With New Year's Eve just days away, those who aim to go out must decide where to ring in 2017 ... pretty much now.
Whether it's an afternoon of football, a six-course meal, a rowdy night of dancing or fireworks, Vail Valley This Week's calendar listing has it covered. So check it out and make reservations as necessary. It's time to seize the moment or (gasp) risk a night on the couch.
Here are some top picks for valley celebrations on Saturday, Dec. 31.
Go Dine In Style
La Tour Restaurant and Bar in Vail Village will offer a special tasting menu on New Year's Eve. Two seatings are available and reservations are required. Call (970) 476-4403 for pricing and more information.
The Remedy Bar, which is also in Vail Village, will offer two separate celebration options. The College Football Viewing Party has two seatings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. There is a $100 minimum F&B spend per person and reservations are recommended. Remedy will switch gears with a 21-and-over DJ Party at 10 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted for this event, through seating is not guaranteed. Make a reservation for either event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maya, at the Westin Riverfront Beaver Creek in Avon, is serving up a six-course New Year's Eve dinner. Then live music, dancing, a balloon drop and a sparkling wine toast follow. Call (970) 790-5500 for details.
Go Dance Your Face Off
Agave is hosting Night Strut with Marcelo Moxy and DJ Russo. Cover pricing is not yet announced.
Minturn Saloon – in, you guessed it, Minturn – is advertising "the valley's best dance party" for those 21 and over. Admission is $30 a head and party favors apparently come with entry. Ticket sales are limited to 150 people.
Shakedown Bar in Vail Village will offer another 21-and-over party featuring live music by Town Cavalry Big Band. General admission is $60. Reserved seating with one bottle of Champagne for two people is $100. A VIP back booth for eight people with four bottles of Champagne and one bottle of vodka plus mixers is $1,500.
Bol Vail, also in Vail Village, is kicking off 2017 with a live performance by the Funk Hunters. DJ Stennor is planned as the opening act. Advanced-purchase tickets start at $100. There are options for group pricing and VIP seating as well.
There's bound to be more live music playing Saturday throughout the valley, so continue to check back for updated listings.
Go In Costume
Loaded Joe's New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball is offering free admission along with live music and a complimentary sparkling wine toast. Both locations – Avon and Vail Village – start festivities around 9 p.m. It appears the Avon location may focus more on costumes.
The Rose, an Edwards restaurant, will also host a Red Carpet Masquerade Party from 9:30 p.m. until close. This one is $80 per person. Admission includes a Champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, petit fours, party favors, live music and choice of a craft cocktail.
Then there's Bonfire Brewing's New Year's Eve Party in Eagle. It's styled around a Prohibition theme so guests are encouraged to dress in period garb. Picture suspenders, canes, top hats, flapper dresses, handlebar mustaches and pearl necklaces. Instead of a Champagne toast, Bonfire staff will offer samples of the brewery's latest creation.
All three parties are 21 and over.
Go Skiing, Then Celebrate
After a day on the mountain, head over to respective family celebrations Saturday evening.
Vail Family Holidaze will host a torchlight, ski-down parade at 6:15 p.m. and fireworks afterward at Golden Peak. Admission is free to the public.
Beaver Creek is offering a torchlight parade then fireworks following at 6:45 p.m. Next the New Year's Eve Family Bash kicks off with games, treats, drinks, a balloon drop and more. Tickets for the family bash are required and the event is expected to sell out. Adult admission is $75, ages 5-12 is $65 and ages 0-4 enter for free.