What’s happening in Calgary this New Year’s Eve you may ask? Well, let us tell you! 2018 has shaped up to be quite an exciting year for Calgary, with the economy on the mend, the redevelopment of old neighbourhoods and new businesses popping up around every corner. Whether you like big parties, boozy drinks or elaborate firework displays, help ring in the new year by celebrating all the goods times had in 2018 and the great times to come in 2019. Here are the top places to spend New Year’s Eve this December 31:
Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks
What better way send off 2018 than with another win from our favourite hockey boys?! The tireless battle between these teams guarantees a good game with hundreds of Calgarians cheering along with you on NYE. Plus, there’s plenty of time after the game to hit a pub on 17th Ave to ring in the New Year with your pals. Snag your tickets ASAP!
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: 7 pm
NYE Fireworks in Airdrie
A classic way to ring in 2019 outside of Calgary’s hustle and bustle. Grab everyone you know and head just 20 minutes out of the city to watch hundreds of fireworks snap, crackle and pop brilliantly in the night sky.
Where: Ed Eggerer Athletic Park, Airdrie
When: 6:30 pm
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Some people celebrate with alcohol, so why can’t you celebrate with food? Try a spectacular 5-course meal with exquisite presentation at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a casual dining experience as you are served throughout the evening, allowing you to savour and truly taste the flavour of each dish prepared carefully by the head chef himself. For only $89/person, you can ring in 2019 in style.
Where: Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
When: 5 pm – 1 am
See the MenuZOOLIGHTS
The famous Zoolights are back in action at the Calgary Zoo! However, this display only runs until January 5, so get your tickets now before you have to wait another full year to walk through the tunnel of love with your date. Ring in the New Year sipping on hot chocolate as you gaze at the beautiful displays overlooking downtown Calgary at night – as romantic as can be.
Where: Calgary Zoo
When: 6 pm – 9 pm
Bust Loose New Year’s Eve Club Crawl
Bust loose is right – get your tickets for this always-wild, four-stop club crawl before they’re snatched up by all the other dancing queens out there. With VIP admission, drink specials, tons of prizes and bus transportation, this is your ticket to Calgary’s largest NYE club crawl happening in 2018!
Where: Start at Hudsons
When: 5 pm
Rocky Mountain NYE
Escape the city this New Year’s Eve to celebrate in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Start the evening off with night tubing down the mountain, followed by an evening of dancing to tunes played by One Nite Band. Don’t forget about the gourmet buffet, countless beers and champagne to toast when the clock strikes midnight. So jump in the car and ring in the New Year mountain-style!
Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort
When: 6:30 pm
A New Year’s Eve Gala for Singles
Single for New Year’s Eve? No problem! One of Calgary’s hottest parties is right around the corner. Couples and singles are welcome at this event, receiving a coloured rose corresponding with their relationship status. Spend the night gambling, flirting, playing and dancing to old and new hits mixed by Gummi on the turntables. This will be a night to remember!
Where: Jack Singer Main Lobby
When: 9 pm
For all things New Year’s Eve in Calgary, check out this complete NYE 2019 guide.
Kelsey is the Editorial & Events Manager for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses here in YYC. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can usually find her trying the newest fitness studio, exploring the Rockies or chasing the sun – whether here in AB or halfway across the world.