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30 places to celebrate New Year's Eve 2017 in Calgary

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Kristy Archibald Dec 19, 2017 2:26 pm 880

2017 was great, but let’s pledge to make 2018 even better!

It’s the perfect time to spend a few moments reflecting on the previous year, while making a list of goals, to-do lists, and resolutions to start the upcoming year feeling strong, motivated, and inspired.

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However, let’s be honest – the year can be determined by how you spend those first few  moments as you countdown, cheers, and plummet into 2018.

Whether you’re looking for the hottest party, a gourmet experience, or low key evening with the family, there is surely something that will suit your fancy happening in and around the city.

Here is our official guide to New Year’s Eve 2017 in Calgary!

All About the Party

Much Music Video Dance NYE

  • What: Start the night off with a delicious three-course dinner paired with beers from Wild Rose Brewery. Then dance the night away at The Much Music Dance Party, as you ring in the New Year with a complementary champagne in hand and late night snacks after the countdown.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 2 am
  • Where: National on 8th – 255 8th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, Dinner only – $20, Dinner + entry to Dance Party – $50

New Year’s Eve Feast 

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New year’s Eve Feast (The National)

  • What: First we feast, then we party! Make the last meal of 2017 a good one with this three-course meal (including dessert, of course) paired with Alberta’s own Wild Rose Beer. Afterwards, hit the dance floor  with a local DJ that will have you ringing in 2018 into the wee hours of the morning.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 2 am
  • Where: National on 10th – 341 10th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, Party only (sans feast) – $25, Feast + Party – $50

The Better New Year’s Bash

  • What: If you’re looking to really party, come join some of the hottest DJ’s as you ring in 2018! Drum N DJ, Brett Jones & DJ Kav with DJ AL. V and Kay L, along with the illFX Entertainment dancers will be pumping the beats all night long.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 9 pm to 2 am
  • Where: The Palace – 219 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $19.03

Unmasked 2018 

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  • What: Seductive and decadent is the best way to describe this masked affair! Head under the red neon symbol on 8th Avenue for a VIP experience, featuring bottle service, line bypass, champagne, party favours, and more. Don’t forget to unmask when the clock strikes midnight!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 8pm
  • Where: Sub Rosa – 200 8th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Ranchmans Cookhouse and Dancehall

  • What: Join Aaron Goodvin and Jeremy Dallas for a foot stompin’ evening as they ring in 2018, country style!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Ranchaman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – 9615 Macleod Trail SE
  • Tickets: Online, $30 to $65

Commonwealth New Year’s Eve 2018 

  • What: Click, fizzle, pop – with Ivan Rankic, DJ Heebz, Roy LT, Disoriental and Joash Charles in the house it will surely be a New Year’s to remember.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Commonwealth Bar and Stage – 731 10th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $15 to $35

British New Year

  • What: Enjoy all the best that Britain has to offer as you ring in 2018. Of course there will be hats and tooters – no questions asked!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: The Ship and Anchor – 534 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
  • Admission: FREE

Family Friendly

Noon Year’s Eve

  • What: There is no reason why the kids have to miss out on a New Year’s countdown just because of an early bed time. Bring your littles down and count down to noon to the tune of hydrogen balloon explosions, and then join in on a bubble wrap dance party!
  • When: Sunday, January 31
  • Time: Arrive before 11:45 am
  • Where: Telus Spark – 220 St. George’s Drive NE
  • Tickets: Included in admission to the centre

New Year’s Eve at ZooLights

  • What: Spend New Year’s under the glow of 1.5 million twinkling lights as you give back to animal conservation. Be sure to visit the Mad Hatter for an unforgettable tea party, skate to the tunes of a local DJ, capture the moment at the wandering photo booth, participate in a special NYE craft, see a classical ballet performance by La Point Dance Studio, and so much more!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: The Calgary Zoo – 210 St. Georges Drive NE
  • Tickets: Online or at the gates, Children (3-15) – $11.95, General Admission (16+) – $14.95

