- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks is hosting a New Year’s Eve fireworks show.

The 25th annual “Sparktacular Celebration” by the Fairbanks Curling Lions is set to begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the fireworks launched from UAF’s West Ridge area.

UAF officials say roads and ski trails near the staging area will be closed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Free cookies and hot cocoa will be served by the University of Alaska Museum, whose galleries will be open between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at no charge.

The fireworks show is organized by University Chevron owner Mike Thomas and sponsored by various local groups and businesses.

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