I absolutely love celebrating the New Year. It’s an exciting time–getting together with friends and family to reminisce about the year you’re leaving behind….and looking forward to all the exciting things that are coming during the next! For me, New Year’s Eve is all about celebrating with the people you love the most. I’ve lived in Denver my whole life, and have an influx of fantastic New Year’s memories in this amazing city. I’m excited to have curated this guide to a Denver New Year’s Eve to share with you! So, let’s pop the champagne, grab your loved ones, and head out to enjoy our favorite city! Maybe I’ll see you out there!
Denver is home to a plethora of family friendly New Years’s activities. Here are some of my favorites!
Zoo Years Eve: This end-of-the-year party is all about the little ones, with an early New Year’s celebration complete with a “midnight” countdown at 9 p.m. The party features a magician, assorted live entertainment, games, face painting, and a DJ. Zoo Lights is big attraction: Images of elephants, birds, gorillas and bears come to life in lights, turning the park into a neon-hued wonderland. Zoo Year’s Eve kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on December 31 at the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street. This is the perfect event for kids and adults alike! Happy Celebrating!
Admission: $7 to $11 and includes all activities.
Bunk with the Beasts: Back at the Denver Zoo…..Children are invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a sleepover at Denver Zoo’s Bunk with the Beasts adventure! They will explore Zoo Lights, and celebrate the new year in a safe and fun environment, while parents get a night out on the town! The evening will include a pizza dinner, an evening snack, and a warm morning breakfast.
Admission: Tickets are $75 for non members, $65 for members.
Children must be 5-13 years old.
NYE Fireworks Downtown Denver: The sky will sparkle over downtown Denver at the close of 2018 with their annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks! The two spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. I would recommend finding a spot along the 16th Street Mall. The fireworks shows will be synched to a music playlist from live DJs along the mall. Each show will run for about eight minutes and can be viewed from anywhere along 16th street. The DJs will play tunes from 8 p.m. to midnight!
Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve for Kids: The Downtown Aquarium is a fun place to visit year-round, but on New Year’s Eve, it will be dressed to the nines for New Year’s! The Aquarium will host Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve party just for the kids, with lots of fun activities! The party will have a beach ball and balloon drop, contest, animal interactions and a whole lot more that will allow the kids to ring in the New Year in style.
Admission: Kids (3-10) are $19.99 and adults are $28.99. Reserve your spots!
Skate the Lake: Evergreen, CO is one of my favorite mountain towns. It’s close, and has fantastic restaurants and hiking. Evergreen Lakehouse is hosting a family friendly New Year’s event with skating, toasted marshmallows, hockey, music, and fireworks shows throughout the event.
Admission: Tickets $20. VIP parking $25.00.
Firework show begins at 8pm. Open skating until 10pm.
Noon Year’s Eve: Do you have little ones who just aren’t ready to stay up until midnight (or maybe you feel that way, too?!). The Children’s Museum is bringing the sights, sounds and excitement of Times Square to your family- all before bedtime! There will be New Year’s countdowns and ball drops every hour from 10 am – 4 pm – outside on the Plaza, led by the Master of Ceremonies.
What They Provide:
Admission: Under 1: Free
Ages 1 & 60+: $14
Ages 2 – 59: $16
Members: 50% discount
NYE Black Tie Party: On December 31st, Denver is getting ready to bring in the New Year….with class and style at the most upscale OPEN BAR New Year’s Eve in Denver. The Denver New Years Eve Black Tie Party will be hosted at the Westin Hotel, 10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020.
The Denver NYE Black Tie Party features two incredible live bands, multiple headlining DJ’s, Vegas-style casino games, a huge confetti blast and champagne toast. Starting at 8 pm. guests will have access to three rooms with multiple all-inclusive open bars serving liquor, beer and wine serviced by 30+ swift bar staff. The Denver New Years Eve Black Party features the longest OPEN BAR in Denver with 5 ½ hours of unlimited drinks. This year there are a limited amount of 1,000 tickets available making this one of the most exclusive New Years Eve 2019 events in Denver.
White Rose Gala: Flapper dresses, stylish sequins and fancy fedoras….all in celebration of the New Year! White Rose Gala is an elegant Charity event where musical and theatrical performances dazzle the halls! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the classic elegance of art deco of the Roaring 20’s. Be transported to an era of a modern renaissance where style, opulence, and grace are the only way to swing.
2018 Burlesque Countdown: Naughty Pierre and The Clocktower Clockettes present their best and brightest acts from the past year, with the sassy, classy attitude that made them the Number One selling burlesque troupe in the Rocky Mountain Region! (I bet you didn’t even know we had this!). Only twelve acts were chosen – one for each month – and they range from ultra-classic to modern, from smolderingly sensuous to laugh out loud hilarious. This top-shelf, all-star line up is the best of the best, together for one night only to ring in the new year!
Resolution NYE: Welcome to the premier Denver New Year’s Eve party celebration….Resolution NYE 2019! A revelry of elegance and indulgence dedicated to the Top NYE Party in Colorado. Featuring an all-inclusive open bar, New Year’s Resolution offers two-floors of party experience including a complete McNichols Building takeover with plenty of party space featuring world class DJ’s, themed entertainment, and astounding festival-style lighting and sound.
Admission: $119 for regular entry, $234 for VIP experience
Grizzly Rose NYE Ball: Grab your cowboy boots and your favorite dance partner for a free Champagne toast, midnight breakfast buffet, balloon drop, and endless dancing at the Grizzly Rose! This is a 21+ event, so be sure to leave the kiddos at home.
Union Station New Year’s Eve: Union Station has become one of Denver’s most popular spots, so you bet they’re throwing a New Year’s Eve Bash! Various celebrations will be held at the historic Denver landmark. The Terminal Bar will be serving up specialty cocktails, and I hear the food is not going to be something to miss….
I hope you enjoyed my guide to a Denver New Year’s Eve! Let’s start 2019 with style by celebrating in our favorite city. Cheers to a year of happiness, love, fun, and of course, great real estate! Contact me with your Denver lifestyle and real estate related questions!