New Year’s Eve celebrations take place at various venues on December 31 in 2019 including in downtown Vancouver, North Shore ski hills and area night clubs.
Note: There won’t be any massive party or fireworks at Canada Place this year, due to the organizers of that event focusing their attention on moving the celebrations to False Creek for December 31st in 2020. There will, however, be smaller pop-up New Year’s Eve celebrations at various downtown Vancouver locations instead (with exact details to be determined). Other Lower Mainland New Year’s Eve events will also still be taking place as they have in previous years. See below for details.
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Or, for details about pyrotechnic shows, click Vancouver Fireworks (which takes you to another page). Or for a list of night clubs and other party venues click Other Party Places which will take you to a list of over a dozen top party venues at the bottom of this page).
2019 Lower Mainland New Year’s Eve Activities
The largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Lower Mainland used to take place around Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. The festivities there included ticketed parties as well as free concerts and fireworks.
Unfortunately, last year was the final year for the main fireworks and concert activities at Canada Place. On December 31st, 2019, there will be a series of smaller events at different locations instead, and then, on the last day of the year in 2020 (and other future years), there will be fireworks and a massive light show at the eastern end of False Creek.
Other significant New Year’s Eve events in 2019 take place at area ski hills including Mt. Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress on the North Shore, as well as in the Fraser Valley at Sasquatch Mountain. All four resort events include fireworks and various amounts of family-friendly activities.
Of course New Year’s Eve celebrations for adults ages 19+ also take place at night clubs and other party venues throughout the Lower Mainland.
See below for details about all of the above December 31st party places.
New Year’s Eve Boat Parties
One of the best places to celebrate the arrival of the New Year is on a New Year’s Eve boat party cruise. They offer night club-style dancing, food, drinks and spectacular views of the city.
A popular New Year’s Eve cruise in 2019 is with Vancouver Boat Parties. Their event runs from around 8:30 pm on December 31st until 1:30 am on January 1st. It takes place on the Queen of Diamonds which is a 300+-person luxury yacht. The event features a dinner buffet, party favours, a licensed bar and DJ music on two different floors.
This is a very popular event and will likely sell out well in advance (so reserve your spot early). For tickets and more details click New Year’s Eve Boat Party.
New Year’s Eve at Canada Place
The Lower Mainland’s largest New Year’s Eve celebrations used to happen around Canada Place in downtown Vancouver on the evening of December 31st.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As mention above, the Canada Place fireworks event will NOT be taking place on New Year’s Eve on December 31st in 2019. The event is taking a one-year break. It returns to Vancouver on December 31st in 2020, however, but at a new location – at the eastern end of False Creek (near Science World). See the Concord Pacific NYE website for details.
Up until 2018, the free street party with 20 food trucks, outdoor concerts and over 100,000 people used to take place along Canada Place Way. There were also indoor ticketed events at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
In years when it did take place, the free Street Party ran from around 7:00 pm until 12:15 am, indoor ticketed events went from 7:00 pm until 1:30 am, and fireworks took off at both 9:00 pm and 12:00 am.
Click Canada Place at New Year’s Eve for more information.
NEW YEAR’S EVE TIP
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December 31st at Area Ski Hills
Lower Mainland ski hills are where you can celebrate New Year Eve’s in the snow. Mt. Seymour offers a family-focused event and Grouse Mountain has both adult-only and family-friendly options.
All three of Vancouver’s North Shore mountains, including Cypress, have early evening fireworks most years. Sasquatch Mountain has fireworks followed by adult-only partying in the pub.
New Year’s Eve at MT. SEYMOUR
The Family First Night event at Mt. Seymour runs from 5:30 until 8:30 pm and costs about $30 per person. Activities include laser tobogganing, fire pits, snowshoeing, live entertainment and fireworks.
Click Family First Night for more information about the North Shore’s longest running New Year’s Eve event.
