Salt Lake City area New Year’s Eve activities | Arts & Entertainment

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After a few particularly strange years, 2022 felt … normal-eh? Normal-old? There was no doubt that most people were happy to start 2020 and 2021 on the way out the door, and I’m sure many people will still feel that way about the year we’re now wrapping up. But some may feel at least a piece more festive. And while there are still plenty of reasons to be cautious about group gatherings in the midst of the COVID/RSV/seasonal flu maelstrom, it seems we at least have a better sense of how to do these things sensibly.

So if you want to welcome 2023 in Utah with excitement and a bigger-scale party, you have options. Here are some of the options available to you this New Year’s weekend.

The Gateway “Last Hurrah”: Downtown’s big bash starts at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 at The Gateway (400 W. 200 South), featuring two stages with live performances—including DJ Jared, future.exboyfriend and The Moss on the Olympic Plaza Main Stage—and karaoke. Travelers in the venue will provide additional musical entertainment, while pop-up locations serve drinks for adults and hot chocolate for revelers. Anyone looking to escape the cold will have plenty of options, as many Gateway merchants will be open for extended hours and many restaurants will offer dining options. It will all conclude with a grand fireworks display at midnight—and it’s all free to the public. Gateway is conveniently located along the Blue Trax line, so neither the weather nor the effects of bending an elbow should keep you away. Visit atthegateway.com for additional event information.

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New Year’s Masquerade Ball: Marriott Salt Lake City at City Creek (75 S. West Temple) ushers in 2023 with a formal dress or cocktail party. Tickets are $60 – $150 and include entertainment by DJ Stario, food, a live roving of masked entertainers, a photo booth, raffles and door prizes, and a “best mask” contact. At midnight, it all culminates with a balloon drop to ring in the new year. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. visit lefleauentertainment.com for tickets and additional event information.

Leonardo’s New Year’s Eve Party “Now or Never”: Sticking downtown, The Leonardo (209 E. 500 South) hosts an indoor party for adults 21+. A $100 per person ticket includes live music, a drink ticket and a champagne toast. The event runs from 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve. Visit theleonardo.org to register.

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Viridian Center New Years Eve Bash: On the west side of the valley, the Salt Lake County Library’s Viridian Center (8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan) hosts a party for those ready to dress to impress and enjoy live music, dancing and winter carnival activities, as and a balloon drop. The adults-only event is alcohol-free. Entry is also free, but reservations are required. Visit Eventbrite.com for reservations and additional event information.

Torchlight parades at the ski resort: Living in Utah offers many unique experiences, and if you’ve never enjoyed the local ski resort torchlight parades, there’s no time like the present. It’s also a chance to start the New Year’s celebrations early, with Deer Valley among the venues offering a torchlight procession down the ski slopes on December 30 at dusk (around 6pm), with free hot chocolate, cider and cookies available from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Snowbird offers its torchlight parade on New Year’s Eve, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. on the Plaza Deck, continue with refreshments and bonfires, and conclude with a grand fireworks display. Please visit individual resort websites for more details.

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Evermore Park New Years Eve: Also among those aforementioned unique Utah opportunities is ringing in a new year in the fantastic setting of Evermore Park (382 S. Evermore Lane, Pleasant Grove). The live interactive experience includes special characters who wander the park grounds with you, live shows such as the bird and reptile show and magic show, activities such as ax throwing and the chance to tour the grounds on the Evermore Express. Tickets are $19 for children and $24 for adults, with the park opening at 7 p.m. on December 31. Visit evermore.com for tickets and additional information.

Luminaria New Year’s Eve @ Thanksgiving Point: The traditional holiday lantern displays at Thanksgiving Point’s Ashton Gardens (3900 Garden Dr., Lehi) conclude with 2022 on Dec. 31, including fireworks at 10 p.m. and midnight. Specific time slot reservations are required and tickets cost $19 – $26. Visit thanksgivingpoint.org for tickets and additional event information.



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