Noon Year’s Eve
All ages are welcome to spend New Year’s Eve playing in real snow at this expansive experience at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Build a snowman, go ice fishing, don fuzzy stockings for sock skating, or take a trip to the hot cocoa bar and warm up by a cozy fire in the museum’s makeshift winter wonderland. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; $13–$16 (Children’s Museum members get in for free).

Fireworks at the 16th Street Mall
Let the new year shine bright with these two spectacular displays. Eight-minute fireworks shows, which will be synchronized to music from live DJs, will take place at 9 p.m. and midnight. For the best views, set up anywhere along the 16th Street Mall. 9 p.m.–midnight; 16th Street Mall; free

Denver NYE Bar Crawl
Gather your closest friends for a night of celebration as you venture (and dance) through a dozen venues. Several spots will host live music, including local bands and DJs, and the entire party will make a champagne toast at midnight to usher in 2022. 8 p.m.–2 a.m.; start at The Celtic on Market, 1400 Market St., or Icehouse Tavern, 1801 Wynkoop St.; $23–$34

McGregor Square’s Plaza Party and Midnight Rally
In terms of parties, two is definitely better than one. If you’re feeling casual, the Plaza Party will feature photo booths, an open bar, and a giant television to watch the ball drop in Times Square. If you’re feeling fancy, the Midnight Rally at the Rally Hotel includes unlimited food and drink on the hotel’s VIP outdoor terrace. No matter which party you attend, you’ll be able to see the venue’s exclusive fireworks show at midnight. 9 p.m.–1 a.m.; McGregor Square, 1901 Wazee St.; $100–$150

New Year’s Eve Black Tie Party
Help yourself to the open bar as you boogie to the live music performed by DJs and a hip-hop cover band, which will recreate hits from artists like Michael Jackson and Nate Dogg. The second floor of the party will feature casino games and a photo booth. Just be sure to head back to the main floor at midnight for a festive balloon drop. 8 p.m.–2 a.m.; Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave.; $110–$120

Cartoon NYE Party
Prepare to embrace your inner child at this multi-day party. Come dressed as your favorite classic cartoon character to compete in a costume contest or plop down in front of one of many televisions to enjoy cartoon favorites, such as Looney Tunes, Popeye, Mickey Mouse, and more. Video games and arcade machines will also be available. December 31–January 1; The Art Hotel, 1201 Broadway; $25–$30

Living Lights at the Butterfly Pavilion
Biofluorescent animals will light the way through this indoor festival. Guests will also encounter aerial artists dressed as fireflies, lit animal habitats, and a firefly forest. Kids can get in on the fun with a glow-in-the-dark rave, complete with electrifying music and, of course, glow sticks. Reservations are required for admission. December 17–January 2, 5:40–9 p.m.; Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave., $10–$15

Union Station Orient Express to 2022
During this multimedia experience, guests can buy tickets to specific train cabins inspired by the iconic Orient Express. Each one will display scenes from Europe, such as a fireworks display over the Eiffel Tower. Food and drink specials are also available, and travelers will receive a complimentary glass of champagne for a midnight toast. 8 p.m.–1 a.m., 1701 Wynkoop St.; $95–$250