Vancouver New Year’s Eve Top Events

Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

Have you started planning for your ultimate New Year’s Eve Vancouver experience yet?  Ring in 2014 with a bang with our top picks!

Family Friendly

New Year’s Eve at Robson Square; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Free; all ages
Free ice skating, live music, and early countdown at 7:30PM!  Don’t miss the sugar cookie decorating starting at 4:00PM.

Festival of Lights; 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak St), Vancouver
$16.75; other pricing in effect
A magical experience in one of Vancouver’s largest botanical gardens, with 1.4 million twinkling lights.  Be entertained by Scandinavian Gnomes and the Shadow Puppet Show, see the Parade of Lego exhibit, visit the Mischievous Grinch in his secret hut, and enjoy delicious hot snacks at Santa’s Kitchen and Santa’s Lounge!  On through January 4th (closed New Year’s Day).

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens | Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

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Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 11:00AM-11:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway Plaza
$4 donation for plaza entrance; $11 for train tickets only (other pricing in effect)
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza sparkles with 3 million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year.  Partial proceeds go to the BC Professional Fire Fights’ Burn Fund.  On through January 5th.

Heritage Christmas; 12:00PM-9:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
Free admission; $2.21 carousel rides
Be transported back to the days of old and stroll through the streets of the Village to enjoy the traditional sights and sounds of Christmases past-wreaths, cedar swags and seasonal displays. There’s something for everyone – festive entertainment, crafts, and a special scavenger hunt.

Family First Night; 5:00PM-9:00PM @ Mount Seymour, North Vancouver
Enjoy tubing and tobogganing with your family, or cozy up in front of the fire pits! There will be hot apple cider and s’mores for all to enjoy, and don’t miss the Myth & Mystery show by VestaFire and fireworks to end the night.

NYE Variety Show | Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

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NYE Variety Show; 2:00PM & 7:30PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (700 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$29; other pricing in effect
Featuring Spandy Andy, magician Travis Bernhardt, chainsaw juggler DynaMike, & circus acrobatics with Cyr Wheel & Silks.  Call the box office at 604.817.1315 for tickets.

NYE Family Buffet Dinner and Dance; 6:30PM-9:30PM @ p2b Bistro, Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside (1133 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
Be the first to ring in the new year with the family and countdown to 2014 with everyone in New York’s Times Square.  Featuring a kids only drink and candy bar, a dance floor with DJ, and kids under 12 eat free!  Call 604.691.2777 for more details.

Gala Events and Parties

NYE at TELUS World of Science; 9:00PM-3:00AM @ TELUS World of Science (1455 Quebec St), Vancouver
$90+; 19+ only
One of the most prestigious and spectacular New Year’s Eve events in Vancouver!  Ring in the New Year with 1,100 select people, overlooking beautiful False Creek and the Olympic Village.  Featuring 2 floors, 6 DJs, and one of the biggest countdowns in the city.

Midnight in Paris; 9:00PM-4:00AM @ Killjoy (1120 Hamilton St), Yaletown, Vancouver
$35+; 19+ only
Bonsoir!  Experience the thrill of Paris while dancing the night away with Parisian inspired decor with great party favours and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight with special guest DJ Zak Santiago rockin’ the dance floor.

Gatsby Gala at the Station | Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

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Gatsby Gala at the Station; 8:00PM-2:00AM @ Rocky Mountaineer Station (1755 Cottrell St), Vancouver
$78.75+; 21+ only
Travel back in time to the vibrant galas of the Roaring 20’s and enjoy the complimentary dessert buffet and champagne at midnight.  Hop on the ‘Midnight Express’ (free shuttle) to help with your transportation for the evening.

The Shangri-La NYE Gala
; 8:00PM-2:00PM @ Shangri-La Hotel (1128 Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$160+; 23+ only
Dress to impress and countdown in luxury at Vancouver’s tallest building.  Your event ticket includes a glass of champagne and access to the elegant Conway ballroom.

NYE Waterfront Gala Ball; 9:00PM-3:00PM @ Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (900 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
$140+; 25+ only
Your ticket to Vancouver’s largest hotel multi-room event includes canapes, a complimentary glass of champagne, and a midnight balloon drop.  Exclusive room rates available for those who want to party til the wee hours.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver | Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

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New Year’s at the Hotel Vancouver; 9:00PM-3:00AM @ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$99+; 19+ only
The most talked about NYE event this year!  The Castle In The City hosts the first NYE celebration for the public in over a decade.  A multi-room dance party with showstopping entertainment, art, and spectacle.  Add to your experience with a beautiful 3-course dinner.  Not to be missed.

NYE Boat Cruise; 7:30PM-1:00AM @ Pride of Vancouver Charters (450 Denman St), downtown Vancouver
$114.50+; 19+ only
Your cruise includes a gourmet buffet, champagne at midnight, and entertainment and dancing, all in true cruise ship tradition.  Enjoy the new year with the romance of the sea, Vancouver’s spectacular skyline and the city lights at night.