NYE East Coast Kitchen Party

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NYE East Coast Kitchen Party (the National)

  • What: There’s nothing better than indulging in some east coast delicacies to finish 2017 off with a bang. Enjoy dishes such as Seafood Chowder with house-smoked cod and a family style seafood platter platter, paired with brews from Wild Rose Brewery. There will even be a “midnight toast” at 9 pm so your littles can partake in the festivities and still have a relatively early bedtime. This is the perfect spot to party with the whole family!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5:30 to 10 pm
  • Where: National Westhills – 180 Steward Green SW
  • Tickets: Online, Adults – $45, Kids – $25

City of Calgary Outdoor Celebration

  • What: Sip on delicious hot chocolate from Good Earth as you enjoy an amazing line-up of local performers, Canadian themed ice cavings, roaming mascots, line-dancing from Chinook Country Line Dancers and so much more. If you have kids, don’t miss out on the glow-in-the-dark dance party being held in The Municipal Building that will finish with a countdown at 9 pm. And, of course, you can’t miss the ENMAX fireworks display when the clock strikes midnight!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 7 pm to midnight
  • Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: FREE

Food and Beverage Festivities

Caribbean Countdown

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Caribbean Countdown NYE party

  • What: Warm up and set your sights on sunnier days as you sail into 2018 with a boozy, tropical cocktail, and a Latin inspired feast. All tickets include four courses, four cocktails and four tropical beers. A bubbly rum drink was also mentioned, but you’ll have to attend and to find out exactly what fun they have planned.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Ricardo’s Hideaway – 1530 5th Street SW, Calgary
  • Tickets: Online, $55

NYE at Bridgette Bar

  • What: Ring in the New Year with a gourmet meal with delicacies including a whole Dungeness crab with seaweed scallion cakes and Beef Wellingtons with black truffle sauce. This retro foodie haven will be open for service until 1 am and will be serving complementary champagne in time for the countdown.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 pm to 1 am
  • Where: Bridgette Bar – 739 10th Avenue SW
  • Reservations: Online

Best of 2017 New Year’s Eve Brewmaster’s Dinner

  • What: Enjoy a three-course dinner paired with three delicious 8oz beers included in your ticket, and then hit the dance floor all night long.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Craft Beer Market – 345 10th Avenue SW
  • Tickets: Online, $20 to $45

Dinner at Sky 360

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  • What: Welcome 2018 in a front row seat to the best view of the city!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: The Calgary Tower – 101 9th Avenue SW
  • Reservations: Online

NYE Dinner at The Guild

  • What: Make the last feast of 2017 one to remember! The Guild will be offering a prix fixe, four-course meal, featuring gourmet selections such as tourtière,  Beretta Farms Strip Loin, Lambtastic Farms roast lamb saddle, The Guild bouillabaisse complete with a Black Forest Cake.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: The Guild – 200 8th Avenue SW
  • Reservations: Online, $65

New Year’s Eve at Alloy Restaurant 

  • What: Chef Rogelio, of Alloy, has created a five-course meal that you won’t want to miss. Valued at $95 this menu features everything from Atlantic Lobster Risotto to Poached Pear Salad to Strawberry Shortcake and so much more! See the full menu here.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5:30 and 9 pm
  • Where: Alloy Restaurant – 220, 42nd Avenue SE
  • Reservations: Online, $95

New Years Eve at Starbelly

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  • What: Choose between three different four-course meals to indulge in this New Year’s. Afterwards, hit the dance floor for a DJ dance party that will last until well into the first hours of 2018.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 pm to 1 am
  • Where: Starbelly Open Kitchen and Lounge – 19489 Seton Crescent SE
  • Tickets: Online, $25 to $100

Fairmont Palliser

  • What: Dine in true style with a five-course meal and a glass of Prosecco in The Rimrock Dining Room at the Fairmont Palliser. Afterwards, head to The Oak Room for a special live performance to ring in the New Year!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 6 and 9 pm
  • Where: 133 9th Avenue SW
  • Reservations: Online or call 403 262 1234

