New Year's Eve Parties in Phoenix and Scottsdale 2017-2018

Confetti Ball at Hotel Valley Ho
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If you find yourself in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or any of the surrounding cities on December 31, there's plenty of ways to celebrate  New Year's Eve in the Phoenix area, but the parties that happen in this city are unlike any other.

On top of just about every resort in the Valley of the Sun having a New Year's Eve dinner with some bubbly and a midnight kiss or enjoying a restaurant for New Year's Eve dinner, you can also check out some of these events if you're looking for a night of dancing and revelry out on the town to ring in the new year.

Keep in mind that all dates and times are subject to change without notice, so be sure to check out the party's website before heading out for New Year's Eve in Phoenix.

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    Symphony Orchestra
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    On NYE 2017, end the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony as they perform famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics, and Broadway and contemporary favorites all with a complimentary glass of Champagne to celebrate the New Year. Performances of "A New Year's Celebration" take place at the Symphony HallDowntown Phoenix

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    Confetti Ball at Hotel Valley Ho
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    An upscale New Year's Eve Gala that features a four-hour premium reception, hors-d'oeuvres, midnight Champagne toast, party hats and favors, and a massive confetti drop at the chic Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. Table reservations that include two premium bottles, reserved seating, and a cocktail server are available for a premium price with advanced booking.

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    For New Year's Eve 2017, the Talking Stick Resort Showroom in Scottsdale offers two full bars, cocktail specials, a buffet, and entertainment by DJ Kilo and the high-energy in-house band SMASHED, which will perform a blend of classic and current favorites. The event features party favors, complimentary Champagne toast, and balloon drop at midnight. Semi-formal to black tie attire required, and attendees must be 21 and over.

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    Jade Bar at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
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    The party begins at 8 p.m. and goes on till 1 a.m., complete with a DJ spinning hits designed to pack the dance floor. The Dining and Entertainment Package includes a four-course prix fixe holiday menu at elements, a bottle of Champagne, and party favors for a premium fee ​and reservations are required to attend.

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    From 9 a.m. to noon on December 31, the Phoenix Zoo presents the "coolest" way to celebrate the New Year: "Noon Year's Eve." Festivities include tons of snow (with a special snow area just for toddlers), dancing, music, games, and prizes, all of which are included with regular Zoo admission.

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    Taking place at the Camelback Ranch-Glendale from December 28 through January 3, the annual "Across the Years" Footraces challenge visitors to 72-, 48-, and 24-hour footraces. Drawing runners and fans from across the United States, the go-as-you-please events are popular with beginners and competitive runners, allowing them to run, socialize, eat, rest, and sleep as desired to close out 2017 and start off 2018 in a healthy way.
     

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    While this isn't an evening party, it is a popular way to spend a few hours in the morning on December 31. Bring chairs, the kids, some snacks and your camera for the annual parade then tune into the game on local television or in person.
     

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    PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
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    Each year at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, the big game and tailgating event takes place on New Year's Eve. This isn't a traditional NYE party with Champagne and a balloon drop, but you can be sure there will be tens of thousands of people partying and cheering for the teams competing in this year's Fiesta Bowl!

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    Each year, the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler hosts an annual New Year's Eve bash called "Decadence Arizona" on December 30 and 31. Here, Relentless Beats and global Dance present a two-day festival that encourages guests to embrace self-indulgence and extravagant excess as they lower their inhibitions to live lavishly and let loose in luxurious fashion. A variety of musical performers in the electronic music scene perform on several stages around the event—check the website for the full lineup.

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    Ring in the New Year with LIVE 101.5 in a multi-room bash at the Saguaro in Scottsdale. Tickets include a midnight champagne toast, massive balloon drop, and music from top Phoenix and Scottsdale DJs. The Main Ballroom stage will include a massive LED video wall for a video countdown and balloon drop.

    General Admission tickets provide access to the Main Ballroom and include a complimentary midnight champagne toast along with party favors and hats. VIP Tickets provide access to the exclusive VIP Lounge, a one-hour premium reception from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., hors-d'oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, and with party favors and hats. VIP table reservations that include one premium bottle, reserved seating in the VIP Lounge and a cocktail server are available as well.

