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12 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Colorado

Adventuring in the mountains, dancing to live music, celebrating with family, party-hopping in the city—Colorado hosts a dozen different ways (and then some!) to ring in the New Year.

Here are 12 New Year’s Eve destinations across the state to help you usher in the new year.

1.  Boulder

Celebrate the Hotel Boulderado’s 111th anniversary at Carnevale di Boulderado, an all-evening event that includes a buffet dinner, snacks, live music and spectacular carnival performers, plenty of delicious cocktails, and party favors. You can dance the night away under the glass canopy of the hotel mezzanine with Colorado locals Elevation Band, make memories with friends and loved ones in the photo booth, and ring in the new year in style with a midnight balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast. If a lavish event isn’t quite your style, hotel Boulderado is also hosting another party in their speakeasy, License No. 1, with a DJ, drink specials, party favors, and less of a hefty ticket price.

2.  Aspen

Part of the Colorado band’s four-night annual hometown run, New Year’s Eve with Yonder Mountain String Band at Wheeler Opera House is a bluegrass-lover’s tradition. Their four-show lead up to the big party on the 31st will take them through Boulder on the 27th and 28th, Breckenridge on the 29th, and finally to Aspen for New Year’s Eve. This 21 and over show has a packed house grooving to roots- and rock-infused bluegrass long past the midnight champagne toast.

3.  Cañon City

Get onboard for the New Year’s Eve Dinner train with the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Sip wine between gourmet courses, head to the open-air car for views of the Colorado night sky and the stunning surrounding Royal Gorge, and savor prix fixe, three-course First Class Dinner Menu entrees made with fresh Colorado ingredients, which can be paired with local beer, wine, or specialty holiday cocktails.

4.  Copper Mountain Resort

Copper Mountain’s New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks is the perfect family celebration with a Kid’s Glowstick Pageant followed by a Torchlight Parade down the mountain, a Rail Jam under the lights and a mountain-side fireworks display. There’s even a Moonlight Dine & Ski event, with private access to the Excelerator chairlift, live music, dinner, drinks, and dessert on the mountain.

5.  Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Head to tucked-away Colorado gem Crested Butte for a wintery New Year’s paradise that includes a New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade, Kids Glow Worm Parade and fireworks. Watch from Butte 66 and enjoy live music and drink specials all night.

6.  Denver

Spending New Year’s Eve in the city? You’ll have a smorgasbord of soirees, concerts and special events to choose from. View fireworks over the 16th Street Mall at 9 p.m. and midnight and check out the magicians, mascots, balloon artists, stilt walkers, comedians, and more downtown.

Have little ones? Visit the Children’s Museum for their Noon Year’s Eve in Times Square glittery ball drop, rainbows of confetti, and huge sheets of bubble wrap (the museum’s version of fireworks) for kids to stomp on — all before bedtime! The Denver Zoo offers a similar celebration with a 9 p.m. countdown and children’s activities.

7.  Estes Park

Spend the day playing and snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park and then ring in the New Year with special celebration menus at Estes Park restaurants and parties with live music, DJs and champagne throughout the village. Go all out at The Stanley Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Crystal Ball with live music, cocktails, complimentary beer or wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a champagne toast.

8.  Evergreen

Skate the lake in Evergreen for the Ice Fest New Year’s Eve Celebration. Celebrating 20 years, this family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s tradition brings groups to Evergreen Lake to twirl on ice under the stars 6 p.m. to midnight, with campfires and marshmallows, food trucks, games, and fireworks displays at 8 p.m. and midnight.

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.  Fort Collins

Fort Collins has a gamut of New Years celebrations, including a performance from local music collective KD & the Painkillers, who will be getting the party going at Island Grill with a ton of fun, danceable cover music, a Roaring 20s New Years Eve Party at Bar Louie to ring in the 2020s with a taste of the 1920s, and a family-friendly daytime New Years Eve “Around the World” Celebration at Chipper’s, with laser tag, bowling, and arcade games.

10.  Grand Junction

As we head into a new decade of the 20s, expect several Roaring 20s parties in Grand Junction. You can get some good use out of that fedora or flapper dress at The Feisty Pint’s Roaring 20s event, or at the Freeway Lounge’s Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party. Other events include the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve at Dueling Pianos, and for kids between 3rd and 6th grade, a New Year’s Eve sleepover event at the Eureka! McConnell Science Museum.

11.  Keystone

Spending New Year’s Eve in Summit County? Head to Keystone for a full day of kids’ activities (think crafts, face painting, scavenger hunts on the hill and in the village, family cookie decorating, a village parade, a Torch Light Parade on Dercum Mountain (visible from River Run Village) and firework shows in Lakeside Village. Close out the night with a concert at Warren Station (buy tickets in advance) with Time Travel Dance Party, which will take you back with favorites from the past decade and beyond.