NYE at Dockside with Brickhouse; 7:00PM-1:00AM @ Dockside (1253 Johnston St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$34.95-129.95; 19+ only
Check out two parties in one this New Year’s Eve with the legendary Brickhouse playing in the restaurant and DJ Jay Swing spinning tunes in the lounge.  There will be bubbles and party favours at midnight, and guests who want to keep the night going receive VIP entry to Bar None after 1:00AM.

Le Gala at Marriott Pinnacle Hotel | Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

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Le Gala; 7:30PM-2:00AM @ Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel (1128 W Hastings St), Coal Harbour, downtown Vancouver
$120+; 21+ only
The newly renovated Marriott Pinnacle hosts the party of the year in support of Mission of Care.   For every NYE ticket sold, $50 can be donated to any charity of your choice.  The event ticket includes live performances, champagne, and dinner options.  Exclusive room rates available for event guests.

Elevation NYE; 9:00PM-3:00AM @ Vancouver Lookout (555 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
$85+; 19+ only
Celebrate at 553ft above ground with a stunning 360° view of Vancouver and beyond!  The event includes complimentary champagne at midnight and appys from 9-10:30PM.

Gatsby New Year’s Eve Lobby Party; 8:30PM-3:00AM @ Lobby Lounge, Rosewood Hotel Georgia (801 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$149+; 19+ only
Pile on the pearls, turn up the jazz and travel back in time to the beloved era of flowing champagne, mini flapper dresses, and refined revelry. To truly bring the opulence and decadence of the 1920s, the extravagant event will feature a live band, cabaret entertainers, caviar bar, liquid nitrogen oyster station, midnight countdown, and much more.  Call 604.673.7031 for more details.

Music, Concerts, and Comedy

Year In Review with Vancouver TheatreSports League; 7:30PM, 9:30PM, 11:15PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island, Vancouver
Vancouver’s best improvisers will take you on a journey back through the headlines of 2013 using suggestions from the audience as well as their quick wit to mold the scenes.  Don’t miss the annual event that will have you ending your year in stitches.  Starts December 27th through to January 2nd.

Our Lady Peace; 11:30PM @ Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd), Coquitlam
Rock out with an iconic band for the new year at Vancouver’s newest casino.  Get the VIP package for an exclusive pre-show reception at 8:30PM.

NYE at The Comedy Mix; 8:00PM- 1:00AM @ The Comedy Mix at Century Plaza Hotel (1015 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$45+; 19+ only
Laugh your way into the new year with Dino Archie, Sunee Dhaliwal, Ivan Decker, and Ben McGinnis.  Buffet dinner packages available.

One Night Stand VI | Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

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One Night Stand VI; doors 8:30PM @ Rickshaw Theatre (245 E Hastings St), Chinatown, Vancouver
$35+; 19+ only
It’s the New Years Eve party to end all New Years Eve parties.  Back for its 6th year, One Night Stand will feature amazing talent: Mother Mother, Said The Whale, Yukon Blonde, Dominique Fricot, The Belle Game, BRASSTRONAUT, Adaline, and Rococode!

NYE with Dal Richards; 7:00PM @ River Rock Casino Resort Ballroom (8811 River Rd), Richmond
$111.25+; 19+ only
Dal Richard’s 78th consecutive NYE gig, joined by his 10-piece band and Dawn Chubai.  Tickets include dinner, dancing, party favours, and champagne.

Rykka & Gang Signs; 8:00PM-3:00AM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$40+; 19+ only
Electronic artists Rykka and Gang Signs will have you dancing your socks off.  Delicious passed canapés served between 8:300-9:30PM.  Bubbly at midnight and loads of gorgeous decorations.

Go-Gos | Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

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Party with the Go-Go’s; 7:30PM @ River Rock Casino Resort (8811 River Rd), Richmond
$201.25; 19+ only
Party like it’s the 1980s with internationally loved pop hit-makers the Go-Go’s!

Solid NYE; 8:00PM-3:00AM @ Pacific Coliseum (100 N Renfrew St), Vancouver
Experience a New Year’s Eve like no other with Hardwell, the world’s #1 DJ of 2013, local artists Benji and Brad & Victor H, and other rising superstars.  VIP packages available for 19+ only.

New Year’s Day

Salute to Vienna; 2:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
A magnificent re-creation of Vienna’s world famous New Year’s concert, featuring Matthias Fletzberger as conductor, a stellar cast of over 75 musicians, European singers and charming dancers. Ring in the New Year with a light-hearted blend of famous Strauss waltzes, polkas, and operetta excerpts.

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim | Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

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93rd Annual Polar Bear Swim; registration starts at 12:30PM @ English Bay Bathhouse, downtown Vancouver
Start off the New Year with a dip in the icy waters of English Bay with one of the oldest and largest Polar Bear swims in the world!  Every swimmer gets a commemorative button.  Bring some non-perishable food or cash as the Greater Vancouver Food Bank will be accepting donations onsite.

Translink is offering free fares from 5:00PM December 31st – 5:00AM January 1st.  Leave your car at home if you’ll be drinking.

How are you celebrating the New Year? 
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