    The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel is providing revelers with a preferred overnight rate of $199 per night with advanced booking, subject to availability.

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    Ovations! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
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    The Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler celebrates New Year's Eve 2017 with an all-access pass including dinner, drinks, live entertainment, dancing, luxurious accommodations, and more to ring in the new year.

    "Tastes from Around the World," a special dinner and drinks event for the occasion, takes place at the Acacia Ballroom from 6:30 p.m. midnight. There are also a variety of performances included in the package rate with The Who Generation, The Walkens, and DJ Myth headline the event for 2017.

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    From 7:30 to 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve 2017, get your jazz fix with two of the best-known jazz couples in the Valley: Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman and Delphine Cortez & Joel Robin.

    Roberts, Chicago's First Lady of Jazz for a number of years, joins the others in an evening full of fun music, humor, and, of course, a champagne toast to celebrate the New Year of Eastern Standard Time. 

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    WET at W Scottsdale
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    The W Hotel in Scottsdale hosts a lively party at their "Goldmember New Year's Eve" party, where the hotel transforms its WET Deck and Living Room Lounge into a night of golden celebration including a rooftop fireworks show at midnight.

    Room package are also available and include two tickets to the Shimmer New Year’s Eve celebration on the WET Deck and a 2 p.m. late check-out on January 1, 2018.

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    The party starts at 8:30 p.m. featuring live music from Black Horse Band as well as Chef Steve's New Year's Eve Special Surf and Turf Dinner, party favors and festive hats, and a champagne toast at midnight.

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    Topgolf at Gilbert and Scottsdale will both host New Year's Eve events where you and six or fewer friends can swing in the new year. A  General Bay Reservation for up to six people includes unlimited play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and party favors. You can reserve a VIP Bay which is for up to six people from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to enjoy unlimited Topgolf play, New Year’s Eve Chef’s Choice Buffet, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, one bottle of Chandon Rose (for guests over 21), and New Year's Eve party favors.

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    Barleen's Arizona Opry in Apache Junction
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    Barleens Arizona Opry Dinner Show will be celebrating the New Year with an extended version of their popular variety shows. Ring in the New Year with the East Coast with champagne and party favors from 5:15 to 10 p.m.

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    Ring in the New Year with an exciting, fast-paced variety show in Mesa, Arizona. The Grande Buffet will feature prime rib, and complimentary Champagne will be provided for a toast to the new year. Countdown to 2018 with the East Coast at 10 p.m., which gives you the opportunity to celebrate and travel home safely before midnight.

     

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    Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour in Phoenix
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    Guests are invited to dress up in their most decadent, 1930s-style outfits, and then get ready for world-class cocktails and free-flowing bubbly, including a traditional midnight toast. Reservations are required, and the party will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. New Year's Eve to New Year's Day.

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    Summer Special at Phoenix Resorts
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    A holiday buffet starts at 6 p.m., and after dinner, the party begins with a variety of activities for all ages, dancing, and non-stop fun in the resort’s Anasazi Ballroom. For the whole family, a dance party and celebratory sparkling cider toast for the 10 p.m. ball drop on the east coast.

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    The Terrace Room, adjacent to Different Pointe of View, features The Hamptons, a six-piece band performing a line-up of today’s hits, favorite oldies, and classic rock. Entertainment begins at 8 p.m. and is complimentary for dinner guests; dinner also includes party favors, light fare, and a champagne toast at midnight.

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    Arizona Broadway Theatre
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    Start off 2018 with some classic 1970's disco at New Year's Eve 2017's  "AbbaFab: The Ultimate ABBA Experience!" presented by the Arizona Broadway Theatre. ABBAFab is a tribute band to the classic disco-era band featuring the talents of Terry and Anne Davies, Katrina Hogofsky, Scotty Pearson, and many more encouraging guests to party like it's 1979.

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    You’ll experience state-of-the-art technology that feels as real as shooting a live gun at Modern Round this New Year's Eve, but instead of using live ammo, you’ll be at the center of a simulated world where you’re placed right into the action with replica firearms.

