Celebrating the new year can be a tricky proposition — some people really love going out and doing a big party with lots of folks, music and lights. For others, it’s a quiet night in with a few favorite people.
I’d wager that if you’re one of the latter, you probably don’t need any input from me. You’ve got your evening all sorted out. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for some options on what to do to ring in 2023, I’ve got you covered.
Celebration level: family fun and an early bedtime
Are you a parent looking for something fun to do with your children to celebrate 2023 but don’t want to try to keep them up until midnight? Why not head over to the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive in Denver, for their Noon Year’s Eve event?
The party begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the museum’s Snow Days experience. According to provided information, the aim is to bring all the fun and excitement of Times Square with ball drops on the hour from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. The event will feature music, treats from The Teaching Kitchen, sock skating, sledding and other surprises.
Reservations are required to guarantee entry and walk-ups accepted as space allows. Visit https://www.mychildsmuseum.org/ for everything you need.
Celebration level: a swanky ballroom party
For those who want to get out and do something unique without all the raucous celebration that will hit later in the evening, the Colorado Symphony’s annual presentation of A Night in Vienna might just be the perfect fit.
The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th St. in Denver. According to provided information, the symphony will be performing a range of polkas, waltzes and marches, all conducted by Christopher Dragon.
Those in search of something a little more refined and who love really great music will find a lot to love here. Get details and tickets at https://coloradosymphony.org/.
Celebration level: a really good house party with killer tunes
Anyone who tells you a piano isn’t cool hasn’t heard this timeless instrument played properly. So many of your favorite singer/songwriters, regardless of the genre, have first started some of your favorite tunes on just a piano. So, the alt-rock that Neal Francis has spent the last handful of years refining puts him in a great musical tradition of artists like The Band, Dr. John and Randy Newman.
Francis will be performing at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. in Denver, at 8 p.m. and he’ll be joined by Karina Rykman.
This is the perfect event for those who want a relaxed New Year’s evening out — just a night of enchanting music with a bunch of follow music lovers. Get your tickets at https://cervantesmasterpiece.com.
Celebration level: big party with you and all your friends
Those looking for an evening full of activity and fun should check out Punch Bowl Social’s, 65 Broadway in Denver, New Year’s Eve bash, which kicks off at 9 p.m.
According to provided information, the evening’s festivities will include a live DJ (playing all the bangers of yesterday and today, I’m assured), games, activities and much more. Punch Bowl Social’s full menu of drinks and food will be available during the party.
There’s also a VIP option, which includes a private space to celebrate the holiday, with a complimentary midnight toast and light bites.
There’s a $10 cover and VIP entry costs $50. Get tickets at www.eventbrite.com.
Celebration level: big party with you and all your friends (several times over)
For some people, one party isn’t enough (I’m not sure who these people are, but I’ve been reliably assured that they exist). So, if you want to live it up at the end of 2022 but want to see what’s going on in several places, then the Denver NYE Bar Crawl is the way to go.
Some of the 10 participating locations in this year’s event include the Ginn Mill, Tom’s Watch Bar, Ice House Tavern, Retro Room, Zanzibar and The Refinery, each with its own special drinks and deals.
Participants can check in any time between 8 and 10:30 p.m. and will receive a map with all participating bars, lounges and nightclubs so they know where to visit. People are also encouraged to dress to the nines — after all, you’re going to be showing off in a lot of different spaces.
Details and all the pertinents can be found at www.eventbrite.com.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.