Calgary New Year’s Eve Events to End 2018
Ring in the new year at one of these foodie, family-friendly or adults-only events.
Photograph courtesy of Romolo Tavani/Getty Images.
[This article has been updated to show details on markets that are taking place in 2018.]
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 tuna tartare amuse bouche, Atlantic lobster risotto, seared duck breast, blueberry and basil sorbetto 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 five-course meal at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. The meal starts off with roasted butternut squash veloute and then you can choose between three options for the subsequent four courses. Select highlights include salmon and albacore tuna crudo with yuzu vinaigrette, surf and turf for two and cranberry-apple tea-infused crème brûlée. Wine pairings can be added for an additional charge.
Cost: $89 per person.
15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310, bvrrestaurant.com
Calcutta Cricket Club is embracing a railroad theme for two seatings they're calling the "Calcutta Cricket Club Express." Guests at the early seating will enjoy a welcome cocktail and four-course menu while later seated folks get all that plus midnight bubbles and late night entertainment.
Cost: $75 early seating; $95 late seating
340 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com
This delectable New Year's Eve menu is themed "Midnight in Paris." Offering both early and late seatings, Cassis will serve five courses including lobster bisque, squash ravioli, seared monkfish, Alberta beef tenderloin and an assortment of petit fours for dessert. Seating is very limited; reserve at your earliest convenience.
Cost: $95 early seating; $125 late seating
105, 2505 17 Ave. S.W., 403-262-0036, thecassisbistro.ca
Take your pick between decadent three- and five-course menus at Cilantro on 17th Avenue. The three-course dinner is designed to accommodate those with plans during the later part of the evening and starts at 5 p.m. The five-course menu is intended for diners who want to make an evening of it and spans 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Diners are given a choice for each course with select highlights including bison tartare, PEI mussels, beef tenderloin and Atlantic cod. Both options include a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Cost: Three-course menu $65 per person; five-course menu $95 per person
338 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-1177, cilantrocalgary.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 "pre-game" 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 $65 per person; five-course menu $100 per person
806 9 Ave. S.E,. 403-264-0595, deanhouse.com
Both Modern Steak locations are hosting early and late seatings for a four-course menus. Diners get two choices per course with the exception of third which offers three different cuts of steak, duck confit or seafood bouillabaisse as options. Late night seatings include an after-party.
Cost: $85 early seating; $98 late seating
107 10A St. N.W., 403-670-6873; 100 8 St. S.E., 403-244-3600, modernsteak.ca
Enjoy a meat smorgasbord at either an early or late seating at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse. Early diners will enjoy 14 different tableside carved meats, Brazilian cheese bread and the 50-item hot-and-cold salad bar. Later patrons get all of that, three more meats, dessert and a glass of sparkling wine at midnight. Diners are asked to abide by a two-hour seating limit.
Cost: $54.99 early seating; $79.99 late seating. Standard prices for children.
521 10 Ave. S.W., 587-354-3441, pampasteakhouse.com/calgary
Make your last meal of 2018 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 48-month house cured Berkshire prosciutto, pine mushroom chowanmushi (a Japanese steamed-egg custard), Northern Divine sturgeon, wild sage smoked goose and a dessert to be announced. The vegetarian menu details will be released soon.
Cost: $110 per person
25 Prince's Island Park, 403-261-7670, river-cafe.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 six-course dinner including highlights like stuffed golden beet roulade, pan-seared sea scallops, coconut lime sorbet and your choice of either whole roasted CAB tenderloin with red wine demi-glaze and black truffle potato cake or pan-fried Arctic char with fire-roasted bell pepper coulis and Israeli couscous pilaf.
Cost: $95 per person
Elevate your New Year's Eve experience with a four-course meal at Sky 360 Restaurant, located on the penultimate floor of the Calgary Tower. Each course has different options to suit your palate or dietary restrictions, with entrees including Kuterra salmon wellington, pan-roasted half chicken, beef tenderloin and grilled portobella mushroom.
Cost: $99 per person
101 9 Ave. S.W., 403-532-7966, sky360.ca
Two Penny is serving a four-course banquet of family style Chinese dishes on New Year's Eve. Parties of four or less will be allotted a two-hour dining window while groups larger than four are encouraged to call ahead and will be allotted a three-hour window. Two levels of pairings are available to help make the night even more special. Keep the party going with a hip-hop soundtrack, Miller High Life (affectionately known as the "Champagne of beers") and cocktails specials and Chinese-inspired hot dogs at the downstairs bar, Tea House.
Cost: $65 per person, with tea, sake and wine pairings offered at $20 and $30 price tiers
1213 1 St. S.W., 403-474-7766, twopenny.ca
Family-friendly New Year's Eve events
Is there any more Calgary way to close out the year than with a Flames game? We'll let you decide, but know that their game against the San Jose Sharks will be a truly iconic finish to the year.
Cost: Starting at $64 per person
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise S.E., ticketmaster.ca
The City of Calgary has been kind enough to compile its family-friendly events at municipally run leisure centres at Calgary.ca. Festivities at both Village Square and Southland leisure centres have been detailed as of November 27, 2018. Special activities and attractions will includes with standard admission.
