New Year’s Eve 2012 is this Saturday, December 31, and Vancouver has a huge variety of NYE events for every style and budget, from lavish black-tie galas and huge dance parties to student pub crawls and venues for sports fans who can’t wait to watch the Canucks beat the Kings.
Top 10 Vancouver New Year’s Eve Parties 2012 – 19+
1. Shangri-La Hotel NYE 2012 Gala – 23+ for men; 21+ for women
For going formal (that means black tie dress), Vancouver’s famous Shangri-La Hotel has one of the most anticipated events, with canapés courtesy of Jean-Georges of Market, a red-carpet entrance, and DJs Stimulant J and C-Styles. Very few tickets remain, so act now! $125 per person.
2. New Year’s Eve Club Crawl 2012 – 19+
Don’t want to stay in one spot all night? For students and young people on a budget, this NYE club crawl is a good deal: tickets include entrance to the famous Roxy Nightclub plus three more downtown Vancouver clubs, as well as party favours, front-of-the-line admission and transportation between venues. $30 per person
3. Vancouver Gala New Years Eve Boat Cruise 2011 – 19+
The Pride of Vancouver Gala Cruise is always a sell-out event, since it rings in the New Year with fine dining, dancing and amazing views of downtown Vancouver. $147.50 per person; $295 per couple
4. New Year’s Eve 2012 at Celebrities – 19+
Vancouver’s largest gay New Year’s Eve party is at the famous Celebrities, and they plan to launch the New Year with a “fairy tale adventure.” Music by DJs Zach Shore, free champagne toast at midnight, and hot go-go dancers all night. $35 per person
5. NYE 2012 at Science World – 19+
Join over 1,000 partiers at Vancouver’s iconic Science World for this semi-formal NYE ball that features two rooms of music on two floors, four DJs, and a live performance by Dirty Radio. $80 per person
6. Grand New Year’s Eve at Republic – 19+
Located in the heart of downtown’s Granville Street party district, Republic is one of Vancouver’s hottest nightclubs and their New Year’s Eve party is sure to bring out the young and beautiful! $45 per person
7. Fairmont Waterfront New Year’s Eve Celebration – 25+
With a high age cut-off (25+), the Fairmont Waterfront may be the best choice (aside from the Pride of Vancouver Gala Cruises) for older adults. The party features Cirque performers, gourmet appetizers, a champagne toast, and a fabulously-renovated event space. $80 per person
8. SOLID NYE 2012 with TIESTO at the Pacific Coliseum – 19+
Want to party with 5,000 other people?! The biggest NYE event in Western Canada takes over the Pacific Coliseum with DJ Tiesto, Gareth Emery and rising house star Otto Knows. Tickets are selling out; so move quickly. $180 per person
10. NYE at Red Card Sports Bar
Too big a sports fan to care about dancing on NYE? Watch the Canucks play the Kings at this special sports-night NYE that includes raffle prizes, a midnight champagne toast and a pizza buffet. All proceeds support the Canucks Autism Network. $30 per person
For all-ages New Year’s Eve celebrations, see Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Vancouver 2012 – Top 5 NYE Events for Kids & Families.
Need a cure for your hangover on January 1? Shock the leftover alcohol out of your system with the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim 2012!