Calgary New Year’s Eve Events to End 2017
Ring in the new year at one of these foodie, family-friendly or adults-only events.
Restaurants with New Year's Eve menus
Book a spot at one of Alloy's two New Year's Eve dinner seatings. The multi-course menu features a grilled prawn amuse bouche, barbecued Brome Lake Duck, Alberta beef tenderloin, strawberry shortcake and more. You can also choose to add wine pairings for an extra cost. Dinner seatings are at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Cost: $95 per person
220 42 Ave. S.E., 403-287-9255, alloydining.com
Spend New Year's Eve indulging in a four-course meal at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. There are three different options for each course, with dishes like poached pear and baby kale salad, bison carpaccio, pan-seared ling cod and matcha mousse.
Cost: $79 per person.
15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310, bvrrestaurant.com
Dine at the historic Deane House, which has two special menu offerings to mark New Year's Eve. You can order a three-course menu from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or order the five-course tasting menu from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The dishes will highlight winter ingredients.
Cost: Three-course menu $60 per person; five-course menu $100 per person
806 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-0595, deanehouse.com
Mark the end of 2017 with a five-course dinner and glass of Prosecco at the Fairmont Palliser hotel in downtown Calgary. Dinner seatings are at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and are in The Rimrock Dining Room. From 9 p.m. to midnight, you can also go to the hotel's Oak Room Lounge to hear live music.
Cost: $99 per person for adults.
133 9 Ave. S.W., 403-262-1234, fairmont.com/palliser-calgary
Make a reservation to spend NYE at Rodney's Oyster House. Between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., you can get a four-course meal for $60. Choose between three dish options for each course. Options include lobster bisque, bacon wrapped scallop, braised lamb shoulder, salted caramel bread pudding and more.
Cost: $60 per person
355 10 Ave. S.W., 403-460-0026, rodneysoysterhouse.com
Look forward to the year ahead with dinner in a place that celebrates the past. The Selkirk Grille at the Heritage Park Historical Village is offering a multi-course dinner with a mouthwatering menu — think lobster ravioli, pan seared Manitoba pickerel, lemon juniper berry sorbet and more. There is also a vegetarian menu.
Cost: $94 per person
1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8607, heritagepark.ca/the-selkirk-grille.html
Make your last meal of 2017 a memorable one with dinner along the river at River Café. Chef Matthias Fong has come up with two tasting menus (one vegetarian, one not) with optional wine pairings for an extra cost. On the non-vegetarian menu, dishes include Fogo Island cod and snow crab, Heart Rock Ranch duck and dry aged TK Ranch beef. The vegetarian menu features wood grilled oyster mushrooms, whole roasted kohlrabi, forno roasted sunchokes and more.
Cost: $110 per person
25 Prince's Island Park, 403-261-7670, river-cafe.com
A Champagne trolley, fried chicken with ramen gravy and set sushi platters are just a few of the special dishes you can try at Shokunin on New Year's Eve. The Japanese restaurant will also be offering its a la carte menu.
Cost: Set sushi platters are $25 for a small, $50 for a medium and $100 for a large.
2016 4 St. S.W., 403-229-3444, shokuninyyc.ca
The Guild, Oliver & Bonacini's first restaurant in Western Canada, is offering a special NYE menu starting at 5 p.m. For $65, you can get a four-course meal that starts with an amuse bouche, then gives you the choice of dishes like bison tartare, pumpkin tart tatin, bouillabaisse, roasted lamb saddle, black forest cake for dessert and more. Part of the a la carte menu will also be available on NYE.
Cost: $65 per person
200 8 Ave. S.W., 403-770-2313, theguildrestaurant.com
Reserve a spot at the Off Cut Bar this New Year's Eve. Not only will Justine Tyrell be performing live music, but you'll also get a cocktail and bar snacks to enjoy during the performance. Reservations are available starting at 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person
925 11 St. S.E., 403-984-3365, thenashyyc.com
Ring in the new year with pizza and burlesque at Without Papers. The Inglewood pizza restaurant is holding a New Year's Eve Burlesque Ball this year. Tickets include a pizza, a performance by burlesque troupe The Garter Girls and some midnight bubbly. Try pizzas like the spicy Hutch or classic margherita.
Cost: $50 per person
Family-friendly New Year's Eve events
On New Year's Eve, head to Bella Concert Hall where local chamber choir Luminous Voices will be singing at 8 p.m. The choir will perform works from artists ranging from Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi to French composer Francis Poulenc to singer/songwriter Van Morrison. At intermission, there will be treats to snack on.
