FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The start of the New Year is right around the corner, and many will be out celebrating come Monday December 31. One of the most anticipated events of the year is the Sparktacular fireworks display on the west side of Fairbanks. The 29th annual show will take
place on the 31st at 8 p.m. with the fireworks launched once again from the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.
Organizer of the event, Mike Thomas, explained how Sparktacular got started, "Well it started off way back when, when we first moved to Fairbanks. We wanted to go out on the fourth of July, well for obvious reasons you couldn't see it on the fourth of July
so myself and some of our curling lions and some of our friends got together and said, 'Well wouldn't it be fun to have a fireworks show on New Year's Eve?' So we put it together and we've been doing it ever since,” he said.
If parents prefer something earlier in the day, the Fairbanks Children's Museum is also hosting a ‘Noon Year's Eve’ celebration. Families can celebrate the 3rd Annual Noon Year's Eve with crafts, playtime and party hats. Then there will be a ball drop and balloons at exactly noon. In previous years, this event has seen upwards of 200 guests taking advantage of the museum's hospitality.
Museum Educator, Sara Laughlin, said the 'Noon Year's Eve' celebration is a great event for families.
“It's a reasonable hour to celebrate with your kids. Parents don't like having to keep their kids up until 1 a.m. into the New Year. It's an easy place, very accessible. We're just going to have crafts and play time and everything you usually do at the museum and some," Laughlin said.
There are a variety of events taking place on Monday December 31 for both families and adults.
Here is a list of several events taking place in the Interior:
-NYE 2018 Celebration (Black & Gold) at Tony's Sports Bar, 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
-New Years Eve Kick-off Party at Hoarfrost Distilling, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
-New Years A Toast to 2019 at Pike's Waterfront Lodge, 7:30 pm. to 1 a.m.
-New Years Eve Dance at Pioneer Park Dance Center, 9:00 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.
-2019 NYE Dance Party w/DJ ATM at The Banks Alehouse, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
-New Year's Eve at Lavelle's at Lavelle's Bistro, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
-New Year's Eve Snowflake Drop at Christmas In Ice, 10 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
-Neon New Years Bash at Fly at Fly Trampoline Park, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
-Black And White NYE with The Cosmic Owl & Captain Smash at The BIG-I Pub & Lounge, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
-New Year's Eve at USO Fort Wainwright, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
-New Year's Eve Performance at the Pump House, 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-Party Like a Reindeer! at Leaf Out located at 1689 Violin Circle in Fairbanks, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-New Year's Eve at The Mushing Co-op at the Last Frontier Mushing Co-op & Reindeer Outpost, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
-New Years Eve Party at Chena Hot Springs Resort, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.