This New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in Edmonton will offer many events, parties, shows, festivities, and more. Here are 47 things that you could enjoy as the city celebrates the new year.
Fun Things For The Whole Family
1) New Year's Eve Downtown (December 31)
Edmonton throws the biggest party in Western Canada every year on the 31st. Come to City Hall and Sir Winston Churchill Square to enjoy music, crafts, face painting, ice skating, concessions, and more. Indoor activities begin at 7:00pm, outdoor activities begin at 10:00pm, and fireworks begin at midnight. And public transportation to and from your New Year's Eve celebrations are free. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: Winston Churchill Square
2) New Year's Eve Festival (December 31, 4pm – 8pm)
This festival begins in the afternoon, letting you begin your New Year's celebrations early. Whether you're enjoying sleigh rides with friends or family, visiting the craft tables, playing hockey, skating, or sledding, this festival has a little bit of everything. Fireworks begin at Broadmoor Lake Park at 8:00pm.
Location: Broadmoor Lake Park, Community Centre, and Festival Place
3) Family Festival (December 31, 6pm - 9pm)
This annual festival will offer delicious snacks, piping hot chocolate, games and activities for kids, horse and wagon rides, Christmas displays at the Pioneer Museum, and live music.
Location: Heritage Park (4204 50 Street)
Price: A donation of a non-perishable food item is requested
4) New Year's Eve Fireworks (December 31, 8:30pm)
Victory Life Church is hosting a New Year's family event. Join the festivities which features fireworks by Thunder F/X Fireworks. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: Mission Park, St Albert
5) World Waterpark's Family Beach Ball 2014 (December 31, 6pm – midnight)
Do you want to celebrate New Year's Eve but wish there was less cold weather and snow and more water slides and indoor fireworks? Family Beach Ball 2014 is the perfect option for you and your family. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: World Water Park, WEM
Price: Individual ($29.95), Family of Four ($79.92)
6) Muttart Masquerade (December 31, 10am - 2am)
Ring in the New Year in style at this masquerade ball. There will be live music, delicious food, and fun things to do for every guest. Each hour will feature a countdown. Come in costume and enjoy the fun. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: Muttart Conservatory
Price: Child ($6.50), Youth ($10.60), Adult ($12), Senior ($10.60), Family ($36.50)
7) New Year's Eve at Edmonton Park (December 31, 2pm – 7pm)
Two events are happening at Edmonton Park. First, at 2pm, is the musical comedy Christmas Pantomime. The show includes slapstick humour and is family friendly. So come enjoy this fun and unique interpretation of popular fairy tales.
And beginning at 3pm is Christmas Reflections, a celebration that takes people of all ages back to take a look at Christmas in the past. There's plenty of room, so bring your friends.
Location: Edmonton Park
Price: Please see each event's website for more pricing information
8) Edmonton Oil Kinds vs. Swift Current Broncos (December 31, 6pm)
Before heading out to watch the fireworks and join the other New Year's celebrations, enjoy the game. For more information, please visit the event's website.
Location: Rexall Place
Price: Please visit the website for ticket information
9) New Year's Eve Dinner (December 31, 3pm – 11pm)
The Melting Pot is hosting a New Year's Eve dinner that features food from the Pacific Islands. Enjoy unique and delicious dishes in the fun and relaxed atmosphere of the Melting Pot. You'll also have the opportunity to receive party favours, a surprise gift, and a framed photo of you and your guests. For more information, please visit their website.
: The Melting Pot (2920 Calgary Trail NW, Suite 117)
: $40 - $115
10) New Year's Eve Gala
The Portuguese Canadian Multicultural Society is throwing a gala this New Year and people of all ages are welcome to attend. Guests will enjoy Portuguese and Latin music presented by DJ Michel Carrola. Also available are door prizes, party favours, special room rates, and a private playroom for children. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.
