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.
Snowbird's New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks is a great way for you and your friends and family to kick-off 2019.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 pm with the Torchlight Parade and fireworks at 6:30. Warm up by the fire pits with some hot cocoa from and have dinner at one of Sunbird's restaurants and then retire to the Wildflower Lounge until midnight.
Project X Party is one huge New Year's Eve celebration that happens in Rockwell at the Complex. Along with a lineup of DJs, there will be all kinds of drops: ball, money, and confetti.
The annual White Ball is happening at Eventos Reception Center and goes until 3 am. The night starts out with an international buffet dinner and continues with dancing, surprises, and the ringing in of the new year in style. It's a traditional New Year's Eve party and families are welcomed.
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 and toast the turning of the clock with champagne and take off your mask at midnight.
Give the past 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 Speakeasy Lounge (over 21, no cover) 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.
Head up to Solitude Mountain Resort where at dusk at the Last Chance Lodge there will be a magic show for children. Then, a synchronized team with torches will ski down the mountain creating a beautiful effect. The event is free and food and drink will be available for purchase.
It's the last night for ZooLights and on New Year's Eve, they'll have an early countdown at 9 pm. This is great especially for the kids and adults who don't want to stay up late. Kids are given a noise maker and can count down to 2019 with a lighted countdown display to guide them.
The magic of the Temple Square Christmas lights remains through New Year's Eve. The lights are on every night through January 2 and are turned on at dusk. An early dinner at The Roof restaurant would give you an opportunity to look down on the sparkling lights in the square.
Park City's Deer Valley puts on a torchlight parade at dusk. First, the resort hosts a children's "glow parade." Then, you can watch the Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain, behind the Snow Park Lodge to see the skiers with their lighted torches make their way down the mountain. To warm up spectators, free hot chocolate and cookies will be offered in the plaza.
Family-friendly activities start at 3 pm on New Year's Eve with a magician, juggler and balloon artist and you can meet the local mascot, Murdock. There will be DJ music before the special NYE family dinner at The Cabin Restaurant and after dinner, you can take a carriage ride. A few hours before midnight there will be a fireworks show and the adults will have their turn to celebrate with a gala dinner, live music, and favors to ring in 2019.
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.