20 New Year’s Events Happening in Vancouver

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Some love it, some hate it, but the truth is, New Year’s Eve is only fun if you’ve got a plan. Don’t end 2016 feeling bored, check out what the city has to offer!

Concord NYE

True North: Vancouver’s Official NYE Party

The West Ballrooms of the Vancouver Convention Centre will be transformed the biggest indoor New Year’s Eve parties in the city. The event will feature performances from the New Pornographers, Yukon Blonde, Delhi 2 Dublin and more. Partygoers will have the option to either watch the fireworks indoors through the large floor-to-ceiling glass windows or from outdoor Pacific Terrace plaza area.

Truth North tickets are available HERE.

Vancouver Convention Centre West Ballrooms
1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver BC
Saturday, December 31, 2016 (Doors at 8:00pm)
Licensed event (19+)

Family First Night at Mt Seymour

Mt Seymour NYEFamily First Night is the North Shore’s longest running family friendly New Year’s Eve event. Enjoy snow tubing & tobogganing, live entertainment, magic, fire spinning, musical performances and more! There will also be food vendors, complimentary s’mores and a self-guided, lantern lit snowshoe trail that leads to chocolate fondue. CHOCOLATE FONDUE! All of this followed by an early NYE countdown, party favors and a fireworks finale at 9:00pm.

Tickets are available online, HERE.

Family First Night at Mt Seymour
1700 Mt Seymour Road North Vancouver BC
December 31, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver Outdoor Celebration

Concord NYE 2016Located along the seawall in front of the Vancouver Convention Center West building, this all ages area provides premium firework views and in-and-out privileges to enjoy the two live music stages (featuring performances by the Sheepdogs, Winter Sleep, Meghan Patrick and more), plus a variety of food trucks and other fun, family friendly activates.

Tickets to Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver Outdoor Celebration
are available HERE.

Vancouver Convention Center North Promenade
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver BC
Gates open at 7:30pm

Groundwerk New Year’s Eve at the Anza Club

GroundwerkThis is an inclusive dance party, open to all people! Dance, move and let loose alongside the city’s best underground electronic music collective. There will be a “mood lounge” for you to rest your feet and a confetti countdown to ring to ensure that 2017 starts with a bang.

Visit the Facebook event for more info.

Groundwerk New Year’s Eve
Anza Club (
3 West 8th Ave, Vancouver BC)

Early Evening Family Fireworks (Downtown)

Family Fireworks 2016If you have young children who sleep early (or are just flat out tired), celebrating New Year’s Eve at midnight can be challenging. Coinciding with the East Coast’s midnight countdown, the Family Fireworks at Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver allows families with kids to enjoy and embrace the NYE events and atmosphere. Family Fireworks consists of a countdown at 9:00pm from the stages and concludes with a short burst of fireworks from the offshore barge.

Tickets to the early evening fireworks viewing zones are available HERE.

Vancouver Convention Center North Promenade
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver BC
Gates open at 7:30pm

Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Year in Review

VTSL NYE 2016The US election, Kate and Will’s visit, climate change, the demise of Brangelina and the construction of more Bike Lanes are just a few of the stories that grabbed the headlines this year. All this and more will provide the material for the Vancouver TheatreSports League’s quick-witted improvisers as they find the funny in the important and not so important events of 2016. Working with suggestions from the audience, the improvisers will create on-the-spot mash-up interpretations of various events, all certain to elicit maximum hilarity. What better way to start the New Year than with a big lol?

You can purchase tickets HERE.

Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Year in Review
1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver BC
December 31, 2016 at 7:30pm, 9:30pm and 11:15pm

Enchant Under the Sea Prom at the Biltmore Cabaret

Biltmore New Year's 2016Ever wanted to make up for what was surely a disastrous prom experience? Here’s your chance! The iconic East Van venue will host a New Year’s Eve prom, spinning all of your favourite pop, old school hip Hop, 80’s, 90’s and Y2k hits that you love to hate.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Biltmore Cabaret
2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver BC

A NYE Craft Beer Extravaganza

Faculty BrewingPeople love drinking on New Year’s, but why not swap the sub-par shots for some delicious, local microbrew? This year, Faculty Brewing Co is hosting an awesome get-together of local breweries that’s sure to please any and all beer aficionados. If beer isn’t your thing, there will also be B.C. Tree Fruits Cider and Oddity Kombucha.

