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It’s important to start your New Year off right. This might mean running a 5k or just spending the day with family. Here’s our list of the top ways to spend New Year’s Day in Denver.
Commitment Day Run

A lot of people make resolutions to be healthier or to lose weight in the new year. If you are one of those people, get your resolution off to a strong start. Start the first day of the new year off right with a walk/run into a healthier lifestyle. Make the commitment to move more this year and stick to it. Even those who were up late to see the start of 2016 are in luck with this race, as it has a later start time. The Commitment Day Run starts at 10 a.m and is hosted at Lifetime Fitness locations across the country. The 5k is open to public registration at Centennial, Parker and Westminster.

New Year’s Day Brunch
Lola Mexican Fish House
1575 Boulder St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 570-8686

It’s pretty much a tradition to brunch on New Year’s Day. After partying all night into the New Year and sleeping in, hopefully you remembered to make a reservation for breakfast. Alternatively, you can hit up your favorite diner if it’s open. At Lola’s, they’re open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m and what’s on the menu is usually delicious. We’re talking chicken and waffles to lobster omelets. Also consider popular Denver brunch hotspots like Snooze, Jelly or Linger. Just be sure to reserve your spot first.

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AMF Monaco Lanes
6767 Leetsdale Drive
Denver, CO 80224
(303) 388-5677

After brunch. It’s time to do something with the family. The bowling alleys are open for New Year’s Day fun. Take the kids for pizza, pop and bowling. Check the website for holiday deals and discounts — it is not unusual to find bowling coupons for 99 cents or a $24.99 package deal for a family four.

Ice Skating
Southwest Rink
16th and Arapahoe
Denver, 80202

Ice skating with coffee or cocoa is an excellent way to spend New Year’s Day. At Skyline Park, it’s budget friendly, too. You probably spent a little more than you planned for on NYE. Ring in the new year with something simple and fun that will be easy for all your friends to join in on. Skating is free if you bring your own skates and only $2 for rentals.

Go To The Movies 
UADenver Pavillions
500 16th St., Suite 310
Denver, CO 80202

The movies are always an easy go-to entertainment option. What could go wrong with a good movie, popcorn, candy and possibly a slushy to celebrate the new year with family? “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, might be a family-friendly option. Or check out Quentin Tarantino’s newest sure-to-be-hit, “Hateful Eight.” Have lunch on the 16th Street Mall and then do a movie. Afterward, stroll down the mall and enjoy the always-active shopping center, then grab a drink and people watch.

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Lonza Dennis is the founder and creative director of First Class Fashionista, a lifestyle, beauty and fashion blog based in Denver, Colo. Lonza is a freelance writer with an expert understanding of the role social media plays in networking, business development and marketing.