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8 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve 2019

Concerts, dancing, fireworks, Champagne toasts—find your perfect plan here.

By Aspen Sojourner Staff December 26, 2019

Dance the night away at The Little Nell's Dom Perignon party.

It's time to celebrate not only the beginning of a new year, but of a brand-new decade. If you're looking for ways to mark the transition that go beyond the standard mega-priced restaurant dinner, we've rounded up a variety of options.

While some events are already sold out (e.g., the Aspen Art Museum's family party, DJ Flume at Belly Up), the ones listed here have at least some tickets available as of Thursday, December 26.

However you wind up celebrating, we wish you all the best in the year—and decade—to come. Happy 2020!

New Year’s Eve Benefit Featuring Beth Malone
5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., Thunder River Theatre Company, Carbondale

Broadway star Malone (Fun Home, Angels in America) rings in the new year with a selection of show tunes, jazz standards, and pop hits, along with popular local performers Nina Gabianelli, Julie Maniscalchi, Mike Monroney, and David Dyer. Not only will the shows provide a musical highpoint, but they’ll help raise money for Thunder River's other productions. Tickets $50 (general admission), $300 (table for four with complimentary bottle of wine or Champagne), thunderrivertheatre.com

Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
6 p.m. parade, 10 p.m. fireworks, Snowmass Village
Skiers and boarders ages 8 and up are invited to join in the 6 p.m. torchlight parade at Snowmass (load the Village Express chair beginning at 5:30 p.m.). Fireworks follow at 10 p.m. gosnowmass.com

Fireworks over Aspen Mountain are a time-honored tradition.

Public Skate, Bonfire, and Fireworks
4–8 p.m. (skating), 8 p.m.–midnight (bonfire and fireworks), downtown Aspen

Aspen welcomes in the new year with a community celebration that starts with a free public skate at the Aspen Ice Garden. The annual bonfire at Wagner Park takes on added relevance with a “let-it-go” burning: write down your unmet resolutions, old goals, or anything else that you’d like to release and leave your list at drop boxes around town; all of the papers will be thrown into the fire just before midnight. As always, two rounds of fireworks will go off over Aspen Mountain (8 p.m. and midnight), and a DJ will entertain at Wagner Park in between. aspenspecialevents.com

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration
6:30–10:30 p.m., Viceroy Snowmass

The dinner at Toro is already sold out, but a few tickets remain for the family celebration in the ballroom with a buffet dinner, kids’ activities and games, and a champagne toast at 10 p.m. to coincide with the NYC ball drop. Tickets $125 adults, $65 kids, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Live It Up, Light It Up Party
7 p.m.–2 a.m., W Aspen

Aspen’s newest hotel marks its first NYE celebration. At 7 p.m., the ticketed party starts, featuring Swedish duo Ikona Pop performing in the Living Room restaurant and lounge (at 9 p.m.), while DJ Kevin Joyal pumps up the jam in 39 Degrees; also included, bottomless Champagne. Late night, local DJs will also spin tunes on the rooftop Wet Deck (no cover for that area of the hotel). Individual tickets from $400, table packages $6,000–$15,000, marriott.com

Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party
9 p.m.–1 a.m., The Collective Snowmass

Celebrate the turn of the decade in Base Village at the remodeled Collective facility, which includes new restaurant mix6 and the adjacent Moxi Bar; both will serve their regular menus. Spicing up the scene will be music from the Sweet Temerity swing band, and the downstairs Game Lounge will stay open until midnight. No cover, thecollectivesnowmass.com

Yonder Mountain String Band takes over the Wheeler for NYE.

Yonder Mountain String Band
9:30 p.m., Wheeler Opera House

The Wheeler’s annual New Year’s Eve party resounds with the genre-bending music of this popular quintet, which pushes the envelope of traditional bluegrass and acoustic into the realm of rock ’n’ roll. Tickets $130 (general admission), $175 (reserved), wheeleroperahouse.com

Dom Perignon Party
10 p.m.–2 a.m., The Little Nell

The Nell rings in its 30th anniversary New Year’s with a bang. Celebrations abound throughout the hotel’s bars and lounges, with DJs, break dancers, acrobats, and, of course, plenty of Dom. Food stations include live-shucked oysters, and the top-shelf liquor will freely flow. Fire dancers light up the courtyard even before the midnight fireworks over Aspen Mountain. Tickets $650, thelittlenell.com









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