New Year's Eve means private parties, eating out at an upscale restaurant, and counting down the clock at your favorite bar. But if you are looking for something a bit more memorable, peruse this list of some of the parties for New Year's Eve celebrations. Some events are free and some are family-friendly, so there will be something for everyone this New Year's Eve in the Salt Lake City area.
If you're a fan of skiing or snowboarding, then Snowbird's New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks is a great way for you, friends, and family to celebrate the beginning of the year. Since Snowbird is about 30 miles from Salt Lake City, make an overnighter of it and stay at one of the many lodging options.
The fun starts at 6 p.m. with the torchlight parade followed by the fireworks show. Afterward, warm up by the fire pits with some hot cocoa and have dinner at one of Snowbird's restaurants, before heading off to the Wildflower Lounge until midnight. If you're up to it the following day, you can even hit the slopes.
The New Years' Eve White Ball takes place at the Eventos Reception Center and is an end-of-year party suited for the whole family. It begins at 8 p.m. with a full buffet dinner and then continues on into the night with music, dancing, and a non-alcoholic champagne toast at midnight. The dress code is formal, so pull out your best party dress or suit for this bash.
At the Sheraton SLC, enjoy a sense of mystery at the masquerade ball. There will be a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing. You'll also be entertained with a balloon drop, door prizes, and a photo booth. Wear your glitziest cocktail attire, toast the turning of the clock with champagne, and take off your mask at midnight. Jeans, sneakers, and sportswear are not permitted.
Give the year its Last Hurrah at the Gateway, a free event open to the public. There will be live entertainment on the main stage and you can stop into the Pop-Up Bar (if you're over 21) for a little warmup and an adult beverage. The kids can hang in the Game Room until it's time for fireworks at midnight. And it's all free, except for drinks in the lounge, thanks to community sponsors.
New Year's Eve is one of the last nights to experience ZooLights at Utah's Hogle Zoo for the year, but on this night they also throw an early countdown party. It's a great event for kids (or adults) who don't stay up all the way until midnight. Kids are given a noisemaker to celebrate at 9 p.m. as if it were midnight, and a lighted countdown display helps them believe it's the real deal.
It's the annual Park City Black and White Masquerade party, where you can dance your way into the new year. The event features celebrity DJ Ross One headlining the night at the Park City live venue, the largest music venue in all of Salt Lake City.