Celebrate New Year’s Eve with The City of Calgary
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with The City of Calgary | Photo: Mike Ridewood

New Year’s Eve

From fireworks to concerts, ring in the new year with these great events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

Get ready to ring in 2019 with these awesome New Year’s Eve celebrations. With family-friendly offerings from The City of Calgary and TELUS Spark to a fundraiser for FrogFest and a comic murder mystery, there’s something for everyone.

Still need plans? Here’s what we’re checking out:

Noon Year’s Eve

December 31, 2018, 11:45am
TELUS Spark (220 St Georges Dr. NE)
Included with admission

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

Village Square Leisure Centre New Year’s Eve Family Event

December 31, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Village Square Leisure Centre (2623 56th St. NE)
Regular admission

Celebrate with the family and play, swim, jump, splash, and slide into 2019. Look for arts and crafts, games, obstacle courses, a bouncy house, and a pool party countdown.

Southland Leisure Centre New Year’s Eve Family Event

December 31, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Dr. SW)
Regular admission

Play, skate, swim, jump, and slide with the whole family this New Year’s Eve and be sure to spend some time at the waterpark as a DJ pumps out the tunes at an epic pool party.

Central Library Dance Party

December 31, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Central Library (802 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

Bring your family out to the new Central Library to enjoy dancing, storytelling, crafts and activities, teen gaming, and more. You can even take in poetry readings by Calgary Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson and cap the night off with a 9:00pm countdown with Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The Spy Who Liked Me

December 31, 2018, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)

A special New Year’s Eve comic murder mystery from Pegasus Performances, enjoy this interactive James Bond spoof featuring fabulous food and entertainment.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

December 31, 2018, 6:00pm – 12:00am
Multiple locations
Free admission

The City of Calgary caps off the year with an evening of free music, live performances, activities for all ages, and, of course, fireworks. From the outdoor skating and music at Olympic Plaza to a family-friendly rumpus room at the Municipal Building, stick around as the countdown ball drops and the fireworks kick off.

New Year’s Eve Comedy, Dinner & Dance

December 31, 2018, 6:30pm
Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre (2120 16th Ave. NE)
$69 – $398

Want to ring in the new year by laughing the old one away? Well, FunnyFest has you covered with four headline comedians, live music, and much more.

A Luminous New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2018, 8:00pm
Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University (18 Mount Royal Circle SW)
$33 – $43

Ring in 2019 with Luminous Voices’ popular New Year’s Eve tradition featuring gems of choral music by Palestrina, Gabriel Jackson, William Harris, and more. Admission includes special treats during intermission such as delicious bites from The Chocolate Lab and others.

A Very Terry New Years

December 31, 2018, 8:00pm
PinBar (501 17th Ave. SW)

Wanna giver’ this New Year’s? Join FUBAR’s own Terry Cahill for a night of drink specials, unlimited play pinball, and an epic party to cap off 2018.

Toad Lang Syne: A New Year’s Eve Party

December 31, 2018, 9:00pm
King Eddy (438 9th Ave. SE)
$10 – $15

A fundraiser and celebration for FrogFest, come dressed to impress in 1920s style. Dance all night to the music of The Wheel, the Alex Ginella Band, and Vescarelli/Rozitis/Gignoux—the performance is even going to be captured on the National Music Centre’s Rolling Stones Mobile Studio and released on a limited number of locally pressed vinyl.