12.  Telluride

Visit Telluride Ski Resort for their New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. Gather in town and watch ski school instructors shuss down Coonskin, Telluride Trail, and into Mountain Village with fiery red torchlights, followed by an epic display of fireworks which will light up the night sky.

Guide to New Year’s Eve in Colorado: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

When it’s time for a new year and new adventures, Colorado’s ready to celebrate. If you’re in Colorado over New Year’s Eve and looking to make it a memorable night, here are five of our favorite, annual midnight celebrations across the state. The ski towns are especially exciting over the New Year. You can always find an assortment of parties, big and small. Aspen is always classy and has been known to draw celebs. Just be sure to book your tickets and hotel rooms well in advance, because they tend to sell out quickly. 

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Tavern Downtown

If you’re in Denver, you can always find over-the-top New Year’s Eve celebrations, often complete with fireworks. Tavern has held great parties in the past, such as a Seven Deadly Sins: Indulgence Party in downtown. This adult-only event included special drinks, a balloon drop, raffle prizes, and more. The bar shoots off fireworks from its rooftop at midnight.

 

White Rose Gala

Kevin Larson Productions is known for its extravagant parties that draw huge crowds. Every New Year’s, it holds the White Rose Gala, a 1920s-themed, Great Gatsby-style party. Pull out your flapper dresses and feather headbands to dance the year away to live jazz and swing music.

While the era remains the same year after year (who doesn’t want to time travel to a speakeasy for a night?), the entertainment is always fresh. Want to make the event extra special? Consider going VIP, which comes with a private bar, private bathrooms, and even a separate entrance. Skip the lines and usher in the New Year in the ultimate style. 

Pro Tip: You must come in costume; jeans are not allowed

 

Hotel Boulderado New Year’s Eve Grand Gala

The historic Hotel Boulderado is holding its 110-year anniversary party on New Year’s Eve. The black-tie event will be held in the mezzanine and lobby under the sparkling stained-glass canopy.

There will be a cocktail happy hour with hors d’oeuvres, a lavish buffet dinner, live music by the Mark Diamond Band, and a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. If you’re lucky and can score a room in this elegant hotel, request a historic room, to keep the mood. Although these rooms are even older (they’re decorated in the Victorian era), they make guests feel like they’ve traveled back in time and it adds to the mood. 

St. Regis Aspen

The St. Regis in Aspen is known for its service, style, and sophistication, and it also has held glamorous New Year’s parties in the past. One year’s Midnight Masquerade Ball included dinner, an auction, live music and famous hosts, such as Academy Award-winning screenwriter, producer and director, Paul Haggis, fashion designer Donna Karan and polo player Nacho Figueras.

For the 2021 celebrations, there will be an elegant dinner menu as well as a mountain social with a DJ, cocktails, and a champagne toast overlooking the Aspen Mountain fireworks. 

Breckenridge Torchlight Parade

Breckenridge also does New Year’s Eve big, with its annual torchlight parade from the top of Peak 9 down to the village. Even if you’re not in this mountainside parade (it’s run by the Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School), you can watch the glowing skiers slide down the mountain from the slopeside bars.

The lights almost look like a landslide of falling stars. It’s a magical way to end the year and welcome a new one. It’s not as fancy as a black-tie party in Aspen, but it’s an only-in-Colorado experience that’s memorable in its own ways.

Elway’s Steakhouse New Year’s Eve Dinner

 

If you don’t want to get raucous, you can still celebrate big with food. Many restaurants also offer late-night dinners and New Year festivities. One good place to start: Check out Elway’s steakhouse in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Denver.

This restaurant, named after the Bronco’s player John Elway, will feature a special New Year’s Eve menu featuring lobster bisque, Chateaubriand center-cut prime filet for two, and a champagne mousse dessert with strawberries and shortbread. All served with live music. Elway’s is a favorite among locals who know about great cuts of meat.

The Broadmoor Hotel Gala

Traveling down south? New Year’s at the exquisite Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs is always big. Galas in the past have included a champagne toast and balloon drop at the stroke of midnight, after a late-night dinner and plenty of dancing.

Ask about the Broadmoor’s special New Year’s Eve packages, too. You can typically score a good discount for this luxurious hotel. Definitely make plans far in advance because this is where everyone wants to be.

 
 

Denver New Year’s Eve Black Tie Party

If fancy is how you roll, Colorado’s got black-tie events, too. For a classy New Year’s without lengthy lines, check out the Denver New Year’s Eve Black Tie Party in downtown Denver.

This annual event – held at The Mile High Station in 2021 – always sells out. Expect an open bar, live music, multiple DJs, casino games, and a fun confetti blast at midnight. Dress to impress and capture the memories at the photo booth.