New Year's Eve in Anchorage

Ring in New Year's in Anchorage. From fireworks extravaganzas to intimate dinners, Anchorage, Alaska, is the place to be to welcome 2021.

New Year's Events in Anchorage

After sunset, celebrate with New Year’s Eve festivities. 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. You’ll find musical acts, food, drink and entertainment to fill the space off Third Avenue. It's the perfect vantage point for fireworks.

You could also offset any evening indulgences by starting with the Northern Lights Resolution Run, a 5K with special light displays and music along the course.

The grownups can party through the first hours of 2021 at a number of locations. The Hotel Captain Cook hosts a New Year's Eve bash, and many nearby bars, restaurants and other venues host parties all their own, including 49th State, Williwaw and Hard Rock.

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 Hope Social Club.

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 in Girdwood are featuring special dinners for revelers.

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

Looking for dinner before all the festivities? Explore Anchorage restaurants.

Need a place to stay after the ball drops? Find a hotel room.