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.
Part of the Colorado band’s two-night hometown run, New Year’s Eve with Yonder Mountain String Band at the Boulder Theater is a bluegrass-lover’s tradition. This 21 and over show has a packed house grooving to roots- and rock-infused bluegrass long past the midnight champagne toast.
2. 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.
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.
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.
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 New 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.
6. 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, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast.
Skate the lake in Evergreen for the Ice Fest New Year's Eve Celebration. Celebrating 20 years, this New Year’s tradition brings groups to Evergreen Lake to twirl on ice under the stars 6 p.m. to midnight, with fireworks displays at 8 p.m. and midnight.
8 . Fort Collins
Looking for a family-friendly, free, non-alcoholic option for New Year’s Eve? The Downtown Fort Collins Business Association puts on a fantastic party in Old Town that includes 30+ performances at seven venues. This year’s entertainment spans international dance, live theater and magic shows, comedy, music and singing. Kids will love the giant inflatable bouncy castles, face painters and Kids’ Countdown in the Square that blasts off at 5:30 p.m.
Head to the Western Slope for an adventurous New Year’s Eve daytime excursion. The Skyway Skuffle Nordic Race is a freestyle 10k cross-country skiing event at Grand Mesa that runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Afterwards, head to Mesa Theater in Grand Junction for a New Year’s Eve 80’s flashback party.
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 Trout Steak Revival, a Colorado bluegrass favorite.
Steamboat knows how to throw a party and offers up a loaded New Year’s events calendar for families, couples and revelers of all ages. Visit the beloved Colorado ski resort for a torchlight parade on the mountain, a family fun party, a little stand-up comedy, gourmet dining, gondola rides, fireworks and a champagne toast.
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.