Celebrating New Year's in Vancouver, Canada

New Year's Eve Parties and New Year's Day Events

Over the years Vancouver, British Columbia, has been trending as one of the hottest spots for ringing the New Year. Although, it is technically not "hot." Vancouver enjoys some of the mildest winter temperatures in Canada. No matter your speed, Vancouver has it all. You can snuggle up with a loved one at a ski resort, party at one of many Vancouver nightclubs, or watch the fireworks at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. 

December 31, New Year's Eve, is packed with parties for adults at Vancouver nightclubs, hotels, and hotspots. For families, there are New Year's Eve parties with early countdowns for children, so they do not have to stay up until midnight. There are a lot of things to do on New Year's Day, too, including the famous Vancouver Polar Bear Swim.

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    Adult-Only New Year's Eve Parties

    Champagne toast
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    New Year's Eve in Vancouver is a huge night for partying that almost every Vancouver nightclub hosts New Year's Eve parties. There are options for every age and taste, from pub crawls for university students and parties catering to the LGBTQ community, to black-tie galas (which can be age 25 and over), and dinner-and-dancing cruises that appeal to all ages.

    The venues are varied too, from the Telus World of Science and the Rio Theater to some of the top hotels and nightclubs in the city.

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    Family-Friendly New Year's Eve

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    If you have kids, there are great options for a family-friendly New Year's Eve, all of which include an early countdown, usually around 9 p.m., so the kids do not have to stay up until midnight.

    You can check out the New Year's Eve Celebration in Downtown Vancouver appropriate for all ages with fireworks, musical performances, and food trucks.

    There is also the Family First Night on Mount Seymour, which is 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., your family can enjoy the longest-running family-friendly New Year’s Eve event on the North Shore with snow tubing, tobogganing, live entertainment, and food. Or, you can go skiing with the family then enjoy a New Year's celebration on Grouse Mountain.

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    New Year's Day Events

    People running into English Bay for the Polar Bear Swim
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    If you're not too hungover from overdoing it with the midnight champagne, you might want to celebrate the first day of the year at one of the many New Year's Day events. While many businesses are closed, since it is a statutory holiday in Canada, there are still many unique things to do on January 1.

    You can attend or participate in the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim, where daring swimmers take a dip in the water off English Bay Beach, in costume if you like, at the most famous New Year's Day event in Vancouver.

    Or, if you're more in the mood for donning skates, there is free ice skating at Robson Square, which is open all day on January 1.

    Other attractions that are open New Year's Day include a popular Vancouver holiday attraction, Bright Nights at the Stanley Park Miniature Train, or the Vancouver Aquarium, which is open 365 days a year including January 1.