Family New Year’s Eve Vancouverby
Vancouver hasn’t had a public “First Night” family New Year’s celebration in quite a while but there is still a few options for the last day of 2011.
Robson Square Ice Rink
On New Year’s Eve the Province of BC will host a family-friendly evening of entertainment, live music, and more. There will be free glow sticks and an early countdown at 8:00pm. The ice rink will be open regular hours on New Year’s Day as well, from 9:00am until 9:00pm. Skating is always free but there is a fee if you need rentals.
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
The festive holiday train and millions of lights will be glowing on New Year’s Eve from 3:00pm to 11:00pm. Admission is by donation and tickets for the train can be purchased in advance or at the ticket booth on-site.
Surrey Winter Ice Palace
The Winter Ice Palace at Cloverdale Arena is open now until January 2, 2012 from 11:00am until 4:00pm (including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).
New Year’s Eve on the Ice
White Rock’s Centennial Arena is open on New Year’s Eve from 11:30am to 12:15pm for stick & puck, and 12:30pm to 2:30pm for family skate. It will also be open for the same skate times on New Year’s Day.
Whistle will be hosting a family-friendly, alcohol-free event in Village Square and at the Conference Centre. The event gets underway at 6:30pm on December 31, 2011 and will include live music, storytelling, and other entertainment. Advance tickets are $15 (adults), $8 (children 12 years and under), and $20 (adults), $10 (children) at the door. There will be an early countdown for the kids at 9:30pm.
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I love the atmosphere of Christmas so I decided to make a list of best Vancouver Christmas events that could be added to your list.
Best Polar Bear swim ever. I’m still invigorated by it. Can’t wait til next year!
Don’t forget to include Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden – it’s very family-friendly and open on New Year’s Eve, and Jan.1.