Ring in New Year's in Anchorage. From fireworks extravaganzas to intimate dinners, Anchorage, Alaska, is the place to be to welcome 2018.
New Year's Events in Anchorage
After sunset, celebrate with New Year’s Eve festivities 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.
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 2018 at a number of locations. The Sheraton hosts a James Bond-themed casino night. Hotel Captain Cook welcomes a masquerade ball. Conway Seavey's band jams at McGinleys. Anchorage Community Works hosts a warehouse party. Williwaw throws a DJ-fueled video dance party, and Humpy's jumps to 2018 by going back to the '80s with I like Robots on New Years.
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 DeadPhish Orchestra.
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!
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