Get ready to welcome 2014

Fireworks will explode from the 16th Street Mall skyline at 9 and 12 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Photo courtesy of Visit Denver.
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New Year's Eve can be a big deal for the younger family members as well as the parental types. Really young ones will enjoy the Noon Year's Eve at Children's Museum of Denver, 2121 Children's Museum Dr. (Google it!) They can make a lot of noise, play games, hear stories, create crafts and maybe ride around the plaza in a mini train. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $9/$7. cmdenver.org.
• For south area kids, consider the lights at "A Hudson Christmas," thousands of lights twinkle on the trees at Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Hot chocolate and a nice walk through wonderland here. Admission: $9/$7/$6. Hudsongardens.org.
• Motones and Tripping Griswolds will entertain at Parker's PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. Hosts: the PACE Renaissance Guild. The festivities start at 7:30 p.m., with foods from different locales, signature drinks, a New Year's Eve toast, dancing to a live band. Tickets: $90, pacecenteronline.ticketforce.com.
• "A Night in Vienna," the annual Colorado Symphony Orchestra celebration, offers waltzes, polkas, marches and more, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Boettcher Hall. The audience is ready to head to the mall for the 9 p.m. fireworks if they wish. Tickets: coloradosymphony.org, 303-623-7876.
• "Murder at the Speakeasy" is presented by the Adams Mystery Playhouse, 2406 Federal Blvd., Denver. Meet an assortment of unsavory characters at Big Al's Speakeasy, where they will help you greet 2014. Tickets: $54-$58, adamsmysteryplayhouse.com, 303-455-1848.
• Denver Fireworks shoot off at 9 p.m. and again at midnight from tops of buildings along the 16th Street Mall. Free, although families may want to stop somewhere for a bite or some ice cream. By midnight, the crowd will change, including folks who have been partying at Denver hotels and clubs for dinner and dancing. If you're diving home about midnight, look for fireworks on Pike's Peak as well.
• "The Abbey Roadshow" will be at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington, Golden, with the bar open at 7:30. Music from 8:30, "Music Til Midnight" starts at 10:30. Daniel Langhoff, Arlene Rapal, David Nehls. Cash bar, free hors d' ouevres buffet. $45, minersalley.com, 303-935-3044.
• Vintage Theatre's New Year's Eve Gala begins at 7 p.m. with a new short comedy, "The Power Behind the Sleigh" by local playwright David Marlow, with Deb Persoff as Mrs. Claus, who tells all. At 8 p.m. a performance of "Young Frankenstein" follows and the evening concludes with a Ring in the New Year party in the theater's handsome lobby. Cost is $30, vintagetheatre.org, 303-858-7930.
• Last, but certainly not least, Decadence New Year's Eve will start at 7 p.m. on both Dec. 30 and 31 in two venues at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, with a string of live bands and entertainers. For more information, visit decadencenye.com. Tickets: $75 to $230.

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