New Year’s Eve at GROUSE MOUNTAIN
North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain ski resort offers three different New Year’s Eve options on December 31st. There’s a New Year’s Eve Dinner, Family New Year’s Celebrations and a Snowshoe Fondue.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Grouse Mountain’s New Year’s Eve Dinner is the ski hill’s main option for dining. In past years there was a Gala which was for adults only and included dinner and then dancing. In 2019, there are dinner options, but also dancing.
Dinner in the Observatory Restaurant in recent years cost about $120 per person (plus taxes, tip and beverages). In December 2019, however, sittings range between $125 (for an earlier 6-course dinner) up to $150 (for a later 8-course session).
In 2019 the 6-course dinner menu features a chickpea crisp and hummus appetizer, salmon with caviar, a smoked radish and kale salad, sturgeon, striploin steak, sorbet and chèvre cheesecake for dessert. Extras with the 8-course dinner include goat cheese tortellini and veal tonnato with tuna belly. Vegetarian options are also available.
Four-course dinners are also offered for $90 (plus taxes, tip and beverages) at Altitudes Bistro.
Click Grouse New Year’s Eve Gala for more information about the event.
Family New Year’s Eve Celebration
The Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at Grouse Mountain includes ice skating, fire performances, a live band and DJ music at the skate pond, fireworks at 9:00 pm and more. This event often sells out.
Activities scheduled for December 31, 2019, include live entertainment, sleigh rides, and photo opportunities with the Snow Queen and King. The headliner band last year was Delhi 2 Dublin. Entertainment for 2019 includes the band Toy Zebra and ventriloquist Kellie Haines.
Click Family New Year’s Eve Celebration for further details about the event in 2019.
The New Year’s Eve Snowshoe Fondue event at Grouse Mountain usually includes a guided tour through the snowshoeing trails followed by a fondue dinner in Altitudes Bistro.
Sessions most years started at 11 am, 1, 4 and 7 pm and the cost is around $100 (or $24 or so less for season’s pass holders). Included with the cost is use of a headlamp at night, snowshoe rentals, the fondue and the ride up the hill in the Skyride Tram from the parking lot.
Click Grouse Snowshoe Fondue for more information about the event from last year. 2019 details are to be confirmed.
New Year’s Eve at CYPRESS MOUNTAIN
On New Year’s Eve Cypress Mountain usually offers s’ mores to roast around fire pits, live entertainment and fireworks. The snacks typically start at around 5:00 pm, the entertainment runs from 5:45 until 7:45 pm or so, and the fireworks begin at 8:00.
The live entertainment at the Cypress event in years previous included Flamenco music and hands-on Afro-Peruvian percussion and drumming. 2019 details are to be confirmed, but entertainment will likely be similar.
Click Cypress on New Year’s Eve for more information.
New Year’s Eve at SASQUATCH MOUNTAIN
Sasquatch Mountain is located in the Hemlock Valley not far from Harrison Hot Springs. At the resort on December 31st most years there’s a torch-light parade and fireworks.
The torch-light parade usually starts at around 8:30, the fireworks blast off at around 9:00 pm and New Year’s Eve celebrations continue at Molly Hogan’s Pub from 10:00 pm to 1:30 am.
Tickets for the event at Sasquatch Mountain cost just $15 or so in previous years and had to be purchased in advance. 2019 details are to be confirmed.
See the Sasquatch Mountain website for more details.
St. Paul’s Labyrinth
For something completely different, Turn of the Year at St. Paul’s Labyrinth is an evening of contemplative music and labyrinth-walking opportunities at St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 1130 Jervis Street in Vancouver. Admission is free.
2019 details are to be confirmed.
The schedule for December 31st in 2018 was the following:
- 5 to 6 pm – Eucharist
- 6 to 8 pm – The group Naad performed World Fusion Music on handpan, flute, didgeridoo, shruti box, tanpura guitar and voice at the Labyrinth
- 7 to 8:30 pm – Storytelling with Kira van Deusen in the King Room
- 8:15 to 10:15 pm – Rebecca Blair performed Early Music Melodies on harp at the Labyrinth
- 9 to 11 pm – Reception with refreshments and live music in the Church Lower Hall
- 10:15 pm to 12:15 am – Howard Meadows on wind instruments with New Age Improvisations in the Labyrinth
For more information click Turn of the Year at St. Paul’s Labyrinth.
