Dec 27

New Year’s Eve Downtown 2016

by Downtown Calgary · 1 comment

Now that Christmas has passed and your bellies are full of Christmas baking, it’s time to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve! There are a variety of activities happening downtown during NYE this year, and we’ve done you the favour of rounding them all up into one convenient spot!

City of Calgary’s NYE at Olympic Plaza 

To commemorate the start of Canada’s 150th birthday, The City of Calgary is throwing a huge NYE bash at Olympic Plaza! Young families won’t want to miss the glow-in-the-dark dance party at the Municipal Building complete with crafts, bouncy castle, stilt walkers, magician and a kids’ countdown at 9pm. Olympic Plaza will be illuminated and animated with family skating, live ice carvings, fire spinning, an ice slide, and creative light-based art installations. Musical entertainment will be provided by top Calgary DJs, Cowtown Opera on the rooftop and live performances from Canadian rock band 54.40 and Calgary’s own Eve Hell and the Razors. You can also get your photo taken at the Canada 150 sculpture and see your image on the big screen during the stage show.

A Luminous New Year’s Eve at Knox United Church

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Luminous Voices – a new Calgary tradition! Enjoy a wide range of inspiring classical and popular music in a historic venue that sparkles by candlelight. Ring in the new year with singing, champagne and chocolate! Tickets can be purchased here.

Sub Rosa & The Guild New Year’s Eve

Both The Guild and Sub Rosa have some fun choices for New Years if you’re hoping to avoid the cold!

Ring in the New Year with a feast to remember! Indulge for your final meal of the year and celebrate the start of a new with good food, good drinks and in good company at The Guild. Dig into a chef-inspired three-course meal before departing to your evening festivities (7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) or feast on a multi-course meal and enjoy complimentary bubbly at midnight as you wine and dine into the New Year (9:30 p.m. till late)! For more information click here and book your reservation today!

Looking for a post-meal celebration? Join Sub Rosa, Calgary’s newest nightlife spot where sophistication, decadence and secrecy come together under the rose located in downtown Calgary. This 25+ event includes complimentary bubbly at midnight, party favours and music by DJ Tofunkah who will be spinning the best of 2016 to keep you dancing all night. With tickets $30 per person, say goodbye to the old and hello to the New Year at Sub Rosa. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

National on 8th NYE Pop Party!

Pop into 2017 at the NYE Much Music Video Dance Party! Much will be playing all your favourite pop hits of the 90’s, and National will be poppin’ bottles all night long!

Come early for their delicious 3-course Feast with Parallel 49 beer pairings (entry to the party is included with the feast), or just join them for the party at 9pm – midnight snacks and toast included.

Event also includes a Fernie Ski weekend giveaway, ice sculpture, and Siempre tequilla tasting.

The Beatmatrix New Year’s Eve Masquerade Gala at the Metropolitan Conference Centre 

This New Year’s Eve, put on your best outfit and your most mysterious mask, and come celebrate with an event unlike any others you have been to.  Walk the red carpet, video crew’s onsite waiting to interview you and yours, backdrop photos, dancers, Masquerade girls and much more.

The main room filled with incredible beats…hip hop, rnb and old school spun by some of the city’s best…featuring Gummi and Bugsy Brown.

Take a walk into the side room and watch Bollywood come to life as Fantom Entertainment brings the very best to get you dancing to a brand new vibe. Tickets can be purchased here.

NYE at Barcelona Tavern

Join Barcelona Tavern for YYC’s biggest Semi- Formal New Years Celebration. Start 2017 on a positive note because as Calgarians, we deserve it! Put your dancing shoes on, our DJ starts at 10:00 pm and will play all night long. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t wait out in the cold! Enjoy a passport dinner brought to you by WestJet and feel good about proceeds going to the Calgary Flames Foundation.

There will be a draw at 12:30 for one lucky person to win 4 tickets to a Flames game with a 5- course Chef’s Tasting Dinner with Wine, sponsored by The Calgary Flames Foundation and Barcelona Tavern. Another lucky person will win a trip for 2 to Vegas, airfare and accommodation included, sponsored by Westjet and Thompson Construction Group. Tickets can be purchased here.

NYE at the Palomino Smokehouse

The Palomino has managed to put together some of the BEST Alberta has to offer this New Years Eve, for one low price. Two floors of live music for the CHEAPEST and GREATEST parties this holiday season. Beers, Bands and BBQ!!!

The Infamous 00 Dance Party at Double Zero

Join Double Zero at the Core on NYE. No tickets; no cover; just a classic Double Zero dance party with live music from Los Morenos and Sergeant and Comrade, bubbles, good food and great people to help take you into 2017. Make a reservation, or drop in, and plan to stay late.

Goro + Gun Sushi & Soba Dinner

Join Goro + Gun on New Year’s Eve for their Sushi + Soba Dinner!

The feature menu is $30 and will include dynamite and spicy tuna rolls, shrimp and vegetable soba noodles and green tea ice cream.

Flames Central New Year’s Eve

Get into the best New Year’s Eve event of the year! Join Drumndj with DJ AL. V and Kay L as well as the illFX Entertainment dancers and the whole AMP Radio team for a show you won’t forget at AMP Radio’s Better NYE Bash! 18+ only w/ valid Government issued ID. $19.03 + GST. Doors open at 9pm.


Parking & Transit Options

Be sure to check out our parking page for information on where to find the best parking deals downtown during NYE.

The CTrain and 12 major bus routes will be running from downtown until 3 a.m., please click here for futher information.


Have anything that we missed? Let us know by emailing us at [email protected]

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