Top Places to Celebrate New Years Eve in Canada
Canada offers many New Year’s Eve options to choose from, from large family celebrations to the latest club parties – there is sure to be something perfect!
Take pleasure in an unforgettable fireworks display on Niagara Falls and top musicians performing at Queen Victoria Park.
Montreal is world renowned for hosting some of the most spectacular New Years Eve celebrations. Each year crowds converge upon Old Montreal to take part in Merry Montreal, which transforms it into an incredible party zone and features musical talent, an outdoor stage, and fireworks displays to usher in 2018. This annual event always provides guests with an unforgettable experience and makes their night one to remember!
For an extravagant New Year’s Eve experience, check out Jatoba – an elegant downtown eatery serving delectable Asian fare. Their prix-fixe menu offers exquisite plates like hamachi salmon or wedge salad, lobster tempura or steamed wagyu dumplings as starters; filet mignon or Chilean sea bass as main courses and your choice of dessert; visit their website to reserve.
Mont-Royal Park provides an urban oasis that boasts breathtaking views of Montreal skyline. Bring along some hot cocoa in a thermos, bundle up warmly, and watch fireworks sparkle across the river from one of the park’s vantage points.
If you prefer something cultural, many Montreal museums and cultural centers offer free admission on certain days or evenings, including New Year’s Eve. Explore Montreal’s Underground City on this night for an unique and cozy way to spend your evening.
Toronto offers everything needed for an incredible New Year’s Eve celebration, from fireworks displays and immersive experiences to lively parties and fun parties.
One of Toronto’s premier celebrations takes place annually at Harbourfront Centre, where thousands come together for fireworks displays and free outdoor concerts featuring an amazing array of musical guests. Another option is Celebration Square in Mississauga which hosts all-ages free events featuring live performances as well as food trucks for an enjoyable family-oriented experience.
Nathan Phillips Square also hosts some incredible events, transforming its iconic space into an ice rink complete with music and countdown party, followed by a spectacular fireworks show. For something a bit less exuberant but equally striking, try Hotel X’s Rooftop Party event offering panoramic views of Toronto’s downtown skyline, bottle service booths and five-course dinner service menu.
And for an unforgettable New Years’ celebration, try Chinatown for dim sum at Rol San and sui kow noodle soup at King’s Noodle. Opera lovers should visit the Royal Conservatory of Music’s New Years Eve performance featuring international opera stars performing classic works like Rigoletto and La Boheme; for something different try taking an unforgettable dinner cruise aboard Spirit of Toronto as an unforgettable way to bid farewell to 2024!
3. Quebec City
Quebec’s historic walled city is always beautiful, but New Year’s Eve makes it particularly festive and romantic. Cobblestone streets and gorgeous buildings light up spectacularly for the occasion, adding European charm to an already charming place – creating the ideal atmosphere for an evening filled with celebration and good times with friends and family!
Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver offer great options for hosting large New Year parties; however if you prefer something more intimate then Calgary may be your perfect pick. Here you can enjoy quality time with family while witnessing spectacular fireworks display at midnight.
Niagara Falls provides breathtaking waterfall views that make an excellent setting to celebrate New Years Eve, drawing 40,000+ people annually to Queen Victoria Park to witness fireworks, musical guests and the breathtaking sight of Niagara Falls shining bright in vibrant hues.
Whistler provides an all-Canadian NYE experience with twinkling lights and legendary bars promising an enjoyable apres-ski experience, whether that means taking a gondola ride and then skating on an icy surface, or enjoying a rowdy pub crawl. Whistler will leave you wanting more.
Banff is known for their vibrant winter festivities, and New Years Eve is no different. They organize an expansive community event featuring music, fireworks and fun for all ages – skating on the downtown ice rink is always popular; main stage countdown parties feature musical artists like Swanee & Charlie B as well as Blackfoot Medicine Speaks offering dance demonstrations narrated dance demonstrations at midnight; you may also spot some spectacular pyrotechnic displays!
For those seeking a more peaceful celebration of the new year, Fairmont Banff Springs and Chateau Lake Louise host their own events. You could also head over to Grizzly Park Wildlife Preserve for family-friendly fun such as kicksled racing tracks, mini trains, roasting marshmallows over open fires as well as opportunities for broomball, snowshoeing and skating on its ice rinks.
Canadians in general envision twinkling lights, snowy villages and shotskis when picturing New Year’s Eve celebrations in Whistler Mountains – or you could opt for an immersive cabin party and pub crawl through Whistler Village itself!
Vancouver is always bustling, but New Year’s is something special! Visitors are welcomed with street performances, food vendors, and fireworks displays that will leave you speechless! Plus there are dedicated seating areas just for families wanting to watch this magnificent display together!
Downtown events offer premium experiences like bottle service, aerialist shows and midnight countdowns. At Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge there will be a masquerade party and black carpet arrival; at ARC Restaurant they have an elevated dinner experience with wine pairings; Mt Seymour hosts family-oriented festivities while Grouse Mountain hosts its Family New Year’s Eve Celebration while Cypress also holds events; Sasquatch Mountain has yet to open so whether or not it hosts its own celebration is yet unknown.
Are you in Vancouver looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve with some afrobeats and dancehall music? Afrobeach presents their epic New Year’s Eve event. Dancing will be required as tracks by artists like Madonna, Duran Duran, The Go-Go’s Whitney Houston Culture Club Def Leopard Bananarama are featured alongside DJ entertainment until midnight strikes! Don’t miss it – get your tickets today.
6. Northern Canada
If you want an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience, head to Northern Canada. There is an array of choices for celebrating in Canada that will allow you to spend quality time with family and friends while welcoming in 2019.
Northern Canada offers many exciting New Years Eve options for an unforgettable New Years Eve celebration, whether in a hotel or ski resort. Calgary for instance hosts numerous exciting events like Mystique Ball and Black and White Gala that provide couples an ideal way to welcome 2019 in style and excitement.
Quebec City, with its picturesque cobblestone streets and historic architecture, offers another top destination to celebrate New Years Eve in Canada. Enjoy its iconic Ferris wheel as well as restaurants featuring heated patios during your visit. According to blogger Carole Funger of Here by Design, Quebec City stands out as a place where it feels like entering an enchanted fairytale world!
If you prefer natural shows, try your luck at witnessing the Northern Lights in Northern Canada. There are countless excellent locations where you can spot the aurora borealis, including Blachford Lake Lodge outside Yellowknife, Fogo Island Inn in Labrador or Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge in Nunavut – it will leave a lasting impression. Don’t miss this must-see natural spectacle and witness this breathtaking natural phenomenon first-hand!