There’s only one New Year’s Eve bash with fireworks in Anchorage, and it’s been dubbed the greatest show in Anchorage. It all takes place in downtown with a moonlight carnival hosted by KTVA Anchorage. The annual event is free and family-friendly. Head to the Town Square from 5 – 8 p.m. to enjoy live music and performances.

The best food trucks in Anchorage whet your appetite while the Stars We Are competition showcases premium live performances. There are also a variety of street performers and shops that stay open late with one of a kind treats, goodies and discounts. Of course, the fireworks are the grand finale that send you into 2018.

Partying the Night Away

After the big show, there are plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars in downtown offering special menus and champagne toasts. Check out Ginger, a fine dining establishment where reservations are highly encouraged on New Year’s Eve. The pan-Asian cuisine pairs wonderfully with your favorite glass of bubbly.

Club Paris for steaks, Bridge Seafood Restaurant for fresh catches and white wines, and Sacks Café for decadent hot chocolates and adult coffees are just a few options to keep the party going all night. For others, heading out of the city and spotting the Northern Lights is an annual tradition. How will you ring in the new year?