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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.

2022 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.

St. Julien New Year's Eve Party
St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Dance the night away with Colorado's premier funk band, Funkiphino, at St. Julien's NYE party. Tickets include a premium open bar, passed apps, balloon drop and champagne toast. Funk attire encouraged!

Velvet Elk Lounge '80s New Year's Eve Party
Velvet Elk Lounge
Hot Tub Time Machine yourself back to an '80s après-ski party at the Velvet Elk "Lodge". Shot skis, lodge eats and a champagne toast at midnight await. Retro ski attire is highly encouraged.

Avanti's New Year's Eve Party
Avanti F&B
Celebrate at Avanti with a DJ, dancing, specialty cocktails and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. No cover!

Make It to Midnight with Houndmouth
Fox Theater
Doors open at 8pm
Fox Theater hosts a New Year's Eve party featuring the alternative rock music of Houndmouth with special guest Wildermiss.

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.

Lotus NYE Party
Boulder Theater
Doors open at 8pm
Dance into the New Year with Lotus at Boulder Theater. A festival favorite, this five-piece instrumental band is sure to put on a dance-inducing, high-energy show.

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 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.