Where to be in Steamboat Springs on New Year’s Eve

Audrey Dwyer
Skiers come down Steamboat Ski Area as art of the annual New Year's Eve torchlight parade and fireworks at the base area. Saturday evening there will be a vast array of events happening in Steamboat Springs to ring in the new year.
Scott Franz

— Well, 2015 was one heck of a year, but now it’s time to forge ahead into the new year — why not do so with a bit of Steamboat pizzazz.

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.

New Year’s Eve torchlight parade and fireworks

5 p.m. | Steamboat Ski Area | FREE

If the boom of fireworks is heard on New Year’s Eve, don’t be alarmed. It’s the annual torchlight parade and fireworks. The Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School will give the crowd a visual treat as they ski or snowboard down the mountain, leaving behind a trail of lights. 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 New Year’s Eve Celebration

5 to 9:30 p.m. | Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court | $39 for adults, $16 for kids ages 6 to 12 and FREE for kids 5 and younger

Live entertainment with DJ Trevor Potter, a magician providing table-side illusions and holiday crafts for the kids. At 10 p.m., enjoy a celebratory Champagne (or sparkling cider) toast and balloon drop. Call 970-879-8868 to make reservations.

The Grand New Year’s Eve celebration happy hour

4 to 6 p.m. | The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle | FREE

Tera Johnson and The Sounds of Soul will perform classic hits, holiday tunes and a few originals just outside The Cabin. Bring a friend, grab a drink and enjoy Steamboat’s new soul band.  

New Year’s Eve stand-up comedy

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

Sam Tallent, from Comedy Works in Denver, returns to delight you on New Year’s Eve. He is bringing three of his funniest friends. Doors and bar open at 7 p.m., and the show, intended for audiences 18 and older, follows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at or All That.

Raise Your Glass

8 p.m. | BARley Colorado Craft and Draft, 635 Lincoln Ave.

“Favors, midnight toast, kisses?” Ring in the new year with the BARley’s New Year’s Eve celebration. They will be featuring 31 craft beers on tap, whiskey, wine and Colorado spirits. There will also be a cider midnight toast. Happy hour is from 5 to 8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Bash

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

Enjoy live music and ring in the new year with Grant Farm. Tickets are $10 and available at Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse and All That.

The Brian Smith Band

9 p.m. | VFW, 924 Lincoln Ave. | FREE

Local blues rock group, the Brian Smith Band will be rocking the blues to bring in the New Year during a 21-and-over show.

All About Me

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

The acoustic set for New Year’s Eve will be with All About Me then at 10 p.m. there will be a full band to ring in the New Year for an evening of dancing with this rock band that spans over four decades of music, singing favorite hits from the ’70s and ’80s.

Mikey Thunder and Dassaro X Jeraff

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

Hip-hop infused electronic DJ action with local favorites to bring in the New Year. Tickets $10.

Dra La NYE Bash

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

It’s a DJ Dance Party. Come ring in the New Year with a night of dancing to heavy beats and thick bass with local favorites DJ DraLA and DJ Steve, who is back in town with some brand new beats.

New Year’s Eve Party

10 p.m. | Sunpies Bistro, 735 Yampa Ave. | FREE

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Sunpies with live entertainment featuring DJ G-Dub and more.

New Year’s Eve

10 p.m. | Tap House Sports Grill, 729 Lincoln Ave.

DJ Steezy Nicks will be featured to celebrate the start of 2016.

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Farmhouse Dinner

5:30 and 8:30 p.m. | Sweet Pea Restaurant, 729 Yampa St.

Sweet Pea Restaurant’s new farmhouse dinners are a communal affair with a large table and a menu that changes weekly in a setting that invites conversation. Guests will enjoy a four-to-five course, family-style meal. All of the prefix dinners are prepared and served by Chefs Pete List and Logan Trussell, who creatively concocted the dinners with a variety of flavors. Wine pairings will also be available along with mulled wine. The evening starts with a reception in front of the house to meet and greet all guests and chefs. Go to for more information and to see menu details. Reservations are required; call 970-879-1221.

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

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