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Thursday, December 27, 2007

First Night New Years Eve Celebrations

Music, dance and other activities will be featured at New Years Eve celebrations around Utah. The two biggest celebrations will take place in Salt Lake City and Provo and both will offer plenty of family-friendly entertainment.

Salt Lake Weekly describes the Salt Lake event in this report. Here are excerpts:

As in years past—15 to be exact—this Downtown Alliance event is one you can make an evening out of, or just stop by for a bit of fun during your party-hopping circuit. Although the performers and entertainment provide ample enjoyment for those willing to brave the cold, the hands-down best part of any First Night is the fireworks display marking one year’s death and another’s birth. Even without alcohol, blasts echo off downtown skyscrapers and the reflection of falling light explosions in the surrounding glass provides a stimulating experience fit to usher in another hopeful new year. Here’s to one free from war and filled with peace.

First Night @ Gallivan Plaza, 239 S. Main, Dec. 31, 6 pm-midnight, $8 in advance at Albertsons and The Gateway concierge or $10 day of the event at Gallivan Plaza, Albertsons, and the Gateway concierge. Children 12 and under free. Participants can ride TRAX free of charge on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. by wearing a First Night Salt Lake ’08 button.

Here's the event website.

Provo's First Night is described in this Deseret Morning News article. Here are tidbits:

Those events include craft activities for children (making beaded key chains, candy sand art items and a sketched bookmark), dancing to three live bands, rock climbing, balloon artistry, tricycle races, karaoke contests, beauty makeovers, an eating contest, game shows, races, inflatables and tattoos.

Buttons buy a partier's way in as well as everything except food items and movies. They are available at Provo Parks and Recreation offices, 351 W. Center, and from the customer service desk at the mall. Buttons are a dollar cheaper if purchased in advance and are good for discounts at mall stores the day after First Night.

Here's the website for the Provo event.


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