Location: The Westin Edmonton (10135 100 Street NW)
Price: Adults ($90), Children ($45)
11) New Year's Eve Family Dance (December 31, 7:30pm – 1am)
This family dance will host a live band, a silent auction, a midnight “lunch”, concessions. Dance the night away to country and rock and roll. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: Devon Community Centre (20 Haven Avenue, Devon)
Price: Adult ($20), Children ($10)
12) New Year's Eve Concert
This annual concert will feature crafts and face painting, snacks and refreshments, activities for adults and children, and live music by Back Porch Swing, The Carolies, The Jim Findlay Trio, Braden Gates, Scott Cook & the Long Weekends, and Festival City Fiddlers. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: McDougall United Church (10025 101 Street NW)
Price: A donation of a non-perishable food item is requested
Fun Things For Adults and Youth
1) New Year's Eve Pre-Party W/ Cyril Hahn (December 30, 9pm)
Get your New Year's celebrations started early. For more information on this event, please visit their website.
Location: The Starlite Room
Price: $15 - $20
2) New Year's Eve Eve (December 30, 9:30pm – December 31, 8am)
This early celebration features bowling, laser tag, gymnasium activities, and more. Please visit their website.
Location Calvary Community Churchill
Price: Please see the website for ticket information
3) An Evening of Music and Magician (December 31, 6:30pm - midnight)
You can ring in the new year in style with this classy celebration. The magician Ron Pearson will be performing amazing feats and the sounds of jazz and swing will fill the room. Enjoy a five course meal, take in live music by Cam Neufeld, a gypsy jazz quartet. Please visit their website.
Location: Hotel Selkirk (Fort Edmonton Parkland)
4) Latin New Year's (December 31, 5:30pm)
This is the 15th annual celebration of the Latin New Year's. The celebration will include live music by Domenic Marte. Please visit their website.
Location: Delta Edmonton South Hotel (4404 Gateway Blvd)
5) Jazz New Year's Everyone (December 31, 5:30pm)
This jazzy celebration will provide a four course mean as well as live entertainment. Enjoy live music by Sandro Dominelli and Shelley Jones. You'll also be able to easily see the downtown fireworks. So come see one of Edmonton's number one New Year events. See the website for more information.
Location: Delta Edmonton South Hotel (4404 Gateway Blvd)
6) Edmonton International New Year's Eve Gala (December 31, 7pm)
This 18+ event offers guests live music and entertainment, great people, and plenty of food.
Location: Fantasyland Hotel's Beverly Hills Ballroom (17700 87 Avenue)
7) New Year's Eve Party featuring Mike Vecchione (December 31, 7pm and 10pm)
This hilarious comedian has performed at Z-Rock and has won the People's Choice Award for Favourite Comic. For more information, please visit the website.
Location: The Comic Strip, WEM
Price $30 - $68
8) New Year's With Teatro! (December 31, 7:30pm – 9:30pm)
Come celebrate New Year's with this exciting and hilarious event at Varscona Theatre. For more information visit their website.
Location Varscona Theatre (10329 83 Avenue)
Price: Regular Admission ($28), Students/Seniors ($25)
9) Sugar Swing's New Year's Eve Party (December 31, 9pm - 2am)
This event is called “Good Old Hollywood: A New Year's Eve Gala” and is inspired by celebrity, high fashion, and the golden era of Hollywood and cinema. You an enjoy live entertainment, cocktails and champagne, food, and classic music from the 20s – 40s. Visit the website for more information.
Location: Sugar Foot Ballroom (10545 81 Avenue)
10) Boodang NYE featuring Tiesto (December 31, 7pm – 2:30am)
DJ Tiesto, one of the biggest names in electronic music, is featured in this one of a kind New Year celebration. Visit their website.
Location: Shaw Conference Centre (9797 Jasper Avenue)
11) Edmonton New Year's Eve Extravaganza Club Crawl (December 31, 6:30pm)
Not just for students, this club crawl is for anyone of legal drinking age. The night includes 4 downtown clubs, party bus transportation between locations, no lines, contests and prizes, and more. For more information, please visit the event's website.
Location: 10125 109 Street
12) David Wilcox New Year's Eve Bash (December 31, 6pm Dinner, 9:15pm Show)
Come see the talented blues/rock musician David Wilcox at the Century Casino. Come early and enjoy dinner before you watch and listen to Wilcox perform some of his most popular songs, including “Breakfast at the Circus”, “Layin' Pipe”, and more. For more information, visit the website.
