HeidiTown on KRFC 88.9 FM – What to do in Colorado this New Year’s Eve weekend

The following is the transcript from HeidiTown’s weekly radio segment on KRFC 88.9 FM in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Listen to the audible of this radio show HERE!

My name is Heidi, and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and road trips in Colorado.

This weekend is New Year’s Eve”¦ so that means parties galore.

Since most of you are listening are in the Northern Colorado area, I’m first going to tell you about a few New Years parties you may want to attend this Saturday night.

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In Greeley, enjoy the annual New Year Eve Party at The Kress Cinema & Lounge at 817 8th Avenue in downtown. I am a huge fan of The Kress and have written about it several times on HeidiTown.com. This party includes a live band, horde’ ores, a free movie, a champagne toast and live coverage of the Times Square ball drop. Visit the Kress online at KressCinema.com, and watch for details on their annual Oscar party.

Here in Fort Collins dress up in your best gangster duds and prepare to dance the night away at the Brew Year’s Eve Bootleggers Bash at the Fort Collins Brewery and Gravity Ten Twenty Restaurant. The evening includes dinner, drinks, prizes, casino games and more. Visit Gravity1020.com and look under the EVENTS tab for more info.

Also in Fort Collins, enjoy the 16th Annual First Night in Fort Collins on New Year’s Eve. This is a citywide celebration featuring entertainment of all shapes and sizes for all ages. From music and storytelling to interactive craft projects to international dance, this unique event features over 100 shows in venues all across the City of Fort Collins. For the schedule visit DowntownFortCollins.com.

If you want to get out of town for New Years, there are other great places to celebrate. I’ll be road tripping to one of Steamboat Springs, to ring in the New Year with old friends at bars all across this Colorado ski town.

fireworksHowever, in the past I’ve spent New Year’s Eves in downtown Denver. The fireworks on the 16th Street Mall are always a wonderful way to ring in the New Year. There are actually two shows, one at 9 p.m. and another at midnight. It’s fun to experience this event with the crowds of revelers on 16th Street Mall. Go to VisitDenver.com for details.

Last year, I discovered another fantastic way to celebrate New Years Eve. We traveled with a group of friends to Black Hawk to ring in the New Year alongside noisy slot machines and groups of excited gamblers. Being of Scottish decent, I’m not much of a fan of gambling, but the environment in Black Hawk and Central City during any holiday is contagious.

For many of us, New Year’s is a time for resolutions and goal setting. I’ve created a list at HeidiTown of the Top 5 things to add to your Colorado to-do list in 2012. Some of these simple activities include going snowshoeing, taking a train ride and soaking in a beautiful Colorado hot spring. See the entire list at HeidiTown.com!

That’s all for this week!  As always, keep up with me on Twitter @HeidiTown  and join the town’s block party at Facebook at HeidiTown.comOnFB.

Have a happy and safe New Years and I’ll see you next year!

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