The Lodge at Sunspot New Year’s Eve: Gourmet dining and champagne toast. Reservations recommended. Winter Park Resort, exit 232 from I-70 onto Hwy. 40, Grand County, 1-800-979-0332, www.winterparkresort.com.
New Year’s Eve Gala 2005!: Spend your night tucked away in the mountains of Estes Park at Mary’s Lake Lodge. Start with cocktails and a four-course meal finished by Wendy Woo and the WooCrew in a black-tie performance or rock, jazz and blues in the ballroom. Stay the night and avoid the highway insanity — and DUIs. Plus Wendy Woo will be giving an unplugged performance at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day. 6 p.m., $99 (for dinner and the ball only); $415-$535 with hotel accommodations. Reservations recommended. Mary’s Lake Lodge, 2526 Mary’s Lake Rd., Estes Park, 970-586-5958.
New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade: Celebrate the New Year Breckenridge style! At 6 p.m., skiers and boarders kick off the evening with a dazzling luminary, parading from the top of Peak 9 down American to The Village at Breckenridge. At 9 p.m., watch a brilliant fireworks display. Breckenridge Ski Resort, I-70, Exit 203, 1-970-453-5000, www.breckenridge.com.
Sheridan Opera House New Year’s Gala: Sheridan Opera House New Year’s Gala featuring the Royal Crown Revue. Dancing, champagne, desserts and party favors. 9 p.m., $100-$500, 970-728-6363, www.sheridanoperahouse.com. Sheridan Opera House, 110 N. Oak St., Telluride, 1-970-728-6363, sheridanoperahouse.com.
DCPA 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala: Ring in 2005 with the Rockettes! This black-tie fundraiser starts with a pre-show celebration of cocktails and hors d’oeuvers, followed by fabulous seats to Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and then dinner and dancing in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. There is also a traditional New Year’s Eve countdown and celebration. 7:30 p.m., $275 per person. Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1245 Champa St., 303-446-4812, www.denvercenter.org.
Comedy Works: Laugh in the new year with comedian Adam Ferrara. He will be performing three shows: 6 p.m. (13 and older with parent or guardian), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Must be 21 and over. 10 p.m. showing features a midnight buffet, party favors and champagne toast. $25-$60. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., 303-595-3637, www.comedyworks.com.
Colorado Symphony Orchestra: A Night in Vienna II, conducted by Adam Flatt, featuring the most-loved classics from the world’s greatest composers. 7:30 p.m., $15-$63 per person. Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100, www.denvercenter.org.
Impulse Theater: Laugh your way into 2005 with the Impulse Theater and the Wynkoop Brewing Company. Along with the Impulse’s special New Year’s Eve comedy show, a ticket gets you a fat appetizer buffet from the Wynkoop, party favors, midnight mead toast and DJ Wesley Wayne of Soul Expansions after the later performance. Two showings. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $60. Impulse Theater, 1634 18th St. (Wynkoop Brewing Co., lower level), 303-297-2111, www.impulsetheater.com.
Murder Mystery Players: Not everyone will live to see 2005 in this real-life game of Clue. This year’s comedic performance includes dinner, a midnight champagne toast and tons of prizes. 8 p.m., $130 per couple. Dave & Buster’s, 10667 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, 303-438-1500.
Bars and Clubs
15th St. Tavern: Celebrate with bands White Dynamite, Red Cloud, Rabid Ragdolls, Ghost Buffalo and special guests. 6 p.m., $6 before 9 p.m.; $10 after 9 p.m. 15th St. Tavern, 623 15th St.,
Andrew’s Pub and Lounge: Featuring prizes, party favors a champagne toast and balloon drop. Fri., Dec. 31, No cover. Andrew’s Pub and Lounge, 1434 Blake St., 303-825-1111.
Arabian Nights Masquerade: Revel in the Kasbah with live
music from Bhakti Rasa and DJs Yahya and Milk, leaders in truly transcendental dancing delights. Enjoy the gyrations of Sadie as she belly dances and a rare performance-art appearance from Erik Rieger with live metal sculpting. Come dressed as if you just wafted in from the sands of Arabia. 9 p.m., $10-$12. Rock Island, 1614 15th St., 303-572-7625, www.rockislandclub.com.
Atomic Cowboy: It’s a private party at the Cowboy until midnight, but after that stop by and check out the drink specials. Or just make it part of the first Colfax Crawl of 2005. Atomic Cowboy, 3237 E. Colfax Ave., 303-377-9700.
The Bank: Celebrate with $1.50 shots all night and a free champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 8 p.m., no cover. The Bank Bar and Grill, 2239 E. Colfax Ave., 303-320-9494, www.thebankbarandgrill.com.
Bare Essence: Usher in 2005 while nude ladies dance on stage. No alcohol. Age 18 and over. 6 p.m. Bare Essence, 8485 Umatilla,
Bender’s 13th Avenue Tavern: Featuring live performances by The Railbenders and Ten Cent Redemption. 8 p.m., $20. Bender’s 13th Avenue Tavern, 314 E. 13th Ave., 303-861-7070, www.benderstavern.com.
Beyond: KISS 95.7 FM will broadcast live from the club while partiers enjoy DJs, free drinks (from 8-10 p.m.), party favors and a free bottle of champagne at midnight for everyone. 8 p.m. Beyond, 500 16th St. (Denver Pavilions), 303-6BEYOND, www.beyonddenver.com.