Utah New Year’s Eve celebrations can’t be missed

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For most, the holiday season is associated with excitement, anticipation and celebration. New Year’s Eve is no exception. Don’t drop the ball this year when it comes to new year celebrations. For those sticking around Utah, the list of options is extensive for an exciting night ringing in 2012.

Provo puts on an annual event sure to provide opportunities for fun. The New Year Countdown will be held at the Provo Towne Centre and begins at 6 p.m. Activities include a singing competition, concessions, face painting, crafts, games, balloon artists, laser tag, karaoke, photo booths, fireworks and big band dance.

Countdown admission wristbands can be purchased for $4 at Winger’s in the Provo Towne Centre or Provo Parks and Recreation Office before the event, and for $5 on the day of the event.

UVU’s UCCU Center is also hosting a dance party event called Newphoria 2012. The celebration will have two DJs and will last from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

If midnight is too late for your taste, or for those of you with little ones, the Shops at Riverwoods Noon Year’s Eve party is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free and there will be prizes, dancing, games and a balloon drop.

Mckell Law, Riverwoods marketing director, said the event had a great turn out last year and they hope to have even more in attendance this year. Law said the event is geared toward children and giveaway prizes are available.

“We do this in conjunction with Radio Disney,” Law said. “They provide big prizes and most of the tenants contribute something to give away.”

Also at the Riverwoods, Provo Beach Resort is holding an event on the night of Dec. 31. They will be open until 12:30 a.m. and are projecting a broadcast of the ball-drop on the stage.

Eve is a three day event going on in Salt Lake City from Dec. 29 – 31. Festivities include fireworks, a “reggae snowsplash,” an “electronic music wonderland,” blow-up playgrounds for kids and ongoing musical performances. As a part of the event, the Clarke Planetarium is putting on late night cosmic light shows. Also, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is showing films until late each night. There will also be ski and snowboard competitions, DJs and storytelling.

Passes cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and can be purchased online and at Harmon’s and Maverik’s throughout the month.

Park City is also home for two events: the Canyons New Year’s Eve Celebration and the Little Big Town concert.

The Canyons celebration is open to the public, and will include a DJ and firework show.

The Eccles Center in Park City will host Little Big Town on Dec. 31. The Grammy-nominated string quartet’s performance will begin at 8 p.m.

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