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Vancouver New Year’s Eve Parties and Celebrations

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New Year’s Eve celebrations take place at various venues on December 31st including in downtown Vancouver, out on the water and at area nightclubs.

Because of COVID-19, limited capacity dinner events were allowed on New Year’s Eve last year, but no dance or night club-style events were permitted. Fortunately, much more is possible at the end of 2022 including a couple of NYE boat parties. The Vancouver New Year ‘s Eve Yacht Party 2023 and the New Year’s Eve Boat Party both run on December 31st with Vancouver Boat Parties. There are also “A Dam Naughty New Year” events at the Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre on December 30th and 31st.

There aren’t any major fireworks events in the City of Vancouver. They got cancelled. Smaller, family-friendly fireworks events are happening, however, at both Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain.

Below is a list of top New Year’s Eve party venues that take place most years. For ages 19+ party venues, see our article about Vancouver NYE Parties for Adults.




Click on any of the following links to jump to a specific venue or activity, or continue reading for full details about Vancouver’s best places to welcome the New Year.

Party Places | Boat Parties | Canada Place and False Creek | Granville Street | Mt. Seymour | Grouse Mountain | Cypress Mountain | Sasquatch Mountain

Or, for details about pyrotechnic shows, click Vancouver Fireworks (which takes you to another page).


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. Vancouver’s New Year’s Eve fireworks aren’t happening on December 31st in 2022, but other events are still taking place.

See below for details about the various December 31st party places. Our list includes nightclubs in the City of Vancouver and elsewhere. It also includes boat parties on the water and fireworks events at ski hills.


New Year's at the Fairmont Waterfront


Metro Vancouver New Year’s Party Places

New Year’s Eve parties take place at various nightclubs, theatres and other venues around town. Below is a list of what’s happening on December 31st in 2022.

(Note: Rates, venues and other details are subject to change.)


Events in the City of Vancouver

  • Vancouver Boat Parties – this year there is the New Year’s Eve Boat Party on the Burrard Queen and the Vancouver New Year ‘s Eve Yacht Party 2023 on the Magic Charm. The first departs from False Creek and the second departs from Coal Harbour.
  • Guilt & Company – the popular live music venue in Gastown features an evening of casual fun with singers NaRai Dawn and Dawn Pemberton. Admission in 2022 is $10 per set of music (and there are four sets).
  • NYE at Harbour Event Centre – an end-of-2022 event with lights and DJ music from the duo W&W takes place at the Harbour Event Centre. Tickets start at around $80 plus taxes and online fees.
  • New Year’s Eve at Frankie’s Jazz Club – a night of dinner and Jazz at 755 Beatty Street. Enjoy a special multi-course meal and live music beginning at 8:00 pm. Admission (including the food and cover charge) costs about $125 in 2022.
  • The Improv Centre – there are five “Year in Review” TheatreSports-style shows at the Improv Centre on Granville Island between December 27th and the 31st in 2022.
  • Gatsby’s House Party – the party at the Marriott Pinnacle at 1128 W. Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver in 2022 includes an appetizer buffet and DJ music. Admission starts at about $105 including taxes and fees and the party runs from 9:00 pm until 1:00 am.
  • Grand Ball NYE – a New Year’s Eve party with elaborate design and live entertainment at the Paradox Hotel at 1161 West Georgia Street. Tickets start at about $65 in 2022 and the event runs from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am.


NYE at Fairmont Vancouver Hotel
Grand Ball NYE at the Hotel Vancouver


Events Elsewhere in Metro Vancouver

  • A Naughty Giggle Dam New Year – the unique dinner theatre offers two different events in 2022. The first is Aussie NYE which runs on December 30th from 7:30 am until just after midnight. The second Naughty Giggle Dam New Year event runs on December 31st from 7:30 pm until after 1:30 am the next day. Both events feature a 4-course meal, a musical comedy show, live music and a bar with drinks.
  • NYE at the Taphouse Guildford – an event with live DJ music, sparkling wine and party favors for all at 15330 102A Avenue in Surrey. Tickets start at about $30 and the event begins at 10:00 pm in 2022.
  • 2023 ’til Infinity – the end of 2022 party features a night of fun at the Gull Bar & Grill at 175 East 1st Street in North Vancouver. The event begins at 10:00 pm in 2022 and includes drink specials, dancing and more.

For a list of more adults-only December 31st venues see Vancouver NYE Parties for Ages 19+.


NYE Yacht Party in Vancouver


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 nightclub-style venues, food, drinks and spectacular views of the city.

