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Salt Lake City boasts an array of events and massive festivities throughout the winter holidays that culminate on New Year's Eve. The largest free party in downtown Salt Lake City is called Last Hurrah. Held in The Gateway area, this awaited event features a countdown, live music, interactive art installations, performances, as well as plenty of entertainment from 8 pm to midnight. A Game Room and a Pop-Up Bar are set up for people to warm up during and after a live concert on the Main Stage.
If you would like to get away from the crowds and breathe in some pristine mountain air, then on December 31, you can reach the Snowbird Ski Resort (famous for its Snowbird Torchlight Parade and Fireworks) just 30 mi (48 km) from Salt Lake City. This is one of the most beautiful New Year's Eve Utah traditions. The whole mountain comes alive at 6 pm when hundreds of skiers with torches begin their descent from the top. The parade ends with the fireworks, and then guests can warm up with hot chocolate by the fire pits.
Utah's capital also hosts a few large and formal gala events on New Year's Eve, like the annual White Ball at the Eventos Reception Center, Masquerade Ball at the Sheraton SLC, and The Queen's Ball at Salt Lake City Marriott City Center. We regret to inform that all balls are postponed or canceled in 2020.