5. Rail Jam in Winter Park
Winter Park is hosting the Grand Winter Sports Carnival Rail Jam and Celebration, with skijoring, rail jam, skating races and more for your daytime viewing pleasure. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are free; call 800-979-0332 or visit http://www.winterparkresort.com.
4. Glow-Stick Parade at Granby Ranch
Granby Ranch is seeing the torchlight parade and fireworks that other resorts are offering and raising them a glow-stick walking parade. Admission to the light shows is free; call 888-850-4615 or visit http://www.granbyranch.com.
3. Moonlight Dining at Arapahoe Basin
Arapahoe Basin’s Moonlight Dinner Series continues on New Year’s Eve; there will be champagne, party favors and, of course, a decadent meal. Admission is $89, and reservations are required; call 888-272-7246 or visit http://www.arapahoebasin.com.
2. Stay Up All Night in Vail
Perhaps you want to party like a rock star New Year’s Eve — but in the mountains, so you can get up (or not go to bed at all) and hit the slopes early on New Year’s Day. Vail’s the place to be if that’s the case; DJ Logic and Golden B will be mixing Top 40, dance, house, hip hop and more, plus, there will be a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. The party at the Dobson Ice Arena, 321 East Lionshead Circle in Vail, starts at 8 p.m., and admission for the eighteen-and-up party is $50 to $200. Call 970-845-8497 or visit http://www.vailnye.com.
1. Strings or Jane’s Addiction in Aspen
For a more sedate evening, head to the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, where the David Bromberg Quartet will be providing the tunes; the evening includes drinks, treats and surprises. It starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $49.50 to $59.50; call 970-920-5770 or visit http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com. And everyone should know by now that the best music venue in the high country — that’s Belly Up in Aspen, for those who’ve been spending 2011 in a dark cardboard box — will be rocking it out on New Year’s Eve, and the headliner this year is no less than Jane’s Addiction. Tickets are $265 in advance and $275 at the door; call 970-544-9800 or visit http://www.bellyupaspen.com.