On New Year’s Eve, folks can hang out at home and watch the iconic ball drop in Times Square on television from the comfort of your couch.
Or they can head out and celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 at any one of these festive and fun NYE celebrations throughout the West Valley.
As a bonus, for those who want to hit the hay early or still catch the traditional celebrations on TV, a few of these events will take place earlier in the day.
The Wigwam Resort
Say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 at one of three celebrations at the Wigwam. Guests can settle in for a special four-course prix fixe dinner with a glass of sparkling wine at Litchfield’s from 5 to 10 p.m. for $68. All generations are welcome to celebrate at Red’s Bar and Grill from 7 to 10 p.m. with live music, family-friendly patio games and big-screen televisions to watch the ball drop. Visitors can also dance their way into the new year with a drink in hand at The Wigwam Bar from 7 p.m. to midnight with live music by the Fabulous Keen Brothers.
The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, wigwamarizona.com.
Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale has one main goal this New Year’s Eve: to deliver festive fun for everyone of all ages.
“Our family-friendly, ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ celebration features a confetti balloon drop at noon rather than midnight, costumed characters, crafts, on-stage entertainment and more,” said Jessica Kubicki, YAM Properties Director of Marketing, adding people can also enjoy day-to-night pre and post-Coyotes game happenings at the “New Year’s Eve Live!” block party.
“Before the game, Westgate restaurants and the Arizona Coyotes will host an all-ages, free-entry beer garden. After the puck drops, Fat Tuesday, Whiskey Rose, Salt Tacos y Tequila, The Lola and McFadden’s will co-host an indoor, outdoor ticketed affair with fireworks, a countdown, performance by DJ Pauly D.”
While in the past, different bars and restaurants at Westgate have hosted their own celebrations, Kubicki said this year will be the first time the aforementioned five bars are teaming up for one event with one cover charge.
Whether people choose to celebrate at noon or in the hours leading up to midnight, Kubicki said there will be plenty of festive fun at each event.
“Expected attendance for each event ranges in the thousands. While this number is high, we strive to create a unique and happy experience for every guest,” she said.
Noon Year’s Eve will be celebrated from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fountain Park. New Year’s Eve Live! is from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. at the WaterDance Plaza. Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 333, Glendale, westgateaz.com/nye.
The entertainment venue is offering a family-friendly party from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Eve Day Party special is $99.99 for four people and includes 90 minutes of bowling, two games of laser tag, pizza and soda and a $15 game card. There will also be a balloon drop at 7 p.m. and over $3,000 worth of prizes given away throughout the day.
At 7:30 p.m. the party for adults begins with live music by Retro Connection. Enjoy music, a balloon drop at midnight and over $10,000 in prizes. VIP packages are available and includes bowling, drinks, party favors and more.
Uptown Alley, 13525 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise, uptownalleysurprise.com.
Arizona Broadway Theatre
Ring in the New Year from 7 to 11 p.m. “Viva Las Vegas: a New Year’s Eve Celebration” at Arizona Broadway Theatre on the ABT Mainstage. Live entertainment features Sherie Rae Parker, “the number one Bette Midler tribute artist in the world”; Chance Tinder, a top Elvis Presley tribute artist; and Michael Finney, whose work combines stand-up comedy and magic tricks.
Cost is $175 and includes an elegant dinner and dessert, complimentary photo and a champagne toast. Dress code is “festive fun” as if you were going out on the town in Vegas.
Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org.
If you have not quite gotten your fill of holiday lights, New Year’s Eve is the final night for this year’s Zoomtown Lights event at the ISM Raceway track. The drive-through light course covers around 1.6 miles and features snowfall canopies, motorsports-inspired displays and trees of light. Hours are from 6-9 p.m. and the admission is $25 per car.
ISM Raceway Track, 7602 S. Avondale Boulevard, Avondale, ismraceway.com.
Make it home safe
If your New Year’s Eve plans involve adult beverages, the ride-share company Lyft offers holiday specials
The “Save Lives, Don’t DUI” campaign will offer riders a responsible ride option with Lyft. Between now and New Year’s Day, new riders can use the code JOY for up to $5 off four rides. Existing riders can use the code JOY19 to receive 20 percent off two rides.
“We’re proud to partner with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Desert Financial Credit Union and Hubbard Radio to promote Lyft as a reliable ride option for those celebrating this holiday season,” said Drena Kusari, Lyft Regional Director.
“We encourage riders to plan ahead with a Lyft ride so they can get out and explore their city without worrying about parking or how to get home afterward.”
For details, visit lyft.com/rider/signup.