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8 can’t-miss New Year’s Eve parties & events in Calgary

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What do you do when you’ve eaten yourself into a food-coma and shopped yourself silly on Boxing Day? Come midnight on December 31st, it’ll be time to get your Gatsby on! We’re ringing in the Roaring Twenties all over again! Raise a glass to 2019 by hitting up one of the many New Year’s Eve parties and events in Calgary. We’ve rounded up everything from the family-friendly to the wild and loose.

Now, here are 8 of the best ways to celebrate NYE in Calgary.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Of course, we’re dreaming of a white Christmas, but we’ll be hoping it warms up by the time the ball drops. You’ll be able to see this incredible fireworks display from almost anywhere in the inner city, but nothing will compare to the view from Olympic Plaza. Bundle up and head to the heart of downtown. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and the loudest NYE countdown in the city.

When: December 31 at midnight
Where: Olympic Plaza,  228 8 Ave SE
Cost: FREE

Beary Merry New Year’s Eve at The Calgary Zoo

Didn’t get your fill over the holidays? Explore ZOOLIGHTS before heading into the Safari Lodge for a 5-star buffet-style meal. Snap a pic or two in their photo booth, wet your whistle at their cash bar, and then dance your way into next year. Guests will also receive a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight!

When: December 31 from 6 pm – 2 am
Where: The Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE
Cost: $125

New Year’s Hockey Game

Red looks good on you! Take on NYE in the Dome, while the Flames take on the Chicago Blackhawks. You just had a crazy month, there’s nothing wrong with taking it easy! Have a few beers and a pocket dog, then hit up Dutton’s Canadian Lounge as it turns into a top-notch NYE party right inside the Dome.

When: December 31 game at 7 pm, Dutton’s party from end of game – 2 am
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Cost: Game tickets $40+; NYE party tickets $25

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Roaring ’20s Gatsby Party

So we beat on, boats against the current. Follow that little green light to Cowboys for an over-the-top Gatsby bash that Jay himself would approve of. Dress in your best ’20s attire and raise a glass to the golden age of burlesque, liquor, and jazz.

When: December 31 at 8 pm
Where: Cowboys Calgary, 421 12 Ave SE
Cost: $15

Mystique NYE

A not-so-traditional tradition! Parties at the Carriage House Inn are well. This year’s Mystique Ball is going to be insane. Each ticket will include access to three different parties happening within the venue all with a different vibe and DJ, and a buffet-style dinner.

When: December 31 – doors open at 6:30 pm
Where: Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South
Cost: $115+

New Year’s Eve in Banff

Take advantage of your New Years Day off, escape the city craziness! Stay the night in Banff and check out their annual street party! Ooh and aah at their fireworks, take in some live music & entertainment, and participate in some raucous end of year celebrations. What happens in Banff…

When: December 31 – times vary
Where: Downtown Banff
Cost: FREE and ticketed events


New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl

Indecisive? We can help with that. Climb aboard a party bus and check out 4 incredible New Year’s Eve parties. Win prizes, skip cover, and jump the line!

When: December 31 – times vary
Where: Hudsons Locations & GRETA Bar, 213 10 Ave SW
Cost: $30-$150

Roaring ’20s Charity Gala

Okay, so obviously the “Roaring Twenties” theme is pretty popular around Calgary, but can you blame ’em? Get dolled up, dance the night away, AND raise money for the Kidney March. Good times for a good cause.

When:  December 31 – doors open at 5:30 pm
Where: Sheraton Cavalier Calgary Hotel, 2620 32 Ave NE
Cost: $95-$850

New Year’s Eve in Calgary is just the best, isn’t it? Out with the old in with the new! We’ll see you out there, old sport!

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