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Breckenridge is one of the best places to be in the Colorado Rockies on New Year’s Eve. The town is bustling with activity, there are perfect opportunities to make new friends and the dining and nightlife are something not to miss. We’re known for being laid-back and friendly, and that holds true on one of the country’s biggest holidays. Whether you want to ooh and ahh over fireworks, dance, have a romantic dinner or kiss that special someone at midnight, you’ve come to the right place.
- NYE Holiday Dinners
- Torchlight Parade
- Reggae on the Blue
- Late-Night Parties
4:00-9:00 p.m. - New Year's Eve at the Maggie Restaurant
Join us for a New Year’s celebration you won’t want to miss! Enjoy food and drink specials all night and NO cover charge. Get front row seats to the Peak 9 torchlight parade and come play some fun “reindeer games.” Make memories together at the complimentary photo booth and dance to the live entertainment from 4-9pm. Stick around until the end of evening for the champagne toast and prize drawings held right before the spectacular fireworks show!
6:00 p.m. - Torchlight Parade
A long-standing tradition, Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School carries torches from the top of Peak 9 down American to the Village in the New Year’s Eve torchlight parade. Après drinks at the Maggie is a great way to catch the perfect view of skiers and riders illuminating the mountain. 6:00pm.
8:30 p.m. - Reggae on the Blue: NYE with Anthony B.
World Music Development presents Reggae on the Blue featuring Anthony B with special guests Split Window and The Hollywood Farmers. Join us on New Year’s Eve for an unforgettable evening of live music and giving back to the community.
WMD Presents is a series of concerts, music events, and conferences as general fundraising support for World Music Development to advance our mission of creating global peace through music. At each event a local nonprofit is selected as a beneficiary to receive 10% of the gross proceeds from all ticket sales. For this engagement we have the honor of partnering with Building Hope, a multi-faceted community initiative creating solutions to a wide array of challenges in Summit County’s mental health care system.
When: December 31, 2018 @ 8:30 pm
Where: Riverwalk Center – 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge, CO
Cost: $35 in Advance, $45 Day of Show Purchase Tickets
9:00 p.m. - New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Since the fireworks over Peak 9 don’t start until 9 p.m., skiers and riders have plenty of time to change out of ski clothes following the torchlight parade. With clear weather, the show can be seen from most locations throughout town.
First and foremost: don’t drink and drive! While Uber and Lyft have recently debuted in Breckenridge and the surrounding area, prices can surge, especially on NYE, so locals know that the county’s free buses can be the most reliable source of New Year’s Eve transportation. The Breckenridge Free Ride offers service within the Breckenridge area, and even has special late-night service (until 2:15 a.m.) on New Year’s Eve. Get the app to track your bus in real-time! For those of you heading over from another part of Summit County, the Summit Stage offers free service to/from Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, Summit Cove and Keystone, and typically continues its normal schedule for NYE.
Still want to take the car into town? Breck Park offers overnight parking for guests and residents at the Satellite Parking Lot on Airport Rd. – just connect to downtown Breck on the Free Ride Yellow Route. Cost is $5 per 24 hours Monday to Thursday and $10 per 24 hours for Friday to Sunday.
More Top Picks for NYE
Romantic dinners: From Relish, Aurum and Blue River Bistro to classics such as Briar Rose and Hearthstone, Breckenridge offers a variety of great meal options on New Year’s Eve. For ideas, see the list of holiday dinners. Remember, it’s never too early to make reservations for this popular night on the town.
Take a jaunt in the woods: Hit the outdoors by night with a group of friends snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. If getting your heart rate up sounds like the best bet to ring in the New Year, head up to Boreas Pass road. Taking a brisk walk or ski on the very wide and largely empty snowy road with a flask of something strong and warm is bound to be one of your more memorable year kickoffs.
Take a yoga class: Yearly intention-setting is a powerful practice to help align our lives with the direction of our dreams. This special 2-hour class will weave intention-setting rituals, a vinyasa flow and a special candlelight meditation so we can move into 2019 with clarity and purpose. We’ll invite positivity and direction into our lives by letting go of what’s no longer serving us. We’ll wring out any negativity we accumulated in 2018 and create space in our bodies, hearts and minds to open to our greatest potentials.
Dec. 30 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Meta Yoga Studios. $30 – Pre-registration Encouraged
Late Night in Breckenridge: If getting rowdy in a crowd is how you want to spend the evening, hit Breckenridge’s liveliest dance floor, find live music or grab a cocktail at the bar. Find NYE Late Night Recommendations
New Year’s Day
With so many late-night activities, New Year’s morning tends to be an excellent and quiet time to hit the slopes. Get up there early to get those fresh groomers or pow! Check out more Winter Activities in Breckenridge.