Auld Lang Syne

8 Ways to Ring in 2018

From a $10,000 snowcat ride to free fireworks, our top New Year’s Eve entertainment picks have something for every budget.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff December 28, 2017

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Whether you’re happy to wrap up 2017 as one for the books or uncertain about what 2018 may bring; whether you want to bling out in fur and diamonds or dress down in Sorels and a puffy; whether you prefer live music or DJ beats, Aspen and Snowmass offer an appealing slate of options to celebrate the passage of time with gusto.

1. Hooch 
"Don't forget to not make plans," reads this official invite to the low key celebration at Aspen's favorite craft cocktail bar. It continues, "no cover, no bad party, just good drinks, and good times." 5 p.m.–2

2. The Little Nell Clicquot Cats
Bundle up with up to 11 family members or friends in your own private snowcat! Ride up the Little Nell run for a front-row seat at Aspen Mountain’s fireworks display. The VIP experience includes magnums of Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame Champagne, Ardberg scotch, a raw seafood bar and other bites, and hot chocolate (with or without schnapps) and Bellinis, with a private server to keep your glasses topped off. ($10,000; one cat available at 11:15 p.m. for the midnight firework show over Aspen Mountain.) If all the cats have been reserved, you can still ring in the New Year at the Little Nell’s Dom Perignon party. Celebrate in all of the hotel’s bars and lounges, which will be serving spirits from Belvedere, Hennessy, and, of course, Dom, and enjoy food stations, DJs, and live jazz, with a break at midnight to watch the fireworks over Aspen Mountain.
10 p.m.–1:30 a.m., The Little Nell, $575,

3. Fireworks over Aspen Mountain and Snowmass 
Welcome 2018 with a blast. Festivities at Snowmass Village start off with a torchlight parade at 6 p.m. (anyone 8 years and up is welcome to participate), then watch fireworks over the ski area at 10 p.m. Aspen sets off two rounds of fireworks over Aspen Mountain, one for the early birds at 8 p.m., the second at midnight. A DJ and bonfire in Wagner Park provide a spot to meet up and warm up in between. So, yes, it’s possible to catch three fireworks shows in one night (our advice: take the bus between towns). Free, & 

4. Mountain Social
The St. Regis Aspen Resort hosts a no-cover party in its lobby lounge, with a DJ and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Get a primo view of the fireworks over Aspen Mountain through the bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows, or from the hotel’s central courtyard just outside, then settle in by the two-sided fireplace to give a warm welcome to the new year. No cover,

5. Midnight Crush New Year’s Eve Party at the Limelight
Nightout and Aspen82, in-conjunction with the Limelight Hotel in Aspen, present this extravagant New Year’s Eve bash. The theme of Midnight Crush eludes to a sweet and sultry Candy Land, featuring bottomless Veuve Clicquot, sweet and sultry delights, passed hors’doeuvres, a photo booth, Belvedere vodka, Breckenridge Distillery spirits, party favors, and beats by DJ Trizz. 10 p.m.1:45 a.m., final tier admission $250 (sold out), VIP 6 top table $5,000, VIP 10 top table $9,000,

6. New Year’s Eve After Party at Grey Lady Aspen
Ring in the New Year at Grey Lady Aspen’s annual late night bash featuring music by talented New York DJ Charlie Clark. 
$195 (advance), $250 (door), 10 p.m.2 a.m.,

7. New Year’s Eve: Great Gatsby Party at Aspen Kitchen
Spend the later part of the evening in your finest fashion from the Roaring 20s at this Great Gatsby themed bash, featuring a premium open bar, caviar bumps, DJs, and much more. $250 per person, 11 p.m. 2 a.m.,

8. New Year’s Eve Party at the Silver City Mountain Saloon
Enjoy music by the musical anchor of Western Colorado, the William’s Brothers Band, featuring hit blues songs and a champagne toast at midnight. $20 cover, 8 p.m.,

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