Cost: Standard rates
Various locations, calgary.ca
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 Palestrina, Gabriel Jackson, and William Harris, and features special guest Gianetta Baril on the harp.
Cost: $33 to $43
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. Split between the Central Library, Olympic Plaza, and the Municipal Atrium at City Hall, activities include skating, story time, a children’s dance party and a new rec room space catered to all ages. Get a free hot beverage from the Tim Hortons truck at Olympic Plaza and enjoy two different countdowns — an early one for kids at 9 p.m. and the real deal coinciding with the midnight fireworks.
Municipal Building, 800 MacLeod Tr. S.W.; Olympic Plaza, 228 8 Ave. S.E., calgary.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 2 million holiday lights will be turned on and activities including new highlights like Snow White and the Seven Stewards of the Forest, axe throwing and an interactive 2-D bison-shaped light installation are being offered. Special discounts are available for those who buy tickets in advance online.
Cost: $19.95 general admission, $14.95 for children.
Calgary Zoo, 210 St. George's Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com
Celebrate the arrival of 2019 earlier in the day at Telus Spark Science Centre, which holds an annual Noon Year's Eve celebration on December 31. The centre is 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: $13 to $20
Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George's Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca
Events for adults
Beso de Tango's New Year's Eve event offers dinner, midnight Champagne and dancing past midnight to the early hours of 2019. The event, held at the Petroleum Club, will feature guest DJ Vincenzo Renzi.
Cost: $75 dinner and dance; $25 dance only
Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5 Ave. S.W., besodetango.com
While we may have gone with the title New Beer's Eve, this pun-happy party at Trolley 5 Brewpub certainly looks like a hoot. There will be two main party areas with different DJs in each, a prime rib dinner special for $25, party favours and a midnight toast. Note: your entry does not guarantee a table — make a reservation if you're planning to spend time off the dance floors.
Trolley 5 Brewpub, 728 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3731, trolley5.com
Spend the last night of 2018 dancing and eating the night away at the Calgary Firefighters New Year's Eve Charity Gala, which helps support 12 local charities. The evening includes a black tie ball with a gourmet dinner on the upstairs level and a downstairs dance party at 9 p.m. Be sure to visit the photo booth and midnight buffet later in the night.
Cost: Full gala $250; Station 54 Disco Party $200
Hotel Arts, 119 12 Ave. S.W., yycnye.ca
Enjoy a masquerade ball at the Carriage House Inn with different dining and lodging options available. The party is divided up into several different rooms with different style of music to please all the various party animals in attendance. Semi-formal or costume attire is encouraged, as are masks. Don’t have one? Face-painting will be available on site.
Cost: Starting at $115, room packages available
Carriage House Inn, 9030 MacLeod Tr. South, 403-253-1101, masqueradenye.com
Two floors filled with seven bands are what you can expect on New Year’s Eve at live music institution and barbecue joint The Palomino. Dance away the year with the rhythmic sounds of Melted Mirror, Tommy Grimes and Uncanny Valley, or get that New Year’s kiss from your special someone to the tune of Sunglaciers, Amy Nelson, Child Actress or Ig Bo Lyn.
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
The Palomino Smokehouse, 109 7 Ave. S.W., 403-532-1911, thepalomino.ca
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., a live performance by comedian Paul Myrehaug at 10 p.m. and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Tr. S.E., 403-255-6900, thelaughshopcalgary.com
Hotel Blackfoot’s fourth annual New Year’s Eve gala features cocktail hour, a gourmet dinner, dancing, sparkling wine and a photo booth. The menu includes antipasto, a seafood tower, entrees like beef wellington and wild mushroom ravioli and a selection of chef’s pastries for dessert. The dress code is white formal attire, so bring your friends and dress to impress.
Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Tr. S.E., hotelblackfoot.com
Party band Pistol Noon is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash at the Grey Eagle Casino, and dinner and dancing are on the menu. This cruise-themed party is semi-formal, so you can dress up and nosh on a buffet that has salmon, turkey and mushroom-stuffed pasta. There’s also a photo booth, huge dance floor and champagne toast at midnight.
Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Drive, 403-385-3777, greyeagleresortandcasino.ca
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 formal event features interactive games, a DJ and a silent auction.
Cost: From $55.50
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons, 250 8 Ave. S.E., artscommons.ca
This swanky soiree happens at the underground lounge Sub Rosa and attendees are invited to don a masquerade mask for the occasion. If you're looking to flex, VIP options range all the way up to $4,000 (entry and a table for 12; magnum-sized bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne Brut; three-litre bottle of Belvedere vodka; skip-the-line privileges; party favours).
Cost: From $45
200 8 Ave. S.W., 403-770-2315, universe.com
FUBAR fans, this party is for you. Terry Cahill (real name David Lawrence) will be in character and hosting the countdown at this soiree. Your cover gets you unlimited free-play pinball all night.
Pin-Bar, 501 17 Ave. S.W., 403-930-8175, pinbaryyc.com
Think we missed an important NYE event? Let us know.