It’s just about time to say goodbye to 2017! We’ve gathered a list of events and activities happening around Metro Vancouver this New Year’s Eve perfect for celebrating with your family. There are even a there are even a few that have early countdowns so your mini merrymakers won’t miss out. And speaking of missing out, some of these events require a pre-booked ticket, so please visit the event website for more information. Happy New Year!
Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver
Sunday, December 31st, 6:30 pm, Canada Place Way between Howe & Burrard Streets, Vancouver, Cost: Free.
It’s Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve party: Concord New Year’s Eve! This free family-friendly event will have live music, sponsor exhibitions, food trucks and of course, fireworks. There will be two firework celebrations, one 3-minute display at 9 pm for an Early Eve Countdown and a larger, 10-minute display at midnight. www.nyevan.com
New Year’s Eve Variety Show
Sunday, December 31st, 8 pm, Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, Cost: tickets start at $20.
Ring in 2018 with local host funny-man Daniel Zindler and his cast of fools including circus acrobats, magician Travis Bernhardt, live music, and a few surprises. It all ends early with one of Vancouver’s largest balloon drops letting you party afterward or put the kids to bed at a decent hour. www.vancouvercabaret.com
Family New Year’s Party – Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Sunday, December 31st, 4 pm, Rocky Mountain Flatbread: Kitsilano and Main Street locations, Vancouver
Rocky Mountain Flatbread has the perfect New Year’s Eve party planned for Vancouver families – and the best part is there is no babysitter needed! Family-friendly festivities include dinner, balloon twisting, face painting, pizza making & an early New Year countdown. The Family New Year parties will be held at their Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano and Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street restaurants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Family First Night at Mt Seymour
Sunday, December 31st, 6 pm – 9 pm, Mt Seymour, 1700 Mt Seymour Road, North Vancouver, Cost: $25/person, kids 2 and under are free, snow tubing, snowshoe tour, food extra.
Family First Night is one of Vancouver’s favourite family-friendly New Year’s Eve events. Enjoy snow tubing & tobogganing; take in live entertainment on the main stage by children’s performers, Tickles and Yowza the Clowns, a magic show from Shmendrick the Wizard and an exciting fire spinning routine. There will be delicious food and hot apple cider to stay warm. Head out on a Snowquest or take a guided snowshoe tour. Then get cozy for early New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks at 9 pm. You must purchase tickets for this event and they can only be bought online. www.mountseymour.com
Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at Grouse Mountain
Sunday, December 31st, 5 pm – 10:15 pm, Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, Cost: adults: $24.95, youth $14.95, kids 5-12: $9.95, kids under 2: free. Family passes available.
Kick off 2017 at the Peak of Vancouver during Grouse Mountain’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy entertainment and fun for all ages. Go for a skate, take a snow carpet ride down their new Sliding Zone and wander through the magical Light Walk around Blue Grouse Lake. Enjoy incredible performances throughout the night before an early countdown and firework display at 9 pm. Then you can head out on a complimentary family snowshoe tour. www.grousemountain.com
Great Escape Buffet and Play
Sunday, December 31st, 5 pm – 9:30 pm, The Great Escape, 20645 Langley Bypass, Langley, cost: adults + kids over 4: $21; kids aged 2-3: $11.
Escape the chilly weather at The Great Escape, an indoor family entertainment centre in Langley. They will be ringing in the New Year with laser tag, mini golf, deluxe buffet, door prizes, and an early countdown at 9 pm. Party hats, noisemakers, confetti, and great music are part of the package too. www.thege.ca
Castle Fun Park’s Early Bird Balloon Drop
Sunday, December 31st, 7 pm – 1 am, Castle Fun Park, 36165 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, Cost: Admission & parking are always free- only pay for what you want to play!
This year even the littlest merrymakers can enjoy the countdown at Castle Fun Park’s Early Bird Balloon Drop! While you await the balloon drop you are invited to watch a movie on their 120″ screen; complete with popcorn, hot chocolate, and cookies! There will be some nifty door prizes too! Enjoy any of the 3 uniquely themed 18-hole mini-golf courses, go-karts, batting cages, laser maze, bumper cars & over 200 arcade games! Before the clock strikes midnight (or the ‘pretend’ midnight at 9 pm) capture a memory with a snapshot of you and your friends and family in one of our photo booths.
Whistler Presents: New Year’s Eve Celebrations
Sunday, December 31st, 6 pm – midnight, Whistler Village, Whistler, Cost: $12.50/person (for tickets purchased before December 30th), children under 2 are free.
A family-style celebration at two unique ticketed venues within Whistler Village. Each venue will be filled with lively entertainment, games, crafts, activities and early kids NYE countdowns. Make sure to explore each one between 6 pm and 11 pm, then bundle up and head to Skier’s Plaza for a special edition Fire & Ice show at 11:30 pm followed by a dazzling fireworks display at midnight. www.whistler.com
For more holiday family fun, visit our ultimate guide to family-friendly holiday events in Metro Vancouver, many of the events carry on through to the New Year!
By: Michelle Hughes