Guide to New Year's Eve in Phoenix: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

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If you are in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or any of the surrounding cities on December 31, 2019, there are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year's Eve.

With just about every resort and restaurant in the Valley of the Sun throwing a New Year's Eve dinner with a champagne toast at midnight, you can also consider some of these events if you're looking for a night of dancing and bubbly, family-friendly events, and alternative ways to ring in the New Year.

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New Year's Eve at Symphony Hall

Phoenix Symphony Gala
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The Phoenix Symphony New Year’s Eve concert is always popular. Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal favorites, and Broadway tunes. A complimentary glass of champagne will top off the two-hour concert.

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Raven's All That Glitters New Year's Eve Gala

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For New Year's Eve , you can celebrate at the Raven's New Year's Eve Gala held at Talking Stick Resort's showroom. With two full bars, high-energy music, and a champagne toast at midnight, you'll love partying with complimentary favors and a balloon drop over the dance floor.

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Hindsight is 2020 Party at The Royal Palms

Bring in 2020 at the historic Royal Palms Resort at the base of Camelback Mountain. The resort was built in the 1920s, so the party's theme will be all about exploring the history of the past ten decades. 

Entry includes two drinks, dancing to live and DJ music, a seafood raw bar, tapas, and dessert bar. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and a three-minute fireworks show.

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Phoenix Symphony New Year's Eve Gala

On New Year's Eve, you can end the year classically with the Phoenix Symphony's New Year's Eve Gala at the Arizona Biltmore, where you'll enjoy a cocktail reception, dancing, and a three-course dinner.

The exciting part of this event is that you can dance your way into 2020 to the music of the full Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. A champagne toast and special desserts also add to excitement of the festivities.

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New Year’s Eve at The Sanctuary

Jade Bar at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
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At The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, enjoy a sophisticated dinner party at Elements or party the night away with music and dancing at Jade Bar to ring in 2020. Jade Bar's party features DJ music and dancing and the packages include dinner and a bottle of Dom Perignon. 

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Singles Masquerade Party in Phoenix

This is a New Year's Eve Masquerade Party so it's required that you dress up and wear a decorative mask. You could even win a prize! Tickets include the first drink, party favors, and a midnight toast. If you don't have your own mask, masks will be available.

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AZ Baby Boomer's NYE Party

You'll be dancing to the music of Motown, classic rock and roll, and soul as you bid farewell to 2018. If you were born between 1946 and 1964 you are a Baby Boomer, you'll remember these tunes. The party happens at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and includes a buffet dinner, midnight Champagne toast, favors, and a cash raffle drawing fifteen minutes to midnight.

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Roosevelt Row Flannel Ball

Head for central Phoenix for New Year's Eve in the Roosevelt Row Arts District at the Roosevelt Greenhouse in Downtown Phoenix. Ring in the New Year at the 2020 Flannel Ball. No formal attire here. You'll find beer, live music, food trucks, lawn games, and a photo booth. At midnight there will be a Champagne toast and piñata drop.

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Noon Year's Eve at Phoenix Zoo

Noon Year's Eve at Phoenix Zoo
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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, bounce houses, music, games, and prizes, all of which are included with regular Zoo admission.

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Across the Years Footraces

Across The Years
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Taking place at the Camelback Ranch-Glendale from December 28, 2019, through January 7, 2020, the annual "Across the Years" Footraces challenge visitors to 72, 48, and 24-hour footraces–and they've just added the 10 day race, in honor of the new decade!

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 the year (and the decade) in a healthy way.

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Decadence Arizona

Decadence Arizona
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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. It's 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. 

A variety of musical performers in the electronic music scene perform on several stages around the event—check the website for the full lineup for 2018 - 2019.

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New Year's Eve at Topgolf

Top Golf Scottsdale AZ

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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. All packages include unlimited golf from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a fantastic fireworks show, and party favors.

There will be live entertainment, a gourmet dinner menu, and a fun midnight celebration to ring in 2019. You can sign up for their VIP Experience for an all-inclusive dinner with carving stations and a bottle of bubbly.  

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Comedy at Westgate

Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale AZ
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Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale will have a lot going on for New Year's Eve.

If you want to ring in 2019 with a few laughs, head for the Stir Crazy Comedy Club for an evening with comedian Tim Gaither. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Tim Gaither has performed all over the United States and has entertained US troops in Canada and Korea. 

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Golfland's New Year's Eve Party

Golfland Entertainment Centers
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Mesa Golfland is a fun place for the whole family to ring in 2019. You pay once for all the fun attractions—video games, race cars, laser tag, mini golf and more. Tickets are $21.95 online or $26.85 at the door.

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The Gold Affair Gala

You are encouraged to wear gold at The Gold Affair NYE Gala. This fun event is billed as the "sexiest New Year's Eve Party in the Valley." Tickets start at $15 and go up to $200 for a top VIP package ticket.

There will be DJ's, VIP areas, favors, a Champagne toast at midnight and more. Dance the night away in two party rooms. The festivities take place at the Monarch Theatre at 122 East Washington Street in Phoenix.

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Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns

Head to The Rhythm Room for an evening with Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns bringing you R&B, blues, Funk and Soul music. The band, which started in Phoenix, is an 8-piece group with a rhythm section, vocals, and a 3-piece horn section. You'll dance your way into 2019 with this type of music.

The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Tickets are $8.00. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.

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Keeler's Steakhouse - Carefree

The new Keeler’s Steakhouse in Carefree is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala Event. Enjoy a buffet dinner which includes carving stations, seafood, dessert, and drinks. After three drinks (included with your ticket), there is a cash bar and then at midnight, a Champagne toast. Dance your way into 2019 with a live band. Tickets are $100.

Keeler's is located at 7212 E Ho Hum Drive in Carefree.

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Dave and Buster's at Tempe Marketplace

It's a family-friendly evening at Dave and Buster's. Package prices run from $35.21 to $43.21. Depending on the package level, you'll enjoy family-friendly buffet dining, access to the great games, lots of soft drinks and, at midnight, a video ball drop. 

You'll find Dave and Buster's at 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe.

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