New Year's Eve in Flagstaff: The 'Great Pinecone Drop'

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(Photo source: Bonnie Stevens) (Photo source: Bonnie Stevens)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Times Square has its giant sparkly ball, but Flagstaff has its giant pine cone!

At 10 p.m. and then again at midnight on New Year's Day, crowds gathered to watch the Weatherford Hotel Great Pine Cone Drop.

This year the crowd enjoyed milder weather than usual, and no snow!

This time last year, Flagstaff already had 3 inches of snow. A New Year’s Day storm brought another 5. This year? Nothing. And the temperature has been sitting about 10 – 15 degrees above average.

The tradition of dropping the lighted pine cone on New Year’s Eve started in 1999 to commemorate the hotel’s centennial year.

The Great Pine Cone is a hand-crafted 6-foot, metal work of art, with more than 200 petals aglow with LED lights.

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