Well, 2010 is just about ready for the history books. For some, that is pretty good news. For many, reflecting back on a year of successes is a joyous occasion.
So, what are the big plans for New Year’s Eve in Arizona? I’d have to say that much of the excitement will be found along the Phoenix light rail line. Heck, if it’s already cold outside, why not go ice skating at CityScape? Of course, if you are in downtown Phoenix on the 31st, the people throwing the New Year’s Eve bash at CityScape would be glad to have you. In fact, they’ll have music, libations and a shiny new place to party.
Traditionally, the Granddaddy of all New Year’s Eve parties in Arizona has been on Mill Avenue. The Fiesta Bowl Block Party in Tempe brings together tens of thousands of people to celebrate the new year. Live music on multiple stages, dancing, beer gardens, a confetti blast and huge fireworks show at midnight combine to bring out the party people. With three bowl games in town this year, there should be a ton of tourists and locals alike celebrating New Year’s Eve.
For the CityScape New Year’s Eve party and for the Tempe Block Party, the obvious choice to get you to and from the action is taking the METRO light rail. METRO’s increased service during peak travel times should help partiers get around just fine. The trains will complete their last full trip from the end-of-line stations at 2 a.m. One thing about getting to either of the big parties along the line is traffic. Lot’s of traffic. Talking the light rail and using a FREE park and ride lot makes a lot of sense. just remember to purchase a light rail pass for $3.50 at the light rail station.
Below is a light rail map. For those of you that are visiting Arizona, you might want to check out some of the other Phoenix light rail maps for fun things to do along the line.
From your friends at RailLife, we sincerely wish you and yours a very happy new year!
View Phoenix Valley METRO Light Rail in a larger map
Green Day – Time of your life
REO Speedwagon – Roll with the changes
Cindy Lauper – Time after time
Funkytown by Lipps Inc
Train, Drops of Jupiter
Local fave Roger Clyne – Here’s to life!
And the classic, Auld Lang Syne