Multiple Ways to Celebrate NYE!

December 30, 2021

You’ve got your pick of the perfect New Year’s celebration—everything from A Night in Vienna with the Colorado Symphony to a hilarious NYE comedy show with the Funniest Person in the World to a spectacular New Year’s Gala at the Gaylord Rockies Resort. There are also fun kids’ events if you want to make it a family affair! 

TODAY/TONIGHT, December 30

Ismo is an immensely popular comedian in his home country of Finland, where he wrote and starred in two seasons of his own sitcom and filmed four comedy DVDs. You don’t have to be Finnish to appreciate his humor, though—after he relocated to Los Angeles, he won the title of “The Funniest Person in the World” from the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Friday, December 30-31

Why limit New Year’s Eve celebrations to only one night? Decadence 2021 is America’s largest New Year’s Eve Dance Celebration, featuring the world’s most renowned talent and larger-than-life productions, for TWO nights! 

You can buy a ticket for either Thursday or Friday night OR a two-night pass. You’ll be swept away to a dazzling urban experience where you can dance all night! You must be 18 to enter and 21 for the bars. Live performances from The Chainsmokers, Get Real, Alesso, Kayzo, Subtronics, Zeds Dead and many more! 

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
6:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. (next day)
Tickets: Starting at $145

Thursday-Saturday, December 30-January 1

The Kindness Wall at Town Center at Aurora is almost complete! Don’t miss your chance to include your message and add to good vibes that started on World Kindness Day back in November. Just select a sticker, sign your name and message, snap a selfie, and then share with the kindness community!

Center Court at Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Thursday-Sunday, December 30 – January 2

Spend New Year’s weekend out in the country (in the city!) for a whole bunch of fun family activities! Four Mile Historic park features old-fashioned holiday decorations, festive art installations, crafts, outdoor video games, and even ice-skating on an outdoor pond!

On New Year’s Eve, enjoy music from the Deborah Solo Trio!

Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $16

Get away from it all (nearby!) with a guided horseback ride on the trails inside Cherry Creek State Park. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult on the ride.

12 Mile Stables, Cherry Creek State Park, 5547 S. Parker Rd., Aurora
Thurs./Fri., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Reserve: $40
Phone: 303-699-6128

If you still didn’t get a chance to check out Denver’s newest holiday activity that’s perfect for all ages, grab one of the last spots available this weekend! Lights, activities for kids, games, and more await the whole family at Camp Christmas!

Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood
3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$30

If you’re ready to begin your New Year’s resolution of losing a few pounds, there’s not a more fun way to do it than ice skating! Lace up your skates or rent a pair, and find out how much fun it can be to take a spin on the ice. Open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Southlands Shopping Center, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
Thurs./Sat./Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Fri., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reserve: $12

For a spectacular holiday show that’s part circus and all fantasy, your family will love the dazzling Cirque Dreams Holidaze.

With costumes and feathers that are reminiscent of a big Vegas show or your favorite holiday-on-ice production, this exclusive magical attraction evokes classic Christmas themes from a child’s eye perspective.

Gaylord Rockies Resort, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora
Thurs., 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Fri., 2:00 p.m., Sat., 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19
Phone: 720-452-6900

Performances of the the Broadway production of The Lion King are scheduled to resume on Thursday and run through the weekend. Remember, if you had tickets for a show that was cancelled, you may get a refund. Keep your fingers crossed that the show will go on so you can be captivated by the music, the sets, and above all, the spectacular puppets!

Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sun., 1:00 and 6:30 p.m., Sat., 6:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $35-$120
Phone: 720-865-4220

Friday, December 31

Kids love to celebrate New Year’s Eve, too! Here’s a fun way for them to party at their own age-appropriate celebration and not miss their bedtimes. The countdown to NOON Year’s Eve starts at 10:30 a.m., and the big balloon drop is at 12:00 NOON! 

Kids will receive a New Year’s hat to decorate and will have a chance to fill out their own resolution card. Then they’ll enjoy a dance party with DJ Mike until it’s time for the countdown and sparking apple cider toast!

Southlands Town Center, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

For an elegant New Year’s Eve, travel to Old Vienna, where a rousing selection of polkas, waltzes, and marches will send you dancing into 2022! The Colorado Symphony presents their annual concert featuring festive music by Strauss, Lehar, Anderson, and Suppe. 

Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street, #15, Denver
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Classical music meets rock-n-roll with the delightful contemporary string quartet, Spinphony! This energetic group of musicians will amaze you with their one-of-a-kind mashups of today’s favorite contemporary music with instrumental classics like Bach in Black and Don’t Stop Beethoven!

The electrifying ladies of Spinphony have performed all around the world with artists like Evanescense, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. Don’t miss your chance to spend New Year’s Eve with them, right here at Aurora’s historic Fox Theater!

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $28-$40
Phone: 303-739-1970

If your New Year’s resolution is to laugh more often, why not spend NYE at a live comedy show? There are three shows to choose from: the early show is considered the family show—recommended for ages 13 and up. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 18. The second and last shows are for adults 21+, and the final show is also an NYE extravaganza with party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and countdown with the comics.

The headliner is Finnish comedian Ismo, the ultimate observer who can make people see familiar things anew through his unique perspective. Ismo started his comedy career in his home country of Finland, becoming one of the top performing comedians in the country today.

Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
5:30 p.m. (All ages), 7:45 and 10:00 p.m. (Ages 21+)
Tickets: $25-$55
Phone: 303-595-3637

For the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, ring in the New Year with the most exciting gala in the area! This huge party includes multiple party rooms and dance floors, with eleven bands, DJs, and party favors! 

Three price points let you choose your experience—a Dance Only Ticket (with cash bar) gives you full access to the bands and dancing, but does not include food. The Main Event Ticket includes open bar (but no food), in addition to full access to dance floors. Or you can go all out with the VIP Ticket, which includes all Main Event amenities as well as food buffets, upgraded (top shelf) drinks, and ample seating areas.

Gaylord Rockies Resort, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora
9:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. (Sat.)
Tickets: $49.99 – $199.99
Phone: 720-452-6900

Saturday, January 1

Start the New Year in a healthy way—with a Punk Rock Yoga class. Move, breathe, and flow on the first day of 2022 with this fun class that’s good for you. Spots are limited, so register now! This is a donation-based class and proceeds will go to @safehouse_denver.

Vibe Wellness, 2501 Dallas St. Unit 124, Aurora
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register: Donation
Phone: 720-583-1427

Saturday-Sunday, January 1-2

This update of the classic story of Cinderella has all of the magic of the fairy tale on which it’s based: the lovable young woman who achieves her dreams shines in this stage version. The music by Rodgers & Hammerstein includes beloved songs such as In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It’s Possible and Ten Minutes Ago, while the updated playbook features a contemporary humorous take on the story.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Sat., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m; Sun., 2:30 p.m
Tickets: $20-$38
Phone: 303-856-7830

You heard it here first! While Denver’s most popular lighting display has been sold out for virtually the entire holiday season, the last time we checked their website, Zoo Lights had a few slots open this Saturday and Sunday! If they’re gone by the time you look, check out the new time slots added NEXT Thursday through Saturday, January 6 – 8!

Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave., Denver
5:00 – 7:30 p.m. (register for a specific time slot)
Tickets: $10-$25
Phone: 720-337-1400

Ring in the New Year at Southshore!

You won’t run out of things to do in 2022 when you live in the master-planned community of Southshore! You get the tranquility of lakeside living with easy access to your favorite urban activities. Stop by and see for yourself how great Life at the Lake can be! Tour the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Taylor Morrison — and coming soon — Century Communities. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s and the $700s.