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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2009 2:21 pm | Updated: 12:28 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The new year is right around the corner, but before most of us can ponder lofty resolutions, we have to decide how to ring in 2010 - hotel ballroom or house party? Tucked quietly into bed or yodeling "Happy New Year!" sitting backwards on a mechanical bull?  More events  |  Video  |  Fire ban  |  Send us your photos

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The new year is right around the corner, but before most of us can ponder lofty resolutions, we have to decide how to ring in 2010 - hotel ballroom or house party? Tucked quietly into bed or yodeling "Happy New Year!" sitting backwards on a mechanical bull?

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From actor Joel McHale's stand-up act at the Dodge Theatre, to the Celebrity Theatre's concert with Tempe rockers Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, the Valley has no shortage of ways to observe the arrival of 2010. Here are a few ideas culled from the numerous celebrations going on around town.


Fiesta Bowl Block Party

What: This sprawling all-ages street party is a veritable Valley institution. At 25, this year’s party features beer gardens, dueling pianos, a dance club, fireworks, street performers, deejays and concerts from 30 bands, including headliners The Doobie Brothers.

When: 5 p.m. Thursday to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2010

Where: Mill Avenue District in downtown Tempe

Cost: $20 per ticket, or $15 at Fry’s Food Stores with your Fry’s VIP card

Information: (480) 350-0911 or www.fiestabowl.org

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party

What: Live music, dancing, drinks, food and fireworks sum up this party for the 21-and-older crowd, where more than 7,000 are expected to revel in the streets.

When: 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. Jan. 1, 2010

Where: Craftsman Court District in Old Town Scottsdale

Cost: $35, or pay $10 at the gate if you arrive before 9 p.m. Tickets include exclusive access to Acme Bar & Grill, Dos Gringos, Upper Deck and the Whitehouse.

Information: (480) 423-3800 or www.scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com


Rat Pack New Year’s Eve Celebration

What: Party like it’s 1959 at the ultra-hip, retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho with a four-course wine dinner at Cafe Zuzu, followed by a rooftop party with 1950s dance hits and a midnight champagne toast.

When: Two dinner seatings are 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale

Cost: $95 for 9:30 p.m. seating; $65 for 6:30 p.m. seating; reservations are required.

Information: (480) 248-2000 or www.hotelvalleyho.com

New Year’s Eve with The Phoenix Symphony

What: A complimentary glass of champagne accompanies the concert of musical good cheer that includes the year-end favorite “Auld Lang Syne.”

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix

Cost: $26-$76

Information: (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org


Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus

What: This 160-year-old, one-ring family circus features old-fashioned acrobatics, equestrian showmanship, canine capers and clowns in a heartwarming show that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.

When: New Year’s Eve show is 7 p.m. Other shows are noon Sunday and Jan. 3; 4 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 1-3; and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2.

Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

Cost: $15-$35; special pricing for the New Year’s Eve show includes party favors.

Information: (480) 782-2680 or www.chandlercenter.org

The New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

What: An all-ages improv comedy show, catered dinner and midnight toast

When: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31

Where: National Comedy Theatre, 1111 S. Longmore Road, Mesa

Cost: $49; reservations are required

Information: (602) 374-5638 or www.nctphoenix.com

The Howdy Show’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

What: A 90-minute show transports the audience to the raucous gold mining camps of the 1880s with party hats, champagne or cider toast and an 8 p.m. countdown coinciding with New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A separate ranch gala features three live bands playing 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s hits and country music and includes a buffet dinner, champagne toast and countdown to midnight. Children are welcome at both.

When: The Howdy Show celebration is 6:30 p.m. Thursday; ranch gala begins 9 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Rockin’ R Ranch, 6136 E. Baseline Road, Mesa

Cost: $45 adults and $35 children for The Howdy Show; $45 per person for the ranch gala

Information: (480) 832-1539 or www.howdyshow.com

Noon Year’s Eve

What: Tons of snow and snowball targets, plus music, games and prizes with Radio Disney and a cider toast at noon.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Thursday

Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway

Cost: $7 kids ages 3-12; $11-$16 adults

Information: (602) 273-1341 or www.phoenixzoo.org

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