With a holiday getaway in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, you can enjoy plenty of snow-filled views and adventurous ski opportunities. Additionally, you can also ring in the new year while enjoying the many attractions hosted throughout the state. Book a stay at a vacation rental in Colorado, and look forward to admiring a colorful fireworks display in Grand Lakes or above sea level in Steamboat Springs. Dance to the live music in Aspen, or celebrate with your friends and family at Beaver Creek’s glow-stick ski down. When determining where to go in Colorado for New Year’s Eve, consider these exciting cities.
Ring in the New Year by lighting up the sky when opting for a vacation rental in Breckenridge. The city hosts a torchlight parade each year on New Year’s Eve throughout the downtown area, as well as a glowworm parade, and fireworks at midnight. Spend the evening admiring the parades, then stop in at Cecilia’s Martini Bar and Nightclub for some dancing and cold beverages. If you want a quiet yet country vibe for your New Year’s Eve celebration, head over to The Gold Pan Saloon or the Motherloaded Tavern.
2. Steamboat Springs
If you want to take your New Year’s Eve plans to a higher level, consider celebrating at 9,080 feet above sea level in Steamboat Springs. This city offers you panoramic views of the Yampa Valley while you sip on champagne when attending the Korbel New Year’s Eve Party. This resort hosts live music and dancing, as well as a gondola ride to the Champagne Powder Room for scrumptious food and desserts. If you want to satisfy your taste buds with Colorado cuisine for the evening’s celebration, consider dining at Haymaker and Western BBQ, the Four Points, or Hazie’s before celebrating with family and friends.
Have twice the amount of fun in one evening with not one but two fireworks displays on Aspen Mountain. After a relaxing day in your Aspen vacation rental, spend your evening at the St. Regis Aspen Resort’s Shadow Mountain Lounge dancing to the live DJ before toasting with the complimentary champagne at midnight. Step out to see the fireworks at approximately 8 p.m. and again at midnight to continue your New Year celebration. If you’re not sure where to go in Aspen with the family, check out the outdoor party at Wagner Park that features a bonfire and DJ.
4. Beaver Creek
Avid skiers can spend New Year’s Eve doing what they love while ringing in the New Year participating in Beaver Creek’s glow-stick ski down. Light up the evening while skiing, then join in the torchlight parade before the midnight fireworks display begins. The city’s annual New Year’s Eve bash is something you don’t want to miss as residents host dancing, live music, giveaways, games, and two balloon drops. Opt for a quiet evening with a dinner reservation at Black Diamond Bistro, or stop in at C Bar for a nightcap before the year-end countdown.
Beer enthusiasts can anticipate not only a ball drop but also a keg drop, hosted by Ratio Beerworks in Denver. This microbrewery celebrates the New Year with a dance party, snacks, and firkins for residents and tourists. If you want a bit of culture for your celebration, consider attending the City NYE New Year’s Eve Party at the McNichols Civic Center Building in the Denver Arts and Venues district. A line of nightclubs and bars offers live music, art installations, and up to three floors of dance parties. Celebrate with the influence of former decades when attending Denver’s New Year’s Eve celebration at the Grand Hyatt, known for hosting beats and tunes from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. You don’t have to wonder where to go for New Year’s Eve in Denver in the downtown area, as each bar and restaurant hosts a variety of dinner buffets, drink specials, and midnight champagne toasts.
6. Grand Lake
Kiss that special one at midnight with a view of water when choosing a vacation rental in Grand Lake for your New Year’s Eve getaway. The Grand Lake area hosts a fireworks display at midnight that rivals the neighborhood’s infamous July 4 celebration. As the fireworks light up the frozen lake, you can also see the holiday light displays in this Western town that is equipped with specialty shops and unique architecture.
7. Fort Collins
Add some culture to your New Year’s Eve celebration with family-friendly activities hosted by the city of Fort Collins. The city comes alive on December 31 with more than 30 performances throughout seven venues in the downtown area. Listen to live music as you dine at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar or Blue Agave Grill before stepping out into the streets to see the fireworks display in Old Town.
8. Estes Park
Join in the family-friendly fun in Estes Park as the YMCA of the Rockies hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Family Dance. Enjoy some refreshments, music from the DJs, and games for the little ones. You don’t even have to stay up until midnight when opting for a vacation rental in Estes Park, because the ball drop is scheduled for 10 p.m.
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