New Year’s Eve Events in Anchorage

December 4, 2013 by

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Fireworks. Photo courtesy of bayasaa.

For those spending New Year’s Eve in Anchorage there are many fun events taking place. From family-friendly circus parties to energetic concerts to scenic tours, you’ll find something exciting to do on December 31, 2013. To help you plan how to celebrate, here’s a guide to New Year’s Eve events in Anchorage.

NECA/IBEW “Fire & Ice” New Year’s Eve Celebration

Taking place in Town Square Park, the NECA/IBEW “Fire & Ice” New Year’s Eve Celebration is like a family-friendly party, circus and concert all mixed into one. The fun begins at 5pm with ice skating, impressive art sculptures, jugglers, fire eaters, magic acts, acrobats, live performances and delicious food until 8pm, when everything culminates in a dazzling fireworks display. Attending the event is a great family-friendly Alaskan experience.

Bear Tooth Theatrepub NYE 2014

The Bear Tooth Theatrepub is part bar, part performance space as the venue serves craft beer, wine and food during movies and shows. While there are typically seats and tables for patrons to comfortably enjoy themselves, this New Year’s Eve they’ll be removed to make room for a high energy concert lineup (although you’ll still be able to partake in the delicious food and drinks!). We recommend imbibing with their house-made brews, like the Bear Tooth Ale, Hefeweizen or Polar Pale Ale. The fun begins at 8pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

Do some flightseeing

For an alternative New Year’s Eve, a Mt McKinley Flightseeing Tour from Anchorage with Optional Glacier Landing is a great choice. The excursion allows you to explore untouched Alaskan wilderness as you enjoy aerial views of Denali National Park‘s glaciers, icefalls, mountains, melt-water pools, canyons, and, of course, the iconic Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America at 20,237 feet (6,168 meters). Guests will have the option of also landing on a glacier to see the park from another vantage point. Bonus: You’ll return to your hotel in time to attend one of Anchorage’s many New Year’s Eve parties in the evening.

Tour the Seward Highway

For a scenic New Year’s Eve, touring the Seward Highway from Anchorage is a treat. This beautiful stretch of road is a designated National Scenic Byway, meaning it’s an attraction unto itself and worth the visit to Anchorage alone. Some highlights of the journey include seeing dramatic coastline views; taking an aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska; visiting the interesting Roundhouse Museum; seeing animals like caribou, bear, elk and moose at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; and ending at the iconic Turnagain Arm. A lunch of soups, breads and sweets is included. Additionally, you’ll have the option of adding a glacier cruise along Portage Lake for even more beautiful photos.

H2Oasis Water Park

While beach parties probably aren’t the first thing you think about when picturing winter in Alaska, on New Year’s Eve the H2Oasis Water Park hosts one you won’t want to miss. Take a dip in the hot tub, have an adrenaline rush on the water rides or stay dry and dance to top DJs spinning the latest hits. H2Oasis Water Park’s New Year’s Eve party is a family-friendly event.

Party the night away

There are a number of fun Anchorage venues that host special programming on New Year’s Eve, some of which include Tap Root Public House (3300 Spenard Road), Mad Myrna’s (530 E. Fifth Avenue), Platinum Jaxx (901 W. Sixth Avenue) and Carousel Cocktail Lounge (3301 Spenard Road).

-Jessica Festa

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