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Get ready for a great New Year's Eve in The Mile High City, with concerts, fireworks, family-friendly events 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, 2018 
WHERE: 16th Street Mall

The sky will once again sparkle over downtown at the close of 2018 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 mall ride shuttles will stop temporarily during the two fireworks shows.

RESOLUTION NYE 2019

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2018
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.

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DENVER'S GRANDEST NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Grand Hyatt Denver

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

Denver NYE – White Rose Gala

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House

It's been nearly a century, but the Roaring 20's 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. 

 

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT

WHEN: Dec. 28–29 and 31, 2018
WHERE: 1STBANK Center

Jam into 2019 with a three-night series from one of Colorado's favorite bands, The String Cheese Incident

STS9

WHEN: Dec. 28–29 and 31, 2018
WHERE: The Fillmore

STS9 brings its signature electronic sound to The Mile High City for three nights this New Year's Eve weekend. 

INGRID MICHAELSON TRIO PRESENTS: SONGS FOR THE SEASON

WHEN: Dec. 30, 2018
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

New York singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson plays hits like "The Way I Am" as well as songs from her new holiday album, accompanied by the Colorado Symphony

DECADENCE

WHEN: Dec. 30–31, 2018
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. 

A NIGHT IN VIENNA

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Join the Colorado Symphony as they transport you to Austria with an evening of polkas, waltzes and marches conducted by Music Director Brett Mitchell. This annual tradition is the perfect way to say Auf Wiedersehen to 2018. 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S ACTIVITIES

DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK

WHEN: Nov. 20, 2018–Feb. 3, 2019
WHERE: Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe
Grab your family and friends and head to 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver to the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park. Skate rentals are $6-$8, or bring your own pair and take a spin on the ice 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. 

A HUDSON CHRISTMAS

WHEN: Nov. 23–24, Nov. 30–Dec. 2, Dec. 7–9, 14–24 and 26–31, 2018
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.

ZOO LIGHTS

WHEN: Nov. 30, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019
WHERE: Denver Zoo

This New Year's Eve, take the kids on a safari through the Denver Zoo, where you'll spot more than 150 illuminated animal sculptures, from swinging monkeys to jumping kangaroos. 

DENVER PAVILIONS HOLIDAY CAROUSEL

WHEN: Dec. 15, 2018–Jan. 2, 2019
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.

NOON YEAR'S EVE

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2018
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. 

ZOO YEAR’S EVE

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Denver Zoo

The evening features fun activities for the entire family and an early New Year's Eve countdown at 9 p.m. so your little ones can enjoy the holiday and still get home for bed early.

SPORTING EVENTS

DENVER NUGGETS VS. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

WHEN: Dec. 28, 2018
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Head to the Pepsi Center to watch the Denver Nuggets basketball team battle it out against the San Antonio Spurs. 

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

WHEN: Dec. 29, 2018
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Hockey fans won't want to miss this matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and the Chicago Blackhawks. 

DENVER BRONCOS VS. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

WHEN: Dec. 30, 2018
WHERE: Sports Authority Field at Mile High

The Denver Broncos go head to head with the Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS. LOS ANGELES KINGS

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Cheer on the Colorado Avalanche hockey team as they take on the Los Angeles Kings in their last game of 2018. 

DENVER NUGGETS VS. NEW YORK KNICKS

WHEN: Jan. 1, 2019
WHERE: Pepsi Center

It's the Denver Nuggets basketball team against the New York Knicks on New Year's Day. 

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