Denver's main new year's eve party is centred on the city's famous 16th Steet Mall where huge crowds gather to greet the new year with a big public celebration including live music, entertainment and of course the obligatory spectacular fireworks display that makrs out new year's eve in most major American cities.
I'm personally a big fan of anywhere that has good old fashioned 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 such a spectacular public party right in the heart of 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 free 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 - tickets are available online here.
Live music is always a big feature of new year's eve in Denver and this year is no exception, with Umphrey's McGee performing live at The Fillmore, suuported by Jeff Coffin from the Dave Matthews Band. This sohw is part of a 3 night run, they'll also be playuing there on the 29th and 30th December. Tickets are available here.
The Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows are hosting a new year's eve party offering top DJ entertainment, Casino Royale style casino games, champagne at midnight and loads more. This event is also raising money for good causes, get more details and tickets here.
Another event worth looking out for this new year is the NYE Black Tie Party at the historic Sherman Street Event Center, featuring live bands, DJs, casino games and a photo booth - get more details and tickets here.
if you prefer to see in your new year at a fancy hotel then one of the top parties this NYE is at the Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown, where they are promising Denver's Grandest New Years Eve Party with dancing, balloon drops and live music in the Aspen and Colorado ballrooms.
For those who prefer to get active on new year's eve, maybe just in preparation for a night of over-indulgence, the Resolution Run 5k race returns to Washington Park, starting at 5pm.
Throughout the festive season there is also an ice rink in Denver, sponsored by SouthWest airlines and set up at 16th and Arapahoe in the downtown area. Skating is free but if you need to hire skates they're available for only $2.
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: There are a few decent streaming webcam options including live cam views of downtown Denver, well positioned for a front row view of the fireworks:
Denver has a wide range of accommodation to suit most budgets, and many are very well located for the new years parties and entertainment, with the Marriott South at Park Meadows as mentioned above a great option if you want to combine your accommodation and party venue into a single location.
Check out availability and make your online reservations for local hotels here.
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