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10 Rad Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Colorado

Four people celebrating and holding 2022 balloons as they celebrate New Year's Eve in Colorado
Whether you want the traditional night out filled with dancing and live music or a totally new way to ring in 2022, there’s no shortage of options in the Centennial State.

 

We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite New Year’s Eve in Colorado events, including both indoor and outdoor celebrations. There are even some family-friendly options! Stay safe and happy new year!

A quick note for 2022: In light of COVID-19, many venues require proof of vaccination or a negative test this year, in addition to advance ticket purchase. Be sure to read all event details before making firm plans and when in doubt, contact the event producers or venue directly. 

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Colorado Springs

1. AdAmAn Club Fireworks From Pikes Peak

This nearly 100-year-old tradition is perhaps the most unique way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Colorado.

Since 1922, members of the AdAmAn Club have climbed Pikes Peak annually on December 30th and 31st. They release a spectacular show of fireworks from the summit to ring in the new year, at both 9:00 pm and midnight. On clear nights, the display is visible for hundreds of miles along the Front Range.

 

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Denver New Year’s Eve Celebrations

2. 16th Street Mall Fireworks

For a totally FREE and fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Colorado, simply head to downtown Denver. There will be two identical fireworks shows — 9:00 pm and midnight — directly over the 16th Street Mall. Attendees will also find countless street performers, vendors, food trucks, and DJs.

3. Orient Express ‘Train’ at Union Station

Union Station is recreating the iconic Orient Express train voyage for New Year’s Eve. The station will be transformed into elegant train cars and guests are asked to dress in their best cocktail attire. Feel free to wear 1920s or ’30s period garb!

Ticket packages are available for different experiences, ranging from cocktails on the “Main Cabin” to a lavish, all-inclusive dinner buffet with premium cocktails. All tickets include a complimentary glass of champagne to toast at midnight.

8 pm – 1 am; purchase tickets here. Note that proof of vaccination is required to attend.

4. Resolution Party Denver

The long-running Resolution Denver party is a locals’ favorite way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Colorado. For 2022, the theme is “Get LIT” and accordingly, the party will feature blacklight face and body paint, LED favors, cryogenics, a midnight balloon drop with $2022 worth of glowing $2 bills, and much more. All ticket packages include drinks.

7:30 pm – 2 am; purchase tickets here. Negative COVID test results OR proof of vaccination required to attend. 

5. Annual Introverts’ New Year’s Eve Party at BookBar

Not everyone is into big crowds and dancing the night away, and BookBar created the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration with that in mind.

The Introverts’ New Year’s Eve party includes literary-themed cocktails, activity stations, board games, and lots of comfy couches. Of course, there will also be a champagne toast at midnight.

8 pm-12:30 am; $75 per person; purchase tickets here. Note that proof of vaccination is required to attend.

6. Happy Camper’s New Year’s Eve Bash

One of the cheekiest, most unique pizza places in the Mile High is also one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Colorado. Happy Camper hosts an annual NYE celebration with a DJ, open bar, and — naturally — a pizza buffet.

9 pm – 1 am; purchase tickets here

7. ‘Skate the Lake’ at Evergreen Lake

Looking for a family-friendly option to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Colorado? Head to the 25th annual alcohol-free Skate the Lake celebration at Evergreen Lake!

Known as one of the best places to go ice skating in Denver, Evergreen Lake will of course have skating. There will also be an obstacle course, broomball, cornhole, food trucks, a DJ, a heated movie tent, and fire pits with marshmallows and cocoa.

3-8 pm; $25 per person (children 5 and under FREE); purchase tickets here

Other Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Colorado

8. New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade, Telluride

Exactly what it sounds like, Telluride’s NYE Torchlight Parade involves instructors literally skiing and snowboarding down the mountain straight into downtown carrying lit torches. Following the “parade,” fireworks light up the sky. This long-standing tradition is a favorite way to spend New Year’s Eve in Colorado!

The red glow of lit torches on the mountain during a favorite New Year's Eve in Colorado, the Telluride Torchlight Parade
Photo courtesy of welcometotelluride.com

9. New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade, Copper Mountain

If you love the idea of a torchlight parade but you’re looking for something closer to Denver, head to Copper Mountain Ski Resort. Known as a family-friendly ski resort, Copper Mountain hosts the parade as well as fireworks, DJs and other live music, and events specifically for children, including a glowstick pageant.

10. Royal Gorge Route Railroad NYE Dinner Train

For a memorable (and scenic!) way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Colorado, hop aboard the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. There are several options, including different departure times and multiple train cars featuring different levels of service. The First Class Dinner includes a prixe fixe menu and complimentary glass of sparkling wine, while other options include a slightly more casual dinner.

Purchase tickets in advance here

Remember, in addition to the 10 New Year’s Eve in Colorado celebrations here, many Christmas events are still running through early January! However you choose to ring in 2022, stay safe and have a blast! We look forward to another incredible year!

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