Location: Century Casino (13103 Fort Road)
Price: Dinner ($39.95), Show ($79.95)
13) License to Thrill (December 31, various times)
Several packages are available for this exciting New Year's Eve event. The night will feature prizes, food, music, excitement, and more. Choose from:
- Harness Racing (free) at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino @ 6:30pm
- New Year's Eve Dinner ($65) at Colours Restaurant @ 5:30pm – 9pm
- Paddock Theatre After Party ($20 per person or $35 for two) at the Casino @ 9:30pm – 2am
For more information, visit the website.
14) Giggling and Rocking in the New Year (December 31, 7pm – 2am)
This event features hilarious comedians and great music. The Green Eyed Blonde and Savage Playground will be playing, Comedian Dave Stawnichy will keep you laughing, and DJs will be playing in between acts. And the best part is that the event supports the Bear's Children Fund and the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Location: Southwood Community Hall (1880 37 Avenue)
Price: $35 ($50 at the door)
15) JK & the Static (December 31, 7pm – 2am)
Edmonton's hottest live blues club, come rock in the New Year in style. For more information, visit their website.
Location: Blues on Whyte (10329 82 Avenue NW)
Price: $25 ($30 at the door)
16) Punk Rock New Year's (December 31, 8pm)
Bands include A Wilhelm Scream, Fire Next Time, Forester, and Abandin All Hope. Visit the website for more information.
Location: Pawnshop Live (10551 Whyte Avenue NW)
17) Celebrate New Year's Eve with Abba Again (December 31, 8pm)
Abba tribute band Abba Again will bring you all of your favourite Abba songs. Plus, the Rault Brothers Band will also be performing. Visit the website for more information.
Location: Central Lions Senior Citizens Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street NW)
18) The King (December 31, Open (5pm), Show (7pm)
The perfect New Year's celebration for any Elvis fan. The show stars Trent Carlini and feature Joe Esposito (Elvis' lifelong friend and manager). Esposito has called Carlini's show “The best Elvis show in Las Vegas”. For more information, please visit the website.
Location: River Cree Resort & Casino (300 East Lapotac Blvd)
19) New Year's Eve at Yuk Yuk's (December 31)
Enjoy dinner and a show (or one or the other) at Yuk Yuk's. Doors open for the dinner at 7:30pm and the dinner begins at 8pm. The doors open for the show at 9pm and the show begins at 10:30pm. For more information, please visit the website.
Location: Yuk Yuk's @ Century Casino (13103 Fort Road)
Price: Show ($50), Dinner and Show ($85 each)
20) Edmonton Petroleum Club New Year's Eve (December 31, 6pm)
This celebration has everything. The night features the band Aura playing live, dancing, and a seven course meal. Visit the website for more information.
Location: Edmonton Petroleum Club (11110 108 Street)
21) Rooster Davis Group w/ Ann Vriend (December 31, 7pm – 1am)
Enjoy a seven course meal at this New Year's event designed in the style of New Orleans. Plus, there will be live music by Rooster Davis featuring Ann Vriend. Come enjoy the soulful food and sounds of New Orleans. For more information, visit the website.
Location: The Blue Chair Café (9624 76 Avenue)
22) The Bourbon Room New Year's Eve (December 31)
Come and enjoy dinner, several live musicians, dancing, DJs, and more. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Location: The Bourbon Room (205 Carnegie Drive)
23) Hogmanay (December 31, 6:30pm)
Come at 6:30pm to enjoy cocktails and dinner will begin at 7pm. The show begins at 8:30pm and is sure to please. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: Edmonton Scottish Society (3105 101 Street SW)
24) Gotham New Year's Eve Party (December 31, Dinner (6pm), Show (9pm)
A relaxing and stylish atmosphere, this event offers delicious food and live music. Celebrate the New Year in style. Visit their website for more information.
Location: The Red Piano Bistro and Duelling Piano Bar (Bourbon Street)
Price: Show ($55), Dinner and Show ($165)
25) Countdown to Midnight New Year's Eve (December 31, 8pm)
This rocking New Year's celebration is metal. Heavy metal, death metal, black metal, and more. Featuring groups like Riot City, Death Toll Rising, and The Order of Chaos. Visit the website for more information.
