What am I doing on New Year's Eve?
It's one of the biggest questions of the year regarding your entertainment dollar. Yes, it's amateur night. Yes, you'll pay a big-night-out tax, with everything from hotels to bars to limos at a premium. But yes, it can be worth it if you handle it properly.
Take a look at the Midnight at the Library party, for example. They have one of the hottest venues in town, the towering, neo-classical, centrally located McNichols Building. They have a bluegrass band and food trucks, the red-hot Mile High Soul Club DJs and a slick 1920s speakeasy theme, an open bar of Colorado brews and distilled beverages and a crowd that's not afraid to get really, really dressed up.
And that base audience also doesn't mind shelling out $85 per person to party with a purpose.
"The majority of that ticket price goes to the nonprofit that we're supporting," said Ryan Snyder, who helps with the S.O.U.L. Foundation, which works toward educating Ugandan youths. "We're doing a lot of good things in Uganda, and this is a good fundraiser for us."
The average Ugandan family has eight members and earns $1 per day, according to Snyder — "So $5 is a lot of money to our nonprofit." The group targets youths considering dropping out of school and then partners with the family to pay 50 percent of a child's school fees, which average $30 per month, Snyder said.
"We don't do any handouts — it's a partnership model, meeting with the families and getting them invested in the process of their child's improvement," said Snyder, who added that at least 65 percent of each ticket price will go to the nonprofit.
Find out more about Midnight at the Library and more on page 8C — and check out the rest of the section (especially page 3C) for more New Year's Eve alternatives including downtown fireworks, Dick Clark-inspired television and even a Children's Museum option.
Five great New Year's Eve options in Colorado — from the family-friendly to the booze-happy:
The Big Kid Sleepover
What's up: Imagine spending the night in one of those sprawling, trampoline-filled funhouses? I know, crazy. At the Big Kid Sleepover, kids (and entire families) can pack their sleeping bags and join the mania of an all-night jump-off. Jump into the new year, indeed.
Where it's at: Jumpoline, 15380 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora
More: Tickets are $45-$300, via bigkidsleepover.com.
Cee Lo Green in Aspen
What's up: You know Cee Lo Green as a judge on NBC's "The Voice" and the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum singer behind "Forget You" and all the Gnarls Barkley hits. Dude's playing a big show at a small venue on New Year's Eve in Aspen, of all places. Will he bring his parrot? Stay tuned.
Where it's at: Belly Up, 450 S. Galena St., Aspen
More: Tickets are $375-$875, via bellyupaspen.com.
Midnight at the Library
What's up: As we said above, this party is the most intriguing option in a very crowded market. But the brother-sister team behind the grass-roots party have a proven track record. This year is their third and biggest New Year's Eve party, and it also looks to be the best.
Where it's at: McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.
More: Tickets are $85, via goodpeoplegoodfun.com.
The Resolution Run
What's up: The most common New Year's resolution? Getting in shape! So why not start on the right foot with the oldest New Year's Eve run/walk in the state. The event takes off at 5 p.m. in Washington Park, which means you're done and showered in time for the ball drop.
Where it's at: Registration is at Denver South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
More: Registration is $20-$30, via resolution5k.com.
Coohills & Hazel Miller
What's up: The elegant downtown restaurant Coohills is offering a prix fixe menu on New Year's Eve — with musical accompaniment from Denver favorite Hazel Miller. It'll be a classy night out, what with Coohills' well-designed dining room, chef Tom Coohill's French-inspired cuisine and Miller's familiar vocals.
Where it's at: Coohills, 1400 Wewatta St.
More: Bar seating ($40) and prix fixe options ($75-$135) are available, via coohills.com.
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