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New Year's Eve in Boulder

Wahoo! It's the eve of a fresh, new year. Here's what's happening across Boulder for New Year's Eve, from parties and concerts to winter light displays and "first day" hikes.

Note: Please check back in late fall for 2022 events.

Parties & Live Music

License No. 1 New Year’s Eve Party
Hotel Boulderado
Ring in the New Year at Hotel Boulderado's speakeasy-style bar starting at 8pm.

New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Enjoy five hours of entertainment across three venues, four cocktail bars, two balloon drops and one giant party. Proof of vaccination required. For tickets and more information, please call 720-406-8208.

Crumb's New Year's Eve Boulder Bash with Ramakhandra
Boulder Theater
Boulder Theater hosts a New Year's Eve party featuring the creative and energetic music of Crumb and Ramakhandra.

New Years Eve Masquerade Ball
DV8 Distillery
Unleash your freaky, fabulous self in your finest glitter, gowns, glamour, pin-stripes and regalia at this night of dancing, specialty cocktails and a midnight ball drop.

Champagne Dreams and Gold Things
Rayback Collective
Enjoy live entertainment, delicious food and a special champagne toast while watching the East Coast ball drop.

See a Winter Light Display

During Snow Much Fun (which runs late November-early January), hundreds of thousands of colorful LED lights illuminate Boulder’s Civic Area, next to the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and throughout downtown Boulder, including all along historic Pearl Street. It's all free to enjoy on foot! 

Snow Much Fun Light Displays Downtown Boulder

Go for a Winter Hike

The hush that comes over Boulder's foothills in winter is something to behold. In fact, for many locals, it's secretly our favorite time to hike. Put on your boots, a few warm layers that can be shed (you might warm up fast here in famously sunny Boulder) and head out for some winter wonder. There are plenty of winter hikes to try.


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Eat Some Amazing Food

You don't get to play host city to "Top Chef" and earn the titles of America's Foodiest Town (Bon Appétit) without having some of the country's best chefs turning out incredible dishes, starring flavorful local ingredients. Come indulge at dozens of acclaimed restaurants! Check out these Mini Dining Guides for ideas.

Aerial of Food in Boulder

Stay the Night Somewhere Special

From hotels with year-round pools to those with swanky lounges with roaring fireplaces, each of Boulder's hotels offers a mini escape to look forward to. Check out special offers. 

First Day Hikes

Offset all the indulgences of the season with a refreshing winter hike! You’ll see lots of locals out on the trails doing the same, and many of Colorado’s State and National Parks host free, guided First Day Hikes on Jan. 1.