    Gunslingers, zombie slayers, first-time shooters, and expert marksmen will all find opportunities to get together and build their shooting and social skills. Enjoy this excitement on New Year’s Eve with great music, refreshing cocktails, and delicious food.  Modern Round will offer a prix fixe menu, as well as the full dining menu, celebratory party favors, and a Champagne toast at midnight.

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    LUSTRE Rooftop Bar in Downtown Phoenix
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    At the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape, Ring in the new year in style with views of Downtown Phoenix at the heated LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Photo booth, Champagne bar, complimentary bites, signature cocktails, and music by DJ Kim E Fresh and DJ Jen Jones headline this swanky event where guests should dress to impress. Cabanas and VIP packages available. Stay the weekend when you book The Suite Life Package.

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    We all pouted when the Fiesta Bowl dropped the Block Party in Downtown Tempe, Arizona after 2011—after all, the Fiesta Bowl isn't held there any longer. However, visitors and residents of Tempe still have a party on Mill Avenue featuring music, dancing, food and more to ring in the new year.

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    Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale will be a busy place on December 31 with ice skating at Skate Westgate and Fiesta Bowl happenings for college football fans.

    Westgate bars and restaurants will open as early as 9 a.m. on Dec. 31 to welcome Fiesta Bowl fans. Open daily from noon until 8 p.m. near the Skate Westgate ice rink, an immersive Facebook VR experience will be open to the public with Samsung’s Gear VR, powered by Oculus. Finally, the 21+ crowd can stay and celebrate the new year at one of Westgate's NYE parties.

    Restaurants featuring special events include  Dave & Buster's, McFadden'sCalico Jack's Cantina, ​Saddle Ranch Chop House, ​Bar Louie,​ Salt Tacos y Tequila, and the Whiskey Rose Saloon.

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    Featuring three parties for one ticket, this is the Biggest Block Party on Mill Avenue with a 40-foot stage in the middle of 6th Street hosting performances by Arizona's top local DJ's and featuring confetti blasts, champagne Inflatables, a ball drop, and champagne tubs.

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    Hand Cut Burgers & Chop House on the Scottsdale Waterfront in Camelback, Arizona hosts a live DJ set, dinner, and champagne modeled after a 1920's prohibition era party. Guests are encouraged to wear black ties and dresses while they enjoy Harris Ranch Filet, Duroc Pork Porterhouse, and a steak unlike any other–the Black Angus Tomahawk.

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    Zoppe Family Circus
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    The Chandler Center for the Arts hosts the Zoppé Family Circus again this year from December 27 through January 7, with plenty of opportunities to celebrate the new year with this traditional circus act (since 1842).
     

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    We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
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    Playing favorite Latin and top 40 music, PowerDrive is one of Arizona's favorite dance bands, and they'll be performing this year at the Fort McDowell Casino from 9 p.m. on December 31 through 2 a.m. on January 1. The Casino also features special "Dazzling Seats" deals all day long and hosts a special New Year's Eve Bingo Marathon featuring 39 games and nearly $100,000 in prizes.

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    Stand Up Live in Phoenix
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    Joel McHale comes to the CityScape in Phoenix for "Stand Up Live!" on December 31 for two performances of his hit act. McHale can be seen on CBS' "The Great Indoors," coming to the fall lineup this year and on Fox's revival of "The X-Files." With two shows, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., you shouldn't miss this once-a-lifetime opportunity to see McHale live to close out 2017.

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    The Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix hosts Walter Productions, DJ Stoneypie, Hi Dreams DJ Collective, DJ Sean Watson, and DJ Dana for the New Year's Eve 2018 Block Party. Three stages with Kalliope, Water the Bus, Big Red, Heathen and more in downtown Phoenix on Van Buren and 3rd Avenue. Check the website for more details on performance times and locations.

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    Copper Blues at CityScape brings back its annual New Year's Party this year starting at 8 p.m. at 50 West Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix. General admission is relatively cheap and includes entry, entertainment, and a midnight Champagne toast. Call about table reservations, patio seating, and premium packages.

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    Party like a rock star at Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails under the black lights at their annual Black Light Party. Celebrate at The Mint, welcome 2018 with Bottled Blonde's Champagne Garden, and party at "A Bevvy NYE" at the Bevvy in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Enjoy live music and DJ spinning all night long, plus a midnight Champagne toast to ring in the New Year right.