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Ring in 2016 at one of these fun-filled New Year's Eve events in Greater Vancouver
This exciting event is the first free New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Vancouver in more than 10 years. The evening will include free musical entertainment on the 102.7 PEAK Stage—which will host over six hours of performances, including 2015 Peak Performance Project winners Bed of Stars. There will also be fireworks countowns at 9 p.m. and midnight. It’s sure to be a popular event, so do your best to arrive early.
6:00 p.m. to 12:20 a.m., 999 Canada Place Way
If you have young children, Robson Square is the place to ring in the New Year. Enjoy live music, crafts for kids, ice skating, and an early countdown at 7:30 p.m. so the wee ones can still get to bed on time.
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 800 Robson StreetFree, $4 skate rentals
Head down to Bright Nights to see the Christmas train and Stanley Park Plaza covered with three million sparkly lights this holiday season. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families.
3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Pipeline Road in Stanley Park$11 for adults, $8 for youth and seniors, tickets available online
Spend New Year’s in the snow this year! Whistler’s celebration is complete with live entertainment, crafts, games, and fireworks at midnight. A New Year’s getaway to Whistler could be just the mini-vacation you’re looking for to kick off 2016.
6:00 pm to midnight, multiple venues in Whistler Village$15 for adults, $10 for children
Family First Night is a classic family event for New Year’s in Vancouver. Enjoy tubing, snow tobogganing, and live entertainment. A guided snowshoe tour to a chocolate fondue snow lounge is also available. The event’s countdown will take place at 9:00 p.m. with fireworks.
Fireworks at 9:00 p.m., other activities at various timesMount Seymour, North Van, $20 for adults, $15 for children
Family New Year’s at Grouse Mountain will feature great performances, a 9:00 p.m. countdown, and snacks. If you have an annual local’s pass or winter season pass, you’re in luck—the price of admission is already covered.
5:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver$19.95 for adults, $11.95 for youth
The Festival of Lights is nothing short of a winter wonderland! VanDusen Gardens will be decorated with over one million lights, and will be especially sparkly this year with five new acres added. The event features themed areas, a dancing light show, and performances.
4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver$8 for adults, $5.75 for youth