Vancouver Announces Times-Square-Style New Year’s Eve Bash for 2014

Vancouver's Jack Poole Plaza will come alive for New Year's Eve 2014, as it did for this Diner en Blanc celebration in 2012. Photo credit: RickChung.com | Flickr

Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza will come alive for New Year’s Eve 2014, as it did for this Diner en Blanc celebration in 2012. Photo credit: RickChung.com | Flickr

Was your New Year’s Eve 2013 celebration a bust? Here’s guessing 2014 festivities might be a bit more interesting.

Organizers have announced that Vancouver is bringing back an official, public New Year’s Eve bash for the first time in two decades.  On Dec. 31, 2014, thousands of revellers will converge on downtown’s Jack Poole Plaza for NYE VAN: a night of live entertainment, fireworks and food carts to celebrate the new year.

The free public party is slated to get underway early at 6 p.m. along Burrard Landing, adjacent to the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The Olympic Cauldron will be relit for the night, and the evening starts out with a street food fest, entertainment and children’s activities.  In fact, there’s even an “Early Eve” countdown so families with young kids can experience the thrill of ringing in 2015.

Things heat up as the night progresses.  As partiers from all corners of the city descend on the Burrard Inlet, live music and roving entertainers warm up the crowd.  Finally at midnight, there’s a New York-style countdown celebration, capped off with fireworks launched from a barge in Coal Harbour.

The New Year’s Eve bash is the brainchild of Karm Sumal and Kenneth Chan, the editors of local news, lifestyle and entertainment website Vancity Buzz.  They noticed that there was a void in family-friendly New Year’s activities in Vancouver and that people were looking for a safe, public venue to celebrate. “There are already thousands of people in the streets every New Year’s Eve, and they are all looking for a centralized public area to go,” said Sumal and Chan.

Organizers, including the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver, will spend the next few months planning the specifics of the celebration and seeking sponsorship from community partners.  The full entertainment lineup is expected to be announced in October.

Would you go to a public New Year’s Eve bash in downtown Vancouver? Let us know below. 

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