New Year’s Eve activities for adults include boat parties, nightclubs and other social events at various venues in Metro Vancouver on December 31st.
Given the current state of the coronavirus pandemic, New Year’s Eve events in 2020 were cancelled in BC (and most of Canada).
As per government restrictions which are in place until at least January 8th, events are not allowed to happen in BC (in public or private). People are only permitted to socialize with folk from within their own households.
On December 30th, 2020, BC’s Chief Health Officer announced that liquor sales on New Year’s Eve have to stop at 8:00 pm. That means that on December 31st you’ll have to buy your festive beverages by 7:59 pm. You can also expect extra long lineups outside liquor stores during the day.
Whatever you do this year on New Year’s Eve, be responsible! Celebrate with friends on Zoom or other online tools, not in person! 2021 is going to be a great year (at least compared to 2020). Wait until it’s safe though before partying in person!
The events listed below are restricted to folk ages 19 or older.
December 31st New Year’s Parties in Vancouver
Below are some of the party events for adults that took place in Vancouver on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019, to celebrate the end of the decade of the 2010’s. Events on New Year’s Eve in 2021 will likely be similar. In 2020, because of COVID-19, these events are not happening (at least not as events).
Boat Parties in Vancouver
Vancouver Boat Parties – the popular cruise party company offered their annual New Year’s Eve event on December 31st in 2020 between 9:00 pm and 1:00 am. The party took place on the Burrard Queen vessel which normally holds over 200 passengers. However, due to COVID-19, the boat was limited to 50 passengers. The cruise featured music, food and beautiful views.
Note: This event typically sells out as it is very popular. To book your tickets now click New Year’s Eve Boat Party.
New Year’s Eve Parties in Vancouver
Other popular places to celebrate the New Year in Vancouver in years when there isn’t a pandemic include nightclubs and other party places. Some of the most popular events for adults from last year are listed below.
(Note: Rates, venues and other details are subject to change, especially because of COVID-19.)
New Year’s Eve at Guilt & Company
Guilt & Company is a popular live music venue located in the basement at #1 Alexander Street in Gastown. They didn’t have a fancy New Year’s party-style event on December 31st in 2019, but they did have dancing and live music with a great band.
Performing on Tuesday December 31st in 2019 was NaRai & Friends. As usual with Guilt & Company, admission was by donation (but with a suggested minimum of $25 as opposed the normal $10 or so). Instead of requiring a super high admission charge to cover complimentary food, party favours and extra profits (as other venues do), at this place all contributions at the door were given to the musicians.
On New Year’s Eve of 2019 we dropped by the venue shortly after 10:00 pm. There was a large lineup to get in and the place was packed inside. The band was fabulous, the place was full of good vibes and everyone appeared to be having a great time.
We recommend this place any time of the year. It’s definitely a “best place to be!” If you want to go on New Year’s Eve, however, if you can, be sure to arrive early to avoid the lineup and to find a seat. You’ll have a blast!
For more details about the venue see our article about Guilt & Company.
Gala Ball New Year’s Eve
An annual sell-out event, New Year’s Eve celebrations in 2019 took place at the Fairmont Waterfront at 900 Canada Place in Vancouver.
The party went from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am and was followed by an After-Party at a different venue until 3:00 am. Guests could enjoy music and dancing in the Ballroom and the Lounge. There was also a photo booth and a red carpet photo opportunity at the event. Tickets cost about $140 plus taxes and fees.
The event included complimentary appetizers. DJs Lokoboy and Downlowe entertained in the Ballroom while DJ Skyline played 1980’s music and R&B tunes in the Lounge. At midnight, in addition to a champagne toast, there was a balloon drop with tons of balloons.
We visited the venue to take a look at about 12:30 am on January 1st, 2020, and people were still dancing and having a great time. A fair number of attendees had already left or were in the process of leaving, but many more were still celebrating the New Year.
This event was reserved for folk ages 25 or older and guests were required to wear formal attire.
Gatsby’s House Party
This 1920s-themed New Year’s Eve party at the Marriott Pinnacle at 1128 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver included an appetizer buffet and DJ music in 2019. Admission started at about $89 and the party went from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am.
Tickets for this event included a couple of drinks, appetizers and party favours (plus additional perks for VIP ticket holders). Coat check was $5 and mandatory.
We dropped by the venue shortly after midnight to take a look. It was one of only a couple of venues that didn’t let us go in, however, so we couldn’t tell if it was any good. We assume it was. Although the party was supposed to continue until 2 o’clock, it appeared that most people had already left by the time we got there, or were in the process of leaving, and staff were starting to pack up.
Grand Ball NYE 2020
The 6th annual “Draped in Style” New Year’s Eve party took place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at 900 West Georgia Street in 2019. This event featured DJ music, art installations and live entertainment.
Doors opened at 9:00 pm and the event ran until 2:00 am. Tickets started at about $60 plus taxes and fees (which seemed reasonable for the venue). Guests were asked to wear formal attire.
We dropped by right at midnight, so got to greet January 2020 in style at the Fairmont. There wasn’t a balloon drop or anything fancy at 12:00 am, just people toasting with champagne while the song Auld Lang Syne played in the background.
We don’t believe the party sold out, but there were still a lot of people and it appeared to be a great event.
Harbour Event Centre New Year’s Party
An end-of-2019 event with lights and DJ music took place at the Harbour Event Centre at 750 Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver.
The event in 2019 featured music from Noisecontrollers and Bass Modulators, along with DAIJO. Doors opened at 10:00 pm and the event concluded at 4:00 am. Tickets started at about $63 plus tax and online fees.
