9 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Alaska
Experience a totally unique New Year’s Eve in Alaska. Not only does sunlight become scarce, but the stunning natural wonders make it a one-of-a-kind place for a party. Can you imagine what it’d be like to see the Northern Lights on New Year’s Eve? How about at a spectacular ice park? You can get all that and more with these awesome NYE events in Alaska.
Ring in the New Year by running and dancing your heart out. The Northern Lights Resolution Run features “five unique light and music experiences out on course for nearly 5K of fun through the woods and trails of APU Campus,” according to their website. The party starts and ends at the Atwood Center at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively.
The Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska is one of the most fun and beautiful ways to celebrate the coming on the New Year. Skiers and snowboarders zoom down Mount Alyeska carrying “torches attach to bamboo poles, lighting up the mountain with a red glow,” as described on their website. Stick around afterwards for a wonderful fireworks display.
Jen’s Restaurant is one of the finest dining experiences one can have in Alaska. Celebrate the New Year by treating yourself to a delicious meal with their special Prix Fixe menu, which includes items like lamb lollipops, herb crusted catch of the day, and more. Finish off the evening with a midnight toast.
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Hop the Aurora Winter Train in Anchorage and head to Fairbanks and back over the course of 12 days, including New Year’s Eve, during which you’ll be treated to stunning views of the aurora borealis. Admittedly, this is a larger investment than a weekend away or a night out on the town, but if you have the time to make this a prolonged journey, it could be one of the best adventures of your life.
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See the University of Alaska’s annual amazing New Year’s Eve fireworks sendoff in Fairbanks. The festivities start at 5:30 p.m. These fireworks are the biggest display of the year and are sure to delight.
Spend the evening dancing the night away at the New Year’s Eve Gala in Juneau, Alaska. Tickets include the cost of dinner, a champagne toast, cocktails, and more. Proceeds go to benefit the 2019 Festival and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
Families with young kids will absolutely love the New Year’s Eve Bash at Fly Trampoline Park in Wasilla. This is the inaugural event, but it already looks like a blast. Participants will have the trampoline park to themselves starting at 7 p.m. on New Year’s to jump, play with crafts, get their faces painted, and more.
Spend New Year’s Eve at the Mat-Su Resort in Wasilla, Alaska and be serenaded by the dulcet tones of Ken Peltier. Choose between a silver, gold, and platinum ticket package depending on budget and interest. Packages include midnight champagne toast, three-course dinner, and a New Year’s Day Brunch with Mr. Peltier himself at the high end.
Every year, Alaskans of all ages come out to the Divide Ski Trails at Mile 12 of the Seward Highway on New Year’s Eve for a candlelit snow experience. Snowshoe, ski, or walk the trail with friends and family while you wait for the New Year. Cocoa, campfire, and cider are provided.