Thursday, December 28, 2017

Good riddance, 2017: Celebrations around the Springs

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 8:46 AM

For the Fancy

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New Year’s Eve
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the city’s
wildly popular professional orchestra, hosts this local favorite New Year’s Eve concert yearly. In addition to the talented orchestra members, enjoy the contribution of guest vocalists Amy Maples (soprano) and Eapen Leubner (tenor). Audiences will delight in familiar tunes ranging from Broadway hits to operatic arias, touching on Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber — all the greats. Dec. 31, 7:30-10 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $24-$68, csphilharmonic.org.



For the Felicitous

New Year’s at The Antlers
Headlining band Chilly Willy hails from South Carolina and delivers good, honest and enjoyable blues rock for the perfect evening backdrop. In addition to the music, enjoy magic by Professor Higgins, an award-winning magic man. You can also treat yourself to a pre-party dinner at The Antlers, or just enjoy the party’s light snacks, heavier drinks and champagne toast at midnight.
Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $59/person, $99/couple, 365grandclub.com.

For the Foodie

A Voyage Around the World and into 2018
The 365 Grand Club’s alternative to The Antlers party includes upbeat DJ dance tunes going all night; just as fancy but with a bit more to munch on. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres from all over the world, plus some drink specials and the classic champagne toast to the new year. Packages available if you want to enjoy the luxurious Mining Exchange hotel after the party. Save yourself the Uber and stick around! Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., $65/person, $120/couple, 365grandclub.com.

For the Fun-loving

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Not all of us are fit for (or interested in) an elegant and traditional evening out with sophisticated partygoers. Legends Rock Bar has you covered. Live music provided by Colorado Springs-based cover band Blind Monkey will have you dancing. Our advice: Spring for the VIP table. Gets you two pitchers, four appetizers and a bottle of champagne for a table of eight — well worth the $9-or-so per person. Dec. 31, 9 p.m., Legends Rock Bar, 2790 Hancock Expressway, free or $75/VIP table, legendsrocksco.com.


For the Folksy

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Elephant Revival New Year’s Eve Concert
After such a contentious year, it’s nice to welcome 2018 on the right foot — with a band whose folky focus lies in harmony and unity. Colorado-based Elephant Revival’s multi-talented multi-instrumentalists present a delightful combination of folk, Americana and world influences. Currently touring in promotion of Petals, an intimate 2016 album about life, love and loss. Dec. 31, 9 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $45-$55, stargazerstheatre.com.

For the Flashy

New Year’s Eve Costume Party: Mardi Gras Remix
Taking traditions from two festive holidays, this New Year’s Eve party has a special Mardi Gras flair — plus a grand prize New Orleans vacation for a lucky partygoer. A few cool things to look forward to: fire dancers, acrobats, show girls, cocktails, three live bands, four DJs, a Cajun dinner buffet, street performers, poker and gaming tables. We know, it’s pricey, but these overnight packages come complete with a New Year’s Day breakfast and mimosas in the morning, so it’s worth it. Dec. 31, 3 p.m., Hotel Eleganté, 2886 S. Circle Drive, $329/couple, hotelelegante.com/new-years-party.html.

For the 420 Fan

MountainHigh10Radio LLC NYE Party
MountainHigh10Radio LLC, a new internet radio station based right here in town, promotes local music and cannabis culture. Partnering with the StonerHigh Girls, alternative models with a knack for cannabis promotion, this party will celebrate all things weed. Enjoy performances by local musicians, electronic/hip-hop/dance music from DJ Sean Ryan, and plenty more. BYOB (bring your own bud). Dec. 31, 7 p.m., Speak Easy Vape Lounge, 2508 E. Bijou St., $10, facebook.com/MountainHigh10Radio.

For the Family

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New Year’s Eve with Mr. Guffaw
This annual family event offers three show times for kids and their parents to celebrate New Year’s Eve together, before you adults run off to your own party. Enjoy delightful physical comedy from Mr. Guffaw, the world-class clown portrayed by the Millibo Art Theatre’s co-artistic director Jim Jackson.
In addition to bountiful (and big) bubbles, kids can look forward to a ball drop to welcome in the new year. Dec. 31, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $12/ticket or $40/family four-pack, themat.org.

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