Phoenix on new year's eve offers a wide selection of parties and celebrations, from classical music at the Phoenix Symphoiny to gala dinners in the city's many top hotels and restaurants.
There aren't typically any large scale fireworks displays to see, but there are enough alternative attractions to make the Phoenix new years party scene well worth attending.
This isn't a location you're likely to chance upon by accident, existing as it does in such splendid isolation, but by all accounts it's well worth the trip, and is a venue we've had on the bucket list for quite a while - there's something I find particularly appealing about being in the desert during the winter, the contrast of colours and temperatures adding a unique aspect to the local new year celebrations.
We haven't been able to find details on any official municipal fireworks in Phoenix, and don't be tempted to launch your own as they've been outlawed without a specific permit in Arizona since 2010! Your best chance of seeing some new year's eve pyrotechnics then will likely be at one of the big private hotel parties in the area - we'll provide updates here of any we find for new year 2019.
One of the biggest new year parties in Phoenix this year will be the arrival of the Decadence music festival to the city, with 2 nights of electronic dance music from the 30-31 December at the city's Rawhide Event Center. The festival is a new addition to the Decadence event that takes place in Denver each year and includes a fantastic lineup. Tickets are available online here.
The major hotels in Phoenix and nearby Scottsdale (technically a separate town, but part of the larger Phoenix metropolitan area) compete to host some pretty impressive new year parties. One such event is at the Hotel Valley Ho, where the NYE 2019 party includes buffet, premium bar, live music and a confetti explosion at midnight.
There is typically another big party at the Radisson and Fort McDowell Casino in Scottsdale, where their Grand Ballroom will be the scene for live music, Hors d'oeuvres, party favours and a champagne toast to greet the new year.
For the more culturally inclined, the Phoenix Symphony will be holding their annual new year celebration - details and ticket info to follow.
Places to watch live online - there may not be a great deal to see, but there are a few webcams in the area if you just want to check the place out:
If you're planning on visiting Phoenix over the New Year period, then early reservation is strongly recommended. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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