New Year’s Eve – Where to be in Steamboat Springs when the clock strikes midnight |

New Year’s Eve – Where to be in Steamboat Springs when the clock strikes midnight

Fireworks explode above Steamboat Resort during the 2017 New Year's Eve torchlight parade.
File photo/Austin Colbert
  The following late buses will run:
  • From the Stockbridge toward the mountain: 2:30 a.m.
  • From the Gondola Transit Center toward the condominiums: 2:50 a.m.
  • From the Gondola Transit Center toward downtown: 3:15 a.m.
  • From downtown toward the west end 3:26 a.m. (3rd Street)
Patrons can find out when the next bus is expected to arrive with the SST app available on iPhones and Androids from In addition, view buses in real-time via Complete schedule information, bus stop locations and times can be obtained at or 970-879-3717.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As the clock winds down to the end of 2017, it’s time to raise a glass, toast and celebrate the year to come.

We’ve rounded up the best parties in town happening on New Year’s Eve with something for everyone from a night of improv, the annual torchlight parade and fireworks, live music, family celebrations, traditional countdowns and, of course, Champagne toasts when the clock strikes midnight.

The following are a few ways to start 2018 with a triumphant bang.

Friday, Dec. 29

New Year’s Comedy Tradition

7 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 29 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Jackie Flynn’s Stand-up Comedy will kick off the Chief Theater’s New Year’s Eve Comedy Tradition. Flynn’s sarcastic wit and rapid-fire punch lines have been on stages at Comedy Store and Laugh Factory, has headlined in Las Vegas. After being discovered by the Farrelly Brothers, he starred in television shows such as “The King of Queens” and films such as “King Pin,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Me, Myself and Irene,” “Stuck on You,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and 2012’s “The Three Stooges.”

Skate with the Grinch

7 to 9 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 29 | Howelsen Ice Arena, 285 Howelsen Parkway

Bring the whole family for Christmas-themed open skating at Howelson Ice Arena with the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club and the Grinch. The Grinch and his Whos will be there to serve hot chocolate and skate with the little ones. All ages and abilities welcome for this open skating event.

Saturday, Dec. 30

Kids New Year’s Party

4 to 9 p.m. | Steamboat Kids Play Garden, 345 Anglers Drive, Suite B

Kids Night Out will be held at the Steamboat Kids Play Garden. We are going to say goodbye to 2017 with a great night of crafts, countdowns and educational fun. Make your reservations now by contacting 970-457-4466. Space is limited.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Ring in the New Year — Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

5:20 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 31 | Steamboat Ski Area, Gondola Square, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

If the boom of fireworks is heard on New Year’s Eve, don’t be alarmed. It’s the annual torchlight parade and fireworks. Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School will give the crowd a visual treat as they ski or snowboard down the mountain. After the torchlight parade, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky. The best places to watch the lights include the Bear River Bar & Grill deck or any other place in Gondola Square with a great view of the mountain.

Family Fun New Year’s Eve

5:30 to 9:30 p.m. | Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

Ringing in the new year with kids? Celebrate at a kid-friendly bash at the Steamboat Grand. Festivities kick off with a family-style buffet dinner in the Grand Ballroom followed by magic, juggling and comedy with We’re Not Clowns. DJ entertainment, other children’s activities and face painting fill the time before the 2018 countdown, complete with noise makers and party hats, happening at 9 p.m. Pricing includes tax and gratuity. Children 5 and younger are free.

Korbel New Year’s Eve Party

6 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 31 | Thunderhead Lodge, Steamboat Ski Area, 2305 Mount Werner Circle

Dance the night away to live music and make merry with a balloon drop and Korbel Champagne toast to ring in the New Year at the top of the gondola. Festive libations feature dessert bar, chocolate fountain, DJ entertainment and more. Tickets are $50 per person and include the gondola ride. Cash bar available. Board the gondola at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Party

8 p.m. | Circle R Gastropub, 202 S Sharp Ave., Oak Creek

Dress to impress for the local gastropub will feature a New Year’s Eve party with appetizers, a Champagne toast at midnight and music by Abztrakt Muzik all night long.

New Year’s Eve Stand-up Comedy

8 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 31 | Chief Theater, 21495 U.S. Highway 40

Sam Tallent from Comedy Works in Denver returns to delight you on New Year’s Eve. Doors and bar open at 7 p.m., and the show, intended for audiences 18 and older, follows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at online or All That.

