As the year winds itself to a close, there is one thought that will inevitably come to mind: "Where am I going to go to celebrate the start of the New Year?" Thankfully, Colorado is home to some of the most interesting and magnificent New Year's Eve celebrations around.
Crested Butte New Year's Celebration
Crested Butte gets its name from its most prominent geological feature, and fittingly the mountain takes the spotlight in the New Year's celebrations at the "last great Colorado ski town." Starting at 5:30 p.m., visitors can enjoy live music and a firework display, which serves to illuminate the mountain as well as highlight the torchlight parade put on by Crested Butte's ski and snowboard instructors. Each carries an orange flame as they wind their way down the mountain. For more information, visit the Crested Butte website at http://skicb.com/.
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad New Year's Day Brunch Train
Colorado is also home to one of the most unique New Year's Eve experiences around in the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad's New Year's Day Brunch Train. Tickets are available for both Standard-class seats and Premium-class seats. For guests that want to experience a trip that takes them back to the turn of the century, all seats will do, but those who choose to pay for Premium-class seats will enjoy a hot brunch with a complimentary glass of champagne to toast the New Year, as well as music from a strolling musician. For more information on this one-of-a-kind New Year's Eve experience, visit the Railroad website at http://durangotrain.com/.
New Year's Eve in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs doesn't just have one New Year's Eve event. Based on your tastes, you can enjoy an elegant gala at Glen Eyrie Castle, dress as your favorite Broadway character for the Pokes Peak Brewing Company's New Year's Gala, explore the lights of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari, take in the sounds of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's annual New Year's Eve Bash, or enjoy the fireworks display put on by the AdAmAn Club, where a group of specially-trained climbers scale Pikes Peak to set off a fantastic display. For more information or even more options for Colorado Springs this New Year's, visit the Colorado Springs website at http://visitcos.com/holidays/new-years-eve.
New Year's Eve in Denver
New Year's Eve in Colorado's capital city is also a source of a variety of celebrations. Families with children will enjoy Noon Year's Eve at the Children's Museum of Denver, where children get to experience the excitement of New Year's Eve before bedtime (and with confetti and huge bubble wrap sheets for "fireworks"). Or, there is always the biggest celebration of them all: the New Year's Eve Fireworks in downtown Denver, where two fireworks displays will light up the night over the 16th Street Mall while costumed entertainers, magicians, balloon artists, comedians and more entertain the crowd. For more information on New Year's events in The Mile High City, visit the Denver city website at http://denver.org/things-to-do/denver-holiday-events/denver-new-years-eve/.
As the year winds down to its end, visitors and residents alike to Colorado are sure to see some magnificent displays to celebrate a happy New Year.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.