How to Spend a “Very Different” NYE in Vancouver

Photo credit: ARC Restaurant

While there may not be fireworks or crowded dance floors in Vancouver this New Year’s Eve, there are still plenty of ways to make the send-off of 2020 memorable – for all the right reasons.


Until January 8, 2021, in line with the public health order issued on November 20, non-essential travel into and out of BC is not recommended. BC residents let’s do our part by continuing to stay local and support local, with your immediate household or bubble, in accordance with the latest guidelines


So much of 2020 has been spent at home, what’s one more night? Fortunately, there are a heap of online options to keep you and yours entertained and in the festive spirit as the minutes tick down. Whether you’ll dress up and mix a cocktail or just gather around the laptop with the family in PJs, be sure to complete the experience with a take-out order from your favourite local restaurant!

 Stream a Christmas With Chor Leoni as Vancouver’s JUNO-nominated men’s choir warms your home with holiday favourites, luminous carols and festive surprises. Free access is available until January 1st.

Photo credit: Chor Leoni

Gateway Theatre presents an online revue of songs from all of your favourite musicals as part of Home for the Holidays featuring beloved Gateway performers from the company’s 36 years of shows.

 Make it an old fashioned New Year’s Eve with a “radio” show that’s fun for the whole family. Metro Theatre is streaming their version of A Christmas Carol designed as a live 1940s radio broadcast with full costumes, unique props and Foley sound artists to bring the beloved classic to life right there in your living room.

 You can still get that outdoor vibe with a virtual ride around the beloved Stanley Park Bright Nights Christmas Train. There are two versions of the ride to enjoy, a straightforward passengers-eye view through the magical forest, and 360-degree view that allows viewers to click and drag the screen to take in the sights just as if you were there craning your neck to see it all. But don’t worry about missing a thing — ride it till you’re dizzy when it’s virtual! And after your ride, please consider making a donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund that the annual tradition supports.


If it’s all been too much and you simply must get out with your special someone, there are restaurants and hotels offering COVID-safe celebrations throughout the city.

 ARC Restaurant in the Fairmont Waterfront is hosting a 5-course dinner with live music by David Capper on New Year’s Eve. Reserve your table for this very special seafood-forward, five-course spread with seating at 5 and 7 pm.

 Gastown’s Pourhouse is ringing in the new year with a masquerade ball themed dinner for households of up to six guests and an exclusive three-course prix-fixe menu. Arrive “dressed to impress” in your best masks and fancy attire and join the Pourhouse family to raise a glass for a two-and-a-half-hour, socially distanced dining experience.

 For fun that lasts right into the new year, the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown is offering a New Year’s Eve Showcase and Stay that includes a one night stay in a Deluxe room, dinner-for-two at Showcase restaurant and a bottle of champagne, with free parking and a 2pm late check-out.

 However you choose to spend the last night of this year-like-no-other, we hope you find some joy and celebration with your nearest and dearest. Emphasis on nearest. We’re all looking forward to a brighter 2021. We’ll see you there!





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