Once again it is time to make those dreadful New Year’s resolutions that many of us fail to keep! But one thing is certain; Arizona offers several options to spend New Year’s Eve with its ghosts! Here is a ghost hunter’s pick of sites where one might spend New Year’s Eve in Arizona with a ghost. The top 10 sites are in no particular order.
10. FLAGSTAFF: “The Great Pine Cone Drop” is Arizona’s version of New York City’s famous ball drop at Times Square. The haunted Weatherford Hotel is the scene of this 17th annual New Year’s Celebration. Gather in the streets of Aspen and Leroux for the Great Pine Cone Drop at 10pm and midnight. This tradition began in 1999 and you won’t want to miss the dropping of this 70 pound, 6 foot tall, lighted, metallic pinecone. FREE 928-779-1919. www.weatherfordhotel.com
9. TUCSON: Party like John Dillinger at the historic haunted Hotel Congress. Ring in 2015 with indoor and outdoor parties, three stages of music and dancing– including Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta, The Zsa Zsas, Neon Eon, Tom Heavy & the Partymakers, the Strange Family Circus, & DJ Andrew Shuta — a complimentary champagne toast and party favors, food trucks, VIP packages, a one-night pop-up Tequila Cantina and a 15’ taco that will drop at midnight. Yes! They are dropping a 15 foot taco! Get your tickets before it’s too late, this event will sell out. www.hotelcongress.com
8. PRESCOTT: And it gets better! Head up to historic Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott, and take part in the 4th annual “Whiskey Row Boot Drop”. You heard it right! A 6 foot illuminated cowboy boot will be lowered from the haunted Palace Saloon building’s flagpole at 10PM and midnight. Fireworks happen at midnight and there will be live music, a carnival with a Ferris wheel, giveaways, and food vendors! www.bootdrop.net
7. MIAMI/GLOBE: Head east of Phoenix to one of Arizona’s most haunted mining camps for a New Year’s Eve Dance in Miami—Miami, Arizona that is! This dance will benefit the Miami Volunteer Fire Department will be held from 8 PM to 1 AM at the haunted Bullion Plaza Gym, 150 N. Plaza Drive in Miami. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $40 per couple or $20 for a single. The ticket price includes late night menudo, party favors and door prizes. There will also be live music and dancing courtesy of Neto Vasquez and his great band, as well as a 50-50 cash raffle and a “big bash bar.” Call 928-812-6818.
6. BISBEE: Bisbee on New Year’s Eve is like Mardi Gras in winter. Good music! Great restaurants! And good vibes! And the town is historic and very haunted. There is something very special about Bisbee and at some point in the evening you will be dragged out into the streets for an impromptu parade through the town to the sounds of horns and drums. A Tucson band will be playing New Year’s Eve at the Quarry, 40 Brewery Ave. The Mission Creeps will be there with their brand of surfer-punk inspired goodness, along with the High Desert Gypsies and DJ Rev’Rend Lawless.
5. TOMBSTONE: Doc Holliday and the Earp boys would have loved this celebration. Ring in the New Year with the ghosts that haunt Big Nose Kate’s Saloon. $20 per person includes a reserved seat, great country music and dancing, party favors, and a traditional Champagne Toast at midnight. I bet if you stand outside the Birdcage Theatre you can still hear a few reveler ghosts of New Year’s past! www.bignosekates.info/events
4. TEMPE: Celebrate new beginnings at haunted Rula Bula Irish Pub located right along Mill Avenue at Tempe’s Fiesta Bowl Block Party. A $60 package for 2 includes: entrance to the Block Party, front of line access to Rula Bula, Live music (Rock Steady Band), drink specials, reserved seating for 2 at bar or table, bottle of champagne at midnight, hot appetizers to share, NYE party favors, hats and beads. Watch the Tempe Town Lake fireworks from their large outdoor garden patio. Call 480-929-9500.
3. JEROME: The “Ghost City” invites you up to the haunted Connor Hotel’s own “Spirit Room” and listen to some Ramblin, Gamblin, Hard-living & Hard Playing as they host the Hardways on New Year’s Eve. Come and get your Yee Haw on from 9PM to Midnight.
2. PHOENIX: Ghostly flappers? Try the haunted Clarendon Hotel for their Modern Gatsby Gala! Arrive in your cocktail and evening best or make the scene as a flapper of dandy. Prohibition is over and a new year about to begin. Join your friends for a night of extravagance and glamour under the stars of Phoenix’s night sky on the Clarendon’s rooftop sky deck! See performances by fire breathers, samba, and flamenco dancers. Tickets are $60. www.goclarendon.com
1. GRAND CANYON: You can make your New Year’s Eve extra special by ringing in the New Year surrounded by nature at the larger than life Grand Canyon. Dress is casual and it is the perfect inspiration point to share all your hope and dreams for the upcoming year 2015. Whether traveling with friends or family be sure to take in one of the many viewing points and feel the “spirits” around you. Be sure to hunt for the “heart of the canyon” at the stroke of midnight.
Happy New Year to all the readers of “Arizona Haunted Sites” and “Haunted Places”