Vancouver New Year’s Eve Top Events

Vancouver New Year's Eve Top Events

Still need ideas for your ultimate New Year’s Eve Vancouver experience? Ring in 2015 with a bang with our top picks!

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Family Friendly | Gala Events & Parties | Music, Concerts, & Comedy | New Year’s Day

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Family Friendly


6th Annual New Year’s Eve at Robson Square; 9:00AM-10:30PM @ Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
Free ice skating, live music, arts and crafts, photobooths, and early countdown at 7:30PM!  Click the link to see the day’s schedule of events.

VanDusen Botanical Gardens - Festival of Lights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VanDusen Botanical Garden: 30th Anniversary Festival of Lights; 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St at W 37th Ave), Vancouver
$15-17.50; other pricing in effect
Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating the garden.  Stroll through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performances, and the shadow puppet show.  Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and much more!  Take in the magic through January 4 (closed January 1).  Tickets available through Tickets Tonight.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 10:00AM-2:45PM/3:00PM-11:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Train, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Matinee $6, night train $11; other pricing in effect
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza at Stanley Park sparkles with three million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families. $1.4 million has been raised over the past 16 years. On through January 4!

Best Ever New Years Family Party - Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Best Ever New Year Family Party; 4:ooPM-6:00PM/6:15PM-8:15PM @ Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. Kitsilano (1876 W 1st Ave) & Main (4186 Main St), Vancouver
This year’s entertainment includes face painting, create your own pizzas, a ventriloquist show, and live music!  Click the link for the full event schedule for both locations.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum; 1:00PM-9:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave), Burnaby
Free admission, $2.50 carousel rides
Featuring illuminated displays all over the village, theatre and marionette performances, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, and visits with Father Christmas! Don’t miss out on the Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt! On through January 2.

Family NYE at Grouse Mountain | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Family New Year’s Eve at Grouse Mountain; 5:00PM-10:00PM @ Grouse Mountain (6400 Nancy Greene Way), North Vancouver
$19.95, other pricing in effect; family passes available
Non-stop family fun featuring a live DJ, free ice skating, photobooths, scavenger hunts, guided snowshoe tours, fire dancing shows, and early countdown at 9:00PM!

4th Annual Family First Night; 6:00PM-9:30PM @ Mount Seymour, North Vancouver
$15; includes snowtube and toboggan access
Enjoy tubing and tobogganing with your family, or cozy up in front of the fire pits and take in the live entertainment! There will be hot apple cider and s’mores for all to enjoy, and don’t miss the fireworks at 9:00PM.

NYE Variety Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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NYE Variety Show; 7:30PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (700 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$20-42; other pricing in effect
Ring in 2015 with host funny-man Daniel Zindler and his cast of fools including circus acrobats, a magician, and even a marching band. It all ends early with one of Vancouver’s largest balloon drops letting you party afterwards or put the kids to bed.

New Years Eve at p2b; 6:30PM-10:00PM @ p2b Bistro, Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside (1133 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
$55; other pricing in effect
Be the first to ring in the new year with the family and countdown to 2015 with everyone in New York’s Times Square.  Featuring a fantastic dinner buffet, and live entertainment!  Call 604.691.2777 for more details.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Capilano Suspension Bridge
$32.95, other pricing in effect; ticket valid for the whole day
Park guests will also be dazzled by hundreds of thousands of lights glittering throughout the rainforest, across the Suspension Bridge and on Cliffwalk. Featuring a children’s scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating, sing-a-long carols with the holiday band, create your own Christmas card, and holiday treats in the Winter Pavilion. On through January 3.  Get exclusive discounted tickets through Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

27th Annual Christmas at Canada Place (Last Day); 12:00PM-6:00PM @ Canada Place (999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Featuring the historic Woodward’s Windows displays, Christmas crafts, the Avenue of Christmas Trees, films at Rudolph’s Theatre, and more!  Click the link for the whole day’s activities.

Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Holidays At The Vancouver Aquarium; 9:30AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Celebrate the holidays with your aquatic friends and experience a winter wonderland like no other! Featuring a giant walk-through Christmas tree in the Ocean Courtyard, Scuba Claus appearances at 11:30AM, the Eel-ectric Lights show, and The Polar Express 4-D Experience! On daily through January 4. Get exclusive discounted tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!



