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Ringing in the New Year in Northeast Denver

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Leave a Comment

Do you have plans yet to welcome 2019? If not, Northeast Denver has you covered! Check out these great goings-on for both New Year's Eve and Day for kids and grown-ups alike.

New Year’s Eve (12/31) – family friendly or kids only:

Bunk with the Beasts for Kids - 12/31 6:00 p.m. - 1/1 10:00 a.m.
Children ages 5-13 are invited to celebrate New Year's Eve with a sleepover at the Denver Zoo  (2900 E 23rd Ave., City Park) at their Bunk with the Beasts adventure! They will explore the Zoo Lights and celebrate the new year in a safe and fun environment while parents get a night out on the town! The evening will include a pizza dinner, an evening snack, and a warm morning breakfast. Instructor to child ratio is 1 to 8. Tickets are $65 for Zoo members, $75 for non-members.

Denver Zoo Lights - 5:30, 6:30, or 7:30 (ALSO AVAILABLE 12/26-1/5)
Zoo Lights celebrates its 28th year at the Denver Zoo (2900 E 23rd Ave., City Park) as one of Denver’s most beloved and popular holiday traditions. To protect the magic of the season, this year tickets are limited by date and issued for a one-hour entry time window. Most evenings sell out in advance and tickets will not be available at the door for evenings that sell out. Click here to buy your Zoo Lights tickets now and choose your preferred day, time and experience enhancements. Tickets are $9-20, and tickets purchased online receive a $2 discount.

Park Hill Branch Library - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Kids and their grown-ups are invited to a mid-day New Year’s Eve Party with crafts, color-changing drinks, and other fun as the Park Hill Branch Library (4705 Montview Blvd., Park Hill) counts down to noon with a balloon drop and bubble wrap "fireworks" stomp! Extra fun: Celebrate the new year on your face! They will have two professional face painters so the kids can sport some cheek art to celebrate the New Year. Face painting hours from 11-12:30, main event from 11:30-12:30.

Oblio's Pizzeria - 5:30-6:30 p.m. OR 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join Oblio’s Pizzeria (6115 E 22nd Ave., Park Hill) this New Year’s Eve for their Rapunzel’s Wish Lantern New Year’s Eve Celebration, a magical night you don’t want to miss!! Listen to Rapunzel sing beautiful songs and tell stories of her many adventures. Each child will get their very own magical flower, wish lantern, and New Year’s Eve Noise Maker! After Rapunzel’s performance, everyone will "light" their lanterns and make a wish to celebrate the new year!!! Decorations and party favors provided, costumes encouraged. Reservations required, so call or email to make your reservation today!!! 303-321-1511 obliospizzeria@gmail.com

Sam Gary Branch Library - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join the Sam Gary Branch Library (2961 Roslyn St., Stapleton) for their Noon Years Eve celebration! Ideal for kids 5 and under, they'll host a countdown and dance party to bring in the new year for those whose bedtime is prior to midnight! They will make party hats, dance, have photo booths, and do a countdown to noon.

New Year’s Eve (12/31) – for the grown-ups:

Bar Louie Northfield - 8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Bar Louie (8332 Northfield Blvd., Northfield Stapleton) is hosting a New Year's Eve 2018 Black and White Masquerade! The bottles will be popping, taps will be flowing, kitchen will be cookin’, and music will be pumping until last call… So you don’t have to end your night until they do. Get ready to ring in 2019 with their champagne toast, party favors, and great friends while you sip on their specialty New Year’s Eve cocktail, the Velvet 19. Admission to this event is $50.

Bistro Barbès Restaurant - 5:00-11:00 p.m. (ALSO AVAILABLE ON 12/30)
Bistro Barbès (5021 E 28th Ave., Park Hill) invites you to celebrate the New Year with a special dinner featuring a 7-course chef's tasting menu of their French-Middle Easter cuisine with an optional wine pairing. This special menu is $80 and features salmon terrine, Parisian gnocchi, allium salad, diver scallops, an intermezzo, beef "Wellington," and black forest cake. The optional wine pairing is $40 and will be tastefully selected by their sommelier. Vegetarian, gluten, and dairy accommodations are also available for those with dietary restrictions. For more information or to make a reservation please contact the restaurant directly at 720-398-8085.

Punch Bowl Social Stapleton - 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
image credit: Amber Boutwell 
Punch Bowl Social (3120 N Uinta St., Stapleton) is throwing a Y2K party on New Year's Eve straight outta the 00s. Gather your crew, grab a themed outfit and get over to Punch Bowl Social Stapleton for shareable, scratch-made snacks, a live DJ and ring in the New Year with the 4 or 8 person bowl featured punch, L’anne Rosé, while you bowl, ping-pong or karaoke ‘til the ball drops — all for no cover.

The Soiled Dove Underground - 9:00 p.m.
The Soiled Dove Underground (7401 E 1st Ave., Lowry) is rocking in the New Year with Dearling - Tribute to Fleetwood Mac New Year's Eve Party. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. Minors under 21 are welcome with a parent or legal guardian. Tickets are $20-25.

Tables Restaurant - 5:00-9:30 p.m.
Tables (2267 Kearney St., Park Hill) will have a special 5-course menu for New Year's Eve. Chefs/owners and husband-and-wife team Dustin Barrett & Amy Vitale transformed this Park Hill spot from bland storefront to cozy, eclectic neighborhood bistro in 2005. Dinner includes a glass of bubbly and is $80 per person (not including tax or gratuity). Reservations are by phone only: 303-388-0299.

New Year’s Day (1/1) – family friendly:

Punch Bowl Social Stapleton
image credit: Amber Boutwell 
Punch Bowl Social (3120 N Uinta St., Stapleton) opens at 9am on Tuesday, January 1st – perfect for a hangover meal or as a destination for the hungry family and guests. Consider the popular Chicken ‘N’ Waffles (pictured) with malted waffle, chipotle-citrus maple syrup, and fresh strawberries or the sharable Sheetload of Nachos with yellow corn chips, adobo-marinated squash, poblanos, tomatoes, frijoles charros, Monterey jack, queso cotija, crema, and salsa. Pair any item with a house made juice such as The Ginger Rogers (cucumbers, pears, lemons, and ginger shrub) for a detoxifying boost.

Stay Safe!

For those venturing to Downtown Denver or other areas of our beautiful city, remember that RTD and CoorsLight are offering free bus and rail service on their entire system from 7:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve until end of the service day on Jan 1 (2:59 a.m. on Jan 2).

And just because this is super-cool, if you're looking for something to do the rest of the week, check out the Sam Gary Branch Library's Escape From Narnia: A Family Escape Room Event on Thursday, January 3. Ideal for ages 5 to 99 - accompanied by an adult.

The adventure begins when you enter the wardrobe. It ends when you escape. Work together as a family to discover clues, break codes, and solve puzzles to help you succeed in this Narnia-themed family escape room event. Each family/team will have 30 minutes to play the game. Contact the Sam Gary Branch Library to reserve your start time at (720) 865-0325 x4 or email asksamgarylibrary@denverlibrary.org.

Happy 2019!