Utah County revelers ring in 2019 with a bang at UVNY

January 1, 2019

Utah County residents rang in the new year Monday night — some on the couch at home, some dancing the night away and some surrounded cascading confetti.

Thousands of millennials partied the night away at UVNY 2019 Monday at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University. The event, now in its fifth year, and also known as Utah Valley New Year, included more than just dancing. Ticket holders were able to tackle a rock climbing wall, bounce around on large inflatables, try out ax-throwing for free, ooh and aah over light shows and confetti cannons, and finish the night under a massive balloon drop.

“UVNY caters to the massive amounts of college students in the area, who want to ring in the new year with DJs, dancing fun activities and a non-alcoholic atmosphere,” said Erik Little, organizer for the event, and co-founder of The Tribe. “This is the New Year’s party for Utah County.”

Little said before the event that they expected almost 5,000 to attend.

The Tribe, a Utah County event planning company, hosted the event with DJ Marcus Wing of Uprising, another local concert and event planning group.

The younger set celebrated the new year at Provo Beach Resort’s annual Noon Year’s Eve, a party for children held at noon on New Year’s Eve. Others also attended “Countdown to the Greatest Show” at the Provo Recreation Center — an evening event catered to families. Families also enjoyed an after-hours New Year’s Eve party at Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Natural Curiosity.

New to the New Year’s scene this year, Utah County residents also celebrated at Evermore Park in Pleasant Grove. The role-playing park featured Evermore’s “World of Aurora,” and event-goers were able to see exotic birds and reptiles, a fire dancing performance, go ice skating and enjoy fireworks at the stroke of midnight.

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