Need a fresh idea of where to spend New Year’s Eve? Grab the party favors, pack your bags and visit some of Arizona’s “most haunted cities”. With luck you will be seeing and tasting spirits of the ‘other’ kind! And please, don’t drink and dowse!
Flagstaff: New York City may have the famous ball drop at Times Square, but you can ring in the New Year in a classic Flagstaff tradition as a giant LED-lighted Pine Cone is lowered from the top of the haunted and Historical Weatherford Hotel. The pine cone will drop at 10 P.M. and again at midnight. 23 N Leroux Street www.weatherfordhotel.com
Globe: Head up to haunted Globe to the Dream Manor Inn’s Holiday Bash. Dinner, dancing, party favors, prizes and a midnight champagne toast with a ghost—or your favorite loved one. Space is limited. $45 a person. Take a walk down Broad Street after the clock strikes midnight—you never know who you might encounter! 1 dream Manor Inn 928-812-5564.
Tucson: The ‘ghost’ of disco balls past will be heading to Hotel Congress as the hotel is magically transformed into Studio 54! This will be the biggest disco ball in the history of the western hemisphere—and yes, Guinness has been contacted. If this disco infernal doesn’t raise the dead—nothing can! 311 E Congress Street www.hotelcongress.com/music/studio-54-new-years-eve-bash
Jerome: Spend New Year’s Eve at an asylum you ask? Check into the “Kissed” New Year’s Eve Party at The Asylum at the haunted Jerome Grand Hotel. There will be four hours of amazing non therapeutic music, a midnight Champagne toast and the best view in Northern Arizona (don’t jump!). The Asylum invites you to “pucker up and get ‘kissed’ this New Year’s Eve at the Asylum! 200 Hill Street www.theasylum.biz/#_Welcome
Prescott: Listen and dance to the haunting big band sound of the Prescott POPS Dance Band in the ambiance of the restored (and most haunted) Elks Opera House. The band will be preforming favorite songs from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. If that is not enough, take a stroll down the famous Whisky Row where spirits are always in abundance! 117 E Gurley Strreet www.prescott-az.gov/elks/?p=1702
Tombstone: Doc Holliday and the Earp boys never had it so good. Ring in the New Year with the ghosts that haunt Big Nose Kate’s Saloon. $20 per person includes a reserved seat, great country music and dancing, party favors, and a traditional Champagne Toast at midnight. I bet if you stand outside the Birdcage Theatre you will hear a few ghosts of New Year’s past still reveling! 417 E Allen Street http://bignosekates.info/index.html
Bisbee: Just go. It is always unpredictable, but at some point in the night there is always a drum banging, horn blowing parade through the streets to bring in the New Year. Take a walk up and down Brewery Gulch, Main Street, and pop into the haunted hotels, too. Spirits are around every corner—and not just the drinking kind. Check out the Bisbee New Year FB page http://www.facebook.com/BisbeeGrandHotel#!/pages/Bisbee-New-Year/1639662…
Tempe: A blast from the past—Tempe is going back to its roots with a FREE New Year’s Eve Party on Mill Avenue. With so many haunted buildings along Mill Avenue, you may run into a spirit or two from the Salt River and Hayden Ferry days. There will be live music, fireworks, food and fun. It’s “Still the place to be on New Year’s Eve.” http://www.millavenue.com/entertainment-and-events/NewYearsEve
Sedona: Get in tune with the Universe at the New Year’s Eve Party at the Sound Bites Grill. Wear your best and get ready to dance to the funky blues sounds of “Pocket Five.” Tickets include a 4 course dinner, live music, dancing, balloon drops, mask, and party favor, and a toast at midnight. All for $99. Be sure you stop at a vortex the next morning to energize for 2013. 101 HWY 89A http://soundbitesgrille.com
Phoenix: Party like an animal at the “Zoo Year’s Eve” at the Phoenix Zoo. The party begins at 9:30 P.M. and runs until 12:30 A.M. for $45. This includes three complimentary drinks, appetizers, party favors, DJ and more! Think how spooky it will be on the grounds surrounded by lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my! “Let the party animals loose!” www.phoenixzoo.org/events/special_events/special_events_detail.aspx?ARTI…
Happy New Years to all the readers of “Arizona Haunted Sites” and “Haunted Places”
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