As the year draws to a close, we are reflecting on all the memories made over the last 12 months and the endless possibilities for new adventures in the next 12. And one of the best ways to do both is by raising a glass at a New Year’s celebration! No matter how you want to celebrate — with a relaxing candlelit dinner or an exciting dance party — there is something happening this New Year’s Eve in Northern Colorado.
Check out these New Year’s Eve events in Fort Collins and the surrounding area for a fun and memorable evening. We even included a few kid-friendly activities so the whole family can celebrate the start of 2023!
December 30, 4–8 p.m.
The Playground is a fun climate-controlled indoor playground for children ages 1-10 located inside The Greeley Mall. On the day before New Year’s Eve, The Playground is hosting their annual New Year’s Eve Party for little ones! Dress to impress and ring in the new year early. Everyone needs a ticket to get in (including adults); your ticket includes admission, a photo backdrop, an individual charcuterie box, a bottle of water or juice box, and a vision board kit. There are limited spots, so be sure to purchase your tickets online in advance!
December 31 + January 1, 5–9 p.m.
Every year, Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra transforms into Winter Wonderlights, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are the last two days to see this spectacular display! The 26-acre park is illuminated with 150,000 lights, including holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated stone sculptures as well as a music and light show every single night. And the best part is it’s all free and open to the public! For complete information on this year’s event, including the live performance and local vendor schedule, check out the event page.
December 31, 5 + 7 p.m. (Dinner) + 9 p.m. (Party)
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is celebrating New Year’s Eve with their 20th Annual Crystal Ball! The 21+ event will feature a dinner in the historic MacGregor Ballroom, followed by a party with live music from Photon and DJ FashioNation, and entertainment from comedian Dominic Syracuse. For more information and tickets, click here.
December 31, 6 p.m.
Now in its 39th year, the Resolution Run is a family-friendly 5K starting and finishing at Ridgeview Classical Schools. Everyone is welcome — kids, strollers, dogs, walkers and runners — and if you finish under 20:23, you’ll earn a special prize! The race is held after sunset, so glow sticks are provided and everyone is encouraged to show off their bright clothes and lights. The race is owned by Fort Collins Running Club and managed by Gnar Runners, hosts of the Horsetooth Half Marathon. Click here to register for the Resolution Run 5K! Entry fees include a gender-specific long-sleeve shirt (registrants after December 19 are not guaranteed their choice of size), a finisher’s mug, glow sticks, and a deluxe hot chocolate bar!
December 31, 7 p.m.
Bid farewell to 2022, ring in 2023, and celebrate 40 years of Sundance Steakhouse & Saloon at their New Year’s Eve Boots ‘n’ Bling Bash! Every ticket includes a glass of champagne (or sparkling cider) at midnight and their annual balloon drop with more than $5,000 worth of giveaways, and table tickets include a buffet meal complete with their famous prime rib! Sundance’s regular dinner menu will not be available; instead, they’ll serve a limited menu alongside the buffet.
December 31, 7 p.m.–1 a.m.
The Windsor Mill Tavern is hosting their New Year’s Eve Bash! Your $150 ticket includes a gourmet buffet, three drinks, an Old Elk single-barrel tasting, a champagne toast, gratuity, and a $20 gift certificate to use in 2023. Plus, enjoy live music from The Travelin’ Rose Band from 7–10 p.m. and DJ Rose from 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Click here for more information and tickets!
December 31, 7:30 p.m.
Ring in the New Year at the New Year’s Eve Extreme Rodeo Challenge, presented by Pedersen Toyota, at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The event returns with rodeo favorites such as Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Bullfighting, and the ever-popular Mutton-Bustin’. Enjoyable for everyone from the first timer to the experienced rodeo fan, the event is a Northern Colorado staple for ringing in the new year. After the rodeo challenge, the excitement continues next door at The Ranch’s FNBO Building with the K99 NoCo New Year’s Bash, which features live entertainment and a VIP ticket option, which includes access to a designated VIP area, a selection of appetizers, party favors, and a champagne toast. Click here to purchase tickets to either — or both — of these exciting events!
December 31, 8 p.m.
Avogadro’s Number is ringing in the new year the best way they know how — with live music, of course! They are hosting Derek Blake, The Honey Gitters, and The Syrup, starting at 8 p.m. and playing all night long. All the while, enjoy some hors-d’oeuvres and a prosecco toast at midnight!
December 31, 8 p.m.–1 a.m.
Ring in 2023 like it’s 2003 with The Rise of Reality at The Lyric, an early 2000s reality TV dance party. Tunes will be spinning all night with DJs TwoScoops, Jimeni, Lambp, missTree and massTree. Plus, enjoy dancing in the Mothership, reality-bending movies in Space/Tiki, projection art, a costume contest, a champagne toast and more. Come dressed as your favorite reality TV star so you can participate in the costume contest! Click here for more information and tickets, which are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.
December 31, 8:30 p.m.
Party all night at the Moxi New Year’s Eve event, featuring performances from INTHEWHALE, Underseer, Jellyfish Farm and Defeats the Porpoise. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, or you can upgrade with a VIP ticket, which includes a reserved table and hors-d’oeuvres from Boss Burgers. All tickets include a champagne toast at midnight! Click here for more information about the event and to purchase tickets. NOTE: Come dressed to impress!
December 31, 9 p.m.
Bowl your way into 2023 at “Live on the Lanes,” presented by Mishawaka at 830 North. While you bowl, hear music from Tejon Street Corner Thieves, an outlaw alt-folk duo from Colorado Springs, with CB & the G Jeez, a Fort Collins-based country bluegrass blues band. General admission tickets are $15 and food and drink service is available from the bar area. Bowling is available on a first-come, first-served basis day of show.
December 31, 9–12 p.m.
Loveland Aleworks is celebrating New Year’s Eve disco style! There will be plenty of dancing and hors-d’oeuvres as DJ Too Tall Chico spins the best disco tunes all night long. And of course, there will be a toast at midnight!
December 31, 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve Midnight Carnival, a 21+ event with dancing, drinks, and classic carni games — with a twist. Your ticket includes 10 free game tickets, complimentary carnival treats, festive prizes at each game table, a tarot reader and fortune tellers, a surprise DJ, a photo booth, a midnight countdown with a champagne toast, and much more. Get creative and dress to impress for the costume contest to win prizes! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
December 31, 9:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Snowbank Brewing is hosting a special New Year’s After Hours Celebration, a 21+ event with a midnight toast. Plus, enjoy a photobooth and Polaroids you can take home, plus snacks, pizza and pretzels — and of course, plenty of beer — available for purchase.
We hope you have a fun and safe New Year’s — no matter how you decide to celebrate.