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Get ready for a great New Year's Eve in The Mile High City with fireworks, family-friendly events, music and more. Denver was named one of Travel + Leisure's top cities to spend New Year's Eve. 

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FIREWORKS, PARTIES AND MORE

Here are some great ideas for celebrating New Year's Eve.

NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS IN DENVER

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020 
WHERE: 16th Street Mall

The sky will once again sparkle over downtown at the close of 2020 with the New Year's Eve Fireworks Downtown. The two spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. For the best viewpoints, stand along the 16th Street Mall. The identical 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 the mall. The DJs will play tunes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Please note, between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., RTD Light Rail trains will not cross the 16th Street Mall, and MallRide shuttles will stop temporarily during the two fireworks shows.

RESOLUTION NYE 2020

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts and Venues

This New Year's bash boasts three floors of DJs, dance parties, live music, art installations and open bars. Don't want to miss the fireworks? You don't have to! The McNichols Building offers a direct view of the Denver New Year's Eve Fireworks show.

New Year's Eve With Denver Union Station

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Denver Union Station

Ring in 2021 with three rollicking New Year's Eve parties at Denver Union Station.

DENVER'S GRANDEST NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Grand Hyatt Denver

Can't decide what to do for NYE? Enjoy four parties in one at the Grand Hyatt Denver! Rock out to the sounds of the '50s, '60s and '70s with the Nacho Men; dance to today's hottest sounds with Club X Band, visit the Silent Disco or there’s karaoke in the lobby bar. Denver's Grandest New Year's Eve Party includes an open bar with premium pour, a dinner buffet, balloon drops and a champagne toast at midnight. 

Denver NYE – White Rose Gala

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

It's been nearly a century, but the Roaring '20s are still the epitome of glitz and glamor, swing and style — everything you want in a New Year's Eve celebration. Don your best flapper dress or fedora and enjoy multiple rooms of music, from live swing bands to DJs spinning the latest club music and hip-hop. 

NYE IN THE CITY AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL / NEW YEARS EVE 2020

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE:
Four Seasons Hotel Denver
It's a Cirque-style New Year's Eve with a complete spectrum of awe-inducing performances. Plus, there will be a balloon drop, specialty cocktails and more. Black tie encouraged. 

NYE IN THE CITY AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL / NEW YEARS EVE 2020

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE:
54thirty Rooftop
Elevate your New Year’s Eve atop the city at Denver’s highest open-air rooftop. Enjoy live music from the multifaceted cellist, producer and lyricist Jordan Polovina, specialty cocktails and the best view of fireworks in downtown. 

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE:
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa by Marriott
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa has celebrated the new year more times than any other hotel in Denver. Gather in the lobby to begin the night with indulgent culinary creations. Swing and twirl the night away to the sounds of the John Kite Quintet. Right before the clock strikes midnight, raise your champagne glasses and toast to 2021.

NEW YEAR'S EVE BLACK TIE PARTY

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE:
Mile High Station
Enjoy an open bar all night and live music from an incredible local cover band. Top live DJ's spinning top 40's, EDM, old school hip hop, R&B and all your classics. The second floor of this open venue will have casino games and prizes for the top chip holder.

NOCTURNE NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Nocturne

Sip the night away with Champagne and sublime cocktails as you enjoy delectable flavors created by the kitchen and take in the sounds of the ever-swinging Peter Sommer Quintet.

DECADENCE

WHEN: Dec. 30–31, 2020
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center

Prepare for another year of America's largest New Year's Eve dance celebration. This year's event features 20 renowned performers and DJs, including GRiZ, Bassnectar, Marshmello, Skrillex, Alison Wonderland and more. 

UNDER THE CIRCUS BIG TOP

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: The Cottonwood Club

Transport yourself to the elegant 1920s at this bash. Guests will enjoy a fantastical and luxurious carnival and speakeasy experience complete with non-stop live entertainment, curated cocktails, culinary delights, and live music and dancing. There will also be decadent carnival carts with gourmet sweet and savory treats, eight bars, birdcages with beautiful dancers, a champagne glass filled dress donned by drag queens, a confetti celebration at midnight, a “best dressed” contest, luxury prize drawing, gorgeous Great Gatsby-inspired decor, numerous photo opportunities and booths, and more.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE SHERATON DENVER WEST

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Sheraton Denver West Hotel & Conference Center

Ring in the new year with a balloon drop, appetizers and champagne toast. Take the elevator home after a night full of dancing, then enjoy a full breakfast buffet for two the next morning at Beau’s Kitchen & Tavern.

For more parties and activities, see our Denver 365 events calendar

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

'GOODNIGHT MOON'

WHEN: Oct. 4, 2019–Feb. 16, 2020
WHERE: DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre

Your little ones will love this beloved children's tale come to life and set to music! Say goodnight to Bunny with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon and – of course – the moon.

