Vancouver hasn’t been a “No Fun City” for a while, however, not having an annual, large scale public celebration for NYE (fireworks or not) is why we get that moniker thrown our way from time to time. Despite the fact that Vancouver hasn’t had a real NYE celebration in years, if ever, there are still a few family friendly events in Vancouver and the surrounding metro. Your best bet may be Whistler, they have a family friendly event with an early countodown for kids and the real countdown with fireworks and all at midnight. Metro Vancouver
New Year’s Eve Party at Robson Square
Robson Square, in the heart of downtown, will play host to a free party from the Province that includes free ice skating at the outdoor ice rink, plus live music, stilt walkers, magician’s and more. There will be an early NYE countdown at 8pm, yes 8pm. This is a family friendly event, hence the lame early countdown.
New Year’s Eve Sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium
Celebrate New Year’s at the Vancouver Aquarium’s 25th anniversary, which includes spending the night with the fishes.
Family First Night at Mount Seymour
Taking place from 6pm – 9pm, with an early NYE countdown at 9pm.
Whistler’s First Night 2012
The biggest party for everyone happens in Whistler. Whistler’s First Night is a 100%-alcohol-free party that takes over the entire Whistler Village Square with live music, artists, kids activities, comedians, and a 9:30pm New Year’s Eve countdown for the kids and a regular countdown with fireworks for the adults.
Reminder transit is free December 31st (starting at 5pm) until end of service. As for a large public gathering for NYE 2013, here’s hoping Mayor Gregor has something in the work’s.
On New Year’s day head on over to English Bay for the annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim!
Image: Photo by Joern Rohde, wpnn.or