I'm a big fan of wintry conditions over the holiday period, I think that when celebrating Christmas and new year then it very much adds to the atmosphere and sense of occasion if there's a chill in the air and snow on the ground, all the better to reflect the seasonal lights, and in new year's eve's case, the fireworks.
This is why Denver appeals so much as an NYE destination - you're pretty much guaranteed snowy weather and the fact they hold a big public party in the downtown area each year only adds to the appeal, so for the traditional, picture postcard style new year party Denver make sit very much onto the bucket list.
The biggest party is in Downtown Denver, where the annual fireworks displays take place. The event is part of a larger event on the 16th Street Mall which continues throughout the evening and includes food and drink stalls plus live music and entertainment. Crowds of up to 100,000 are expected on the mall, so make sure you allow yourself plenty time to get there and secure a decent vantage point!
Sponsored by Visit Denver and the appropriately titled Downtown Denver Business Improvement District there are 2 shows, a family focused event at 9pm then the main midnight fireworks. Best viewing points are basically anywhere along the 16th Street Mall. The exact launch points are undisclosed to you just have to position yourself as best you can and hope you chose a good spot.
This new year also sees the return of the huge Decadence NYE party at the Colorado Convention Center. This dance and live music event takes place over 2 nights on the 30th and 31st December. Get your tickets here.
If you just fancy a quieter evening in a restaurant before perhaps wandering downtown to watch the fireworks then Denver has plenty of culinary options too. Top rated eateries include Vesta Dipping Grill, Fruition, Rioja, Snooze and the Palace Arms. Find the full range of options here.
Places to watch live online, including live cam views of downtown Denver:
Denver has a wide range of accommodation to suit most budgets, and many are very well located for the new years parties and entertainment. Check out availability and make your online reservations for local hotels here.
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