelers.
Anchorage celebrates like none other on New Year’s Eve, so resolve to spend the holiday in Alaska!
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