Things to do in January

2020 is upon us! With the holiday season over, now’s time to enjoy all things winter. From parties to shopping, discover what Aurora has to offer during the first month of the new year.

NYE Events

New Year’s Eve Outer Space Bash!
When: December 31
Where: Punch Bowl Social Stapleton

Celebrate the end of 2019 with a space-themed holiday party at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton. This no-cover event begins at 9:00 PM and continues throughout the evening. Enjoy a futuristic take on the new year complete with a specialty cocktail and countdown.

What a Year NYE Party
When: December 31
Where: The People’s Building

Start 2020 with a celebration! The People’s Building is hosting an NYE party for adults featuring Alidane and DJ Ambitious Boy. Starting at 10:00 PM, grab your $10 tickets online. Expect dancing, drinks, and a party to ring in the new year.

Exhibit at Stanley Marketplace


Plan ahead. Buy tickets, sign-up online, or do a little research before attending these events and activities.

Camp Christmas at Stanley
When: Now through January 5
Where: The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace

Enjoy the last few days of a modern-yet-timeless installation at Stanley Marketplace. Camp Christmas is a 10,000 sq. ft. installation and light show that gives visitors ample picture opportunities while celebrating holiday traditions old and new. This over-the-top extravaganza is the brainchild of artist and storyteller, Lonnie Hanzon.

ICE! Featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Cirque Dream Holidaze
When: Now through January 5
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

Celebrate the last few days of the holiday season at Gaylord Rockies with multiple holiday-themed events. Gaylord Rockies will launch its first annual ICE! An event featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Visitors can wander through the wintery attraction made of two million pounds of expertly carved ice sculptures. Also, purchase your tickets in advance for a performance by Cirque Dream Holidaze, an interesting and exciting holiday theatrical production with dozens of dancers and performers. Their last show of the season is on Jan. 4.

Fireworks & Family Presented by Coca Cola
When: January 18
Where: Winter Park Resort

Head up to the mountains and enjoy Winter Park’s seasonal Fireworks and Family Fest. Gather at the base of the slopes by the bonfire for the best view of the fireworks and giveaways. Roast your own s’mores over the flames and dance to the music. This admission-free event is open to everyone; fireworks begin shortly after sundown.

5th Annual Speakeasy Soiree
When: January 25
Where: The Hangar at Stanley

Take a step back in time with the fifth annual Speakeasy Soirée. Enjoy live jazz music and swing dance the night away. Not sure how-to swing dance? There will be lessons available! There will be several performers as well. There will also be food trucks and a cash bar available. If you want, you can purchase the VIP package for an open bar, a taco bar, a VIP lounge, and more. Get your tickets today for this must-see event.

Kids skate at The Pond ice rink in Southlands in Aurora, Co


The following will be open throughout January, making it easy to plan your laid-back adventures in Aurora.

Ice Skating

Hang out at The Pond this winter season! The Pond, located in Southlands Lifestyle Center, is open throughout the holidays, including New Year’s Day. Visitors can rent skates on-site and enjoy the ice underneath the twinkling lights. While there is a small admission-fee, your pass is good all day. Perfect for families or shoppers looking for a break, The Pond is a seasonal tradition. Warm-up with a cup of hot chocolate or grab dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.

Local Souvenirs & Shopping

Spend a day exploring all the local shopping Aurora has to offer. Stanley Marketplace is home to more than a dozen boutique stores stocked with handmade, locally sourced items. For example, the Zero Market has natural and earth-friendly products, including reusable metal straws, shopping bags, and soaps. On Havana Street is a good option for a little big-box shopping and grabbing lunch. Or stop by The LOCAL at Southlands for handmade crafts and clothing alongside lotions and food items all made in Colorado. The Town Center at Aurora is also a great location for classic shops and name-brand stores.