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by Kevyn Phillips, Tessa Roberts and Barbara Williams

As 2017 comes to a close, there are many options for revelers on the final night of the year. Whether you want to plan an evening under the stars, toss snowballs with the kids or tap your toes to Broadway melodies, there is something for everyone. Here are 15 of our favorites.

Above: New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue.

New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue

Celebrate new beginnings on Mill Avenue as the City of Tempe continues its tradition to host one of the best NYE block parties. Featuring all-night choices for music, dancing and food, individual bars and restaurants have arranged their own parties.  So far, at press time, there are a dozen bars hosting special events, including the Champagne Ball at Whiskey Row and A Gatsby Affair New Year’s Eve 2018 at Low Key Piano Bar.  At midnight, a fireworks display will light up the sky, welcoming 2018. www.downtowntempe.com

AbbaFab! at the Arizona Broadway Theatre

Party in the New Year with with some classic ‘70s disco at New Year’s Eve 2017’s  AbbaFab: The Ultimate ABBA Experience! presented by the Arizona Broadway Theatre. ABBAFab is a tribute band to the classic disco-era band featuring the talents of Terry and Anne Davies, Katrina Hogofsky, Scotty Pearson that will encourage guests to party like it’s 1979. www.azbroadwaytheatre.com

Under the Stars at Lustre Bar

Ring in 2018 in high style at the Hotel Palomar, Phoenix. From the heated rooftop garden that overlooks the Phoenix skyline, take pics at the photo booth, indulge in signature cocktails from multiple bars and enjoy complimentary bites. Dance the night away with music by DJs Kim E Fresh and Jen Jones. Suggested that you dress-to-impress. Cabanas and VIP packages are available or stay overnight when you book The Suite Life Package. www.lustrerooftopbar.com

Above: Tee Off at Top Golf.

Tee Off at Top Golf

If you’re looking for something a bit different to usher in 2018, Topgolf, located in both Scottsdale and Gilbert, is offering a variety of golf games this New Year’s Eve. General reservations include unlimited play for up to eight people. VIP reservations for up to six people include unlimited play, a VIP bay, champagne toast, buffet and party favors. www.topgolf.com

Cozy Up at The Flannel Ball

Why not ditch the fancy duds and go casual this New Year’s Eve. Toss on your most comfy flannel for this annual bash in Downtown Phoenix. Partygoers will dance to live music, take in an art show, play lawn games, snap pics in a photo booth, enjoy local specialities from food trucks and have a champagne toast at midnight. Meet at Roosevelt Growhouse, 1025 N. Second St., Phoenix from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. www.flannelball.com

Confetti Ball at Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho’s upscale gala features a four-hour reception, hors d’oeuvres, midnight Champagne toast, party hats and favors and a confetti drop. Table reservations that include two premium bottles, reserved seating, and a cocktail server are available for a premium price. Reservations required. www.hotelvalleyho.com/scottsdale/hotel


Above: Shimmer at the W Scottsdale.

Shimmer at the W Scottsdale

The W Hotel in Scottsdale hosts a spectacular event as the hotel transforms its WET Deck and Living Room Lounge into a glittery gold paradise for this year’s theme, Goldmember. The party will feature fireworks at midnight with VIP table and cabana rentals available. Indulge with their New Year’s Eve hotel package that includes two party tickets plus an overnight with an extended check-out at 3 p.m. www.wscottsdalehotel.com

Jazz It Up at The Nash

Get your jazz fix this this New Year’s Eve from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. at The Nash. Two of the best-known jazz couples in the Valley, Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman and Delphine Cortez & Joel Robin, will perform. Roberts, “Chicago’s First Lady of Jazz” for a number of years, joins the others in an evening full of fun, music and humor. To celebrate 2018, at 10 p.m.(the equivalent of midnight, the Eastern Standard Time), there will be a champagne toast. www.thenash.org

Two Parties in One

One ticket, two parties. The Van Buren and Crescent Ballroom will host the biggest New Year’s Eve party in Downtown Phoenix. The street in front of the venue will be closed and protected by heated tents. The Crescent will showcase  Kalliope and The Walter Show. The Van Buren will transform into Studio 18 with disco tunes from DJs Dana, Stoneypie and the Hi-Dreams playing new and classic disco. Attendees must be 21 years and over. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. www.crescentphx.com

Above: Noon Year’s Eve at Phoenix Zoo.

Noon Year’s Eve at Phoenix Zoo

2017 is going extinct and it’s time to party at Noon Year’s Eve. Ring in the New Year at Phoenix Zoo’s Ice Age-themed bash where the forecast is prehistoric, frosty fun for the whole family. Beginning at 9 a.m. on December 31, the festivities include 30 tons of snow, dancing, music, games, activities and prizes, all of which are gratis with regular Zoo admission. The event comes to a close at noon with a special juice or cider toast for the kids. www.phoenixzoo.org

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Saguaro

Join LIVE 101.5 in a multi-room bash at the Saguaro in Scottsdale. Tickets include a midnight champagne toast, massive balloon drop and music from top Valley DJs.  General Admission tickets provide access to the Main Ballroom and include a complimentary midnight champagne toast and party favors. VIP tickets and VIP table reservations also are available. www.thesaguaro.com/scottsdale

New Year’s Eve at jade bar

The fun begins at 8 p.m. through 1 a.m. Featuring a DJ spinning hits that will pack the dance floor, the dining and entertainment package includes a four-course prix fixe holiday menu at elements, a bottle of Champagne, and party favors for a premium fee. Reservations required. www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com

Above: Decadence Dance Party.

Decadence Dance Party

The Decadence Arizona EDM Dance Party is a massive two-night concert that features a stellar EDM lineup. December 30 performers include Zeds Dead, Borgore and Big Wild. On New Year’s Eve, the lineup includes Armin van Buuren, Tokimonsta and Justice (DJ set) among others. Attendees must be age 18 years and older. Held from 3 p.m.until 3 a.m. at Rawhide Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Reservation. www.relentlessbeats.com

Phoenix Symphony Presents A New Year’s Celebration 

End the year on a high note with members of The Phoenix Symphony and conductor Stuart Chafetz for this joyous and popular musical New Year’s Eve Concert. Enjoy famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics and Broadway and contemporary favorites all with a complimentary glass of Champagne to celebrate 2018. Performances of A New Year’s Celebration take place at the Symphony Hall in Downtown Phoenix. www.phoenixsymphony.org/

Happy Huladays

Party all day at Hula’s Modern Tiki in Phoenix and Scottsdale. The day will kick off with brunch and happy hour starting at 10:30 a.m., offering $3 sparkling wine and mimosas and $6 tropical cocktails until 6 p.m. The $3 champagne specials will continue all night. Guests can enjoy a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. www.hulasmoderntiki.com