Location: The Starlite Room (10030 102 Street NW)
26) Best of 2014 New Year's Eve Brewmaster's Dinner & Dance (December 31, 6:30pm – 2am)
This dinner and dance event features a dedicated table for guests, champagne, prizes, and a four course meal, and craft beer. Dancing begins at 9pm and guests receive preferred entry all night. Visit the website for more information.
Location: Craft Beer Market (10013 101 Avenue NW)
Price: Dance ($10), Dinner and Dance ($75)
27) Boogie Patrol (December 31, 6pm – 8pm)
Boogie Patrol is a Blues, Funk, Soul and R&B band that has been keeping Western Canada entertained since 2007. Come and enjoy this unique show and four course meal. More information on their Facebook page.
Location: Big Al's House of Blues (12402 118 Avenue)
Price: Show ($50), Dinner and Show ($80)
28) Countdown New Year's Eve Live at Union Hall (December 31, 9pm)
Join the party at celebrate 30 years of music videos as 20 enormous screens play the greatest of the great. Also featured in the evening are several DJs, bottle service, and a free midnight champagne toast. Visit their website for more information.
Location: Union Hall (6240 99 Street)
29) The Ultimate Black and White New Year's Eve (December 31, 6pm)
This classy celebration offers guests a four course meal, wine, door prizes, and more. You can also enjoy a special show, Duelling Pianos. There isn't a more fun and relaxing way to celebrate. Visit their website.
Location: Overtime Gastro Pub and Taproom (101 Granada Blvd)
Price: See their website for ticket prices
30) It's Elementary Sherlock (December 31, 6:15pm)
Do you like music? Do you like comedy? Do you like food? Then you're going to love this musical comedy dinner and a show. Enjoy prizes, a midnight buffet, and more. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: Jubilation Dinner Theatre
31) New Year's Eve With Elvis (December 31, Dinner (8pm), Show and Dancing (9pm)
This is a must see for Elvis fans. This tribute to the King by Robin Kelly will feature all the hits you love. There is a buffet style dinner at 8pm and guests will receive door prizes and take part in a midnight champagne toast. Doors open at 7pm. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: APEX Casino (24 Bourdreau Road)
32) The Artery's New Year's Eve Massive! (December 31, 9pm)
Luke Thompson and The Collective West will be performing at this New Year's event. The Collective West is an award winning Edmonton based alternative folk band committed to making innovative music. Visit the website for more event information.
Location: The Artery (9535 Jasper Avenue)
Price: 12$ ($15 at the door)
Fun Things To Do on New Year's Day
1) New Year's Day Levee w/ the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta (January 1)
A tradition for almost 400 years, the New Year's Day Levee allows people of all ages to come and meet the Queen's representative. For more information, please visit the website.
Location: Government House
2) The 30th Annual Resolution Run (January 1, 11am)
If you're like a lot of other people, you made some New Year's resolutions. What better way to get started on those than with a 5K walk/run? You can get more information at the event's website.
Location: William Lutsky YMCA (1975 111 Street)
Price: $50 - $55
3) New Year's Day Brunch (January 1, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm)
Did you make a New Year's resolution to try more delicious food? If so, then you're in luck! Culinary Director Jasmin Kobajica presents an extensive brunch menu with all of your favourites and several unique creations. You'll also find a carving table, chocolate fountain, and a relaxed and beautiful setting in the park. Children under 2 eat free. For more information, please visit their website.
Location: Fort Edmonton Parkland
Price: Adults ($39.95), Seniors ($32.95), Children 2-12 ($18.95)
4) New Year's Day (January 1, 1pm – 4pm)
Celebrate the first day of 2015 with free hot chocolate, crafts, free skating and hockey, numerous children's activities, skiing, and more. This event is fun for people of all ages. Visit their website.
Location: See website for all locations
Price: Free (please bring a food item donation to the food bank)
5) Salute to Vienna: New Year's Day Concert (January 4, 2:30pm)
Klaus Arp conducts the Strauss Symphony of Canada, featuring Patricia Nessy and Stephen Chaundy. The events will also feature the Hungarian National Ballet and the International Champion Ballroom Dancers. Pieces will include Die Fledermaus, the Merry Widow, polkas, and Strauss Waltzes. This elegant show is a must see. For more information, please visit the website.
Location: Winspear Centre
Price: $49.50 - $135.00