2015 has been a year many would like to forget as the recession hit many Calgarians hard. However, it wasn’t all bad, as the city itself took some steps and grew up a little.
To celebrate and look forward to a better 2016, many will head out to see some fireworks, so here are four spots to see New Year’s Eve fireworks in Calgary.
Bundle up and head out for the NYE Outdoor Celebration on Olympic Plaza. Bring your skates or borrow them from Skate Shack who will be onsite offering free rentals until 11:45 p.m.
Festivities include ice sculptures, ice carving demonstrations, storytelling, and bonfire songs by the fire pit. There will be a DJ and entertainment with emcee Andrew Phung. Cap off the night by welcoming 2016 with a spectacular countdown to midnight featuring a video, light, and laser show synchronized to music and fireworks.
Where: Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Avenue SE
When: 8 p.m. to Midnight
If you don’t want to visit Olympic Plaza, then you may want to head over to Airdrie to catch some fireworks action. Just a reminder that parking is limited – it’s available on-site, at the Scouts Hall and at Ron Ebbesen Arena.
Where: Ed Eggerer Athletic Park – 1300 Zoo Road NE
When: 6 p.m. to midnight
If you have kids and don’t think staying up until midnight is a viable option, then head over to the Okotoks Kids NYE Party at the Okotoks Recreation Centre. The fireworks are set to go off at Lineham Park at 7 p.m.
Where: Okotoks Recreation Centre
When: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., fireworks at 7 p.m.
Although this isn’t a free event, admission does get you in to to check out the awesome Zoo Lights display. The night includes lights, entertainment, and countdown, followed by fireworks to cap off a magical night.
Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
When: Opening to midnight
Cost: $13 to $17