Cost: $30 for students, $35 for seniors and $40 for adults.
Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., luminousvoices.ca
There will be multiple indoor and outdoor NYE activities for all ages in downtown Calgary on December 31. Head to the family dance party in the Municipal Building for dancing, a glow-in-the-dark resolution wall and a 9 p.m. kids countdown. Outside at Olympic Plaza, you can go skating, do some line dancing and watch local music performances. Stick around to watch the Downtown Calgary countdown ball drop and a fireworks show when midnight hits.
Municipal Building, 800 MacLeod Tr. S.W.; Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave. S.E., calgary.ca
Celebrate the arrival of 2018 earlier in the day at Telus Spark Science Centre, which holds an annual Noon Year's Eve celebration on December 31. The centre is open all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but there will be a countdown to noon (instead of midnight) that starts at 11:45 a.m. Expect explosive hydrogen balloons during the countdown and a bubble wrap dance party.
Cost: $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors, $15.95 for youth and $12.95 for children.
Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George's Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca
Check out the Calgary Zoo's Zoolights display on New Year's Eve. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the zoo's 1.5 million holiday lights will be turned on and activities including giant puzzles about animal adaptation, storytime, a strawbale maze, a giant Lite-Brite and a skating rink will be set up.
Cost: $14.95 general admission, $11.95 for children.
Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George's Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com
Events for adults
Spend the last night of 2017 dancing and eating the night away at the Calgary Firefighters New Year's Eve Charity Gala. The gala will help support 13 local charities, including the Calgary Firefighter's Burn Treatment Society. The evening includes a black tie ball with a gourmet dinner on the upstairs level and a downstairs disco party at 8 p.m. Enjoy complimentary bar service and be sure to visit the after midnight buffet later in the night.
Cost: Full gala $500; downstairs Station 54 Disco Party $150
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 700 Centre St. S.E., cfbts.org
Celebrate into the early hours of the morning with some fellow vegans at this New Year's Eve event by Talk Vegan To Me Clothing. Held in the Sky Lounge from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., the night will feature DJ and live music performances, vegan appetizers, late night poutine and some Champagne to celebrate with at midnight. Plus, when you buy a ticket, $5 will go towards supporting Robin's Refuge and The Alice Sanctuary.
Cost: $55 until December 15, $65 until December 31
Sky Lounge (above Saltlik Restaurant), 101 8 Ave. S.W., facebook.com
Finish off the year at The Rec Room's epic Dance Dance Resolution party on New Year's Eve. Doors open at 7 p.m., and you can head upstairs to The Hall area for musical performances by Napoleon Skywalker, DJ Jonny Williams and Transit 22. There will also be a DDR competition and a short live stream showing the NYE festivities at Toronto's Rec Room. If you need a break, you can always check out the Rec Room's arcade games or order some food and drinks as well (both subject to purchase).
Cost: Free admission to musical acts
The Rec Room, 1180, 901 64 Ave. N.E., 587-535-6077, therecroom.com
End the year on a laughter-filled note at a comedy show at Hotel Blackfoot's The Laugh Shop. On New Year's Eve, there will be a buffet dinner at 8 p.m. featuring charcuterie boards, Dungeness crab stuffed fillet of sole, risotto Milanese, pastries and more. Then, there's a live performance by comedian Andrew Grose at 10 p.m. and a midnight toast with Champagne.
Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Tr. S.E., 403-255-6900, thelaughshopcalgary.com
Travel back to the roaring '20s at Hotel Blackfoot's New Year's Eve gala, which is back for a third year. The adults-only night includes dancing, a photo booth and a buffet dinner with hors d'oeuvres, salads, leg of lamb, poached Atlantic salmon, a carving station with coffee crusted beef tenderloin, pastries and more. Finish off the evening with a midnight toast.
Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Tr. S.E., hotelblackfoot.com
Dance the last night of 2017 away at this nightlife spot. Located below The Guild, Sub Rosa's adults-only New Year's Eve event begins at 9 p.m., and guests are encouraged to wear a mask to this masquerade event.
Cost: $40 per person
200 8 Ave. S.W., 403-770-2315, universe.com
Don't let the name of this event dissuade you — you don't have to be single to attend the Singles New Year's Eve Gala. Couples can attend as well, and everyone will be given a red or white rose to show whether you're taken or not. Taking place in the lobby of the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons, this year's theme is "Midnight in Paris." The formal event features interactive games, a DJ and a silent auction.
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons, 250 8 Ave. S.E., artscommons.ca
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