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Gala Events and Parties



7th Annual Winter Social | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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7th Annual Winter Social; doors 9:00PM @ Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St), Vancouver
$25; 19+ only
An evening of all  50’s and 60’s pop, rock, psych, and dance hits.  Take a spin in the vintage German black & white photobooth (the Fotoautomaton) perfect for capturing your special New Years Eve moments, indulge in free champagne at midnight, and expect many more surprises to come!

Back To the Future; doors 8:30PM @ Ukranian Hall (3150 Ash St), Vancouver
$35; 19+ only
Go Back To The Future with live DJs and bands, play at the photobooth, and celebrate the past, present, and future at this one of a kind event!  $2 of every ticket goes to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

Palais Royale | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Palais Royale; 9:00PM @ Rosewood Hotel Georgia (801 W Georgia St at Howe St), downtown Vancouver
$90+; 19+ only
Presented by Moet & Chandon champagne, Palais Royale amplifies the already flawless  architecture of the hotel as the party takes over the lobby, the Promenade, the Spanish Ballroom and  Tudor Hall.   Interactive social media areas, the Krug VIP champagne lounge and elaborate decor set the tone  for a scene based on the legendary revelries of European Palaces of old.

Bright & Tight NYE Party; doors 6:00PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$20 advance, $30 at the door
Ring in the New Year in your best neon! Featuring a costume contest, prizes, and give-aways, plus live performances.

NYE at TELUS World of Science | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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NYE at TELUS World of Science; 9:00PM-3:00AM @ TELUS World of Science (1455 Quebec St), Vancouver
$80+; 19+ only
One of the most prestigious and spectacular New Year’s Eve events in Vancouver! Ring in the New Year with a thousand of your new friends overlooking beautiful False Creek and the Olympic Village.  Featuring 2 floors, 6 DJs, and one of the biggest countdowns in the city.

NYE at Chambar; 7:30PM-late @ Chambar Restaurant (568 Beatty St), downtown Vancouver
$150; doors close at 10:00PM
An infamous evening of civilized debauchery.  Great food, music, and of course people.  Your ticket includes canapes, unlimited cocktails, wine and beer, and champagne at midnight.

NYE at Hotel Vancouver | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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NYE at Hotel Vancouver; 9:00PM-3:00AM @ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$99; 19+ only
Celebrate the new year in six luxury ballrooms in Vancouver’s Castle in the City.  Featuring the best party DJs, Cherchez La Femme’s a Pop Princess Party, a live rock n roll revue,  performances from the Vancouver Opera, an erotic Weimar Striptastic Spectacular, the world famous Motown party, a photo presentation, a video installation by celebrated artist Paul Wong, and so much more.

Grand Royale; 9:00PM @ Delta Burnaby Hotel (4331 Dominion St), Burnaby
$65+; 23+ only
Your ticket to this swanky event includes canapes and free play vouchers at the Grand Villa Casino.  Geaturing DJs, midnight appy stations, champagne toast, photo booths, and a live countdown with balloon drop.

A Great Gatsby NYE | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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A Great Gatsby NYE; 9:00PM @ Harbour Event Centre (750 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
Travel back in time to the vibrant galas of the Roaring 20’s!  With performances by live musicians, swing dancers, voguers, aerial acrobats, DJs and much more, the night will be full of all of the daring theatrics and awesome live music that you can handle!

New Year’s Cruise; boarding 8:00PM-1:00AM @ Pride of Vancouver (450 Denman St), downtown Vancouver
$147.48; 19+ only
Ring in 2015 in grand style aboard the Pride of Vancouver or the Star of Vancouver with luxurious modern facilities, first class food, and friendly staff.  Your cruise includes gourmet buffet, entertainment, and dancing all in the true cruise ship tradition.  From the romance of the sea, Vancouver’s spectacular skyline, the lights at night, to the company of friends and loved ones, it’s the only way to celebrate New Years!

NYE Waterfront Gala Ball | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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

NYE Masquerade; 7:30PM @ Minami (1118 Mainland St), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
$85; 19+ only
Experience a night of masquerading, fine-dining, and dancing as you celebrate the last day of 2014 with a bang.  Enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu, a welcome cocktail, live DJ, photobooths, and much more.  Bring your own masks or borrow at the restaurant.

