It’s just days away from New Year’s Eve – what are your plans to ring in 2014? I’m still deciding. Should I go all out and head to the Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill? Or, maybe I’m more in the mood for something more intimate like dinner and drinks at The Top of The Rock. With December 31st closing in, it’s time to make plans! If you’re like me and are looking for suggestions, here are a few great options in Tempe:
Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill
Go big or go home at Tempe’s Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue. This NEW New Year’s Eve event will bring impressive high-energy video dance clubs to the streets creating a party like never seen before. Mill Avenue will be filled with local entertainment and attractions, a family fun zone (with an early fireworks show at 9 p.m.), a variety of gourmet food trucks, beer gardens and champagne lounges, and a midnight countdown consisting of a shimmering firework display and confetti blast. And the newest attraction is a fleet of vehicles outfitted with fun sound and lighting effects. One particular vehicle, “Walter the Bus” is a former fire truck turned VW bus that features a second story balcony. The party starts at 6:00 p.m. on December 31st. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.blockpartyonmill.com, at any Circle K store throughout Arizona (discounts available in store until Dec. 29) or at the gate the night of the event.
The Block Party INSIDE The Block Party – New Year’s Eve on Mill Ave
This option is perfect for those wanting to be on Mill Ave for New Year’s, but be able to enjoy a more intimate “block party” experience. The Handlebar Tempe, Fat Tuesday, EL Hefe and Public House have joined forces to bring your New Year’s Eve Mill Avenue experience to a whole new level! There will be 12 bars to quench your thirst, Champagne toasts to ring in the new year, 6 DJ’s to dance ‘til your sock fall off. This will be the biggest and best party in town! Tickets will be sold at the door and can also be purchased online. Cover charge starts at $10 pre-sale and escalates the closer it gets to midnight, so buy your tickets early. VIP tickets get ‘no wait’ in line and all tickets include re-admission. The party will be from 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. and is exclusive for the 21 and up. And just a heads up – This party is located INSIDE the City of Tempe block party. Get your tickets at https://fattuesday.ticketleap.com/.
MAMMA MIA! opens at Gammage on Dec. 31
Sing along to your favorite ABBA tunes to ring in the New Year! Mamma Mia! opens at ASU Gammage on New Year’s Eve and is onstage through January 5. If you decide to see the show on New Year’s Eve, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes long, leaving theater goers plenty of time afterwards to attend the festivities on Mill! Mamma Mia! is one of my all-time favorite Broadway shows. It makes me feel happy and energetic with all that singing and dancing going on onstage. Tunes like “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper” and “Take A Chance on Me” keep my feet tapping the whole time. This is a great contender if you’re looking for something a little different to do on New Year’s Eve.
Noon Year’s Eve at the Phoenix Zoo
Looking for a way to ring in the New Year with the kiddos? Look no further than Noon Year’s Eve at the Phoenix Zoo. Held from 9 a.m. to noon on December 31st, this fun event is timed perfectly so the kids will be awake to celebrate with you. Full of attractions and entertainment, visitors can expect to see tons of snow including a special snow area for toddlers, a snowball target practice area, live music, fun and games with Radio Disney, and prize drawings and giveaways. The event comes to a close at noon with a special cider toast for the kids to ring in the New Year! All Noon Year’s Eve activities are included with paid admission to the Zoo.
Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden
Celebrate New Year’s Eve among more than 8,000 hand lit luminarias and thousands of white twinkle lights at Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden. The Garden is aglow every evening through December 31 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Stroll through the illuminated garden pathways and listen to the sounds of hand bells ringing and Dickens Carolers while enjoying a cup of hot apple cider or hot chocolate. Ten musical groups will perform nightly throughout the Garden and a tasty selection of food and beverages are available for guests to purchase to keep warm and cozy all evening long. This would be a romantic option for couples, or a nice option for families too. Tickets are $30 for adults and $12.50 for children ages 3-12 ( children 3 and under are free).
New Year’s Eve at The Top of the Rock
Enjoy a delectable dinner on New Year’s Eve while overlooking an amazing view of Phoenix. The Top of the Rock, located at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes, has put together three dinner options for December 31st to choose from:
3 Course + Champagne | 5:00pm to 5:45pm—$50.00
4 Course + Champagne | 5:00pm to 6:45pm—$65.00
6 Course + Champagne | 5:00pm to 9:30pm—$80.00
Beverage Pairings: Wine $20 | Beer $10 | Cocktails $20
If you decide to go big – go for the 6 Course Menu, which includes:
Chef’s Resolution Amuse—1st Course
Mushroom or Lobster soup—2nd Course
Choice of: Scallop| Cured Salmon or Goat Sopes Appetizer—3rd Course
Choice of: Tenderloin Roast | Black Truffle Chicken | Lobster Ravioli entrée—4th Course
Choice of: Chocolate Mint | Fruit—5th Course
Mignardises—Assorted petite fours as a finale to the evening—6th Course
Call 602-431-2370 to make your reservation.
The Top of The Rock