Bovine Metropolis Theater

Annual "On the Spot New Year's Eve" game-based improv shows begin at 4 (for families), 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the 4 p.m. show, $30 for the 7:30 and 10 p.m. shows. 1527 Champa St., 303-758-4722, bovinemetropolis .com

The Celtic Tavern

The Ancient Order of Hibernians and Fr. Joseph Carrigan Division (AOH) present the fourth annual Irish New Year's Celebration with music, food and family entertainment, 2-7 p.m. Festivities, honoring the Dublin, Ireland, time zone at 5 p.m., include a special toast, bagpipe salute and party favors. $10 suggested donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the Catholic Samaritan House and St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. 1801 Blake St., 303-308-1795, theceltictavern.com

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Denver's 16th Street Mall was illuminated on Dec. 31, 2009. (Karl Gehring, The Denver Post file)

Children's Museum of Denver

Activities include storytelling with Lars the Polar Bear, arts and crafts, music, confetti and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The New Year's Eve Ball drops every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with regular admission of $9 ages 2-59, $7 age one and 60+, free for members and guests under age one. Rides on Vern's Mini Train are $2. 2121 Children's Museum Drive, 303- 433-7444, mychildsmuseum.org

Comedy Works - Landmark Village


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Wil Anderson, an award-winning stand-up comedian, television host, writer and podcaster from Australia, performs at 5 (PG-13 all ages show), 7:30 and 10 p.m. $25 for 5 p.m. show, $35 for 7:30 and 10 p.m. shows. Anderson has additional shows at Comedy Works in Landmark Village Dec. 27-29, call or visit the website for details. 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village, 720-274-6800, comedyworks.com

Comedy Works - Larimer Square

Mike E. Winfield, comedian and TV actor, performs at 6 (PG-13 all ages show), 8 and 10 p.m. $25 for 5 p.m. show, $35 for 7:30 and 10 p.m. shows. Winfield has additional shows at Comedy Works in Larimer Square Dec. 27-29, call or visit the website for details. 1226 15th St., 303-595-3637, comedyworks.com

Daniels and Fisher Tower

"Channel your inner queen, king, lady or lord, a fairytale favorite or simply dress regal in black tie" is the recommended attire for the Once Upon a Time New Year's Eve Fairy Tale Ball, 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Entertainment, open bars, a pre-midnight buffet, late night breakfast and open bars are included. $175, proceeds benefit the Historic Daniels and Fisher Preservation Foundation. 1601 Arapahoe St., 303-877-0742, clocktowerevents.com

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Vanessa Pinson, 5, of Arvada, slips on her newly decorated party hat as the Children's Museum of Denver on Dec. 31, 2011. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

Downtown Denver Identical free fireworks shows begin at 9 p.m. and midnight along the 16th Street Mall. DowntownDenver.com

Family Sports Center

Kids ages 9-14 are invited to "New Year's Rocks for Kids" with games, ice skating, inflatables, laser tag, bumper cars and more, 8-11 p.m. A toast begins at 10 p.m. Light snacks included. $20 at the door, $15 in advance. 6901 S. Peoria St., Centennial, 303-754-0553, e-mail christinem@sspr.org, sspr.org

Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown

Mix 100 FM presents its annual "Grandest New Year's Eve Party" with four separate areas of entertainment, dancing, a buffet dinner, party favors, an open bar, champagne toast and more. Entertainment includes The Nacho Men, dueling piano bar, dance party and karaoke. An overnight package is offered. A VIP Grand Gatsby Party at the Pinnacle Club with a four-course dinner for two, entertainment and an overnight stay is also offered. Fees vary, reservations required. 1750 Welton St., 303-295-1234, 800-233-1234, granddenver.hyatt.com/nye

Hyatt Regency DTC

"Roaring '20s — Great Gatsby" is the theme for the 12th annual White Rose Gala offering more than 40 performers, 10 DJs, five ballrooms, party favors, a 10-story balloon drop and more, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Flapper dresses, sequins and fedoras encouraged. $59 general admission, $99 VIP tickets. Proceeds benefit the Women's Global Empowerment Fund. 7800 E. Tufts Ave., whiterosegala.com

Impulse Theater at the Wynkoop Brewing Company 

"Best New Year's Eve-R" include a comedy show, party favors and champagne toast. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the early show at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $35. Doors open at 9:15 p.m. for the late show at 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $40. Call for reservations. 1634 18th St., 303-297-2111, impulsetheater.com/nye

Jesters Dinner Theatre

"Jekyll & Hyde" special New Year's Eve performance includes an appetizer buffet, dinner (choose entree when making reservation), a dessert bar, party favors and champagne. 7 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8:45 p.m. show begins. $60 adults, $40 students. Reservations required. 224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980, jesterstheatre.com

Kevin Taylor's at the Opera House

Murphy and Denise from the KOSI 101 Morning Radio Show serve as hosts for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation benefit, 10 p.m.-2 p.m. Appetizers, champagne, a photo booth, desserts, music with DJ Rex, a midnight serenade and champagne toast is included. Evening attire requested. $150. Reservations required. 950 13th St., nightout.com/events/newyears evegala2013

Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel

Festivities include hors d'oeuvres and desserts at 8:30 p.m. followed by music, dancing and party favors with a champagne toast. Guests receive two drink coupons. A cash bar is also available. $160 per couple. Reservations required. An overnight package is also offered. 9808 Sunningdale Blvd., Lone Tree, 303-790-0202

Next Door Food & Drink 

Four-course dinner seatings at 5:30 and 8 p.m. $60. The Wendy Woo Band performs at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30, $25 in advance. A VIP package including dinner, wine pairing, the concert and alcoholic beverages is $135. 222 E. 4th St., Loveland, wendywoo.com, nextdoorloveland.com

PACE

The PACE Renaissance Guild presents the second annual "New Year's Eve, Motown Style" celebration with music by the Motones and Tripping Griswolds, a silent auction, cocktails and appetizers, 7:30 p.m. $100 per person, $200 per couple. Parker Arts, Culture & Events, 2000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, 303-805-6800, PACEcenteronline.org

Sheraton Denver Downtown

"Party with a Purpose" New Year's Eve Ball is a benefit for the American Red Cross' efforts for flood victims. Festivities, including a four-course dinner, open bar, entertainment by Funkiphino and party favors, begin at 7 p.m. in the Plaza Ballroom. An overnight package is also offered. 1550 Court Place, 303-893-3333, sheratondenverdowntown.com

Sherman Street Event Center

"Denver New Year's Eve Black Tie Party 2014" includes casino games, live music, DJs, a photo booth and more, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Formal wear is encouraged.

Must be 21+. Tickets must be purchased in advance, no sales at the door. VIP tickets also available. 1770 Sherman St., 720- 319-8441, newyearsevenight.com

Viewhouse

The rooftop eatery and bar offers "Multi-Midnight Celebrations" with a four-course dinner with hourly seatings, two dance floors, DJs, a photo booth, party favors and more. Times, tickets vary. 2015 Market St., 720-878-2015, viewhouse.com

Warwick Denver Hotel

"Windows of the World" festivities on the 15th floor include a casino, hors d'oeuvres, party favors, music with DJ RIPM and more, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $49. Overnight room package also available. 1776 Grant St., 303-832-0318, warwickhotels.com

WOW! World of Wonder Children's Museum

Live music with Eric West, refreshments, crafts, face painting, noisemakers and a parade, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A countdown begins at noon. $12, $6 members, free for adults. The museum is only open this day for this event. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424,wowchildrensmuseum.org