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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.

2023/24 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. Get tickets.

St. Julien New Year's Eve Gold Rush Party
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Dance the night away with Mannequin The Band, sip on refreshing cocktails and raise a toast to the year ahead with your friends and loved ones at St Julien's gold rush-themed New Year's Eve party. Get tickets.

Velvet Elk Lounge: A Portal to The Year of the Dragondeer
Velvet Elk Lounge
Come hear the band Dragondeer and toast to the Year of the Dragondeer! Each ticket comes with two free drinks, passed appetizers and a champagne toast when the ball drops. Ages 21 and up only. Get tickets.
Great Gatsby New Year's Eve at Avanti
Avanti F&B
Celebrate at Avanti with a DJ, dancing, specialty cocktails and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. No cover! More info.

Pop! Goes the New Year
Junkyard Social Club
Pop the cork off the New Year at Junkyard Social Club. With surprise pop-up performances and fire art, this bash will be poppin’ in every sense of the word. Get tickets.

NYE at Corrida
Ring in the New Year on Corrida's rooftop with a 5-course prix-fixe menu, plus optional wine pairing. There will also be a DJ, electric violinist and midnight champagne toast. Make a reservation.

Los Cheesies Flashback 60s, 70s, 80s NYE Party
Roots Music Project
Celebrate New Year's Eve with Los Cheesies, The Saints & DJ Drake! Jam to the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s at Roots Music Project. Get tickets.

NYE at The Avalon Ballroom
The Avalon
Don your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of music, movement and tasty treats! Celebrate 2023 with two live swing bands, three DJs and three dance classes — salsa, bachata and West Coast swing — until a midnight champagne toast. Learn more.

NYE @ Stella's w/ jackLNDN
Stella's Cucina
Enjoy a night full of bubbles, bites and a musical experience by jackLNDN. The celebration will include complimentary champagne at midnight, a digital art display with live visuals synchronized with the music and more. Learn more.

Elephant Revival at Boulder Theater
Boulder Theater
Doors open at 8:30pm
Dance into the New Year at a performance by Elephant Revival, a unique collection of multi-instrumentalists blending elements of Celtic, Americana, Folk and Indie Art Rock. Get tickets.

New Year's Eve Dinner at OAK
OAK at Fourteenth
Enjoy a special seasonal prix-fixe menu with optional beverage pairings. Learn more.

New Year's Eve Magic Show
The Dairy Arts Center
A family-friendly celebration featuring a countdown and balloon drop for the kiddos to join in on the festivities. Learn more.

Boujee Board & Bottle
Postino’s beloved Board & Bottle deal is getting a New Year’s Eve upgrade with a bottle of premium bubbles for $50. Postino is encouraging guests to get festive and don their cocktail attire. Reservations encouraged but not required.

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! This year you can explore through a new lens as you adventure through a self-guided AR tour of the district.

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 title 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.

A delicious display of food and refreshing drinks at an acclaimed restaurant 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.