New Year’s, New Beers: A NYE Craft Beer Extravaganza
1683 Ontario Street, Vancouver BC
9:00pm – 2:00am

Bright Nights Night Train in Stanley Park

Bright Nights 2016Ready to revisit your holiday memories? Whether your feeling festive or not, the Bright Nights Train’s 3-million twinkling lights are an absolutely beautiful way for you and your family to ring in 2017.

Bright Nights Night Train in Stanley Park
Stanley Park, Vancouver BC
3:00pm – 10:00pm

Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver Gala

The Waterfront Gala Ball combines an epic party with elegance and class. Dress to the nines and enter the beautiful Fairmont Waterfront Hotel through a red carpet and ring in the New Year in style. The catch? You must 25 or older to enter. Yes, the epic party is supposedly for the mature at heart.

Tickets are available HERE.

Fairmont Waterfront
900 Canada Place Way, 
Vancouver BC

The Anti-NYE Party at Colony

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Rather than hating on New Year’s Eve at home, why not go against the grain amongst friends at one of Mt Pleasant’s favorite neighbourhood watering holes? Essentially this is just a regular Saturday night at Colony, but keeping things low-key still sounds like a great way to start 2017!

The Anti-NYE Party at Colony
2904 Main St, Vancouver, BC
Entry is FREE.

NYE at the Hotel Vancouver

Hotel Vancouver New Year's 2016New Year’s at the Hotel Vancouver will feature Vancouver’s most exciting talent—all playing and partying across multiple luxury ballrooms in Vancouver’s “Castle in the City”. Taking over an entire floor at the hotel, attendees can expect an extraordinary event that features the best party DJs, musicians, and performers.

Tickets are available HERE.

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

F**k You 2016 NYE Party

Yup, 2016 was a tough one. Ready to move on? Say sayonara at Doolin’s in Downtown Vancouver. Free pizza at midnight, so… See you there?

You can purchase tickets HERE.

F**k You 2016 NYE Party
Doolan’s Pub (654 Nelson St Vancouver, BC)
8:00pm

New Year’s at TELUS World of Science

TELUS Science New Year's 2016
One of the most unique NYE celebrations in the city. Welcome the New Year in Vancouver’s infamous glowing orb, alongside 5 bars, 2 rooms of music on 2 floors, 6 DJs and an absolutely bonkers sound and light display.

Tickets are available HERE.

TELUS World of Science
1455 Quebec St
Vancouver, BC


The Famous Fox Cabaret New Year’s

Fox Cabaret event-poster-6973468Join the Fox Cabaret as they celebrate the launch of 2017 with dance, DJs, performance and more. The night will feature the LOVE DJs, Vancouver’s premiere jazz band, The Rossi Gang and one of the most fun countdowns in the city.

Tickets are available HERE.

Fox Cabaret
2321 Main St.
Vancouver, BC


Patrick Maliha’s 4th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve

Rio Theatre New Year's 2016Live from The Rio Theatre, it’s Patrick Maliha’s naughty New Year’s Eve party featuring standup comedian Christina Walkinshaw, Vancouver’s The Gentlemen Hecklers and a live Acro-yoga performance. Sounds crazy, looks crazy and will probably be… Crazy!

Tickets are available HERE.

Rio Theatre
1660 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC

Go Somewhere Using Public Transit

eg_bus_integration_photos_fb_via_5That’s right, public transit! If you’re headed to a part or just have been meaning to explore what other neighbourhoods have to offer, New Year’s Eve is the time to do it. All TransLink services will be free from 5:00pm on December 31 until 5:00am on January 1, 2017. You can use TransLink’s online trip planner to figure out your route ahead of time.

Decentralized Dance Party

DDP NYE 2017 Possibly one of the strangest and most fun ways to end the year, the Decentralized Dance Party aims to achieve world-peace through the means of partying! This New Year’s Eve, they’re broadcasting a live citywide dance Party that anyone and everyone is welcome to join. By synchronizing the FM radios found in cars, home stereos and thousands of boom boxes, they will create a massive Decentralized Sound System that will unite The Entire Lower Mainland in a record-setting mobile celebration! Did we mention that it’s free?

Visit their Facebook event for more info.

No B.S. New Year’s Eve Pizza Party 

No BS NYEBands? Yes. Pizza? Yes. Drinks? Absolutely. Long lines, expensive drinks and crowded clubs? No way.

No B.S. New Year’s Eve Pizza Party
Wise Hall & Lounge (1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver BC)
9:00pm – 2:00am

Polar Bear Swim 

City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 371-836.
City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 371-836.

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. Its initial swim was in 1920 when a small number of hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year’s Day. What a way to start 2017!

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim
January 1, 2017 (2:30pm)
English Bay, Vancouver BC