A recent study found that “enjoying life to the fullest” was the number one New Year’s resolution for 2015. In Breckenridge, this is not merely a once a year resolution, it is a lifestyle and mantra for visitors and locals alike who choose to spend their holidays in the mountains. If you are looking to kick your year off in Breckenridge, this is your guide to getting the most out of your New Year’s Eve celebration and starting 2016 off in the most enjoyable way possible.
Torchlight ParadeA Breckenridge tradition, the Torchlight Parade is performed by the Breckenridge Ski & Ride School. Every New Year’s eve at 6 pm, instructors carry torches from the top of peak 9 down to the base area. The Coppertop balcony provides some of the best views for this luminary procession, however the parade can be seen from almost anywhere in town. Kids 5 – 13 can even participate in the smaller Glow Worm parade which takes place at 5:45. This parade allows young skiers and riders to carry glow sticks down easier peak 9 terrain. Registration for the glow worm parade starts at 5 pm and is located at the Beaver Run Ski and Ride School. Both light parades are weather permitting.
FireworksWhile the Torchlight Parade happens on the mountain, the fireworks display is a Town of Breckenridge tradition. The electrifying New Year’s Eve display starts at 9 pm and can be seen all over Breckenridge. Catch this colorful show from Beaver Run or walk the short distance into town for an up-close view. Firework display is weather permitting.
Countdown to Midnight and After PartyAfter fireworks, the nightlife in Breckenridge really turns up and the party begins. Coppertop is one of the few venues in Breckenridge that allows minors after 9 pm. Coppertop will be showing the ball drop on TV along with live music, free party favors, noise makers and bar snacks. A special late night menu will also be served until 11 pm but complimentary snacks will be out until 1 am. If everyone in your party is 21 or over, Base Nine Bar is the place to be with live music, a special late night food menu, drink specials and free pool and darts. Patrons can also pay $40 in advance for the open bar featuring well drinks, draft beer and wine until 1 am. The open bar is $45 at the door. Both the Coppertop and Base Nine parties will have a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight* and no cover charge. *Must be 21 or over with valid ID.
Transportation and Parking
While free outdoor parking is available after 2 pm to 2 am for patrons of Coppertop, Spencer’s or Base Nine, free shuttle transportation around Breckenridge is easy and convenient. If you are a guest of Beaver Run, our complimentary shuttle service will be available until 2 am or the Breck Free Ride Buses will be running special holiday hours until 2 am. Parking in town is limited and remember that drinking and driving is never safe! If you are not utilizing a shuttle service, be sure to use a taxi or Uber for transportation and NEVER drink and drive.