Utah may be known as a conservative state, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to throw a fabulously fun New Year’s Eve party! Whether with your family, with a group of friends or for a couple’s night out, here’s where you can spend your New Year’s Eve in Utah.
When: December 26-31
Where: Salt Lake City
No one does New Year’s Eve better than EVE WinterFest, year after year, and this year is no different. Come downtown and celebrate the end of 2016 and the start of a new year with six days full of concerts, performances and fun activities for kids and families. The Salt Palace is always a must-attend spot, where this year there will be dancing, inflatable bouncing features for kids and a countdown with the MirrorBall on Saturday.
Make sure to include a visit to Temple Square during your celebrations! Several of EVE’s festivities happen here, including a Winter Wonderland Concert on Friday night and various musical performances throughout the day on Saturday in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and Tabernacle, all of which are free to attend.
When: December 31 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: Salt Lake City
If you’re looking for an elegant night out, look no further than a fancy dinner at The Leonardo. Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by the museum’s in-house chefs. But if you don’t want your night to end there, they’re throwing a 21 and older party after the dinner, and purchasing a dinner ticket means you get free access to the party — live DJs, dancing, virtual reality demos, fire science and more tasty food.
When: December 31 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Park City
Have you always thought attending a masquerade ball, like you see in movies, would be fun? Well, now you can dress up and experience the mystery and excitement first-hand. Head to the Kokopelli Ballroom at the Grand Summit Hotel in Park City for a night filled with dinner, dancing and live entertainment. There will also be a fireworks display before dinner.
When: December 31 from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Snowbird Ski Resort provides fun for people of all ages on New Year’s Eve. The main events are the Torchlight Parade and fireworks, which start at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. During both you can warm up by a fire pit with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. And for those of you who are 21 and older, you can go to the Wildflower Lounge afterward and extend your celebrations with a DJ and dancing from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
When: December 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Up north in Logan, the must-attend New Year’s Eve party is a Utah Public Radio Benefit Event held at the Logan Country Club. Steve Williams, public radio jazz host, will be the emcee, and there will be music by Way Way East Bay as well as a delectable plated dinner that includes appetizers, soup, entree options and a dessert bar. Also on the night’s menu is some unique entertainment from illusionist Richard Hatch. So go have a fun-filled night with UPR, and toast the New Year not just once but twice at this event. Tickets are $100 a person, but $70 of that is a tax-deductible donation.
If you prefer staying home to watch the ball drop, or tend to fall asleep before it even happens, just go out for a special New Year’s Eve dinner at one of the restaurants at Temple Square. All are open for dinner on New Year’s Eve.