Wahoo! It's the eve of a fresh, new year (buh-bye, 2020!). Things are still pretty different in Boulder right now, and we need everyone to celebrate safely to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. But we've still got some ideas for a memorable New Year's Eve.
During Snow Much Fun (which runs Nov. 22, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021), 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. This year will feature fun, themed displays (like a candy cane forest and gumdrop lane) and a map to guide you through downtown and Central Park. It's all free to enjoy on foot! Check here for the map and updates.
Another free light display is available at Colorado Chautauqua Historic District. Walk or drive around Chautauqua Park to see 15 bear cub sculptures, each decorated by a different artist and adorned in lights. If you're on foot, you can also do a cyber scavenger hunt. Don't miss the new 8-foot bear installation near the Chautauqua Auditorium, too.
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.
Order up some of your favorite food from a local Boulder restaurant that could sure use your support right now. Don't forget that wine, beer and cocktails are available to go, too!
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. See Boulder hotel safety protocols, and check out special offers.
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.