New Year's Eve in Denver Explodes With Two Fireworks Displays, Family Friendly Activities, Concerts and All-Night Parties

DENVER, Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two spectacular fireworks shows will herald in the New Year in the Mile High City.  A family-friendly show occurs on New Year's Eve at 9 p.m., followed by the traditional midnight extravaganza.  Both shows are identical and both occur in the sky high above the 16th Street Mall, Downtown Denver's mile long pedestrian promenade.  

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The Mall is lined with 28 outdoor cafes, many of which will be open for the evening with heat lamps, creating a ski town atmosphere.  While thousands of revelers stroll the Mall, costumed entertainers, magicians, mascots, balloon artists, stilt walkers, and comedians will interact with the crowds.  From 6 p.m. on, horse drawn carriages will clatter up and down the pedestrian mall, while after 7 p.m., all public transportation in Denver is free, making it easy to come downtown by bus or Light Rail.

To make a night of it, there are many deals and packages at Denver's 8,400 downtown hotel rooms.  For details visit: www.denver.org/milehighholidays/hoteldeals#nye

FAMILY FRIENDLY NEW YEAR'S EVE

Noon Year's Eve – The Children's Museum of Denver

The Children's Museum of Denver is ringing in New Year's Eve just like Times Square with five ball drops every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children can yell the countdown, watch colorful confetti splash the plaza and make fireworks with their feet when they jump on massive sheets of bubble wrap. www.cmdenver.org

Zoo Year's Eve – Denver Zoo

On the brink of a brand new year, children can also experience the fun of Zoo Year's Eve, a wild New Year's Eve party beginning at 5 p.m., with entertainment and activities that lead up to an early countdown to the New Year at 9 p.m. Kids will also love Zoo Lights, with thousands of glittering lights all over the Zoo's 38 acres. www.denverzoo.org

NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS AND COMEDY

Night in Vienna – Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Colorado Symphony Orchestra keeps New Year's Eve classy with a Vienna-themed selection of the beloved waltzes, polkas and classics. The show starts early at 6:30 p.m., and ends in time to catch the first downtown fireworks display at 9 p.m. www.coloradosymphony.org

Big Head Todd and the Monsters – The Paramount Theatre

The Colorado-based Big Head Todd and the Monsters bring their funky, melodic roots rock to downtown's Paramount Theatre. www.paramountdenver.com

STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) – The Fillmore Auditorium

Legendary for their genre-blending, groove-heavy live show, STS9 will keep the Fillmore audience dancing all night long. www.livenation.com

Widespread Panic – The Pepsi Center

One of the best loved jam bands playing today, Widespread Panic combines adventurous sonic explorations with classic rock chops. www.pepsi-center.com

NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES

New Year's Eve Party – Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown

One of the Mile High City's biggest New Year's Eve celebrations features an open bar, a buffet supper, champagne toast at midnight, four separate areas of entertainment and non-stop dancing. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. http://granddenver.hyatt.com

New Year's Eve – South of Colfax Clubs

The clubs in the South of Colfax Nightlife District will be partying all night long on New Year's Eve, with live music, DJs and plenty of champagne at four different clubs, all within walking distance of one another. www.coclubs.com

About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Founded in 1909, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $2.9 billion in annual spending in 2009, while supporting 50,000 jobs. For more information on Denver call 800-2-DENVER or visit Denver's official Web site at VISITDENVER.com.

With press or photo inquiries, please contact:

Rich Grant: (303) 571-9450 or rgrant@visitdenver.com

Katie Adamson: (303) 571-9418 or kadamson@visitdenver.com

SOURCE VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau



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