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Most of us can agree it’s been a long year—even the Broncos’ Super Bowl win feels like a distant memory. Give 2016 a warm wave goodbye (or the middle finger) at one of these Mile High celebrations.
New Year’s Eve at Denver Union Station: Denver’s transit hub is shaping up to be ground zero for this year’s New Year’s bashing. Union Station is hosting three separate parties, with three distinct vibes appealing to a wide range of celebrators.
- If you are looking to dance the night—and year!—away, head to the Great Hall Silent DJ Party, where three DJs from New York’s Sound Off will be putting out jams until 1 a.m. In a futuristic twist, guests will receive headphones with LED lights that will allow you to switch between the three different channels, so no worries if you and your partner have different musical tastes. Great Hall, Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.; 9 p.m.–1 a.m., $20–$35
- Those looking for a more romantic evening will enjoy sipping champagne at Cooper Lounge, one of the city’s most stylish spots. Enjoy the views of the Great Hall, which will still be decorated in its holiday best, before raising a complimentary glass of Veuve Cliquot (served in a commemorative champagne flute) at midnight. Cooper Lounge, Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.; 9 p.m.–1 a.m.;,$75
- It might be time to hang up a new calendar but that doesn’t mean you can’t first step back in time at the Gallery Level Speakeasy event on the station’s lower level. Denver’s Gypsy Swing Revue will transport you to the Paris of the ’30s and ’40s with their old-timey swing and jazz tunes. Every guest gets a complimentary welcome cocktail and passed canapés from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lower Level, Union Station 1701 Wynkoop St.; 9 p.m.–1 a.m., $75
Denver NYE Black Tie Party 2017: Throw on your most stylish garb and head to the Sheraton Hotel for one of the city’s most upscale New Year’s Eve parties. The bash will feature multiple headlining DJs, Vegas-style casino games, a huge confetti bash and champagne toast—not to mention the longest open bar in Denver, which clocks in at five-and-a-half hours of unlimited drinks. Bonus: The hotel is located on the 16th Street Mall, so you can easily step out and catch the downtown fireworks. Sheraton Hotel, 1550 Court Pl.; 9 p.m., $109
White Rose Gala: Show up to this annual favorite dressed in your Roaring ’20s best. Revelers can enjoy a swing performance, ballroom dance exhibitions, and flapper girls. Be sure to check out the view from the overlooking balconies. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St.; 9 p.m., $79–$149
Mount Vernon Country Club New Year’s Celebration: Enjoy a four-course steak dinner and a performance by Denver blues and funk outfit Chris Daniels and the Kings at Mount Vernon Country Club in Golden. Mount Vernon Country Club, 29433 Club House Circle, Golden; 6 p.m.–midnight, $85
Gatsby New Year’s Eve 2017: One of the city’s hippest hotels hosts this extravagant Great Gatsby-themed soirée, which will feature a celebratory ballon drop and complimentary premium drinks. Nativ Hotel, 1612 Wazee St.; 7 p.m.–2 a.m., $69-$89
Glow New Year’s Eve: The original Viewhouse in LoDo will play host to what will surely be the city’s brightest celebration: The event—which includes an extravagant buffet dinner, and a different DJ for each of its three floors—takes place with a black light and glow-in-the-dark décor backdrop. Its rooftop will also offer prime views of the Denver fireworks display. Viewhouse Ballpark, 2015 Market St.; 9 p.m.–2 a.m., $35–$65
A Night in Vienna: Those looking for an event that is more classical than crowded should head to the Boettcher Concert Hall for this Viennese-style concert featuring a festive selection of polkas, marches, and waltzes performed by the Colorado Symphony. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. #15; 6:30 p.m., ticket prices vary
String Cheese Incident: Colorado jam band institution String Cheese Incident is sending off 2016 with three nights of performances at the 1stBank Center and will close out the run with this three-set New Year’s Eve show. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln., Broomfield; 8 p.m., $49.95–$59.95