Your guide to ringing in 2010!

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The countdown to 2010 is just around the corner. New Year’s Eve is on Thursday night but if you don’t have plans yet, don’t fear. We have our guide to bringing in 2010 safely and in style.

Even though 2010 is almost upon us, it's not too late to make your plans for the last day of the year. Here are some ideas for fun things to do – from a fancy date for two, to cheap thrills at home with the family.

Family fun for New Year’s Eve:

Banana’s Funpark is having a New Year’s Eve Bash. It’s $10 per person and goes from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Your ticket gets you in for the whole evening, with miniature golf, jousting, go-karts, laser tag and more.

If the family is up for a ski trip and you want to see some fireworks, Powderhorn is the place for you. There’s a buffet dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. and then when night falls, it’s time for the torchlight parade and fireworks show.

Party like it’s 2010:
If you’re up for having a dance party for your celebration, here are some fun things to do:

Mesa Theater & Club is having a DJ party that starts at 9 p.m. For the first time ever it’s open to 18 and older. The cost is $10 to get in and that gets you drink specials (for those 21 and older) and a free party favor.

If you’re up for music from a different era, head over to Boomer’s. That party kicks off at 9 p.m. It’s $30.00 per person, but the ticket includes free appetizers, reserved seats, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Events for Any Budget:

For those of you who broke the bank for Christmas, you can still have a great time ringing in 2010.
Man of La Mancha is being performed at the Avalon Theater. Ticket prices range from $10 to $39, and there are discounts for kids and seniors.

If you’re up for having people over, you can throw your own party for under $30. Some ideas? Make it a pot-luck dinner, each person can bring their own dish. Then, ask everyone to wear their best 2010 hat and bring along their own noisemakers. Set up board games so you can have tournaments and marathon competitions to help fill the time before midnight. And if it’s a kid-friendly event, set up a separate area for the little tykes so they can play their own games and watch movies just for them.

Here are some ideas for you and your sweetheart to enjoy the last date night of 2009:

Firefall and Stray Grass performance at the Double Tree Hotel. It costs $29.92 per person and that includes specials all night as well as complimentary champagne. If you book a room for the night, you’ll get a ticket for free with the “Take the Elevator Home” offer.

For those of you who are experienced square dancers, there’s a fun New Year’s Even Dance at the Masonic Temple. The Levis & Lace Square Dance Club is $5 per person, and it’s featuring Caller Lamar Podbevsek.

And if you want to make New Year’s Eve really special for your date, check out the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Varaison Vineyards & Winery in Palisade. It’s $125 per person and starts at 6 p.m. The seating is limited so be sure to make reservations soon.

Be Safe – Plan Ahead
Finally, just a note about staying safe this New Year’s Eve, the Grand Junction Police Department wants to remind you to plan ahead before you go anywhere for the evening to make sure you have a safe way home.

If you’re planning on going out, designate a sober driver to get you back safely. If you don’t have a friend to drive you, take a cab. Program the cab company’s number into your phone before you leave to go out. If you’re going to be at a hotel, rent a room there so you can stay the night, or invite everyone to stay at your place so they aren’t on the roads in the early morning hours.

Whatever it is you decide to do, plan ahead and have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve.

The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau keeps an extensive list of events, including all the contact information for the events. See below for a link to their Web site.

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