Family Friendly New Year’s Eve in Vancouver

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2015 is coming to a close and to ring in 2016 in style, with friends and loved ones, here are a few options for a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve in Vancouver:


Family First Night at Mt Seymour

When: December 31, 2015 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Info: Website/Ticket Link
Tickets include entry, hot apple cider, s’mores, music, party favours, tobogganing, demo lessons, Scavenger Hunt and live entertainment. Purchase add-ons like snowshoe/chocolate fondue tour and the tubing.

Take the free Mt Seymour Shuttle Bus. It will leave from Parkgate Centre (in front of the Library) at: 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm. The Shuttle Bus will return from Mt Seymour to Parkgate Centre at 9:15pm and 10:00pm.

Family New Year’s at Grouse Mountain

When: December 31, 2015 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Info: Website/Ticket Link
Enjoy entertainment and fun for all ages. Skate on the 8,000-square foot mountaintop pond, take a snow carpet down the new Sliding Zone and be awed by the magical outdoor Light Walk around Blue Grouse Lake. Early 9:00pm countdown and fireworks. Hot chocolate and s’mores will also be offered outside of the chalet, as well as in the First Nations híwus feasthouse.

Access to the New Year’s Eve celebration is included with your Annual Local’s Pass, Y2Play or Winter Season Pass. If you don’t have a pass special general admission pricing is available including a $49.95 Family Ticket Rate. Valid for 2 adults and 2 children/youth up to 18 years old.

Family Friendly Variety Show

When: December 31, 2015 at 8:00pm
Info: Website/Ticket Link
Ring in 2016 with host funny-man Daniel Zindler and his cast of fools including circus acrobats, a magician, and even a marching band. It all ends early with one of Vancouver’s largest balloon drops letting you party afterwards or put the kids to bed.

Robson Square Ice Rink

When: December 31, 2015 from 9:00am to 11:00pm on December 31, 2015
Info: Enjoy free family skating at Robson Square ice rink. Rentals are available for $4 (includes helmet) as well as ice cleats ($2).

NYE Vancouver at Canada Place

When: December 31, 2015 from 6:00pm to Midnight
Info: Website/Ticket Link
This free, public event will have live music, multicultural programming and entertainment, and fireworks. The event will utilize outdoor space at Canada Place and surrounding areas along Canada Place Way from Howe Street to Burrard Street.

Starting at 6:00pm there will be free concerts from Current Swell, We Are the City, Dear Rouge, The Matinee, and Bed of Stars. This stage will have an early countdown at 9:00pm for younger guests. Midnight fireworks will be lit off in Coal Harbour. VIP viewing tickets are sold out but you can secure your spot along the harbour to view them for free.

Holiday Events

If you missed out on some of the Christmas events around Vancouver, attractions like Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park, Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden are all still open through the new year.

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