New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration with your loved ones involving fireworks, parties and looking forward to the year ahead.
Have you always considered ringing in the New Year in Canada? No matter where you decide to celebrate, Canada’s cities have some incredible festivities planned each year that will appeal to all ages.
Here’s our top picks where to spend New Year’s Eve in the Great White North.
Why not celebrate in Canada’s capital? Visit Ottawa’s City Hall for a Scottish-themed NYE Party where you can ice skate to Celtic music, enjoy traditional live music and watch highland dancers. The midnight fireworks go off from the roof of City Hall, so you will have the best view in the house. There is also a free outdoor concert in Metcalfe Square with live music, and many of Ottawa’s incredible restaurants will be offering speciality dining.
There are also family-friendly events throughout the city which include magicians, dancers and face painters, plus daytime ice skating at Parliament Hill.
For New Year’s Eve celebrations with a twist, spend it on the water in Vancouver! Book your place on one of the cruises to enjoy drinks, dancing and champagne – plus a front seat view for the fireworks at both 9pm and midnight. The VanDunsen Botanic Gardens turn into a festival of lights providing fun for all the family. There is also a street party along the waterfront with fireworks displays, food trucks and live music.
Halifax has an eclectic mix of events all around the city. There is a free public party with award-winning artists performing until after midnight, and you can enjoy some evening ice skating at the Emera Oval. Make sure you catch the fireworks at City Hall – as the largest display in Atlantic Canada, they are sure to be spectacular. For something more low-key, ring in the New Year in one of the many downtown beer gardens with your friends.
Montreal is the city to visit if you are looking for a night you will never forget. The world-famous ‘L’Oympia de Montreal’ gathers 2,500 revellers to celebrate the New Year at the hottest party in town. Don’t worry if you can’t get tickets though – clubs around Montreal are open until 2am so there are no need for the festivities to end at midnight.
This foodie city will also have incredible menus all evening to delight your taste buds. For those with little ones, there is a family-friendly bash at the Old Port including fireworks, ice-skating and live music.
Calgary is the perfect place for a family-friendly celebration. Bundle up warm and head to Calgary Olympic Park to enjoy ice-skating, bouncy castles and a glow-in-the dark dance party providing fun for all ages. For a wildlife experience to remember, Calgary Zoo is open for family fun including early fireworks, fire pits and your chance to see the animals at night. There are also adult-only parties such as masquerade balls around the city.
Where would you like to experience New Year’s Eve in Canada? Let us know in the comments below!