What have we learned this year? That Santa and Jesus may not actually be white, that both the president and the pope do selfies like the rest of us, and that New Year's Eve just isn't New Year's Eve unless you're doing something special.
What qualifies as special is up to you, of course. Maybe it's an honest-to-God effort to be good, maybe it's doing your whole-hearted best to tear it up and make bad choices. To help guide you, we've compiled a list of some local celebrations to usher in 2014. (Find more events, like dinners and bar parties in Listings, here, and Playing Around, here.)
New Year's Eve Fetish Ball, music, dancing, and kinky demonstrations and "tasting stations" from Celebration of Power. 8 p.m. Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., tiny.cc/cp087w.
CLN, a family show in which Jim Jackson takes the "'ow' out of clown" with magic, juggling, giant soap bubbles and laughs to banish NYE melancholia. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $11. Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St. themat.org.
A Sterling & Sapphire Gala, a dinner buffet with live music by Phat Daddy & the Phat Horn Doctors and a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. 7 p.m. $75. DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 576-8900.
Second Annual New Year's Gala Ball, cocktails, dinner and dancing to music from the Nostalgics and DJ Mike Anderson, with proceeds benefiting Harley's Hope Foundation for "pets and their people." 7 p.m. $40-$85. Colorado Springs Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Drive. magicalproductionsllc.myevent.com.
Cruising Into the New Year, the FAC's fifth annual year-end party with a variety of activities including dance lessons and performances, karaoke, a wine tasting and (an optional) sit-down dinner by Café 36. 7 p.m. $69-$119. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org.
The Black & White NYE Fetish Ball, a chance to dress up and enjoy "four decades of party music" with drink specials, fetish table giveaways and a balloon drop. 9 p.m. $10-$150. Rawkus, 3506 N. Academy Blvd. rawkusnation.com.
New Year's Eve, a concert with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic led by Josep Caballé-Domenech, featuring Broadway and Big Band selections. 8 p.m. $19-$60. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. csphilharmonic.org.
New Year's Eve Roaring '20s Party, a speakeasy-style soiree with live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and a chance to wear your Jazz Age best. $60-$100. 8 p.m. tiny.cc/cj287w.