6 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Day in Denver

Ring in the New Year, Denver-style

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You watched fireworks light up the Mile High’s skyline, toasted some bubbly and welcomed the arrival 2017 with open arms. (By the looks of it 2017 is going to be a good year for Denver's food and entertainment scene. On tap for the New Year: The forthcoming opening of hip steakhouse STK, comedians like Chris Rock and Steve Martin are coming to town, and Justin Beiber and Guns N' Roses have concerts scheduled). 

But if you realized you directed all of your planning efforts towards New Year’s Eve and bidding adieu to 2016, we're guessing New Year’s Day is still a blank slate.

Let’s get this year started off right. Here’s TK ways to enjoy the start of the new year in Denver.

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    Enjoy some Apple Pie Pancakes at Beatrice & Woodsley

    Photo courtesy of Beatrice & Woodsley

    Let's start off with brunch. With New Year’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, it’s your opportunity to enjoy the first #SundayFunday of the year. For an epic brunch, head to Beatrice & Woodsley, 38 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209. Here, you’ll sit among reclaimed Aspen trees in what feels like a mythical treehouse. (Seriously, their warm, relaxing lighting that casts a yellow hue is magical). But even better: The innovative menu that runs the gamut of sweet and savory. If you’re nursing a hangover, might we suggest a tomatillo Bloody Mary? But definitely start the New Year on a sweet note with the Apple Pie Pancakes that are drizzled with caramel and come with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    Take in the lights at the Denver Zoo

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     It’s last call to take in the spectacular light shows at the Denver Zoo, a seasonal exhibit that runs through Jan. 1. The Zoo Lights exhibit lights up 70 acres of the Denver Zoo, with illuminated animal sculptures swinging through the trees, hopping across the lawns and hiding in the bushes. Plus, you get to interact with some of the animals. But what makes 2016-2017 unique is the the Zoo Lights event is incorporating the zoo’s traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore. The exhibit includes 15 massive sculptures of marine life that were constructed from debris reclaimed from beaches. It’s on display until Jan. 16, 2017.

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    See insects glow in the dark

    Photo Courtesy of the Butterfly Pavilion

    Get a leg up on the new year. Better yet, get eight legs up. For a brand new spin on holiday lights, visit the Butterfly Pavilion’s Living Lights exhibit where insects are aglow. Check out glowing creatures, like lit-up scorpions, at the insect museum. Plus, you can take a walk through the twinkling gardens and learn all about bioluminescence. Bonus points if you’re brave enough to hold Rosie the Tarantula.  

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    Check out an 'awkward' museum exhibit

     So you thought the political table talk got awkward over the holidays with your own family? There’s a museum exhibit that will make you feel like your family is totally normal. On display at the History Colorado Center until Jan. 8 is a hilarious collection dubbed “Awkward Family Photos.” Guarantee you’ve seen some of these floating around social media. But what’s awesome about this exhibit is you’ll actually get to know the families behind the photos.

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    Go ice skating for free in the heart of downtown

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     You want to get fit and save more money in the New Year? Knock both of these resolutions out by ice skating, for free, in the heart of downtown at Skyline Park. You can bring your own skates or rent a pair for $2.

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    Tailgate for the Broncos vs. The Raiders game

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    On the heels of last year's Super Bowl, there's a new way to watch and cheer for the Denver Broncos. Wondergate, which pops up at 2060 W. Colfax Ave., is a huge outdoor tailgate party. The party starts at 10 a.m. on New Year's Day before the Broncos take on their rivals, the Los Angeles Raiders. Like all epic tailgates, there's beer, cocktails, food trucks, live music, games and more. General admission is free. But, a VIP package is $25 at the door and includes all you can drink Modelo and Corona Light until the Broncos kickoff.