How to spend New Year’s in Whistler

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Bright lights, bustling action, an entire village buzzing with excited bodies… New Year’s in Whistler is crazy!

In the best way possible, of course.

There is a LOT of family and 19+ friendly entertainment in the village during New Year’s in Whistler.

Here’s where to celebrate.


Family Events

This year, two Whistler venues are being transformed for a special New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Arts Centre  – “On New Year’s Eve, all three levels of the Arts Centre will come alive with sparkling entertainment, live music and illuminated characters. Experience an explosion of creative arts and crafts, face painting, balloon twisting, children’s dance party and arcade games will rekindle magic and adventure in your hearts.

To top it all off, there are two kid’s countdowns complete with a balloon drop and a giant bubble wrap stomp. Make sure to get your hand stamped for one of the kids countdowns in advance on NYE.”

The Whistler Conference Centre – “Come in from the cold to experience a variety of performances, a giant craft zone and the famous teen dance.  Another energized early kids countdown will take place at this location at 9 p.m. (No advanced registration is required for this one).”

Before December 30th, you can purchase wristbands for these events at the Maury Young Arts Centre, Meadow Park Sports Centre, and the Whistler Visitor Centre. On December 31st, you can purchase wristbands at the ticket kiosk beside the Whistler Conference Centre from noon – 10pm.

Fireworks in Skiers Plaza – “Starting at 11:30 p.m. in Skiers Plaza, there will be a special edition Fire & Ice Show plus a dazzling fireworks at midnight. This portion of the evening is free for everyone to enjoy. Please be sure to bundle up with warm layers and footwear.”

19+ Events

The Funk Hunters New Year’s Eve @ Maxx Fish – “Maxx Fish is pleased to present The Funk Hunters New Year’s Eve “Whistler’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party”. Tickets to this ultimate celebration include amazing entertainment by The Funk Hunters, DJ Fidel Ca$hflow & Nevin C-Stylez, magician Clinton Gray, a glass of champagne on arrival and then another to toast at midnight, an after-midnight buffet courtesy of sister restaurant La Bocca, complimentary coat check, party favors and professional photographer to capture you and your group. Tickets prices range from $45 to $65.” [More Information]

Let’s Celebrate NYE 2018 @ Tapley’s Pub – “Join us at Tapleys Pub as we ring in the new year in Whistler’s most iconic local style with live music by LAZY GHOST followed by DJ &E. Tapley’s will be transformed into a winter wonderland with amazing decor, extra lighting and production from XL Audio Visual. Included: party favours for the first 100 people, complimentary bubbly at midnight for everyone in the venue.”

2018 New Year’s Eve Part @ Dusty’s Bar & Grill – “Dance, sing and let loose with your friends at Dusty’s in Whistler Creekside, beats from DJ Trax all night long. No cover from 8 PM – 9 PM and $20 at the door after 9 PM.”

New Year’s Eve Party @ Brickworks Public House – “Ring in the New Year at the Brickworks Public House! Dance the night away to live music featuring JennaMae and the Groove Section and sip on a complimentary glass of bubbly at midnight. No cover charge.” [More Information]

New Year’s Eve Party @ Stonesedge Kitchen – “This NEW YEARS we want to showcasing all that is Whistler and all that is ‘Stonesedge’ – featuring our delectable new menu and signature cocktails range for the entire evening, midnight toast and lounge DJ. No cover charge.”

Tommy Africa’s NYE 2018 presented by Cîroc Vodka @ Tommy Africa’s – “Ring in the New Year in style at Tommy Africa’s! Come enjoy a night of bubbles and dancing as you celebrate at the biggest NYE party in Whistler. Resident DJ Dre Morel will be playing all your favorite songs from 2017! The Cîroc Vodka ladies will be serving up ice cold shots to get the party fired up and the evening will include appies and a champagne toast at midnight. Early bird tickets are available and regular tickets are available for $79.” [More Information]

NYE @ Cure Lounge – “Head over to Cure Lounge, located at Nita Lake Lodge for a New Year’s Eve Celebration with DJ Smokey from 3 PM to 9 PM then Montey’s Little Big Band from 9 PM until late. No cover and no reservations required.”

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance @ Fairmont Chateau Whistler – “Welcome the New Year in a gala affair of pure indulgence when the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s grand Macdonald ballroom transforms into a sparkling winter wonderland. An opulent buffet dinner and evening of dancing will set the stage for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration. Returning by popular demand, the Famous Players Band will deliver an irresistible repertoire of today’s and yesterday’s best party songs. Reserve your table early for the most lavish Fairmont event of the year. Adult tickets are available for $199.” [More Information]

New Year’s Eve in The Mallard Lounge @ Fairmont Chateau Whistler – “The Mallard is at the heart of the Chateau, and what better place to usher in the New Year in Whistler? Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and live entertainment from The Steven Lecky Band until 1 AM. Reservations are not required for The Mallard Lounge, seating is first come, first served.”

GLC New Year’s Eve 2018 Presented by Cîroc Vodka @ Garibaldi Lift Company – “Come celebrate the New Year’s in style at one of Whistler’s best New Year’s Eve parties! The evening will feature two welcome drinks, a bubby toast at Midnight and front row seats to the midnight fireworks. Tickets to this event are $75 per person with group rates of $65 per person available for groups of 8 or more.” [More Information]

Masquerade NYE 2018 @ Longhorn Saloon & Grill – “Join us for our annual New Years Eve Extravaganza! It’s the best of both worlds at The Longhorn Saloon – a splendid nightclub experience, mixed with Whistler’s best views of the midnight Fire & Ice show and Fireworks. Tickets include entrance, a complimentary glass of bubbles upon entry, coat check, partyfavours and exclusive access to The Longhorn patio for the midnight Fireworks show.”