For most adults, ringing in the New Year means heading to one of Vancouver's Top 10 New Year's Eve Parties; but since those events are 19+ (and generally involve alcohol), they aren't the place for families with kids or teens under 19.
Luckily, the options for family-friendly, all-ages New Year's Eve events in Vancouver are growing: NYE 2016 will see the first annual NYE Vancouver celebration in Downtown Vancouver, a free event for all ages that includes fireworks(!), and there are more great all-ages parties around Metro Vancouver.
Use this Guide to the Top All-Ages New Year's Eve Events in Vancouver to find the perfect celebration for your family and friends!
All events happen on Saturday, December 31, 2016.
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Back for its second year, this free, all-ages New Year's Eve celebration fbrings NYE fireworks back to Vancouver! Taking place in Downtown Vancouver along Canada Place Way (between Burrard St. and Howe St.), the celebration includes live music and entertainment, an early countdown and fireworks at 9pm, and the traditional countdown and more fireworks at midnight!
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One of Vancouver's closest snow sports resorts (it's about 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver), Mount Seymour is also home to one of the top all-ages New Year's Eve events in Metro Vancouver. Family First Night at Mount Seymour includes snow tubing and tobogganing, family activities, live entertainment and live music, and an early countdown at 9pm.
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One of Vancouver's Top 5 Holiday Attractions, Bright Nights in Stanley Park is one of the best all-ages New Year's Eve events in Vancouver for younger kids. At Bright Nights, the forest around the famous Stanley Park Miniature Train is transformed into a winter wonderland with incredible light and holiday displays; kids get to ride the train, watch animated displays, enjoy holiday music, and nosh on hot cocoa and fresh popcorn.
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Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver celebrates New Year's Eve with its annual Grouse Mountain Family-Friendly New Year's Celebration. Festivities include outdoor ice skating, live entertainment, and a special 9:00 pm countdown for kids.
If you already have a Grouse Mountain Annual Local's Pass, Y2Play or Winter Season Pass, then tickets to Family New Year's Eve is included with your pass (no need to purchase additional tickets for this event). If you don't have a pass, you can buy tickets just for this NYE event; tickets for a family of four are $59.95.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Family-Friendly New Year's Eve at Vancouver Cabaret
Vancouver Cabaret Theatre's annual Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Variety Show at the Vancouver Playhouse features circus acrobats, magicians, comedians, and one of Vancouver’s biggest balloon drops at 10pm.
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Whistler's family-friendly New Year's celebration takes place at Whistler Village and includes live entertainment, ice skating, games, a special Fire & Ice Show, and fireworks at midnight. Also includes two countdowns: an early one for younger kids and the traditional midnight countdown. This is an alcohol-free event.