Best Colorado New Year’s Eve Destinations

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Everyone wants to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, and Colorado offers a wide selection of events. From “Mile High City” Denver to the ski destinations of Aspen and Breckenridge, there are plenty of activities to enjoy from your Colorado vacation rental. Check out what each city has to offer, then choose your New Year’s Eve destination for a memorable evening of fun.

Colorado Springs

Downtown Colorado Springs pulls out all the stops with an event to suit all ages. In Times Square–style, three huge video screens broadcast entertainment and music to the crowds. At midnight, there are fireworks, and four hot-air balloons rise into the sky.

Those looking for a more private, upscale event might buy tickets to the Charity Gala New Year’s Eve Ball at Antlers Hilton for a fun night in support of a good cause.

Denver

Here are a couple of great choices for families staying in a Denver vacation rental over the New Year holiday. The city has two spectacular fireworks displays – one at 9 p.m. for families with young children, and the traditional one at midnight. The Children’s Museum of Denver also presents frequent Times Square ball drops throughout the day so children can enjoy the countdown.

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra puts on a concert of waltzes and classics in the evening, while the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown boasts the biggest and best celebration in the city. Tickets include champagne, a buffet supper, a dance party in the Grand Ballroom, casino fun and dueling pianos in the bar. Clubs such as Coyote Ugly Saloon offer a night of singing and dancing, and Peak’s Lounge provides one of the best views in Denver for watching the city fireworks.

Aspen

The 12 Days of Aspen event culminates on New Year’s Eve with ice-skating in the Silver Circle Ice Rink, snowman contests, a bonfire and disco at Wagner Park and fireworks over Aspen Mountain. The evening also includes two screenings of popular films in the Harris Concert Hall.

Durango

For a Colorado New Year’s celebration with a twist, head down to the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Special Train. The experience begins at the Strater Hotel with drinks and dinner by award-winning chefs. The entertainment and fun continue during a lantern-lit train ride, complete with live music, desserts, party favors and champagne at midnight. Each guest receives a keepsake champagne flute to commemorate the special night.

Breckenridge

Skiers staying in vacation rentals at Breckenridge are in for a great New Year’s Eve as the town puts on a traditional Torchlight Parade. The evening starts with skiers and snowboarders carrying torches as they descend the mountain slopes. The parade continues through town with live music and entertainment, finishing with fireworks lighting up this scenic location at midnight.

Boulder

Those vacationing near Boulder, Colorado, have a great selection of events, from dressy to casual, on New Year’s Eve. Put your skates on or watch from the sidelines at the outdoor ice rink. Performances of “The Leftover Salmon” at Boulder Theater are a standing local tradition, or mosey on over to the Hotel Boulderado for an elegant Black Tie Gala Dinner and Dance. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art puts on great entertainment with a pleasant mix of live music, local art, free desserts and a champagne toast. Ticket sales support museum arts programs.

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