The Denver sky will light up New Year’s Eve with two fireworks displays to ring in 2013.
Both fireworks shows will be held over Downtown Denver’s 16th Street Mall. The first display at 9 p.m. is geared toward families and a second traditional celebration is scheduled for midnight.
Costumed entertainers, including magicians, mascots, balloon artists, stilt walkers and comedians, will interact with crowds between the shows.
There will be six live DJ’s performing along the mall, each playing Top 40 music from 8 p.m. to midnight. Denver’s popular DJ Chonz will perform live from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, which will remain open until 11 p.m.
All Regional Transportation District bus and light-rail services are free on New Year’s Eve from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. New Year’s Day, but between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., light-rail trains will not cross the 16th Street Mall. The mall shuttles also will stop temporarily during the fireworks shows, but will continue running until 2 a.m.
In addition to the fireworks displays, there are plenty of other activities to help you ring in the New Year. The Children’s Museum of Denver is hosting Noon Year’s Eve, with five ball drops every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free with admission.
Kids can also spend the holiday at the Denver Zoo’s Bunk With the Beasts celebration, where they will learn about animals and celebrate sleepover-style with pizza, snacks and a full breakfast. Tickets are $65 for members and $75 for non-members.
For revelers looking for something a little more upscale, there’s Night in Vienna at the Boettcher Concert Hall, where the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will play a Vienna-themed selection of waltzes, polkas and classics. The show starts at 6:30 and ends in plenty of time to catch the first fireworks display. Tickets are $25 to $88.
And of course, there are plenty of parties to choose from, including Midnight at the Library at the McNichols Building, which will be transformed into a speakeasy. Proceeds from the event will got to the S.O.U.L Foundation’s projects in Uganda. Tickets are $75.
For more information on these and other events, visit MileHighHolidays.com.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and fun New Year. All the best for 2013!
Gretchen Rosenberg has lived in Denver, Colorado for 31 years, and has been selling residential real estate in Denver neighborhoods for 17 years. Visit Gretchen’s property web site at www.GretchensRosenberg.com.