Outdoor Family Fun
For a frosty and unforgettable evening under the stars, bundle the kiddos and venture upvalley to see the free annual community Torchlight Parade and fireworks show in Snowmass Village. At 6 p.m., a massive procession of red flare-wielding skiers and snowboarders will make wide turns down the mountain, illuminating the snow and night sky with a warm rosy glow. Your family can even participate in the parade by catching the Village Express chairlift at 5:30 p.m. (parents and kids over eight: sign up there on the spot), or simply behold the magic as spectators at the base of the mountain. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m., and all festivities will proceed regardless of weather conditions. This is delightful winter fun at its most wholesome—a perfect way to welcome the new year with the fam.
Captivating Evening Entertainment
Welcome the new decade with a thrilling night of music by heading to Thunder River Theatre Company’s Diva Cabaret with Beth Malone. The Broadway star, who grew up in Colorado and has longstanding ties to the valley, is a Tony Award-nominated actor and singer who brings her star power to Carbondale for two very special New Year’s Eve performances. At 5:30 and 8 p.m., patrons can expect a sensational set of Broadway, jazz, and pop numbers accompanied by David Dyer, with guest appearances by several well-known local performers. As the best New Year’s Eve entertainment deal in the valley this year ($50 general admission or $300 for a table of four with wine/champagne), these shows will certainly sell out. This is a can’t-miss opportunity to experience Malone’s powerhouse vocals in the theatre’s intimate space, so be sure to grab tickets early at ThunderRiverTheatre.com and prepare to start your year with some serious sparkle.
A Street Party for All
The City of Glenwood Springs will ring in 2020 with its first major public event at Bethel Plaza, the beautifully renovated space along 7th just below the Grand Avenue Bridge. If dancing in the street and partying ‘til late is the only way you can imagine properly bidding 2019 adieu, this come-one, come-all mega bash is just the ticket to a good time. Aptly named “A Grand New Year’s,” the festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with food vendors, live music by The Mixx, and beer sales by the Glenwood Springs Brew Garden. Then, multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy takes the stage with his unique live looping show, finishing just before the 10 p.m. fireworks display lights up downtown. The high energy, nationally-recognized funk/soul/jam band Ripe closes out the evening, promising to keep the crowd grooving until midnight. For locals wanting to celebrate big, Glenwood’s free and family-friendly inaugural NYE party is surely the best thing this side of Times Square—and is a valley tradition in the making.