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10 ways to ring in the new year

Looking back on 2015, arts and entertainment reporter Audrey Dwyer shares a few of her top entertaining and inspiring highlights of 2015

— The holidays are coming to an end this week, and for those visiting or those wanting a change in tradition, we’ve rounded up the best parties in town this week. Want to party with the entire family? Listen to an array of music? Dance till you drop? Explore Steamboat has you covered.

Goats With Headlamps

Monday | 8 p.m. | Butcherknife Brewing Co., 2875 Elk River Road | FREE

A singer-songwriter couple from Kauai visits Steamboat as part of their U.S. tour. With acoustic and electric guitars, they play slightly askew covers, alternative originals and unintentional comedy. http://www.goatswithheadlamps.com.

New Year’s Eve torchlight parade and fireworks

Wednesday | 5 p.m. | Steamboat Ski Area | FREE

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If the boom of fireworks is heard on New Year's Eve, don't be alarmed: It's the annual torchlight parade and fireworks. The Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School will give the crowd a visual treat as they ski or snowboard down the mountain. A trail of lights will be the only thing lit on the mountain at that time. In conjunction with the torchlight parade, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky. The best places to watch the lights include the Bear River Bar & Grill deck (adjacent to Gondola Square) or any other places with a great view in Gondola Square.

Shawn David Allen

Wednesday | 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Bear River Bar & Grill, 2300 Mount Werner Circle | Free

This acoustic singer-songwriter specializes in classic rock and has been a well-known musician at the base area in ski season since 2001. Inspired by the musical styles of Tom Petty, Smashing Pumpkins, The Eagles and Counting Crows, Allen combines those with his uniquely understated brand of Southern rock.

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

Wednesday | 5 to 9:30 p.m. | Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court | $39 for adults, $16 for kids ages 6 to 12 and FREE for kids 5 and younger

Live entertainment with DJ Trevor Potter, a magician providing tableside illusions and holiday crafts for the kids. At 10 p.m., join for a Champagne (or sparkling cider) toast and balloon drop. Call 970-879-8868 to make reservations.

DraLa and DJ Steve

Wednesday | 10 p.m. | The Tap House Sports Grill, 729 Lincoln Ave. | FREE

Dropping beats with subliminal trembles of bass, this show is one not to miss. Especially with the appearance of DJ Steve, new to the scene in Steamboat but a serious musical genius. Sure to be a show full of unexpected splendor of music, infectious beats will get patrons moving. An epic dance party, to say the least, to ring in 2015 with pizzazz.

Prohibition Party

Wednesday | The BARley, 635 Lincoln Ave. | FREE

Bring your feathers and fedoras: It's a New Year's Eve speakeasy party at The BARley. For the celebration, there will be 30 craft beers on tap, barrel-aged libations, a midnight cider toast, party favors and good, old-fashioned fun.

Stand-Up Comedy

Wednesday | 8 to 10 p.m. | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave. | $20

Sam Tallent returns to Steamboat New Year's Eve. If you remember back to when the Chief Theater first started their comedy nights this past summer, he made quite the impression on the audience. Tallent is part of the famous Comedy Works group in Denver and travels to various venues for his stand-up act. The show is only for those 18 and older. Tickets are $20 and will include a Champagne toast. Those are available at Steamboat Shoe Chalet, next to the Chief Theater or online.

Missed the Boat

Wednesday | 10 p.m. | Schmiggity's, 821 Lincoln Ave. | $10

Missed the Boat began here in Steamboat with a start at Mahagony Ridge Brewery & Grill's open mic nights, and locals have seen them flourish throughout the years. The bluegrass funk-rock band even has added "Grammy-nominated” to their name and has released a few albums, as well. This New Year's Eve, the members are getting back together for a night of good vibes and a true Colorado sound.

String Board Theory

Wednesday | 10 p.m. | Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave. | $10

After forming in Steamboat in 2007, the fusion of electronic rock, blue and funk jams from this group have come along way. For a show meant to get each and every person up and moving, with their high-energy shred session of solid-funky beats, their fifth New Year's Eve performance is set to be an ear-tantalizing experience.

Pop the Top 2015 with DJ Chris Freese

Wednesday | 10 p.m. | Karma Wine Bar and Lounge, downstairs at 737 Lincoln Ave.

Reverberating off the walls of Karma Wine Bar and Lounge, DJ Chris Freese's electronic dance music is said to be an explosion of musical genres. Through the ever-improving technology at his disposal, this engineer of sorts creates dubstep or breakbeat tunes from a range of influences. It definitely will be a night of unstoppable beats and moves at Karma.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1