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Beaver Creek's New Year's Eve Bash
If ringing in the New Year slopeside is a must, plan your evening around the Beav's annual NYE party, which kicks off the final evening of 2018 with a glow-stick ski-down and a torchlight parade (6 p.m.) along with a fireworks show as dusk settles in (6:45 p.m.). If you're looking to keep the party going, the resort's ticketed New Year's Eve Bash at the Park Hyatt’s Ford Hall has something for the whole family, with a DJ spinning beats from 7 to 10:30 p.m., and plenty of food, arts, crafts and games for the little ones, and, of course, plenty of Champagne for toasting.
Ski instructors and Vail locals join forces for a torchlight parade down Golden Peak (6:15 p.m.) followed by an annual fireworks show to close out the year on a pyrotechnic note. vail.com
If you plan on ringing in 2019 down valley, the newly renamed Mountain Recreation (formerly WECMRD) is putting on a New Year’s Eve bash, with free entry to the Gypsum Rec Center (5 to 6:15 p.m.), a cash bar and live music (5 to 7 p.m.), and a grand finale fireworks show starting at 7 p.m. mountainrec.org
Multi-course menus, dinner and dancing, and more!
The Left Bank
The Left Bank's Grand Seating (9 p.m., $250 per person) boasts seven courses for patrons to kick off 2019 on a decadent (and full) note, plus live music from Kathy Morrow and Brent Gordon. If you're looking to start the New Year on an earlier (and lighter) note, opt for The Left Bank's first seating, which features four courses (and Champagne!) at 6 p.m. ($125 per person). theleftbankvail.com, 970-476-3696
Grouse Mountain Grill
Grouse Mountain Grill's early seating ($155 per adult, $75 per child) pairs perfectly with the Beav's slopeside fireworks, and boasts a kid-friendly menu (along with a parent-approved tasting) for the littlest New Year's Eve revelers. If you're looking to party until midnight, reserve a table for the restaurant's second seating ($250 per person) which adds local piano man Tony G and his band for live music (and dancing!) 'til the clock strikes 12. grousemountaingrill.com, 970-949-0600
The Sebastian's in-house restaurant Leonora is dishing up a special five-course, prix-fixe menu in honor of 2018’s last night, with optional wine pairings available to elevate the experience (5 to 10 p.m., $100 per person, $60 for wine pairings). thesebastianvail.com, 970-477-8050
Flame at the Four Seasons
The Four Seasons' steakhouse rolls out a luxurious, à-la-carte special New Year's Eve menu from 5 to 10 p.m., before opening up its dining space for live jazz music (and an extravagant dessert bar) from 8 p.m. to midnight ($28 per person). fourseasons.com, 970-477-8600
The Fitz at Manor Vail
If you've got little ones in tow, consider The Fitz's first seating (5 to 7 p.m., $225 per person, $125 per child), which features four courses (plus a Champagne toast for Mom and Dad) alongside prime views of the torchlight parade and fireworks show at Golden Peak. If you're hitting the town sans kiddos, reserve a spot at The Fitz's second seating (8:30 to 10 p.m., $175 per person, $75 per child), which pairs four courses with a slopeside afterparty, complete with a DJ and dance floor, and complimentary Champagne to toast with as you watch the midnight fireworks show over Vail Mountain. Although, if you decide to opt for the first seating (or you can't make dinner), you can still join the afterparty later on in the evening free of charge. manorvail.com, 970-476-5000
From slopeside galas to hotel parties, some of the valley's hottest tickets for ringing in 2018.
