Dec 20

Celebrate NYE 2018 Downtown: For the whole family or intimate party

by Downtown Calgary · 1 comment

NYE 2018, find yourself, friends and family in downtown Calgary. There are activities and events for everyone down at City Hall and Olympic Plaza along with some ideas for a more intimate evening with loved ones. Read on to start making your plans for New Years Eve today.

Be sure to click on headings for more details or to find where to make reservations.

For the whole family

Bring yourself, friends and family downtown for a free, family-friendly farewell celebration to 2017 as we welcome in 2018!

Family Dance Party
City Hall, Municipal Building Atrium – 800 MacLeod Trail SW

The Municipal Building Atrium will become party central with music, entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark resolution wall.  Dress in neon or white and anything that glows, and kick off the evening with a boogie on our bigger-than-ever dance floor. Samba dancers will lead everyone in a conga line to get the party started and the fun will finish with the kid’s countdown at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve outdoor celebration and fireworks
Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Avenue SE

Say “so long” to 2017 and kick off 2018 with a free, family-friendly celebration. There is something for everyone with a variety of fun activities including ice carving, dancing, skating, fire spinners, fire pit, Photo Booth, cosplayers outdoor chess, free hot chocolate from Good Earth (to the first 2000 people), a whimsical night parade, and live music!

This epic party will tie up at midnight with a countdown to the new year featuring fireworks, a ball drop, and a salute to the city from the top of the Calgary Tower.

Check for road closures, more details about the events, or opportunities to volunteer, visit City of Calgary’s site here.

Intimate dinner party

New Year’s Eve is always a wonderful experience at a restaurant. It’s festive, intimate and romantic with the sparkle of lights, crisp air outside and warmth and enticing smells from the kitchen.

The River Cafe – 25 Prince’s Island

Leave the city behind, walk across the bridge and anticipate a sumptuous evening that awaits you at River Café. Spend your New Years in the beautiful Princes Island Parkwith a carefully curated local Canadian menu and renowned wine pairings. Come for a sunset dinner at between 4:30 and 5:30pm, or have a late meal out between 9 and 10pm so you can sit and enjoy the fireworks with food and a complimentary glass of champagne.

Make your reservation for your party today here.

The Rimrock, Fairmont Palliser – 133 9 Avenue SW

For New Years Eve the hotel’s 1920’s inspired Rimrock Dining room is offering a 5 course dinner option complete with a glass of champagne to ring in the new year. Two seating times are available at 6pm or 9pm. Ticket prices are $99 (adults), $79 (seniors), $49 (kids 6-12), and free for children under 5.

If you’re looking for something simpler, the Palliser’s Oak Room Lounge will also be open and serving food, festive cocktails, and live music.

Reservations are recquired and can be made via OpenTable or by calling Fairmont Palliser directly at (403) 262-1234.

The Guild – 200 8 Ave SW

Celebrate the start of a new year with good food, good drinks and in good company.  Dig in to Chef Ryan’s delicious prix fixe ($65) featuring dishes like Bison Tartare, Beretta Farms Strip Loin, and Black Forest Cake. In addition to our prix fixe, we will be offering a shortened à la carte dinner menu from 5pm onward.

View the menu and book your table here.

Image Source: @thewednesdayroom, Instagram

The Wednesday Room – 100 – 118 8 Ave SW

The newest addition to Stephen Ave, this restaurant is presenting a NYE 18 dinner menu to celebrate the closing of 2017. With a DJ playing all night, this event will also provide high end champagne, and a diverse selection of fantastic hors d’oeuvres. Ticket prices are $65. Message Tomi@wednesdayroom.com to make your reservations.

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If you want to see more events happening this week and the weeks to come, visit our Event Calendar.

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