9 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Arizona

We celebrate with champagne. We commemorate the year with dancing. We rejoice over live music and masquerade parties. It’s the end of the year and that’s cause for a big party. From Scottsdale to Flagstaff, here are the best things to do on NYE in Arizona. 

Holiday Who-Ville at Maya Day and Nightclub, Scottsdale, AZ

Borgeous will be headlining the celebration at the Maya Day & Night Club, starting at 9 p.m. on December 31. With your ticket you’ll be able to enjoy live music and dancing as you countdown to the new year. In addition to Borgeous, Maya is simultaneously hosting the Nutcracker Ball, a winter wonderland inspired New Year's Eve party that will have aerialists, ballerinas, and other Nutcracker-themed entertainment.

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Opulence Queer Year’s Eve at 191 Tooole, Tucson, AZ

This 21 and over event lasts from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and costs only $6 entry all night long. Ring in the new year in style: with go-go dancers, a midnight toast, and DJ’s spinning some of the hottest music. 

Otaku Annual NYE Party at Otaku Sushi, Chandler, AZ

All are welcome at Otaku’s New Year ’s Eve event, but only adults 21 and over can drink. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and include two drinks, appetizers, sushi, and (of course) a midnight toast. Reserve a table in advance and join Otaku as they celebrate with food, DJs, dancing, and karaoke!

New Year’s Eve at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, Phoenix, AZ

This family-friendly celebration goes from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.—perfect for letting your kids join in on the fun! Tickets are $75 for adults and $35 for children 10 and under. There will be a hearty buffet dinner with community-style seating, entertainment, dancing, games, crafts, a magician, face painting, and so much more. Capture the memory forever with their family photobooth, and enjoy the early ball drop at 10 p.m. with a sparkling cider toast.

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New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party at Verrado Golf Club, Buckeye, AZ

Verrado’s annual New Year’s Eve cocktail celebration starts at 8 p.m. and costs $49 per person. Come join DJ Ramos in counting down to the New Year as you enjoy stationed appetizers, festive desserts, and New Year’s Eve party favors. Tickets are available online.

The Great Pinecone Drop presented by the Weatherford Hotel, Flagstaff, AZ

The Great Pinecone Drop is a unique Flagstaff tradition and is a wonderful memory to share with your family. Thousands of people have been coming every year for the last 16 years to watch the 70-pound lighted pinecone drop from its place above the Weatherford Hotel as the city counts down to the new year. There will be two pinecone drops: one at 10 p.m. to coincide with the celebration in New York City, and another at midnight to bring Arizona into the new year.

Whiskey Row Boot Drop, Prescott, AZ

Prescott’s Whiskey Row Boot Drop is fun for all ages, complete with music, food, and entertainment. Come join the city as they turn Whiskey Row into a street party and drop a six-foot illuminated cowboy boot down the Palace Building’s flagpole. Two drops and firework displays will happen throughout the night: one at 10 p.m. to celebrate with the Big Apple and one at midnight, marking Prescott’s journey into the new year.

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New Year’s Eve Masquerade Benefit, Four Points Sheraton South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ

The New Year’s Eve Masquerade Benefit is a 21 and over event and costs $35 for entry; however, this time, all their proceeds will be going to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Doors open at 8 p.m., and you’re invited to come donate some of your money as you celebrate the new year with your friends. Entry fee includes two drink tickets, appetizers, and a midnight champagne toast. There will be a DJ for entertainment, dancing, games, and even an auction. Come dressed in the required colors (black, white, gold, and silver) with your best masquerade mask to compliment.

NYE on Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ

Head to downtown Tempe for plenty of excitement and New Year’s cheer! The whole downtown will be decked out and ready to celebrate. Bars and restaurants alike will be featuring special performances, menus, drink specials, and festivities. Shady Park is one of the locations hosting festivities; join them for live music, champagne, and a stellar time!

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