Best time to go to Flagstaff, AZ

New Year's Eve 2022-2023

Join the numerous celebrations in the heart of the city

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Last updated: by Dari Vasiljeva
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Flagstaff always has excellent weather, various attractions, events, and activities to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one. The best opportunities are rounded up below.

Flagstaff Pinecone Drop

The annual Great Pinecone Drop at the Weatherford Hotel gathers Flagstaff visitors and locals to usher in the New Year with fireworks, dancing in the street and cheering. There is always a 10 pm and 12 am Pinecone Drop. The 10 pm festivities aren't just for kids and older people, but for early birds who like to get up early on New Year's Day and start their winter adventures as soon as possible. The 10 pm Pinecone Drop has become nearly as well-attended as the midnight party.

Downtown Flagstaff New Year's Eve

Daytime fun-seekers can join the Noon Year's Eve celebration at Heritage Square in Downtown Flagstaff. The event features noisemakers, snacks, firework art, and live music! A countdown to noon with a sparkling apple cider toast awaits. There are also several venues and bars hosting free dance parties. Masquerade balls, live DJs, local brewery—everything is here for you. Dress as fancy as you wish, and let's tear up the dancefloor!

Things to do in Flagstaff for New Year's Eve

Apart from partying, you can plan on visiting the Grand Canyon—take a scenic train ride and behold breathtaking snow-powdered landscapes. Another alternative way to celebrate is a ski holiday at Arizona Snowbowl or Elk Ridge Ski Area. If you choose Arizona Snowbowl, you might want to stay in a yurt at Arizona Nordic Village, but you'll need to bring your sleeping bag. Those who prefer traditional accommodations have plenty of options featured on the map below.