Fireworks(credit: CBS)

As the biggest party holiday of the year, New Year’s Eve is the time to go out and enjoy lots of great festivities and fireworks. Denver is home to two brilliant fireworks displays on the 16th Street Mall. You can also check out a couple of other great shows happening in Colorado or try something a  little quieter for your celebration. There are plenty of ways that you can enjoy some fireworks, some fun and some special time with your sweetie to ring in 2014.

16th Street Mall
1001 16th St. Mall
Denver, CO 80265
(303) 534-6161

One of the biggest traditions for New Year’s Eve in Denver are the fireworks celebrations on the 16th Street Mall. You can catch this show from just about any spot along the mall, any of the neighboring communities and lots of the hotels in the area. The best spots for viewing are on the mall, however, so bundle up and join the crowd for this annual fireworks show. There are two shows each year, one at 9 p.m. and one at midnight, which allows children a chance to see the fireworks early and then get to bed so the parents can celebrate.

Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center
20000 Pikes Peak Ave.
Parker, CO 80138
(303) 805-6800

If downtown isn’t your thing, then ring in the New Year in Parker at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. There will be lots of fun and festivities with the Motones and Triping Griswolds, plus tons of food, a toast at midnight and fireworks to enjoy. If you are in the Parker area, there will be plenty of viewing areas for the fireworks nearby, there’s not a lot of light pollution in this area and very few tall buildings. So grab your coats, dress for the cold night and enjoy the fireworks in Parker.

Drive up Lookout Mountain
999 Lookout Mt. Road
Lakewood, CO 80401

If you want to get really far from the hustle and bustle of the city on New Year’s Eve, then grab your sweetie, your warmest coat and a thermos full of hot cocoa and head to Lookout Mountain. Be sure to check the road conditions first, snow and ice can make it a rough drive. But once you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with the most spectacular view of Denver at night. You’ll be able to see every fireworks show happening at the same time, since you’ll be above the city. You can toast to the New Year with your honey and enjoy a quiet and personal New Year’s Eve.

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A Night in Vienna
Boettcher Concert Hall
1000 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-7876

Start your evening with a super classy and elegant event, courtesy of the Colorado Symphony. You’ll enjoy a selection of polkas, waltzes and marches, conducted by Scott O’Neil, the Resident Conductor of the Colorado Symphony. The music ends in enough time at Boettcher Concert Hall to get you outside for the fireworks on the 16th Street Mall. Just grab your coat and walk over for a perfect view.

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Watch Fireworks on TV

The truth is that some people do not enjoy going out on New Year’s Eve. It is usually crowded and cold, not to mention the worries about drivers. Sometimes, the best way to enjoy the holiday is to stay home with your loved ones, pop some popcorn, enjoy a glass of champagne and watch the festivities on television, including the Ball Drop in Times Square.
No need to fight the crowds, just ring in the holiday with those you love the most.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at