Editor’s note: Due to possible status changes related to COVID-19 and the delta and omicron variants, please check with the organizer before attending to ensure the event hasn’t been canceled or postponed. See further state of Colorado guidance at covid19.colorado.gov.

The countdown to the New Year is officially on, and despite uncertainty about a new COVID-19 variant, it seems the city is ready to party like it’s 2019.

That being said, many of Denver’s biggest parties require proof of vaccination to attend, so check event details before you buy a ticket. And remember that fares on RTD trains and buses are free from 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day, thanks to Coors Light’s annual Free Rides program, so you can get a safe ride home.

Here are 10 of the best ways to ring in the New Year in the Mile High City.

Fireworks at The 16th Street Mall

The sky above downtown Denver will be illuminated by two fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve, at 9 p.m. and midnight, and one of the best places to watch will be from the 16th Street Mall. DJs will be set up along the pedestrian corridor playing a synched-up soundtrack to the displays, as well as music in between shows. Feel free to duck into one of the numerous restaurants for a quick drink and don’t forget to check out Night Lights Denver, a festive art projection that’s being presented this year in 3-D.

Dec. 31 with fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight at The 16th Street Mall (1001 16th St. Mall, Denver). Free to attend.

The Drop at McGregor Square

A separate fireworks display will take place at McGregor Square in LoDo and the best place to see the sky sparkle will be from an outdoor party in the plaza. Expect an open bar, live DJ and photo booth, plus the midnight countdown to be broadcast on a 66-foot LED screen. Those looking to take in the display from an elevated angle can pay for access to The Rally Hotel’s indoor lounge and outdoor terrace, which will serve bottomless bites and booze.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at McGregor Square (1901 Wazee St., Denver) and The Rally Hotel (1600 20th St., Denver). Tickets cost $100 for the plaza party and $150 for the hotel party at Eventbrite.com.

Orient Express to 2022

Hop aboard a New Year’s Eve party that will figuratively transport you across Europe. Denver’s Union Station will be transformed into the Orient Express train, with bars that help attendees travel from Venice, Italy to Paris, France based on what’s in their glass. Those riding in “the main cabin” (a.k.a. general admission; $95) can have their tickets punched to redeem a complimentary negroni cocktail and a St. Germain Spritz. One tier up in the “bar car” ($175) you access to hors d’oeuvres such as caviar and fresh oysters. And a ticket to the first-class “dining car” ($250) buys access to a dinner buffet, passed bites and desserts, plus an open bar. All guests receive a complimentary glass of bubbly for a midnight toast.

Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Union Station (1701 Wynkoop St., Denver). Dinner starts at 7 p.m. for “dining car” ticket holders. Tickets cost $95-$250 at Eventbrite.com.

Decadence festival

Celebrate the ball drop and the beat drop at Decadence, a banger two-night electronic music festival at the Colorado Convention Center. Performing artists include The Chainsmokers, Zedd, Chris Lake, Zhu, DJ Snake, Steve Aoki, Adventure Club, Bear Grillz, Louis the Child and more.

Dec. 30 and 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. each day at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St., Denver). Tickets cost $145-$416.50 at axs.com.

Happy Camper’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Denver’s “happiest” bar is throwing a New Year’s Eve party, complete with an open bar and – gasp! – a pizza buffet. Enjoy music from the Denver Nuggets’ official soundtrack maker Paws The Music alongside free draft beer, wine and well spirits. Pizza is also included in the ticket price. Groups of four or more can reserve a table for an extra fee.

Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Happy Camper (3211 North Pecos St., Denver). Tickets cost $125 for general admission and up to $1,500 for a table reservation at Eventbrite.com.

Introverts’ New Year’s Eve

So a rowdy night out on the town isn’t your thing? Head to BookBar on Tennyson Street to enjoy games, books, activity stations and more. The event includes house bites, wine and “literary cocktails,” such as the Cheshire Cat, a pink lavender-gin martini, and the Oscar Wilde, BookBar’s take on an Irish coffee.

Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at BookBar (4280 Tennyson St., Denver). Tickets cost $75 at Eventbrite.com.

My Morning Jacket triple-header

Rock all the way into 2022 with My Morning Jacket, which comes to Denver’s Mission Ballroom for three nights on the heels of its newly released, “The Self-Titled Album.” Each night, the genre-bending band will be joined by a different opener: Catch Neal Francis on Dec. 29, Flock of Dimes on Dec. 30 and Shannon and the Clams on Dec. 31 to close out the year. Fans can also live-stream the concerts for $19.99-$89.99 per night at nugs.net.

Dec. 29-30 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. at Mission Ballroom (4242 Wynkoop St., Denver). Tickets cost $56-$550, depending on day and availability, at axs.com.

Denver Black Tie New Year’s Eve

Bring your dancing shoes to the Denver New Year’s Eve Black Tie Party, where DJs will cater tunes to pair with an open bar and a Las Vegas-inspired casino where attendees can play Blackjack, roulette, craps and more. At midnight, 2,000 balloons will drop from the ceiling to ring in 2022. Party favors will also be available onsite.

Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Mile High Station (2027 W. Colfax Ave., Denver). Tickets cost $120 at newyearsevenight.com.

Blake Street Tavern’s New Year’s Eve Party

Denver’s Blake Street Tavern is an adult playground on a regular day, so you can expect all the usual amenities on New Year’s Eve, such as darts, skee-ball and arcade games. There will be extra perks for people who spring for an all-you-can-drink option or prime rib dinner. Tickets start at $25 for entry to the soiree (purchase your own drinks) and increase to $75 for entry plus access to an open bar, and $100 to add on the prime rib dinner. All revelers receive a complimentary glass of bubbly for a midnight toast.

Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Blake Street Tavern (2301 Blake St., Denver). Tickets cost $24-$100 at Eventbrite.com.

New Year’s Eve Denver Bar Crawl

If you don’t want to be tied down to one venue, consider the New Year’s Eve Denver Bar Crawl. A single ticket buys you access to 10 different bars in LoDo, each offering drink food and specials, including a free welcome shot in some cases. Participating venues include The Ginn Mill, The Ice House Tavern, Giggling Grizzly, Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Swanky’s, Larimer Beer Hall and more.

Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at various venues. Tickets cost $29 at Eventbrite.com.

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