New Year’s Eve
Ring in the new year with A Luminous New Year’s Eve | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Music Events

New Year’s Eve

Are you ready to party? Calgary certainly is!

Amy Jo Espetveidt

Looking back and looking ahead, New Year’s Eve is bound to be bigger and brighter than ever!

With new traditions and low key offerings being paired with a blowout celebration launching Canada’s 150th, there really is something for everyone. Still need plans? Might we make a few suggestions?

Noon Year’s Eve

December 31, 2016, 11:45am
TELUS Spark (220 St Georges Dr. NE)
$12.95 – $19.95

This celebration is perfect for Calgarians with early bedtimes. With a special countdown beginning at 11:45am featuring hydrogen balloon explosions, the celebrations continue at a bubble wrap dance party.

New Year’s Eve for Families

December 31, 2016, 4:30 – 8:30pm
Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Dr. SW) & Village Square Leisure Centre (2623 56th St. NE)
Regular admission

Celebrate with the family at one of Calgary’s Leisure Centres and play, swim, jump, splash and slide into 2017. Look for arts and crafts, games, obstacle courses, bouncy house and a pool party countdown taking place at each the Southland and Village Square locations.

New Year’s Eve Comedy, Dinner & Dance

December 31, 2016, 7:00pm
Nicastro’s Showroom (2820 Centre St. NE) & Clarion Hotel Calgary (2120 16th Ave. NE)
$49 – $398

Want to ring in the new year by laughing the old one away? Well, FunnyFest has you covered with not one, but two programs of standup fun this New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve 2017 – Official Kickoff to Canada 150

December 31, 2016, 7:00pm
Municipal Building (800 Macleod Tr. SE) & Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)

The City of Calgary has partnered with Canadian Heritage to host celebrations for Southern Alberta, commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

To officially kick off the sesquicentennial year, The City is hosting a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration with activities in English and French. At the Municipal Building look for a glow-in-the-dark dance party complete with crafts, bouncy castle, stilt walkers, and a magician while Olympic Plaza hosts family skating, live ice carvings, fire spinning, an ice slide, and creative light-based art installations. The evening even includes a performance from 54.40 and fireworks.

Auld Lang Syne | Video: Luminous Voices

A Luminous New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2016, 8:00pm
Knox United Church (506 4th St. SW)
$30 – $40

Don’t miss the special New Year’s Eve concert by Calgary’s professional chamber choir, Luminous Voices. Performing under the direction of Artistic Director Timothy Shantz, the choir is joined by Cheryl Emery (piano), Chellan Hoffman (organ), and Beth Root Sandvoss (cello). Hear a wide range of inspiring classical and popular music along with complimentary sparkling wine and chocolates at intermission courtesy of Artisan Wines and The Chocolate Lab.

Salute to Vienna

January 1, 2017, 2:30pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)
$49 – $99

And, just in case you’re still raring to go, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has the day-after covered! Its Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert is a delight for the eyes and the ears, not-to-mention a 20-year tradition in Calgary. See this stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and melodies performed by the Calgary Phil alongside acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers.