As one of the major urban areas in the entire Great Basin region between the Sierra Nevadas and the Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City is a New Year's Eve hub for people from across Utah and beyond. Due to the city's religious roots, it's easy to find end-of-year events that are fun and appropriate for the whole family. But the nearby alpine resorts, flourishing music scene, and trendy downtown area will also attract all types of revelers.
Many New Year's Eve celebrations in 2020 have been canceled or scaled back. Be sure to confirm the most up-to-date information with event organizers.
The Last Hurrah is one of Salt Lake City's biggest New Year's Eve firework spectaculars and is usually a free event that's open to the public. However, families who want to attend the 2020–2021 Last Hurrah in person must reserve their own space, which costs $8 and fits up to six people who live in the same home. The event takes place at Olympic Plaza in downtown SLC.
If you can't make it to Olympic Plaza or choose to enjoy the show from home, you can livestream the entire event from your living room at no cost. Beginning at 11 p.m. on December 31, 2020, you can see music performances leading up to the midnight firework show.
NYE with Sammy Brue and Friends
Enjoy music by Sammy Brue and Branson Anderson during an annual New Year's Eve event at Kilby Court, the intimate music venue near downtown that is open to all ages. For the show on December 31, 2020, it's even more intimate than usual with a strict capacity limit. Guests can enter in groups of four and you'll have your own reserved space specifically for your group, in order to abide by local health guidelines. It's a fun way to end the year while also supporting local artists and small businesses.
Early Countdown at ZooLights
ZooLights at the Hogle Zoo is open on New Year's Eve 2020, but the usual end-of-year celebrations were canceled in 2020.
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.
The White Ball
The New Year's Eve White Ball was canceled for New Year's 2020–2021.
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 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.
The Masquerade Ball at the Sheraton was canceled for New Year's 2020–2021.
At the Sheraton SLC, enjoy a sense of mystery at the Masquerade Ball. There is typically a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing. Guests are also 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.
Black and White Ball
The Park City Black and White Masquerade was canceled for New Year's 2020–2021.
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 DJs headlining the night at the Park City Live venue, located near the ski resorts about 40 minutes away from the downtown of Salt Lake City. This club event offers general admission tickets or VIP mezzanine tickets, which also include access to the exclusive Sky Bar.
Snowbird Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
The New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at Snowbird were canceled for New Year's 2020–2021.
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 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.