18 Dec 2019
What better place is there to close out a decade than Steamboat Springs? Whether you’re ready to dance all night in your ski boots or plan to have your head hit the pillow by 10 pm, we’ve got the ultimate guide to ringing in the New Year in Steamboat, Colorado.
Since we’re all probably swearing off everything tasty as of January 1, we better make our last supper a sumptuous one! Steamboat has no shortage of decadent food for a New Year’s Eve feast, but reservations are strongly recommended.
Your first course definitely needs to be the fireworks show and torchlight parade - especially if you have little ones. The show starts at 5:30 pm at the base of the ski mountain. Watch as the Steamboat SnowSports instructors ski down the mountain to create a spectacular on-snow parade lit only by torches. A fleet of twinkly light adorned Steamboat snowcats will lead the parade. After the torchlight parade, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky and kick off the evening celebrations.
Night skiing begins at 5:30 pm giving quite the cool vantage point for firework viewing. You could also ride the roller coaster for a wild way to close out the decade. Or relax and just watch from the outdoor patio and firepit area at Timber and Torch or at Truffle Pig (a favorite for our One Steamboat Place guests).
There are plenty of eateries in which to splurge after the fireworks. Reservations are STRONGLY encouraged, though. Many spots are already booked up, but a few of our top picks at any time of year still have a few seats left on New Year’s Eve including Besame, Table 79, and newest on the scene, Tahk Omikase Sushi. Pop some bottles of bubbly to ring in the New Year with your favorite foodies, or head out after dinner to these Steamboat New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Elevate your celebration!
Join Steamboat Ski Resort for the Korbel® New Year's Eve Party. Take the gondola and Celebrate New Year’s in the Champagne Powder Room, overlooking the Yampa Valley and the sparkling lights of Steamboat Springs below.
Dance the night away to live music and make merry with a balloon drop and Korbel® toast to ring in the New Year. Festive. The evening includes complimentary dessert bar, chocolate fountain, and small bites. The $60 ticket includes the gondola ride, the indulgent food, DJ & dancing, and a Korbel champagne toast. Cash bar available. Children are welcome, this is an all-ages event, but small children not recommended as this is a stand and mingle event without reserved seating.
Guests dining on New Years' Eve at Hazie’s, Four Points, Ragnar’s, Haymaker and Western BBQ all have free admittance to the Korbel party. Tickets can be purchased here.
Ringing in the New Year with kids?
Celebrate at a kid-friendly time with the Family Fun New Year’s Eve bash at the Steamboat Grand.
The festivities kick off with a family-style buffet dinner in the Grand Burgess Creek / Spring Creek room with DJ entertainment and face painting to fill the time before the 2020 countdown, complete with noisemakers and party hats, plus a complimentary glass of champagne for adults, happening at 8:00 pm.
Pricing for Adults (13 years and up) is $75, children (5-12) are $36, and include tax and gratuity; children 4 and under are free. Party is from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets can be purchased here.
Party like it’s 1989
Throw on your best neon and get ready to rock. Timber & Torch is throwing an 80’s New Year’s Eve bash at the base of the ski mountain. Steamboat’s favorite 80’s and 90’s cover band, All About Me will keep you dancing until dawn (or midnight). $30/person + cash bar. Tickets can be purchased here.
Right up everyone’s alley?
Head over to the Bowl, Brews & Boogie party over at Snowbowl Steamboat. If you haven’t been to this completely revamped, upscale bowling alley on the West end of town, it’s well worth a visit. Snowbowl’s menu is casual, yet sophisticated, with everything made from scratch. Creative cocktails and decadent desserts round out the menu. Reserve a few lanes for the after 9 pm dj dance party (adults only) and stick around for the champagne toast at midnight.
Groove your way into 2020
Two downtown venues have live music and dancing into the wee hours. Schmiggity’s hosts Euforquestra, a modern funk and roots band with a vintage soul. Old Town Pub hosts Steamboat’s own Buffalo Commons, a home-grown bluegrass band that’s blowing up in popularity across the state. Tickets at both shows are $20.These are 21 and over only venues.
Giggle your way into 2020
New Year’s Eve is no joke in Steamboat, but the comedians at the Chief Theatre New Year’s Eve stand-up comedian party will have you laughing well into the New Year. Doors and bar open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $20. End the year with Steamboat’s most hilarious people. Tickets can be purchased here.
New Year’s Eve Beer Pairing Dinner
Steamboat’s Mountain Tap Brewery is hosting a farm-to-table/field-to-glass beer pairing dinner. They’ll serve a delectable wood-fired four-course feast spotlighting goods from their favorite Yampa Valley purveyors. Each course will be expertly paired with Mountain Tap’s craft beers, and a special intermezzo will be provided by Steamboat Whiskey Company. Enjoy Yampa Valley slow-roasted pork shoulder, fire-roasted locally foraged mushrooms, cannelloni and kale, then wash them down with various local craft beers and Steamboat’s locally distilled Warrior Whiskey. Top it off with the “beeramisu” ladyfingers soaked in local Steamboat coffee and Barrel-Aged Brown ale. The dinner is from 6 pm-9 pm and is $75/person including a commemorative glass. You’ll be finished in time to head over to the Steamboat Whiskey Company Speakeasy Party beginning around the corner at 9 pm. Call 970-879-6646 to book.
Steamboat Whiskey Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Party
This local craft distillery is hosting a 1920’s inspired New Year’s Eve celebration. Come in costume and enjoy music by Chamberlin Birch, hors d'oeuvres, photo booth, specialty cocktails and more before midnight ... After midnight, enjoy a champagne toast, and music by DJ Disconnected! Reservations are limited to this event. Tickets are $30/person (21 and over only). Reserve here.
Of course, you can always ring in the New Year from the 5-star comfort of your Moving Mountains chalet. Book a private chef for the evening, have us stock the wine bar with bubbly, crack open Monopoly or settle some family rivalries over the pool table, then watch the ball drop on the big screen and have a soak under the stars in the hot tub. You’ll be well-rested and ready for champagne powder in the morning!
In order to ensure that your New Year’s celebration is headache and hassle-free, be sure to contact our guest services department. We can take care of the hassles by purchasing tickets to these events and reserving seatings ahead of time, as well as assist you in finding kid-friendly activities or a babysitter for the evening.
Of course, you’ll have to take care of any headaches on your own by drinking lots of water!
Cheers to a happy, healthy and memorable New Year!