While most people are escaping to somewhere warm and sunny for the holidays, those who are willing to brave the Canadian cold will find all types of New Year's Eve events to enjoy in Vancouver.
Vancouver is known for its year-round quirkiness, charm, and scenic beauty. Visiting for New Year's means that you should expect rain, cold, and short days, but the temperatures aren't quite as cold as in other parts of Canada and snow is rare. However, still plan to dress warm with plenty of layers.
New Year's Eve in Vancouver is much more than a countdown to midnight. There are celebrations for everyone, from a boat cruise with incredible views of the fireworks to late-night parties and family-friendly celebrations. Even though winter is the off-season for tourists, there are always more travelers during New Year's. So scope out some of this year's events and if you need a ticket, make sure to buy it as soon as you can.
Want to party with a huge crowd? Head to Science World as it turns into a nightclub for New Year's Eve. This party, hosted by Twisted Productions, is held every year at Vancouver's iconic science center. The venue has room for over 1,000 partiers with two rooms of dancing on two floors, six DJs, five bars, and live performances. This one sells out fast, so move quickly!
Toast to the New Year aboard a Vancouver cruise ship. You can ring in the New Year with dancing, champagne, and fireworks bursting overhead. You can choose from the traditional dinner cruise with a buffet, or, if you'd rather nibble on lighter fare, try the Cocktail and Canape cruise where you can dance the night away. Always a sell-out event, both cruises celebrate the New Year with a great party and breathtaking views of the city at night.
Ring in the New Year with breathtaking views at the Fairmont Waterfront's Gala Ball and you'll have some of the best views of the city's midnight fireworks display. There are two rooms of dancing, a photo booth, three huge balloon drops, and a champagne toast. The dress code is semi-formal, so no jeans allowed and the cost of the ticket includes appetizers, party favors, champagne for the midnight toast.
Don't want to stay in one spot all night? This NYE club crawl is aimed at students. A party bus will transport you between four of the best bars and clubs in Vancouver. Tickets include front-of-the-line admission, plus party favors, and transportation between events. This is a great option for young people who want to party all night long, but don't want to spend the night waiting in the cold!
Another way to ring in the new year on the water is aboard one of these jazz-age style celebration vessels. Magic Yacht Charters offers a New Year's three-hour cruise that includes appetizers, party favors, and two DJs.