While most people are escaping to somewhere warm and sunny for the holidays, those who are willing to brave the 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 it doesn't reach frigid temperatures as in other parts of Canada. Snow is rare, but you should still dress warm and with 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 to family-friendly celebrations. Even though winter is the off-season for tourists, there are always more travelers during New Years. Get familiar with the different events, and if you need tickets, buy them as early as possible.
Telus World of Science
Want to party with a huge crowd? Head to Telus World of Science as it turns into a nightclub for New Year's Eve. Vancouver's iconic Science World has room for over 1,000 partiers, plus two rooms of music on two floors, six DJs, five bars, and live performances. This one sells out, so move quickly!
Toast to the New Year aboard a Vancouver cruise ship. You can ring in the New Year with a gourmet buffet followed by dancing, with a glass of champagne as fireworks burst overhead on the traditional dinner cruise. Or if you'd rather nibble on lighter fare, take the Cocktail and Canape cruise where you can dance and drink wine while enjoying the DJ's music. Always a sell-out event, both cruises celebrate the New Year with fine dining, dancing, and breathtaking views of the city at night.
Ring in the New Year with breathtaking views at this waterfront gala, including views of the NYE Vancouver midnight fireworks display at Canada Place. There are also two rooms of dancing, a photo booth, three huge balloon drops, and a champagne toast. Ladies should dress "chic and sassy" and men should wear slacks and a jacket or a suit. Prices start at $65 and the minimum age is 25.
NYE Extravaganza Club Crawl
Don't want to stay in one spot all night? This NYE club crawl is aimed at students and includes the famous Roxy Nightclub, one of Vancouver's hottest nightclubs. Tickets include front-of-the-line admission to three more clubs, plus party favors, and transportation between events (so no waiting in the cold!).
Rio Theatre's Annual Naughty Little New Year's Eve
Rio Theatre's Naughty Little New Year’s Eve is a night of comedy, music, magic, and burlesque, hosted by Vancouver comedians Patrick Maliha and Eric Fell. Tickets start at $32 and include party favors, a glass of champagne, and a free ticket to a show at the Rio Theater on a later date.
Vancouver's largest gay New Year's Eve party is at the famous Celebrities Nightclub, where the party includes club hits and house music by visiting DJs and dancing that goes on well past midnight until 4 a.m.
Opus Hotel NYE Illuminate
Want to ring in the New Year in Vancouver at one of the hottest spots in swanky Yaletown? Put on your very best formal wear and enjoy dancing in two rooms with music from some of Vancouver's best DJs.
If you want to ring in New Year's Eve in Vancouver at one of Vancouver's hottest clubs, this Granville entertainment district hotspot is a good bet. (And if the crowd isn't to your liking, you can easily bar hop along Granville Street.)
Ring in the New Year like the Great Gatsby at this "roaring 20s"-style celebration aboard the Magic Spirit Yacht. Enjoy a collection of appetizers, themed party favors, two DJs and three hours of fun. Come dressed to impress. Tickets start at $99.
This NYE celebration takes place in Downtown Vancouver, near Canada Place, along Canada Place Way between Burrard St. and Howe St. Along with live music, the celebration will include an early countdown and fireworks for kids at 9 p.m., as well as a midnight countdown and fireworks for those who stay up.