Southern Utah Welcomes New Year—

Last modified on Oct 17, 2013

Southern Utah Welcomes New Year— Residents in Iron County and in the nearby mountains are gearing up to usher in 2013 with several parties and other activities beginning tonight.

Cindy Allen, real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in Duck Creek Village, said the town on Cedar Mountain is hosting a potluck dinner and dance with music provided by Most Wanted, a popular Cedar City band, in the dance hall tonight.

Allen said hosting the party tonight works out best because many of the residents occupying second homes in Duck Creek are visiting between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Many residents who have primary residences in Las Vegas, she said, leave the mountain to return home on New Year’s Eve so they are ready to return to work immediately after the holiday.

Although the event is community-oriented, Allen said, non-residents are also welcome.

“It gives the community something to do, and to get together and create new friendships and celebrate the ones we already have,” she said.

Jon Christoffersen, public relations manager for Brian Head Resort, said the resort’s traditional Torchlight Parade and fireworks display takes place Monday night after sunset. He said resort employees and other highly skilled skiers and snowboarders ride up the mountain on the lift and ski down holding road flares as torches.

“It’s a really cool thing to see because it will be a whole line of skiers and snowboarders coming down with torches lit,” Christoffersen said.

He added, “Of course it happens after dark so that’s really all you see on the mountain.”

As the parade participants arrive at the halfway point coming down the mountain, Christoffersen said, the fireworks display begins. Additionally, after the parade and fireworks display, a family-friendly New Year’s Eve party begins at 8 p.m. on the third floor of the Giant Steps Lodge. The resort invites people of all ages to attend the party at the lodge.

The Cedar Skate and Fun Center in Cedar City is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash beginning Monday at 9 p.m.

Mike Allen, one of the skate center’s owners, said the skate floor is being used for dancing only during the festivities, and there will be a countdown to the white balloon drop at midnight.

Eddy Valencia, a disc jockey who runs the business, C-City Events, said the party is primarily geared to teenagers 14 years old up through 19 years. The dress code for the dance will be all-white clothing to create visual effects with the use of black light.

“We hope it’s a big white celebration this New Year’s,” Valencia said.

He also said the owners of the skate center are making sure the dance is free of all drugs and alcohol, noting that they do not plan to admit anyone who even appears to be considering the use of those substances.  

Written by  Cathy Wentz

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