Over 100 people participate in the annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Beach on Jan. 1, 2015.

Over 100 people participate in the annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Beach on Jan. 1, 2015.

New year’s calendar includes parties and a chilly dip

The capital city will swing in the new year. It’ll also glitter, foam, and just plain dance.

A wide variety of clubs, bars and social halls have planned events to celebrate New Year’s Eve, with events familiar and not. New this year, KXLL-FM is organizing a disco-themed party at The Alaskan Bar.

“I feel like we’re the middle ground between sassy and classy,” KXLL’s Annie Bartholomew said.

The “All That Glitters is Soul” party encourages attendees to dress in glitter-festooned or sequin-dazzled clothing. A Soul Train dance contest will take place at midnight and a “sparkle pageant” is at 11 p.m. 21 and older only.

• At 7:30 p.m., the Taku Gaels host the New Year’s Eve Barn Dance in St. Ann’s Parish Hall. No experience is necessary for this contra and square dance event, though there is an admission charge at the door.

• At 9 p.m., the Juneau Arts and Culture Center hosts “Swing in the New Year” with the Thunder Mountain Big Band and violinist Steve Tada. Admission is $50 per person for an event benefiting the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival. Dance instruction begins at 8 p.m. for those who need a reminder of how to swing.

• Also at 9 p.m., Suite 907 opens its doors for a foam party. Women have free admission; men pay $10, with the foam drop at midnight. 21 and older only, and bring your towel.

• Hangar on the Wharf’s annual block party returns for a fifth year at 9 p.m., running until midnight. There is a $5 cover charge, and admission is limited to those 21 and older. Music by DJ Shorthand, aka AiNSLEE.

• In the Mendenhall Valley, McGivney’s will hold a champagne toast at midnight.

On New Year’s Day itself, the annual polar bear dip takes place promptly at 1 p.m. at Auke Village Recreation Area. Arrive at least 20 minutes early, as parking is typically limited and will involve a long walk to the beach. Participants should bring a towel, warm clothing, and some kind of foot protection.

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