Manhattan on the Mesa: Celebrate New Year's Eve in New York Style

Manhattan on the Mesa: Celebrate New Year's Eve in New York Style

What do New York City and Albuquerque have in common this New Year's Eve?  The answer is easy: Manhattan on the Mesa!

Manhattan on the Mesa New Year's Eve Party at the Balloon Museum in Albuquerque

This annual event at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum might just be the most unique New Year's Eve party ever. The event mixes the best of New York City and Albuquerque to create one super charged evening!

This is your invitation to put on your top hat and don those glitzy glamorous duds. Come ready to dine, dance and sip in high style to the flavor and sounds of New York City...on Albuquerque time! Here are the highlights of the evening's fun:

  • The Dinner-Dance Gala takes place from 6-11PM, coordinating the party timeline with New Year's Eve revelers in Times Square
  • Start the evening off with a complimentary Manhattan cocktail served in a souvenir glass
  • Savor an iconic New York appetizer...the jumbo shrimp cocktail
  • Dance to the music of the band - the bad Katz
  • Choose a raffle item from 10 classy gifts, each valued at $100
  • Dine on a New York Sardi's-style dinner, including of prime rib, Scottish salmon AND chicken cordon bleu, as well as tasty sides and a decadent dessert 
  • Enjoy this sumptuous feast in the ‘glow' of an enchanting Balloon Glow. Where else but in Albuquerque!
At 10PM, join revelers in New York City via a giant screen TV for a countdown with the ball drop in Times Square. Cheers to 2016 with a New Year's champagne toast. Once the ball has dropped in Times Square, the dancing and sipping resume inside the glitzy ballroom setting at the Balloon Museum until 11PM.
Be sure to stick around, because in the 11th hour, the "secret judges" will make their decision on the Best Dressed Party-Goer! The contest winner will get to "fly high" with two tickets for a hot air balloon ride from Rainbow Ryders Balloon Company.
Manhattan on the Mesa New Year's Eve Party at the Balloon Museum in Albuquerque
Enjoy a non-rushed restaurant setting, no crazy casino crowds and best of all, no late night road craziness. Plus, the New York schedule allows guests to wrap up the evening early or attend another party heralding in 2016 on New Mexico time. Don't wait to book: this intimate affair has a limited number of seats! Tickets are $99 per person or $185 per couple and may be purchased online at or by calling 505-880-0500.


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Jill Lane is an award-winning author of 7 children's books and the President of boutique publishing company ENCHANTMENT LANE PUBLICATIONS. She is also a freelance travel writer, a 2010 New Mexico Tourism Professional of the Year, as well as a radio host and the New Mexico Marketing Specialist and Executive Director at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation.  

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