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New Year's Eve events to ring in 2012

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Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011 6:00 am

From 21-and-older bashes to family friendly celebrations, here are some options for ringing in 2012

New Year’s Eve Bash at Rawhide

What: Enjoy a buffet menu, live music, dancing, party favors and a sparkling beverage to toast the New Year. Fireworks at midnight.

When: 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012; buffet runs 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31, a la carte menu offered 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 31; festivities to follow

Where: Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler

Cost: $45 adults, $18 children ages 4-12

Information: (480) 502-5600 or; reservations recommended for groups

Zoo Year’s Eve

What: Tour ZooLights, dance to music provided by a disc jockey, and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks at this 21-and-older New Year’s Eve party.

When: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012

Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

Cost: $40-$45 per person, or $75-$85 per couple

Information: (602) 914-4333 or

Hearts of Gold, a Save the Family benefit

What: Join Save the Family Foundation of Arizona for a night of food, live entertainment, dancing, casino gaming, and lakeside fireworks.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012

Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado

Cost: Individual tickets start at $200; table sponsorships up to $15,000, which includes seating for 10, limo service, drink coupons and more

Information: Ericka Espino, (480) 898-0228, Ext. 205.

Zoppe An Italian Family Circus

What: Propelled by a story featuring acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, clowning and audience participation, the show aims higher than typical circuses. This New Year’s Eve event includes party favors.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 (other shows run Dec. 29 through Jan. 7, 2012, including several New Year’s Day events)

Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

Cost: New Year’s Eve tickets, $20-$37; other shows $15-$32


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