New Year’s Eve: True Blue 

9 p.m. | Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse, 60880 Routt County Road 129

Ring in the New Year with live music from True Blueat the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse. Music starts at 9 p.m.

All About Throwdown New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

9 p.m. | Aurum Food & Wine, 811 Yampa St.

This band is the best combination of all of your favorite classic rock songs combined with the best of the ’80s hits. Ring in the New Year with dancing, drinks and good times.

New Year’s Eve

9 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle

New Year’s Eve party will feature aerial fabric shows, jugglers on stilts dancing, hors de oeuvres and a Champagne toast. $30 tickets.

Me and Ed’s Music Machine New Year’s Eve Rager

10 p.m. | Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Get down ringing in the New Year with some of Steamboat’s favorite local musicians. Free bubbly toast at midnight along with multiple other tricks and surprises.

New Year’s Eve: Dance the Night Away

10 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 31 | Colorado High 5, 635 Lincoln Ave.

Ring in the new year at High 5 with live dance performances and DJ MTK playing music all night. Free.

New Year’s Eve Party

10 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 31 | The Tap House, 729 Lincoln Ave.

Ring in the new year with friends at the Tap. Featuring a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, DJ Just Push Play, dancing and more.

The Magic Beans New Year’s Eve Bash

10 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave

The Magic Beans are a band sprouted from the cultural island of Colorado that has set out to bring their unique, genre-blending music to the masses and inspire good times. Listeners are left with a danceable ode to funk, rock, bluegrass (fans call it groovegrass), Americana, livetronica and more.

Monday, Jan. 1

Hike at Stagecoach

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Stagecoach State Park, 25500 Routt County Road 14, Oak Creek

Meet at the Yampatheater and warm up by the bonfire before starting the hike at 10:30 a.m. Kid-friendly hike around Pinnacle Peak to a longer scenic loop.

Moonlight Snowshoe

4:40 to 6:30 p.m. | Emerald Mountain, Blackmer Drive

Join Yampatika to snowshoe by the light of the full moon and explore the beauty and history of Emerald Mountain, and Howelsen Hill. This tour is for age 18 and older. Cost is $20 and price includes snowshoes. Registration is required. Call 970-871-9151 to register.

New Year Gong Immersion

5:30 to 7 p.m. | Neptune Float Spa, 941 Lincoln Ave., Suite 200E2.

Start 2018 with a bang: A Cancer Full Moon and a Grand Trine in Water. This special gong immersion has limited space. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Preview 2018 astrological events and how they apply to goals, followed by some opening and grounding breath-work with Sal Albert. Then relax and seal the energy and intention with a full vibrational gong bath. The full moon energy peaks at 7:25 p.m., allowing time head out and play in the moonlight.

For those families with the week off after New Year’s:

Community Sand Painting Rings in the New Year at the Library

Noon to 6 p.m. | Wednesday, Jan. 3 and Thursday, Jan. 4. | Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

In celebration of the New Year, the Bud Werner Memorial Library is bringing the community sand painting back for two days to work on a beautiful under-the-sea design Wednesday, Jan. 3 and Thursday, Jan. 4. This hands-on event will be open to everyone from noon to 6 p.m. each day in Library Hall. “Community Sand Painting: Lost Ocean,” features an under-the-sea design for this year’s theme from bestselling inky adventure adult coloring book “Lost Ocean,” by Johanna Basford.

The event was originally inspired by the Drepung Loseling monks’ Mandala on the Yampa art installations at the Library, which has allowed the community to participate in creating many hands-on public sand paintings which features this ancient Tibetan art form featuring chakpur, a sand painting tool. This is a free, all-ages event, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit for more information.

Tread of Pioneers Museum’s History Happy Hour

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Butcherknife Brewing Company, 2875 Elk River Road

Taking the rowdy and raucous side of Routt County history to the community and into a happy hour with a free beer and good story, this month’s event will feature Museum of Northwest Colorado Assistant Director Paul Knowles presenting “Routt County Gold: From First Strikes to Still-Lost Treasures.” Knowles, who completed much of his research for a recent exhibition at the Craig museum, is also an amateur gold miner himself. Catch the series on the first Tuesday of the month through April. Space limited.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.





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