A popular New Year’s Eve cruise is with Vancouver Boat Parties. Their 2022 cruises run from the evening of December 31st until around 1:30 am or so on January 1st. This year they have the New Year’s Eve Boat Party and the Vancouver New Year ‘s Eve Yacht Party 2023. The first is held on the Burrard Queen and the second takes place on the Magic Charm.

Boat parties are very popular things to do so tickets usually sell out in advance. For more details visit the Vancouver Boat Parties website.


Vancouver Boat Party Vancouver View


New Year’s Eve on Granville Street

There are a number of nightclubs on Granville Street just south of Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. In years when there isn’t a global pandemic, all fill up on New Year’s Eve, so you need to buy tickets for them in advance. Even if you don’t get into one of the pubs or official party venues, there is lots of partying going on in the street.

On New Year’s Eve the City of Vancouver usually shuts Granville Street down to vehicular traffic. It becomes a pedestrian-only area and fills up with crowds of people. You can’t drink alcohol in public in the street, but walking around and having fun is free.


NYE on Granville Street
Granville Street on New Year’s Eve


December 31st at Area Ski Hills

Lower Mainland ski hills are where you can celebrate New Year Eve in the snow. Mt. Seymour used to offer a family-focused event, and Grouse Mountain has had both adult-only and family-friendly options. Cypress also hosts a smaller and less formal event most years. In 2022, it appears that Cypress will have fireworks, as will Grouse, but Mt. Seymour doesn’t appear to be offering anything (or at least that was the case the last time we checked).

Sasquatch Mountain has also had fireworks followed by adult-only partying in the pub in past years (but maybe not in 2022).



North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain ski resort used to offer three different New Year’s Eve options on December 31st including a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Family New Year’s Celebrations. In 2022 there are fireworks.


Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

The Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at Grouse Mountain used to include ice skating, fire performances, a live band and DJ music at the skate pond, fireworks at 9:00 pm and more.

In 2022 the skiing runs all day, from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm. The light walk, meanwhile, runs all day and ends at 11:00 pm. There are also fireworks at 9:00 pm. Whether there will be skating and live music at night, we’re not sure. Maybe or maybe not. The Peak of Christmas holiday activities are still happening, though, so there will still be a few other things to do, but not likely until midnight or any major party like there has been in past years.

To learn more about what’s happening at the ski hill, see our article about Grouse Mountain on New Year’s Eve.


Grouse Light Walk Tunnel
The Light Walk Tunnel at Grouse Mountain



On New Year’s Eve, Cypress Mountain used to offer s’mores to roast around fire pits, live entertainment and fireworks. The snacks typically started at around 5:00 pm, the entertainment ran from 5:45 until 7:45 pm or so, and the fireworks began at 8:00. That was in past years.

The live entertainment at the Cypress event the last time it took place (in 2018) included Flamenco music and hands-on Afro-Peruvian percussion and drumming. The event on December 31st, 2019, would have been similar had it not been cancelled due to heavy rain. Unfortunately, no event was held in 2020 or 2021 either due to COVID-19. Fireworks are happening, however, in 2022, but only for ticket holders, not for the general public.

On December 31st Cypress plans to host fireworks displays starting at 7:00 pm.

Click Cypress on New Year’s Eve for more information.


New Year’s Eve at MT. SEYMOUR

NOTE: Due to poor weather conditions this event was cancelled in 2019. In 2020 and 2021 it didn’t happen because of COVID-19. It doesn’t look like it’s happening in 2022 either.

The Family First Night event at Mt. Seymour used to run from about 5:30 until 8:30 pm and cost around $30 per person. Activities included 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 (which appears to no longer be running).


New Year's Eve at Mt Seymour
Family First Night at Mt. Seymour



Note: To our knowledge, no big New Year’s Eve event is happening at the resort on December 31st in 2022. In fact, Sasquatch Mountain has been closed for a few days because of recent stormy weather and rain. The resort reopened on December 29th, but for skiing and snowboarding.

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 in 2019 cost just $15 or so. No New Year’s Eve events happened at the resort in 2021. As of the last time we checked, there didn’t appear to be anything happening in 2022 either (although exact details are to be confirmed).




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New Year’s Eve at Canada Place and False Creek

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 mentioned above, the Canada Place fireworks event didn’t take place on New Year’s Eve on December 31st in 2019. The event took a one-year break. It was going to return to Vancouver on December 31st in 2020, but at a new location – at the eastern end of False Creek (near Science World). Now they say the event won’t happen until December 31st in 2023 after it was again cancelled in 2021 and 2022. See the Concord Pacific NYE website for details or click New Year’s Eve Fireworks in False Creek.


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 about the event from past years or False Creek on New Year’s Eve to learn about what the celebrations will look like in the future.


New Year's Fireworks


Other Information

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: