Ten fun things to do in Denver on New Year's Day 2014
For many, New Year's Day is the unofficial closing of the holiday season -- the last hurrah before school and work recommence. Since it's a federal holiday, a lot of places close down, but there's still plenty to do, and we've compiled a list of interactive museum exhibits, restorative yoga classes, icy lake jumps to start off 2014.
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Commitment Day Denver at the State Capitol Building ($40)
This family-friendly 5K walk and run is a great way to start off the new year. The Commitment Day Denver mini-marathon focuses on committing to a healthy way of life through fitness by participating in a simultaneous run happening across the U.S.
Denver Minor Disturbance presents Mallary McHenry A.K.A. Poet Without Apology at Hooked On Colfax (Donations accepted)
Denver's youth slam poetry group, Minor Disturbance, will ring in the new year by hosting internationally renowned poet Mallary McHenry, aka Poet Without Apology, who will perform his powerful work along with the poets from Minor Disturbance. This is also a gathering of some of the city's own best word players.
Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens ($7 to $12)
Catch this amazing spectacle of nature, design and electrifying light on the last day of Blossoms of Light, the Denver Botanic Gardens annual holiday display. Each part of this garden in the city comes alive with hundreds of bulbs -- plus, grab a pair of Holospex glasses and see the images in a three-dimensional way.
31st Annual Polar Plunge at Boulder Reservoir ($20 to $25)
A long-standing Colorado tradition, the Polar Plunge is a great way that hundreds of brave souls have been welcoming the new year since 1982. This icy jump encourages participants to dress up in any kind of costume they like to celebrate the new year and raise money for a good cause, the Boulder County AIDS Project.
6th Annual Evergreen Lake Plunge at Evergreen Lake ($30-$40)
If Boulder's not the spot for you, Evergreen Lake is hosting a similar event. Jumpers will be plunging into a six-foot deep area cut out of the frozen-over lake, all watched over by the local fire department. This event also serves as a fundraiser for Drive Smart and the Evergreen Parks & Recreation District Special Needs Program.