The Best Things to Do for New Year's Eve in Salt Lake City, Utah

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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. If you're planning a trip, here's what to have on your radar.

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Last Hurrah

Salt Lake City during New Years Eve with fireworks

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The Last Hurrah is one of Salt Lake City's biggest New Year's Eve firework spectaculars and is a free event that's open to the public. Beginning at 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve, visitors can enjoy live music on an outdoor stage, buskers, and pop-up bars. Draft beer, wine, hot cocktails and hot chocolate are served in the main plaza.

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Masquerade Ball at Hilton Salt Lake City Center

The New Years' Eve Masquerade Ball takes place at the Hilton Salt Lake City 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 cash bar. The dress code is formal, so pull out your best party dress or suit for this bash.

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Snowbird Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Torch Light Parade down mountain on New Year's Eve
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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.

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New Year's Eve Kid's Night Out

The Pendry Park City will host a family friendly Kid's New Year's Bash from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on New Year's Eve. Children can enjoy a dance party, crafts, kid's karaoke, group games, painting, and a buffet. The night will end with a movie on the big screen, alongside bean bag chairs and treats from the on-site popcorn machine. This is a drop off event for children ages 5-12 years; parents are welcome to pick up children at their convenience.

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NYE at Canyon Village in Park City

Canyons Village, Park City, Utah

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Canyon Village's annual New Year's Eve celebrations will once again take place in Park City this year. Family-friendly activities start at 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve with a magician, juggler and balloon artist and a meet and greet with the local mascot, Murdock. A DJ will play tunes and carriage rides will be available on site. Revelers can enjoy a fireworks show and celebrate with a gala dinner, live music, and favors to ring in 2023.