Selkirk Grille New Year’s Eve Dinner

  • What: This will be a timeless New Year’s experience like no other! Enjoy tunes from a bygone era as you’re whisked away from the everyday grind to a world filled with vintage details, elegant table settings, and a New Year’s Eve that will surely be one for the history books.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 to 10 pm
  • Where: The Selkirk Grille, Heritage Park – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Reservation: Call 403 268 8607, $94 per person

Bow Valley Ranche New Year’s Dinner

  • What: Ring in the New Year with a four-course meal and a beautiful winter scene in the heart of Fish Creek Provincial Park – you just can’t beat that view anywhere else in the city.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant – 25979 Bow Bottom Trail SE
  • Reservations: $79 per person

Special Events and Performances

A Luminous New Year’s Eve

  • What: Listen to the beautiful voices of this remarkable choir as you celebrate the holidays and ring in 2018.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Bella Concert Hall – 18 Must Royal Circle SW
  • Tickets: Online, $32 to $42

Watch the Flames by the Chicago Blackhawks

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  • What: 2018 is going to be a good year for our boys on the ice – we can just feel it! Cheer them on and start the new year off right as we head into the red mile… fingers crossed.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
  • Tickets: Online, $68 to $346

New Year’s Eve Burlesque Ball 

  • What: Throw it back to the high energy days of the 1930s as you enjoy a fun and risqué show by local burlesque troupe, The Garter Girls. Of course there will be pizza to accompany the celebrations!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 10 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Without Papers Pizza – 1216 9th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $50

New Year’s Eve Gala with DC Dance Club

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  • What: Eat dinner, dance the night away, and enjoy exciting festivities as you ring in 2018 with a bang!
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 7 pm to 1 am
  • Where: DC Dance Club – #223 1235 26th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $85

Jamaican New Year’s Eve Gala

  • What: Keep your legs moving all night long to your favourite reggae tunes! The menu features traditional dishes such as Jamaican rice and peas, jerk chicken, roast beef, and a vegetable medley paired with you choice of wine. There will also be many surprises to be had at midnight, including party favours and champagne.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 7 pm to 2 am
  • Where: Executive Royal Hotel Calgary – 2828 23nd Street NE
  • Tickets: Online, $80

Midnight in Paris – The Singles New Year’s Eve Gala

  • What: Begin 2018 in the sexiest, most romantic city in the world, without having to step on a plane! The Jack Singer Lobby will be magically transformed into the city of love for the evening, encouraging both singles and couples to come, mingle, and ring in the New Year. If you’re taken, you’ll receive a red rose, while singles will receive a white rose as you walk the red carpet, strike a pose and head into the Moulin Rouge Lounge for some interactive singles games to break the ice and get yourself a New Years kiss.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Jack Singer Main Lobby – 205 8th Avenue SE
  • Tickets: Online, $23 to $55

Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve Gala 

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  • What: Join Hotel Blackfoot for their third annual party that will take you back to one of the best eras, the roaring ’20s! The night will feature a special midnight toast to 2017, a lively dance floor, a photo booth, a buffet dinner, and more.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
  • Tickets: $115

Calgary Firefighters New Year’s Eve Gala

  • What: Grab your black tie attire and a date and join the Calgary Firefighters for an evening full of gourmet food, a champagne reception, The Station 54 Disco (downstairs), exciting entertainment, and more. Ring in the New Year while also helping to support 13 local charities, including the Calgary Firefighters’ Burn Treatment Society.
  • When: Sunday, December 31
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Calgary – 700 Centre Street SE
  • Tickets: Online, $150 to $500
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Kristy Archibald
Kristy is a creative Communications and PR strategist, freelance writer, coffee enthusiast and wine connoisseur who has a strong passion for travelling, art, style and fashion. Check out her blog (FloralandBows.com) for a taste of YYC through the lens of a refined, sassy, PR girl working on being a successful #girlboss.

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