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

WHEN: Oct. 15, 2019–Mar. 22, 2020
WHERE: Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar

The Bard meets improv in this entirely unscripted show that creates a new and fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece each and every night based on audience suggestion.

'CAMP CHRISTMAS'

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace

"Camp Christmas" is The Mile High City's newest holiday experience, where holiday traditions of the past and present get merrily mashed together in a giant 10,000-square-foot winter wonderland. This over-the-top indoor immersive installation turns the Christmas spirit all the way up with awe-inspiring displays of decorations that shift time and reality. 

'THE NUTCRACKER'

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHEREEllie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The holidays are not complete until you see the Colorado Ballet perform their annual "The Nutcracker," featuring unforgettable characters, dazzling costumes, classic choreography and Tchaikovsky's extraordinary arrangement performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. This dazzling spectacle of glittering snowflakes and shimmering sugarplums will transport audiences to the Land of Sweets.

'A NIGHT IN VIENNA'

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
The wildly popular annual tradition featuring the Colorado Symphony waltzing with you into the New Year returns. Start your celebration in style with the Colorado Symphony's presentation of "A Night in Vienna," a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes and marches. The festive evening is the perfect send-off to 2020 — and the early start time ensures that you won't miss the thrill of the 16th Street Mall fireworks.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S ACTIVITIES

CHRISTMAS IN COLOR 

WHEN: Nov. 22, 2019–Jan. 24, 2020
WHERE: Water World and Bandimere Speedway (Morrison)
Load up your friends and family into the van (or car, or truck) and experience the holiday season like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you'll hear right through your radio. You'll drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. It's like being immersed in another world. You can experience the attraction at two locations. (Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.)

ICE SKATING AT DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK 

WHEN: Nov. 26, 2019Feb. 16, 2020
WHERE: Corner of 16th and Arapahoe
Take a spin on the ice — for free! Grab your family and friends and head to 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver to the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park in Downtown Denver! Skate rentals are $7-$9, or bring your own pair and skate for free. Free days for kids will take place throughout the season. Look for regularly scheduled entertainment and activities each week, including Friday night DJs; Saturday morning skating lessons; Saturday night concerts; and Sunday afternoon family entertainment.

MILE HIGH TREE

WHEN: Nov. 30, 2019–Jan. 1, 2020, 5 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Jan. 2-31, 2020, 5:30 p.m.–9 p.m.; free shows every evening
WHERE: Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join in the free nightly festivities at Denver’s newest holiday attraction, the Mile High Tree. It’s a brilliantly lit, 110-foot-tall immersive art installation that provides dazzling lights and music shows every 15 minutes throughout the evening. At 39-feet in diameter, the conical structure can host up to 140 guests at a time for an immersive viewing experience within the tree itself. There will be areas to purchase both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as holiday treats. 

BLOSSOMS OF LIGHT

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens is proud to host Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition for people across Colorado. Come interact with incredible light displays — a large field of sound-reactive, animated LED lights — plus sip warm drinks and nibble on tasty treats as you stroll. 

OLDE GOLDEN CHRISTMAS

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: 1010 Washington Ave., Golden
Olde Golden Christmas includes a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, a holiday art market, parades, shopping, music and theater productions, Santa Claus, holiday lights and more!

CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY TOUR

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum 

Play, create and explore on these interactive tours with trained Clyfford Still Museum gallery teachers. Make music, dance, look for fireworks, and create your own artwork to celebrate 2021! Bring the whole family and join us for these special art adventures. Family Tours are included with museum admission; children 17 and under are always free, but registration is required.

A HUDSON CHRISTMAS

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Hudson Gardens & Events Center
Bundle up for a visit with Santa at Hudson Gardens in Littleton. After sharing your list with Ol' Saint Nick, sip hot chocolate as you stroll the outdoor paths lined with trees decked with more than a million twinkling lights.

DENVER PAVILIONS' HOLIDAY CAROUSEL

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Denver Pavilions
Create Memories for years to come at the Denver Pavilions beautiful downtown Holiday Carousel. Throughout December, families can enjoy the magic of the holidays from the perch of a horse on a beautiful carousel. $3 per ride. The carousel was featured in the film "Selena" starring Jennifer Lopez. Partial proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. 

BUNK WITH THE BEASTS

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: 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.

The Denver Zoo will also have a low-sensory version of the Zoo Lights event for New Year's Eve from 4:30 - 9 p.m. in an effort to create a more inclusive experience for those who may feel overwhelmed by a typical evening at the Zoo Lights. Learn more here.

NOON YEAR'S EVE

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Children can experience the excitement, thrills and festive fun of New Year's Eve in Times Square right here in Denver — all before bedtime! Noon Year's Eve celebrates the New Year with glittery ball drops, rainbows of confetti and huge sheets of bubble wrap (the museum's version of fireworks) for kids to stomp on. After the ball drops, the celebration keeps going with sparkling art projects and heaps of activities on the plaza. 

SPORTING EVENTS

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