On Thursday, Native Americans for Community Actions host a New Year’s Eve Family Social Powwow, 3:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., just past midnight, ushering in the New Year. All are welcome – it’s a family-friendly environment for all ages. Gourd Dance 3:00 – 5:30 p.m., Social Powwow 6:00 – 11:00 p.m., Hand Drum & Round Dance 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. At the Mount Elden Middle School Dome (3223 N. Fourth Street). An alcohol and drug free event! $5 per person. Children 0-8 and elders 70+ are free!
The Flagstaff Public Library (downtown Flagstaff, main branch) hosts a Count Down to “Noon” Year on Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Join the staff in the Community Room for stories and crafts celebrating the New Year. Stay for a mini Pine Cone Drop at noon. Fun for all ages! Free.
Also on Thursday at the main library, enjoy Family Movie Time – Community Room – for a family-friendly movie, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. All ages. Free. Call Youth Services for movie title: (928) 213-2381.
Don’t forget the big Pine Cone Drop on Thursday, New Year’s Eve, from the roof of the Weatherford Hotel, downtown. Celebrate at 10:00 p.m. and again at midnight, with a few thousand of your closest friend!
On Saturday afternoon, the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks Men’s Basketball team hosts Montana State in the Walkup Skydome on the NAU campus. 12:00 noon. Tickets are $6 - $12. Purchase tickets in advance.
Also on Saturday, Flagstaff’s famed Lowell Observatory celebrates the Quadrantid Meteor Shower with family-friendly activities designed to teach visitors about the cause of meteor showers at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Get viewing tips and take in a lecture at 7:00 p.m. Included with regular observatory admission: Adults $12, college students and seniors $11, ages 5 – 17 $6, under 5 and members are free.
Delight in a Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride through the winter forest at Hitchin’ Post Stables (4848 Lake Mary Rd.). Sleighs leave the main stable area on the hour and head off through the forest with horses trotting and sleigh bells jingling for a 30-minute ride. The sleigh ride takes you to the cowboy camp for Dinner in the Pines (ribeye steak or grilled marinated chicken breast) with all the trimmings Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee by the campfire. See the Hitchin’ Post website, or call (928) 451-6743 for reservations and pricing details. Dates through March 15th.
Conditions at the Arizona Snowbowl are excellent for downhill skiing and snowboarding. The Flagstaff Nordic Center (cross-country skiing and snowshoeing) is open, and there’s more to do, detailed at the Center’s website, including some overnight accommodations for the more adventurous.
You can book all of your Flagstaff accommodations at the Flagstaff Winter Wonderland page.
Flagstaff Nightlife: Check out New Year’s Eve celebrations at all of the local night spots. There’s entertainment all weekend in the dance clubs, brew pubs, honky tonks, theaters, and other hot spots. Visit the latest Flag Live! website for all of the weekend details (updated on Thursday).
Flagstaff Weather: 7-Day forecast from the U.S. Weather Service.