Metro Vancouver New Year’s Party Places
In addition to the December 31st celebrations at Canada Place and area ski hills, New Year’s Eve parties also take place at various night clubs and other venues around town. Some of the most popular parties in 2019 for adults ages 19+ are listed below.
(Note: Rates, venues and other details are subject to change.)
- Vancouver Boat Parties – the popular cruise party company offers their annual New Year’s Eve event from between around 8:30 pm and 1:30 am on December 31st in 2019. The trip on the Queen of Diamonds yacht features a buffet dinner, party favours and DJ music. For tickets and more details click New Year’s Eve Boat Party.
- Vancouver Theatresports – tonight’s live theatre improv performance at the Improv Centre on Granville Island is New Year’s Eve 2019.
- New Year’s Eve at the River Rock Casino – the final day of the year is celebrated with performances from Yolanda Fletcher performing as Aretha Franklin and Bobby Brooks Wilson as Jackie Wilson, and Sam Cooke with the Moon Coin Show Band. Tickets for the dinner and show cost around $140 (plus taxes and fees) and admission to just the concerts costs around $80.
- Gatsby’s House Party – the party at the Marriott Pinnacle at 1128 W Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver includes an appetizer buffet and DJ music. Admission starts at about $73 including tax/fees and the party goes from 9 pm until 2 am.
- New Year’s Eve 2020 Gala Ball – New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Fairmont Waterfront at 900 Canada Place in Vancouver. The party goes from 9 pm to 1 am and tickets start at around $96 including taxes and fees.
- New Year’s Eve Parq Gala 2020 – JW Marriott Parq Vancouver at 39 Smithe Street hosts a New Year’s Eve party for guests 23 years of age or older with live DJ music, appetizers and a photo booth. Tickets start at around $86 including taxes and fees.
- NYE at Harbour Event Centre – an end-of-2019 event with lights and DJ music at the Harbour Event Centre. Tickets are $45 plus tax and online fees.
- Dinner and Dance Party at the Pinnacle – New Year’s Eve is celebrated at the Lobby Restaurant at North Vancouver’s Pinnacle Hotel with a three-course dinner and dancing. Tickets cost $53 for just the dinner, or an extra $35 with a wine pairing (plus taxes, tip and fees, and a $15 cover charge after 8:00 pm).
- NYE at Telus World of Science – a New Year’s Eve party at Science World. The event features 5 bars, 2 floors of dancing, half a dozen of Vancouver’s favourite DJs and up to 1100 guests. Tickets range from $75 (plus fees) for regular early-bird admission up to $2000 for a VIP table for 10.
New Year’s Eve events that took place last year and likely will again in 2019/20 (but to be confirmed) include the following:
- Midnight in Paris NYE 2019 – a New Year’s Eve party with elaborate design, art installations and live entertainment at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront at 1133 West Hastings Street. Tickets start at about $80. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- NYE with the Latin band Mazacote – live music and a three-course dinner at Frankie’s at 755 Beatty Street. Tickets are $96. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- Craft New Year’s Party – food, drink and DJ music at the Craft Beer Market at 85 West 1st Avenue from 8:30 pm until 2:00. Tickets range from between around $35 and $80. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- New Year’s Party at the Shipyards – North Vancouver’s Shipyards hosted its first ever New Year’s Eve party at the Tap & Barrel Restaurant at #8 Lonsdale Avenue on December 31st in 2018. Tickets were $25. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
- North Van Fraternal Order of Eagles – tickets to the party at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club at 170 West 3rd Street in North Vancouver cost about $60 and include appetizers, champagne at midnight and live music with Las Divas. All folk ages 19+ are welcome. (2019 details to be confirmed.)
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For information about Vancouver’s main fireworks in Burrard Inlet, and best places to watch them from, click NYE fireworks.
For ideas on other things to do at other times of the year, check out any of the following:
- Vancouver’s January Events Calendar
- Free Events in January
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver Fireworks Events