Steamboat Ski Area lights up Dec. 31, 2006, with the traditional torchlight parade and fireworks show to celebrate the New Year.

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Steamboat Ski Area lights up Dec. 31, 2006, with the traditional torchlight parade and fireworks show to celebrate the New Year.

New Year's Eve events in Steamboat Springs

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— It’s a night that’s overhyped all year, but isn’t getting away from Ryan Seacrest enough to get you out of the house on New Year’s Eve?

Steamboat doesn’t have Times Square, but we do have Ski Time Square, where you can catch live blues rock act Adam Lopez and his Mighty LoCasters ($10 in advance, $15 at the door) at the iconic Tugboat Grill & Pub.

The annual family-friendly torchlight parade and fireworks kick off at 6 p.m. and there’s swanky formals, rowdy concerts and sparkling wine toasts everywhere you look.

Here’s a rundown of New Year’s Eve events in and around Steamboat Springs:

All-inclusive

A formal event at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort not only includes appetizers and door prizes but also is a fundraiser for local leukemia patients. The cost is $45 and includes a DJ and dancing into the morning hours.

Also at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, the Bear River Bar & Grill is charging $35 for a buffet dinner, sparkling wine toast and music all night from Fijian singer-songwriter Wise 100 Doors.

Concerts abound

Don’t miss live music from local band String Board Theory during its traditional show at Old Town Pub. The cost is $5.

New Orleans resident and former local Billy Franklin returns to Steamboat for a show at Ghost Ranch with his Smoke N Bones band ($15 cover), and Cadallak Soundz provides the music for an All White party at Cafe Coretto in Wildhorse Marketplace ($5).

Out in Routt

For a taste of the county, check out live music at Daddio’s Bar & Grille in Milner with Deb and Dave playing rock starting at 8 p.m. Up in North Routt, the Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse is hosting the Funkytunk Heroes and Awkward Moment. Call 970-879-4404 for shuttle information. Both shows are free.

More for free

Catch Rowdy Shadehouse at Sweetwater Grill or DJ JusGroov at Carl’s Tavern for no cover charge. The Tap House Sports Grill with dueling DJs is free for locals and sparkling wine will be served at midnight. Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill is hosting live music from Bill Smith Band, also for free.

Getting home

The hustle and bustle of New Year’s Eve can lead to running late or getting caught in a snowstorm (fingers crossed) while trying to get home. To help with increased partygoers ringing in the New Year, Steamboat Springs Transit will add additional buses for the holiday, according to a news release from the city of Steamboat Springs.

The last regularly scheduled night bus will leave Stock Bridge Transit Center at 2:20 a.m. and will go to the downtown area and the mountain. For those needing a later ride, there will be an additional bus leaving Stock Bridge Transit Center every 30 minutes from 2:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. The regular daily service will resume in the wee hours on New Year’s Day at 5:50 a.m.

For more information, contact Steamboat Springs Transit at 970-879-3717. For a taxi, call GO Alpine at 970-879-8294 or 970-879-2800.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com. Audrey Dwyer contributed to this report.

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