Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in Aurora

The countdown to midnight on New Year’s Eve is a universal ritual, but what better place to reel in the excitement than our hometown in Aurora, Colorado?

From live music and holiday shows to a family-friendly toast, start 2024 off with a celebration in Aurora this year. Here’s a roundup of our favorite festivities in and around the area to cheers to the new year.

Noon Year's Eve
Southlands | DIRECTIONS

Ring in the new year early at the plaza outside of AMC Southlands 16 Theatre. Starting at 10:30 a.m., expect some fun for the whole family! Make sure to stop at The Pond ice rink afterward to experience a beloved winter tradition. Check for details here.

Cirque: Spirit of Christmas
Where: Gaylord Rockies | DIRECTIONS

This ALL NEW Cirque-styled Christmas show features dazzling acrobatics, feats of flexibility, and high-flying stunts. This Broadway-style spectacle centers around Noel, a child dismayed and distressed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Trying to recapture her lost love of the season, she is visited by spirits who bring back the season's true meaning in energetic, dreamlike chapters.

Christmas in Color
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds | DIRECTIONS

Drive by giant holiday lights perfectly synchronized to your favorite holiday music. This extravaganza features candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways, and more, all from the comfort of your vehicle. Buy tickets here.

Who's Holiday
Vintage Theatre | DIRECTIONS

This funny and heartfelt comedy tells the story of Cindy Lou Who. Intended for mature audiences, the story follows a Christmas party where Cindy shares when she first met the Grinch and the twisted turns her life has taken since. Purchase tickets here.

Shelvis & The Roustabouts
Aurora Fox Arts Center | DIRECTIONS

Join Lori “Shelvis” Muha and her band of Roustabouts for a night of costumes, dancing, and plenty of participation. The high-energy performance will showcase the music of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and other Rockabilly pioneers with impressive vocals, promising a night to remember! Purchase tickets here.

Daryl Gott’s All Ages Jazz Jam
Factory Fashion at Stanley Marketplace | DIRECTIONS

Perfect for the whole family, enjoy live jazz at Stanley Marketplace with Factory Fashion, an inclusive community hub that celebrates novice fashion designers. Plus, this event is free! Learn more here.

Couples Class: New Year’s Eve In The Rockies
Factory Fashion at Stanley Marketplace | DIRECTIONS

Celebrate Colorado’s bounty with Chef Aarika at this couple's cooking class. Expect refreshing takes on timeless classics, like lamb fondue, smoked trout tartare and elk tenderloin. Learn more here.

Family Friendly NYE
FlyteCo Tower | DIRECTIONS

The aviation-themed brewpub is throwing a New Year’s Eve party with a midnight countdown at 7 p.m. There will be a complimentary champagne toast for adults and juice for the kids. The 20,000-square-foot venue is outfitted with six bowling lanes, 18 holes of minigolf, a full arcade, and family-friendly lawn games. For the 21+ crowd, FlyteCo’s new barrel-aged winter warmer will be on tap. Learn more here.

- Written by Lexi Reich

There's something for everyone in Aurora in 2024, and Visit Aurora is here to help you ring in the new year right. Looking for more things to do in 2024? Check out our events page.