Looking for the Champagne toast of the Vail Valley? Larkspur's New Year's Eve bash might just be it. If you've got little ones in tow, plan for the Golden Peak-based culinary staple's early seating (5 p.m.; $150 to $295 per person), which features a kid-friendly dinner buffet, plus front-row seats for Golden Peak's torchlight parade down the mountain and fireworks (6:30 p.m.). Although, it’s worth noting, tickets from the early seating can also score Mom and Dad seats on the Larkspur patio for the midnight fireworks display, too. If you're a big kid (or you're lucky enough to have scored a baby sitter for the evening), reserve a table at the post-ski-down late seating (8 p.m., $250 to $395 per person, adults only) with dinner and live musical accompaniment by Mannequin the Band. The party continues with a midnight Champagne toast. larkspurvail.com, 970-754-8050
The Sebastian's last soirée of 2018 is lining up to be a luxe one that that. Guests lucky enough to score tickets to The Sebastian’s end of year bash (8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $350 per adult, $195 per child) get unlimited access to a decadent spread of food, specialty cocktails, a photo booth, and plenty of kids' activities (plus, childcare on staff for the evening! to keep the little ones occupied. DJ Maestro Hughes will be in-house providing the night's entertainment, with a midnight Champagne toast promising to be the main event. thesebastianvail.com, 970-331-0057
Hotel Talisa promises a midnight balloon drop and Champagne toast for anyone who reserves space at one of its creekside restaurant Gessner (5:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m., $50 a seat). In-house guests can skip dinner and head straight to the afterparty (9:30 p.m.), although non-hotel guests get access to the party by booking a seat at the dinner table. hoteltalisa.com, 970-479-1538
The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons' gilded “Sparkle & Pop” New Year’s Eve Ballroom Party (8 p.m. to 1 a.m., $500 per person, $250 per person) kicks off with a decadent food spread and closes out with live music by the Salamanders, dancing, and a Champagne toast to welcome revelers to 2019 (just don’t forget the cocktail attire). If you're looking for the Four Season's touch at a slightly lesser price point, reserve a table at The Remedy bar's end of year party (9 p.m. to 1 a.m., $200 minimum per reserved table), where party-goers can indulge in a specialty menu and cocktails, and dancing to a live DJ. There’s no cost for walk-ins to The Remedy’s end of year party, but seating isn’t a guarantee. fourseasons.com, 970-477-8600
The Westin Riverfront Resort
The Westin's signature restaurant, Maya, will be dishing out a six-course meal for New Year's Eve guests (5 to 10 p.m., $110 per adult, $25 for kids 5-12, free for kids 5 & under), with an afterparty at the resort's lobby bar, The Lookout. The band Turntable Revue will be providing the night's entertainment (9 p.m.), with Champagne on hand to celebrate when the clock strikes midnight. westinriverfront.com, 970-790-6000
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
The Ritz's exclusively 21+ New Year's Eve party is celebrating 2019 with live music, and a decadent spread of hors d'oeuvres and sweets—plus, the added bonus of ringing in the new year in style at the Ritz's private slopeside locale (9 p.m. to 1 a.m., $125 per person). ritzcarlton.com, 970-343-1023
Bars & Clubs
Late night dancing, Champagne toasts, and everything in between.
The Riverwalk, Edwards
The Edwards offspring of Vail Village's Alpenrose welcomes the new year with a Prohibition Prom themed party (9 p.m.), along with live music by Gavlak & Saxophonist Alexey P., a Champagne toast, and an ice luge (so you can wake up with your head still ringing from the night before). Goody bags, prizes for best dressed, and a coronation of Prom King and Queen will also be part of the night’s fun ($90 per person). theroseedwards.com, 970-855-0141
Solaris, Vail Village
Vail Village's upscale bowling alley is at it again, with a blow-out bash to get 2019 rolling (21+; 10 p.m.), featuring two live DJs (local mixmaster DJ Stennor and DJ Shake One). Tickets start at $75 per person, although VIP packages are available, with the top-tier experience maxing out at $2,200 for a private, DJ-adjacent booth. bolvail.com, 970-476-5300
If you're looking for a classic start to 2018, reserve a table at Bridge Street's most timeless venue for an evening of live music by Bonfire Dub (9 p.m. to 12 a.m., $60 per person if you buy beforehand, $80 per person at the door). pepis.com, 970-476-4761
Lionshead's locals hangout welcomes 2018 with a slopeside party ($100, 9 p.m.) that includes Champagne, food, drinks, and music by DJ P Rock. garfsvail.com, 970-476-3789
The Red Lion
Bridge Street's Red Lion will be marking the end of 2018 with an extensive appetizer spread, party favors, and live music all night long—just be sure to RSVP early, as only 150 tickets are up for grabs ($100 per person). theredlion.com, 970-476-7676
Bridge Street’s go-to joint for late-night live music is ushering in 2019 with a Talking Heads tribute (9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.), courtesy of an all-star ensemble of local musicians. A $100 ticket gets you access to the show with a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, although VIP options are available for anyone that wants to up the ante for the new year. shakedownbarvail.com, 970-479-0556
Vail Ale House
Eminence Ensemble is set to jam out NYE-style on West Vail's main stage until well after the clock strikes midnight ($30, 8 p.m.). vailalehouse.com, 970-476-4314
Bridge Street Bar
If you’re looking for a place to dance the night away, head to Vail Village’s underground nightclub, where $100 gets you access to the DJ (and dance floor), plus live music by Brian Kittrell –and an open bar til midnight. bridgestreetbar.com, 970-476-0360
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In Avon, DJ Mikey Thunder entertains at Agave nightclub from 9 p.m. onwards, where admission is free of charge before 11 p.m. (agaveavon.com). Down valley, Bonfire Brewing's cover-free "Masquerade Party” promises commemorative pint glasses for the first 50 revelers who join the party (starting at 6 p.m.), plus live music courtesy of DJ Dougie Fresh starting at 8 p.m. (bonfirebrewing.com).