Belle Epoque Soiree | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Belle Epoque Soiree; 9:00PM-2:00AM @ UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar (900 Seymour St at Smithe St), downtown Vancouver
$30; 19+ only
An unforgettably indulgent, belle époque-inspired countdown bash that will conjure up images of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and turn-of-the-century French gluttony.  Featuring themed cocktails, vaudeville dancers, live music, spirited carnie popcorn, and bitter snowcones.


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Music, Concerts, and Comedy


New Year's at the Fox Cabaret | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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New Year’s at the Fox Cabaret; 8:00PM-3:00AM @ Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St), Vancouver
$20-45; 19+ only
This multiroom event features exceptional performances by the best and brightest in East Vancouver’s comedy circuit as well as two floors of classic indie dance party.

New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner; doors 7:00PM @ Brock House Restaurant (3875 Point Grey Rd), Point Grey, Vancouver
$99.75; 19+ only
Ring in the new year with a little… murder!  During cocktails and dinner, actors dispersed amongst the guests will be incognito.  Who knows what can happen when you dine in a 100 year old mansion?  Featuring a delicious 4 course dinner, prizes for winning solution, and after dinner dancing.

NYE at the Comedy MIX | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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NYE at the Comedy MIX; 8:00PM-12:30AM @ The Comedy MIX, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (1015 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$45; 19+ only
An all star lineup featuring Graham Clark, hosted by Chris Gordno with Ivan Decker and Kyle Bottom.  Your ticket for the evening includes a champagne toast, party favours, and door prizes!

NYE at The “Chelsea Hotel”; doors 7:00PM @ Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St), Gastown, downtown Vancouver
The Firehall is throwing a fabulous bohemian bash, complete with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and of course lots of Leonard Cohen songs along with a sing-a-long to Cohen favorites at the après-show party!  Your ticket includes entry to the Chelsea Hotel show, nibbles, and a glass of bubbly at midnight.

Vancouver Theatresports League - Year In Review | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver TheatreSports League: Year In Review; 7:30PM/9:30PM/11:15PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island, Vancouver
$26-36; other pricing in effect
VTSL’s improvisers will take you on a journey back through the headlines of 2014.  Who was in the news?  What was hot?  Who got arrested?  Who got married?  Who had a baby? In true TheatreSports™ style, suggestions from the audience will be used, along with the improvisers’ own quick wit to mold the scenes.  Attend the late late show for champagne and party favours!

Loverboy | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Loverboy; dinner 7:30PM/show only 10:30PM @ Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Blvd), Coquitlam
Rock out with an iconic Canadian band for the new year at Vancouver’s newest casino.

NYE with Dal Richards; 7:00PM @ River Rock Casino Resort Ballroom (8811 River Rd), Richmond
$99.50+; 19+ only
A Vancouver legend for more than seven decades, Dal Richards will be leading his orchestra for his traditional New Year’s Eve bash. Dal’s first New Year’s Eve gig was at the Palomar Supper Club in 1938.  Tickets include premium dinner buffet, dancing, party favours, and champagne.

Solid NYE | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Solid NYE; 7:00PM-3:00AM @ Pacific Coliseum (100 N Renfrew St), Vancouver
Experience a New Year’s Eve like no other with TIESTO, Steve Aoki, Andrew Rayel, MOTi, Goshfather & Jinco, and other rising superstars. VIP packages available for 19+ only.



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January 1st (New Year’s Day)


See the family friendly events/attractions (above) that are open for New Years Day!

Garry Point Park | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Nature Vancouver: New Year’s Day Walk & Lunch; 10:00AM @ Garry Point Park (12011 7th Avenue), Steveston Village, Richmond
Free admission
Join Kelly Sekhon for a birding walk along Richmond West Dyke, from Garry Point to Blundell and back to Steveston for lunch (optional) at Shady Island Seafood and Grill.  Dress warmly and wear good walking shoes.  RSVP before Dec 30th for lunch reservations!

Salute to Vienna; 2:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
Party like it’s 1899 in Vienna, the city of dreams! Celebrate the start of the New Year with an all-star cast of European singers, dancers, and full orchestra.  Returning to Vancouver for a 19th season, this magnificent concert features uplifting melodies from famous operettas including Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow, as well as polkas and Strauss waltzes.  Don’t miss the Blue Danube waltz!

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

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95th 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.



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