The tree is hardly decorated yet its already time to make definite plans for New Years. For those who wish to get out of the cities in celebration, how about bringing in the New with a spectacle featuring Balinese Fire Chains, Fire Dancing, Sword & Fire combat plus stilt walkers, balloon acrobatics and slews of other entertainments at Flam Chen, December 31st in Bisbee.
Even as a 19th century mining and commerce center, Bisbee was considered quirky and unusual. Stuffed between the Mule Shoe Mountains, its streets remain narrow and winding - virtually all of them lined with their original structures now housing shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed & breakfasts and hotels. Its an experience to visit anytime yet on New Years they pull out all the stops.
The Flam Chen events include children's events from noon to early evening but the festivities really begin from 9:Pm to 10:Pm with the Traditional Bisbee New Year Lantern Parade. From 11:Pm to 11:Pm the City Park offers musical performances building up to the flaming pyrotechnics of Flam Chen featuring their "Toy Box" Finale Spectacular. The evening goes on with dancing from 12:30 - 1:00 pm or at many of the private New Years offerings at area restaurants and Saloons.
Bisbee is a popular tourism stop in any season but especially so during the holidays. There are many bed & breakfast or hotels available but reservations are must in avoiding disappointment.
Among your many options is the Bisbee Grand Hotel. Centrally located on Bisbee's Main Street it is surely one of Bisbee's most unique. Constructed in 1906, even its standard rooms retain their Victorian atmosphere. Yet others are "themed", furnished and decorated with such titles as "The Victorian Suite with its giant curtained, four poster bed or "The Oriental" with its authentic Chinese wedding bed. Other options are "The Garden Room". "The Cherub Room", "The Captain's Room" and others. Whichever room you select, you receive in the morning a real continental breakfast - not box cereal and a wrapped Danish but sliced fruit, yogurt, oatmeal and toast served on real plates with real silverware and enjoyed either inside or outside on the window veranda. Rates at the Grand run from $79.00 - $175.00 per night, single or double occupancy. For reservations or other information, their toll free number is 1-800-421-1909 or visit their site at www.bisbeegrandhotel.com
Bisbee is approximately 210 miles and roughly 3 1/2 hours away from the Phoenix Metro area, taking the 10-E towards Tucson and catching #80/ AZ 10 towards Benson and Tombstone leading to Bisbee.
For information on lodging, stores, events and things to do in Bisbee visit the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce at www.bisbeearizona.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their phone number is 520-432-5421.