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Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Flagstaff

Visitors in Flagstaff for New Year’s Eve should not miss the city’s traditional countdown celebration in downtown Flagstaff on December 31.  Like a giant holiday ornament, the Weatherford Hotel’s glistening giant Pinecone has been hoisted high atop the historic building with a digital countdown ticking away below it.

As Flagstaff’s traditional New Year’s Eve symbol for 16 years, the Great Pinecone is to Flagstaff what the glitzy giant ball is to New York City. Each year thousands of holiday revelers pour into the streets of historic downtown to see the 70-pound, six-foot, lighted aluminum creation.

During the celebration there will be two countdowns and pinecone lowerings: one at 10 p.m. to coincide with New York’s Times Square celebration and another at midnight to mark Arizona’s magical moment. Local personality Joe Harting will lead the crowd in song and countdown as the Weatherford Hotel dazzles with a light show and the City of Flagstaff illuminates the sky with fireworks.

The Great Pinecone Drop event is free and appropriate for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation to and from the event.

View the Pinecone drop live from the CVB Webcam

Free parking is available just a few blocks from the event at Flagstaff City Hall and Wheeler Park (211 W. Aspen Ave.) as well as the Phoenix Ave. parking lot (116 W. Phoenix Ave.) just south of the train tracks. There will be handicap accessible parking in the Leroux Street lot, which can be accessed that night by turning north on Leroux from Route 66, then turning right into the lot halfway up the block. Please note: portions of San Francisco Street, Leroux Street and Aspen Avenue will be closed to traffic beginning at 8 p.m. on December 31.

*Please note, this is an outdoor event and the average temperature at this time of year is usually 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit, warm clothing including heavy jacket, hat, gloves and scarf are recommended.

The Great Pinecone Drop

The historic Weatherford Hotel an icon in the heart of downtown Flagstaff will present the annual New Year’s Eve tradition, the Great Pinecone drop on December 31, 2015. The Pinecone will be displayed at an elevated three stories as a giant holiday ornament for the entire city to admire until the New Year’s countdown. Join thousands of revelers in the streets of historic downtown Flagstaff as we countdown to a New Year! First drop at 10 p.m. Second drop: midnight.