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New Year's Eve 2021

Usher in the New Year somewhere in the mountains or in the capital of Colorado

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

There are plenty of things to do in Colorado for New Year's Eve. If you are lucky to be in Colorado for the last night of the year, you might have trouble choosing where to go! Here are several of our favorite celebrations across the state.

Denver

Denver gathers crowds from all over Colorado and other states for the city's excellent parties and fireworks. This year, the New Year's Eve program is limited due to health safety measures—no central fireworks to avoid public gatherings. The Mile High Tree on 16th Street Mall, holiday lights at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Zoo Lights, and legendary floats of 9NEWS Parade of Lights will illuminate The Mile High City. Those willing to ring in New Year in style will enjoy the White Rose Gala at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs has everything you need to ring in the New Year: fireworks, parties, and a good selection of hotels and restaurants. AdAmAn Club Fireworks over Pikes Peak make everyone raise their head at midnight. Rooftop bars and helicopter flights promise stunning views of the fireworks. Holiday lights add some charm to the city as well. Get mesmerized by Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or glide across the ice rink under the Christmas lights while listening to holiday tunes at Acacia Park.

Aspen & Breckenridge

The ski towns are particularly impressive over the New Year period. Ski or snowboard the day away and then choose from a variety of parties at night. Aspen has been known to draw celebrities, so the resort gets somewhat crowded. Here you can marvel at two Aspen Mountain firework displays—at 8 pm and at midnight. The best way to enjoy New Year's Eve is sipping a cocktail at Mountain Social or warming up with signature hot chocolate at The Little Nell while marveling at the dazzling fireworks. Holiday lights, a torchlight parade, lots of dine-in options, and a pack of winter activities promise a memorable night in Breckenridge. Well, this year, the Torchlight Parade on Peak 9 has been canceled, but you can still enjoy a stroll along Main St or feel the magic of the Festival of Trees at the Blue River Recreation Path. A plethora of dine-in and take-away options promises a delicious celebration.

Choose whether you prefer a city celebration or a mountain resort, make all the necessary reservations, and ring in the New Year 2021!