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Ringing It In

A roundup of some of the ways you can say goodbye to 2017.

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It's possible that, if you're at all aware of the world, 2017 was more than slightly stressful. Perhaps you're keen to kick the year in its ass on the way out the door in a way besides sitting at home watching a ball drop. Here's just a handful of the places you can go in Utah to celebrate the arrival of what we all hope is a more serene new year.

Last Hurrah! 2017: With the changing of the year comes promise for future potential. The Gateway opens its space for a celebration—replacing the EVE SLC event of recent years—to which everyone is invited, no ticket or cover fee required. From 8 p.m. to midnight, all ages are welcome to enjoy live music and performances in addition to a game room and fireworks. Those 21 and over can additionally enjoy a cozy speakeasy lounge. Outdoor music starts at 9 p.m. from DJ Flash & Flare, Crook and the Bluff and Joshua James; Samba Fogo performs in between. The game room and speakeasy lounge are set up inside, and the lounge features its own live music. The only money you'll need this New Year's Eve party is for the signature cocktails, beer, wine and food. The Gateway, 400 W. 100 South, 8 p.m.-midnight, free, lasthurrahslc.com (CK)

The Dinner Detective: Picture this: You're at a beautiful dinner in a giant suite. All of the sudden, the lights cut off. You hear a shriek. The fine china is clinking and clanking. When the lights finally come back on, someone lies dead on the floor. Whodunnit? If you have ever wanted to solve a murder mystery, while treating yourself to a delectable four-course meal, this is your chance. Awaken your inner detective, and embrace the Dinner Detective motto: Come "get fed and get dead." This New Year's Eve, be a part of the biggest interactive comedic murder-mystery show in America. Embassy Suites West Valley, 3524 S. Market St., 866-496-0535, 7 p.m., $54.95, thedinnerdetective.com (RF)

Living Planet Aquarium Noon Year's Eve: Look, not everyone can handle a wild New Year's Eve night on the town. For those who want to ring in the year a little early and get a decent night's sleep, the Living Planet Aquarium'sNoonYear's Eve is the event for you. This celebration includes activities like face painting and prize drawings, as well as a confetti cannon celebration when the clock strikes 12. The event also features a live broadcast with local radio station B98.7. Festivities are covered with regular aquarium admission. 12033 Lone Peak Parkway, Draper,801-355-3474,11 a.m.-1 p.m., $14.95-$19.95, thelivingplanet.com (KE)

Natural History Museum of Utah Noon Year's Eve: What better way to send off 2017 than in the company of Vikings? The Natural History Museum is offering that chance with a family-friendly early celebration. For the price of admission, guests can craft and color Viking shields, have their faces painted, and dance the afternoon away. The event is also one of the last chances to see Vikings: Beyond the Legend before the exhibit packs up and sets sail onJan. 1. Additionally, the first 1,000 guests receive a special gift pack. 301 Wakara Way,801-581-6927,11 a.m.-2 p.m., $7.95-$14.95,nhmu.utah.edu (KE)

Topgolf All Gold Everything: All that glitters is gold. So ring in the new year with Topgolf as they deck the halls in all-gold at Salt Lake City's first golf entertainment complex, featuring a driving range right at your table. But golf isn't the only thing on the menu. For this NYE celebration, Topgolf has psychic readers, caricature artists and face painters for the kids. DJ Freshness is on the ones and twos, so come bust a move on the dance floor with your significant other, and let the fireworks happen. 920 Jordan River Blvd., Midvale, 801-208-2600, 9 p.m., $225, topgolf.com (RF)

NYE Masquerade Ball 2017 by Big Easy Entertainment: Make a night of your celebration with Big Easy Entertainment's masquerade ball. This annual soirée has sold out four years in a row, so pick your tickets up ASAP to get in on their classy ballroom game of "guess the guests." A $65 dinner pass also gets you access to cocktail hour with live jazz band, bar, DJ, party favors and a complimentary glass of champagne for the midnight mask reveal and toast. Sheraton Hotel, 150 W. 500 South, 228-313-9883, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., $25-$65, bigeasynewyear.com (SH)

Broken Heart Rodeo Bull Wars: New Year's Eve can be a real bang up time, and depending on how many beverages one imbibes, it can rock as well. And not just in the way Dick Clark suggested. So credit the Broken Heart Rodeo with sparing the rest of us the bumps and bruises and providing exceptional entertainment instead. Their annual New Year's Eve Bull Wars pits the best riders against the toughest bucking bulls, an authentic rodeo experience in the truest tradition of the Wild West. Best of all, only the bulls and the cowboys will feel it the next morning. Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 200 West, Ogden, 7:30 p.m., $6-$20, smithtix.com

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