New Year’s Eve at Science World
A New Year’s Eve party takes place most years (like ones without pandemics) at Science World at 1455 Quebec Street in Vancouver. The event typically features 5 bars, 2 floors of dancing, half a dozen of Vancouver’s favourite DJs and up to 1100 guests.
In 2019/20 tickets for this event ranged from about $80 (plus fees) for regular early-bird admission up to about $1800 for a VIP table for 10. The party started at 9:00 pm and ran until around 3:00 am. Dress code for this event is semi-formal (so no baseball hats, sweatshirts or sweatpants).
Parq Gala 2020 New Year’s Eve
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver at 39 Smithe Street in Yaletown hosted a New Year’s Eve party with DJ music, appetizers and a photo booth.
Tickets cost about $140 plus taxes and fees. Doors opened to the event at 9:00 pm and the party wrapped up by 2:00 am. Guests were asked to wear formal attire.
This event was apparently reserved for folk aged 23 or older.
Craft Beer New Year’s Party
New Year’s Eve was celebrated in 2019 with food, drink and DJ music at the Craft Beer Market at 85 West 1st Avenue from 8:30 pm until 2:00 am. Tickets ranged from between around $40 and $90 (which compared to $35 and $80 the previous year). Drink tickets, snacks and champagne at midnight were included in the ticket prices.
All Night General Admission at the event cost $90 and included appetizers, a couple of beverage tokens, a glass of champagne at midnight and party favours.
Admission after 10:00 pm to just the Late Night Dance Party cost $40 in advance and included light snacks, champagne at midnight and party favours.
NYE with Coastal Jazz
Coastal Jazz usually celebrates New Year’s Eve with Jazz music and food. In 2019/20 this event included live music with the Bradley/McGillivray Blues Band and a three-course dinner at Frankie’s Jazz Club at 755 Beatty Street. The event started at 9:00 pm and tickets were $99.
This dinner party sells out every year that it happens (and it did well in advance for the event on December 31st in 2019). The event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Click NYE with Coastal Jazz for more information about the past event.
New Year’s Eve Parties on the North Shore
Parties in the Lower Lonsdale District of North Vancouver on December 31st take place each year at the Eagles Club, Tap & Barrel Restaurant and Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier.
(Note: Rates, venues and other details are subject to change, especially because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the following events were cancelled or modified due to the coronavirus in 2020.)
New Year’s Eve at North Van Fraternal Order of Eagles
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Club in North Vancouver usually celebrates New Year’s Eve with a party. Tickets in 2019 cost about $40 and included appetizers, champagne at midnight and live music with the band Search Party. The event ran from 8:00 pm until 2:00 am. Folk ages 19+ were welcome.
The venue is located at 170 West 3rd Street which is just four or so blocks from Lonsdale Quay and the SeaBus terminal.
Shipyards New Year’s Party
North Vancouver’s Shipyards hosted its second annual New Year’s Eve party in 2019/20 at the Tap & Barrel Restaurant at #8 Lonsdale Avenue on December 31st. Admission cost between $25 and $35. Doors opened at 9:00 pm and ticket prices included a drink, snacks and champagne at midnight.
We dropped by the sold-out event to check it out at around 9:30 pm and the place was still pretty empty. Ticket holders were just starting to arrive. We understand the party wasn’t going to get busy until about 11:00 pm.
For the event the restaurant had cleared away most of its tables from in front of the lower bar area. There were still tables and chairs on the second floor, and at one side near the main entrance. It looked like they were ready for a fun party!
Tip: If you want a table and a place to sit, arrive early when the event happens. If you don’t want to get there before things really get hopping, however, don’t arrive before 10:00 or 10:30 at the earliest.
Dinner and Dance Party at the Pinnacle
North Vancouver’s Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier celebrated New Year’s Eve in 2019 with a three-course dinner, live entertainment and dancing at their Lobby Restaurant. The hotel is located at 138 Victory Ship Way near the waterfront and a 5-minute walk from the Lonsdale Quay SeaBus terminal.
The 2020/21 event featured a four-course dinner, but less entertainment than in previous years because of COVID-19. Tickets cost $68 (excluding extra fees).
The celebration at the Pinnacle is usually a smaller event as it’s just at a restaurant. We dropped by for a look at around 9:30 last year (so an hour after the live band started to play). The venue has a small dance floor and when we poked our head in about a dozen or so people were dancing. It looked like fun (and good for families and people not looking for a major party environment).
New Year’s Eve Parties in Richmond
The arrival of the New Year is celebrated in Richmond at the River Rock Casino most years (but not in 2020).
River Rock Casino New Year’s Eve Celebrations
New Year’s Eve is celebrated with a dinner and show at the River Rock Casino in Richmond. 2019’s event included performances from Yolanda Fletcher performing as Aretha Franklin. Bobby Brooks Wilson also entertained as both Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke with the Moon Coin Show Band.
Tickets for the dinner and show cost around $140 (plus taxes and fees) while admission to just the concerts cost around $80. Dinner started at 7:30 pm while the show began at 9:30 pm. The River Rock Casino is located in Richmond at 8811 River Road.
For ideas about other things to do on New Year’s Eve, including family-friendly events, check out the following:
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s December Calendar of Events
- Vancouver’s January Calendar of Events
- What’s Happening This Weekend
- Downtown Vancouver Hotels
- Lower Mainland Festivals and Events
- Lower Mainland Christmas Activities
- Lower Mainland Polar Bear Swims