New Year’s events

From Old Town to downtown to the Homer Spit, Homer’s bars offer New Year’s Eve celebrations from the sedate to the spirited. At AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse and Tavern, the night is young when AJ’s rings in the New Year on New York time — 8 p.m., live from Times Square. Other celebrations are more traditional, ringing in the year at midnight Homer time with champagne toasts and party favors.

Start the New Year right with a little exercise. As part of the national First Day Hike, Kachemak Bay State Park holds a hike at the Eveline State Recreation Area, Mile 13.8 East End Road. Hike, ski or snowshoe the short hike. Or, take to the water on Jan. 2 with a 1-mile paddle of the Kachemak Bay State Park Water Trail. See more information, below.

The Alibi

453 E. Pioneer Ave.

10 p.m., Fractal Theory, Dustin’s laser light show

Midnight: Champagne toast 

Alice’s Champagne Palace

195 E. Pioneer Ave.

9 p.m., New Year’s Eve bash with DJ Tim Hatfield

Midnight: Champagne toast and party favors

AJ’s Old Town Steakhouse
and Tavern

120 W. Bunnell Ave.

4 p.m.: Open for dinner. Reservations recommended

5:30-8:30 p.m., Piano music with Lindianne

8 p.m.: New York time champagne toast

Down East Saloon

Mile 3 East End Road

10 p.m., Freelancer Band

Midnight: Champagne toast



Pioneer Avenue and Shelford Street

10 p.m.: Multi-band extravaganza with Barroom Roses and special guests

Midnight: Champagne toast

Land’s End Resort 

4786 Homer Spit Road 

Late dinner 5-10 p.m. with specials

10 p.m., DJ dance music

Midnight: Champagne toast

Discounted Homer local’s night room rates with getaway packages and dinner for two and a room. Call 235-0400.


New Year’s Day

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Holiday brunch.

Otter Room

Best Western Bidarka Inn
575 Sterling Highway

Midnight: Champagne toast, party favors

Salty Dawg Saloon

Ramp 1, Homer Harbor, Homer Spit

Free juke box and free hors d’ouevres

Midnight: Champagne toast

Alaska State Parks First Hikes


Eveline State Recreation Area, Mile 13.8 East End Road past McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Jan. 1, Noon: 3-mile roundtrip hike, ski or snowshoe. Please leave dogs at home for this hike.

Water Trail start, Homer Spit

Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: 1-mile Kachemak Bay State Park Water Trail

Meet at the start of the Water Trail on the Homer Spit at “The Rock,” next to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. For adults and children age 15 and older. Bring kayaks and paddles, life jackets, snacks, water and weather appropriate gear.

For more information about the First Day Hike initiative, go to

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