The first night of EVE draws larger crowds, features more attractions
Published: December 29, 2011 10:24PM
Updated: December 30, 2011 12:02PM

The 1960s live-action TV show “Batman” punctuated action sequences with super-imposed onomatopoeic words:

Bang! Pow! Boom!

The same words could be used when describing the sounds and action of the first day of the third annual EVE celebration held throughout downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday.

EVE, a three-day New Year’s celebration sponsored by the Downtown Alliance, has added activities this year to captivate the young, the college-aged and old. The most notable installments include the 40-foot-high Temple of Boom outside the Calvin Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, and the Crash Box inside the Salt Palace. The latter urges children to bang on garbage cans until their Advil-popping parents drag them away.

“We do have earplugs,” Brian Higgins said helpfully. He designed the Crash Box and spent much of the last week scouring local home-improvement stores for aluminum garbage cans.

To read the rest of the story and to see a photo gallery of the first night, go to:

The party continues today and Saturday, 6 p.m.-midnight.
Where » Downtown Salt Lake City, with the main staging area on West Temple between 100 and 200 South and in the Calvin Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center.
Tickets » $12 in advance at Harmons and Maverik locations or at Also available at the gate for $15. The ticket is good for all three nights, and kids 10 and younger are free.
Fireworks » Will take place on West Temple at midnight on Saturday.
Info » Schedule information at In addition, downtown hotels are offering EVE packages and special room prices.