If you’re seeking an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience, Telluride is truly a special place to celebrate the New Year. This charming mountain town transforms during the holidays, offering a blend of joyous cheer, adventure, and luxurious indulgence. 

From catching a live show at Club Red or the Sheridan Theater, to embarking on a snowmobile adventure, or enjoying the many shops and restaurants, Telluride has a wide variety of activities and events during this time of year. The torchlight parade and fireworks on New Year’s Eve in the Mountain Village is truly a memorable way to bring in the new year. If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Telluride over the New Year’s holiday, take a look at just some of our recommended things to do around town. 

Adventure Awaits

If you’re seeking an active way to ring in the new year, Telluride offers many outdoor activities. Of course the world-class skiing and snowboarding at the Telluride Ski Resort is a big reason why many people visit Telluride in the winter, but that’s not all there is to do! Telluride offers excellent Nordic Skiing as well, which is a great activity for a sunny winter day. 

Nearby Bridal Veil Falls, transforms into a premier ice climbing destination, with its 365-foot icy challenge. Even if ice climbing is not on your New Year’s agenda, it’s an incredible sight to witness, if you’re up for a bit of a hike to the base of the falls. Or create new lasting memories with family and friends with a snowmobile tour through Telluride Outfitters.They offer excursions to the Alta Lakes Ghost Town, Dunton Hot Springs, or out to the San Juan backcountry – an incredible way to spend a day in the fresh air with stunning views. 

Festive Fun

Telluride’s charming Main Street is transformed into a festive wonderland during the holidays. Check out our variety of locally owned shops filled with unique treasures and find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the historic Aldasoro Family Ranch with Telluride Sleighs and Wagons – an activity that’s great for families or for a romantic evening. They also offer Dinner Sleigh Rides for a truly delicious and unforgettable evening. The music lovers in the group will love a night out at the historic Sheridan Theater. The 2023 calendar is jam-packed with some big artists as part of the Holiday Concert Series.


A Feast for the Senses

New Year’s Eve is the perfect night to indulge in a delicious dinner out. Enjoy elevated takes on the classics curated by the team at Black Iron Kitchen & Bar in Mountain Village. Other local restaurants such as Altezza and Sidework will offer special New Year’s Eve menus showcasing seasonal and innovative ingredients. Or check out Chef Brendan Kelley’s food at Ah Haa’s Launchpad, savoring a stunning dinner from the brilliant Telluride-born chef. For all dining during the holidays, we recommend calling early to make reservations.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

On December 31st the Telluride Torchlight Parades will ignite the slopes at 6:30pm (into Telluride and Mountain Village), followed by fireworks cascading over the ski area (Mountain Village only). Telluride Arts is hosting the Silver Ball with great music, dancing, and laughter starting at 9:00pm. If you’re still up, be sure to join the countdown to midnight on Colorado Avenue in front of the San Miguel County Courthouse.

Luxury Lodging

After full days of outdoor activities and festive nights out, retreat to your luxury vacation rental through Curate. We offer a selection of exquisite properties in Mountain Village and downtown Telluride. Imagine cozying up by a crackling fireplace in The Manor or soaking in the hot tub at Vista Haus. Browse our collection of accommodations, and find the perfect New Year’s Eve abode. 

Telluride vacation rental for a winter stay

Telluride, Colorado, is a magical winter wonderland over the holidays, where visitors can experience a charming mountain town illuminated by festive lights, offering lively celebrations, snow-covered streets, great skiing, and stunning fireworks against the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains. We hope to host you in Telluride soon!

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