New Year’s Eve in Crystal Valley!
COVID has changed our usual celebrations for the Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and several other holidays we know and love. While New Year’s Eve is shaping up to be much the same for cities across Colorado, there are still some creative ways to celebrate and ring in 2021. Hasta la Vista 2020!
Fireworks at the Rock
Since fire restrictions prevented the town of Castle Rock from staging its traditional annual fireworks show this past July 4th, the resourceful Town officials decided to close out the year with a five-star fireworks display!
The pyrotechnics will blast off from Santa Fe Quarry Mesa, just south of The Meadows, above Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course starting at sundown this Thursday. The show can be seen from almost anywhere in town, although visibility may be somewhat limited in a few areas east of I-25. While the show is “weather and fire restriction-dependent,” the show is expected to last about 15 minutes.
If you can’t watch from home, check out these favorite locations for viewing – just be mindful of social distancing if you choose to venture out.
- Castle Rock Service Center; 4175 N. Castleton Court
- Castle Rock Recreation Center – lower lot; 2301 Woodlands Blvd.
- Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course; 2156 Red Hawk Ridge Drive
- Butterfield Crossing Park – south side; 3952 W. Butterfield Crossing Drive
- Bison Park; 1390 Clear Sky Way
- Castle North Park; 801 Canyon Drive
- Deputy Zack S. Parrish III Memorial Park; 2020 Fiddle Road
- Festival Park; 300 Second St.
- Metzler Ranch Community Park; 4175 Trail Boss Drive
- Pedestrian bridge over Wolfensberger Road
At-Home New Year’s Eve
For a slow-paced New Year’s Eve watching engaging entertainment, check out the Good Housekeeping collection of great films. From the Phantom Thread and While You Were Sleeping to Rent and Are We There Yet?, there’s something for everyone in this list of movies to watch – dramas, comedies, musicals and biographies – all on Amazon video.
Even though there will be no crowds watching the ball drop in New York City this year, there will still be live action events in Times Square, and the ball will descend as usual.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021 will feature Jennifer Lopez performing as the headliner, with Billy Porter, Cindy Lauper and Jimmie Allen also set to perform. You can tune in to one of the major broadcasts on ABC, FOX, NBC to watch, or if you’ve cut the cord, on Times Square’s official website, TimesSquareNYC.org.
For a cozy TV-watching party, you might only need to make a dip, appetizer and fun cocktails to get you through the night. From Delish, these 28 recipe options – like Shrimp Tostada Bites, French Dip Roll-Ups and a Confetti Cookie Dough Ball – served on vanilla wafers – will do the job, deliciously.
The Morning After New Year’s Eve
If you accidentally over-indulge as you say goodbye to 2020, GoodRX suggests taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkiller like ibuprofen before going to bed. Eating food before consuming alcohol helps minimize a hangover and so does drinking in moderation. Lifehacker suggests making every other drink either water or Gatorade®.
Rachael Ray calls her buddy Anne Burrell’s Stuffed French Toast the perfect morning after cure for over-indulgence. These sandwiches are made with white bread, shredded Gruyere, and a pre-cooked filling of tomato, bacon, and onion topped with a sunny side-up egg and a sprinkle of chives . For a dozen more morning-after recipes to fuel you for the many college bowl games on New Year’s Day, check out the recipes from Spoon University. From Bacon, Egg and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches to Hangover Hash, you’ll find both sweet and savory dishes to flush those toxins from your body!
Welcome the New Year in Crystal Valley
Settle into a living room of one of the new homes in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley, and start to enjoy life, like never before! The natural surroundings, the lovely downtown environs of historic Castle Rock, the beautiful models with more than two dozen floor plans from which to choose. Check out the offerings from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton –ranch or two-story models — priced from the $300s.