New Year’s Eve is the time of year when we simultaneously reflect on days gone by and envision the days yet to come. It’s a time to celebrate friends, love, laughter and of course, to raise your glass and sing the time-tested classic “Old Lang Syne.” Barring the Mayans prediction that the world will come to its final and conclusive end, these are the top five parties in Denver to ring in 2013. And even if those mystic calendar makers of old were right, what better way to end it all than at a party? Let the clock strike midnight and prepare those biceps to toast all that’s ahead in 2013!

Denver’s New Year’s Eve Penthouse Party 2012-13
Dream Entertainment Group
Pinnacle Club, Grand Hyatt Hotel
1750 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 319-8441

Date: December 31, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Price: $60-$100

Hosted by the Pinnacle Club on the 37th and 38th floors of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the heart of downtown, this is guaranteed to be one of Denver’s most lavish and scenic New Year’s Eve parties. With a spectacular view of the 16th Street Mall as well as the Coors Field Firework display and entertainment from two of Denver’s renowned DJs, KTone and Low Key, as well as progressive funk/soul jazz band Future Jazz Project, you won’t lack any sensory stimulation. The 37th floor has already completely sold out but there are still a limited number of tickets available for the 38th. Don’t hesitate to purchase the experience of a one-of-a-kind, exquisite New Year’s Eve event.

Decadence New Year’s Eve
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 228-8000

Date: December 31, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Price: $70-$150

From the organizers of Global Dance Festival comes a New Year’s celebration that will have you dancing your way straight into 2013 via dubstep, techno, trance and other EDM genre variations. This year, some of the most internationally acclaimed DJs will be leading you into your new year such as ATB, Ecotech, Wolfgang Gartner, Krewella, Mimosa, Zed’s Dead and more to be announced soon. Decadence will be held at the Colorado Convention Center and general admission as well as VIP tickets are on sale now.

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Noon Year’s Eve
Denver Children’s Museum
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-7444

Date: December 31, 2012 at 9 a.m.
Price: $7-$9

For those of you looking to ring in the new year family style, the Denver Children’s Museum is a great option. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. the museum will play host to crafts, energetic activities and a multitude of projects. Simulating Times Square, a ball will drop showers of sparkling, rainbow confetti on the hour every hour. The best news for all parents is that this celebration will conclude before bedtime. That means mom and dad can sneak out for their own “festivities” later in the evening.

New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl Denver
Various Venues
Denver, CO 80202
(212) 724-3900

Date: December 31, 2012 at 12 p.m.
Price: $20

If you aren’t the type interested in being tied to one venue for the entire night, then this nationally organized pub crawl is for you. Denver will be one of numerous cities in the nation to host a New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl through downtown. For just $20.13, you can enjoy two-for-one specials on drinks and other specials at participating venues. Check to purchase your ticket and to find out where the pub crawl in Denver will begin.

Temperatures were in the upper 20s in Denver for the fireworks downtown on the 16th Street Mall on the evening of Dec. 31, 2011. (credit: CBS)

Temperatures were in the upper 20s in Denver for the fireworks downtown on the 16th Street Mall on the evening of Dec. 31, 2011. (credit: CBS)

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown Denver
16th Street Mall – Pedestrian Mall
511 16th Street Mall
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-6161

Date: December 31, 2012 at 9 p.m. and 12 a.m.

One of the most cherished annual New Year’s traditions in the Mile High City is unquestionably the fireworks display that takes place on the 16th Street Mall. Open to the general public and free of admission, you and your loved ones can cap off your celebrations with a sparkling shower of pyrotechnics at either 9 p.m. or midnight. This low-key event gives you the liberty to plan your own pre- or post-party activities that may include dining out at one of the many fine dining options downtown Denver has to offer, dining in or simply enjoying a beverage along the 16th Street Mall with family and friends.

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Marian is a freelance writer with a passion for music, entertainment and nightlife. She writes regularly on assignment for as their Pop Music Journalist. You can view her page here.