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3 … 2 … 1 … Get ready for 2015

Steam rises out of the Hot Springs Pool Tuesday morning. The pool will host its annual New Year's Eve party with giveaways, a countdown and complimentary noisemakers, hats and other party favors. The family event will have no alcohol, and the pool will stay open until 1 a.m.
Christopher Mullen / Post Independent |

Where do you want to be during the first moments of 2015?

This can be a tough question to answer, especially with so many options to choose from throughout the valley.

If you’re still trying to decide on New Year’s Eve plans, think about the kind of environment you’re looking for, and take a peek at the opportunities below.


Finding New Year’s Eve events or parties that both children and adults will enjoy can be tricky, but there are three options that will appease the athletic, the theatrical and those just looking for some relaxing family fun.

First, in Carbondale, cross country skiers of all ages are invited to participate in the free second annual Nordic Luminary Night Ski from 6-8 p.m. on the Spring Gulch Nordic Trails. Join the Mount Sopris Nordic Council and the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC) for this special night ski lit by luminarias and starlight. After the ski, you can enjoy hot beverages by the fire.

“We are always looking for ways to extend and strengthen our Nordic community,” said Maria Stuber, AVSC Nordic program director. “New Year’s Eve and luminarias seemed like the perfect avenue. There is something very special about night skiing. Our normal trails take on a completely different look in the dark. It’s something magical that you just have to experience.”

Families looking for a wackier option for New Year’s Eve can check out one of two Glenwood Vaudeville Revue performances. One show, which is wait listed, begins at 5 p.m. and costs $35, and another begins at 9 p.m. and costs $50. Tickets include one glass of champagne and party favors.

John Goss, artistic and managing director, said this is one of the most unusual options for the holiday.

“If you want to laugh and really cut loose, have a drink, have some food and just have a great time, you’ll come here and go away going, ‘I can’t believe what I just saw; that’s some of the craziest stuff I’ve ever seen,’” he said for a previous article about the Vaudeville’s holiday show.

Another great option for families is the annual New Year’s Eve party at the Hot Springs Pool. The pool will be open until 1 a.m., with no alcohol permitted. Admission is $19.50 for ages 13 and older and $12.25 for children from 3-12.

“Ringing in the New Year in a swimming pool outside in the Rocky Mountains is unique in itself,” said Jeremy Gilley, director of sales at the Hot Springs Pool.

In addition to the usual good time you’ll have soaking in the pools, you will also be treated to noise makers and other party favors, as well as an opportunity to win a season pass to the pool, spa treatments and more. And, of course, there will be a countdown to midnight.


If you have a favorite bar, be sure to check out what they’ve got planned for the holiday. But if you don’t have a go-to place, a couple of options in Glenwood will surely provide a good time — and possibly some free stuff.

Big Daddy’s Sports Bar is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash that begins at 9 p.m. and features karaoke with Sandman, food and drink specials and free champagne at midnight. You will also have the chance to win a 32-inch television and a snowboard. This no-cover party is for anyone 21 and older.

Also in Glenwood, the Loyal Brothers Lounge is putting on a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, and if you wear a mask you get in free beginning at 8 p.m.


Speaking of masquerades, Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale is hosting a masquerade party at 9 p.m. with music from local band Let Them Roar. Tickets are $20.

The group has played Steve’s on New Year’s Eve for the past four years, and this show will also serve as a farewell to multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Frank Martin, who is leaving the band because of hearing issues.

“This New Year’s Eve show is the end of an era of what we know as Let Them Roar,” said guitarist Mateo Sandate.

“It’s going to be a masquerade party, so we encourage people to dress up and let go of inhibitions and maybe think about embodying something they would like to be in the New Year,” said singer Sophia Clark.

If you’re looking for a classy night out with great food and live swing music, you can have both at the New Ute Events Center in Rifle from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dress to impress for this 21 and older night featuring ’40s and ’50s standards by a special big band version of Symphony in the Valley. The evening will also feature appetizers by Grand River Cafe, a cash bar, a midnight balloon drop with prizes and a free champagne toast. Tickets are $25, $20 for Ute sustaining members and $300 for a reserved table for 10.

“The Grand River Cafe does amazing food, so that alone is worth the price of admission,” said Kelly Thompson, conductor and musical director of Symphony in the Valley. “Then you get to dance and listen to an evening full of big band music and ring in the New Year in style.”

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