All-Ages New Year’s Eve Events Around Vancouver

New Year's Eve doesn't have to be spent in a club. Vancouver offers up plenty of fun for the whole family on Dec. 31st.

New Years 2011 Family Events


New Years kicks in way too quickly after Christmas. Seems like we’ve barely finished with unwrapping gifts before we’re stuck trying to figure out how to make a significant moment out of a typically overhyped night.


One option is to leave the kids with a sitter, dress to the nines and head out to a grown-up venue. But for those who’d rather spend Dec. 31st with the family (and save a bit of money in the process), options aren’t as plentiful. But that doens’t mean there aren’t choice events to choose from!


Family First Night at Mount Seymour

Back for a second year, Mount Seymour will again be hosting a Family First Night at the Enquist SnowPlay Park starting at 6 p.m. with a countdown at 9 p.m.


Skate into the New Year at Robson Square

GE Plaza Skating Rink at Robson Square. (Image: Flickr / s.yume)


Lace up your skates for a family friendly New Year’s celebration at the Robson Square ice rink. There will be live music, stilt walkers, sorcerers, witches and a magic show. Be there for the countdown to an early New Year at 8 p.m.


Fireworks, Music and More at Whistler Village

Whistler’s Village Square and Conference Centre will host First Night with a kids zone that includes jugglers, clowns, bouncing castles and live music. Also, there will be a parent-free youth zone with live music for those under 19. Advanced tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children aged 12 and under.


Tickets will be available at the door, $20 for adults and $10 for children. Kids two-years and under are free. This is a no-alcohol event with fireworks and an early countdown for the kids at 9:30 p.m.


Visit the Lights

Celebrate the holidays at Bright Nights in Stanley Park. (Image: Flickr / Geoff Sowrey)


Many holiday favourites including Bright Nights in Stanley Park and VanDusen Garden’s Festival of Lights are open on New Year’s Eve and make a nice way to spend the evening—even if there are no specific celebrations occurring.