Family-friendly New Year’s Eve Events
Is there anything more Calgarian than closing out the year at a Flames game? We’ll let you decide. Either way, this game against the Vancouver Canucks is sure to provide a memorable finish to 2022.
Cost: Tickets start at $93 per person
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise S.E., nhl.com
On New Year’s Eve, head to Bella Concert Hall, where, after a pandemic hiatus, local chamber choir Luminous Voices is back with its annual show. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m, and the choir will perform two years’ worth of choruses-in-waiting, including pieces by Canadian composers like Balfour, Corlis, Janmohamed, MacDonald & Togni and more.
Cost: $36 per person
Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W., luminousvoices.ca
Visit the Calgary Zoo’s Zoolights display on New Year’s Eve. The zoo’s two million holiday lights will be turned on, and activities like axe-throwing and ice-skating will be available throughout the evening.
Cost: $30 general admission; $23 for children
210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com
On the last day of the year, Fairmont Banff Springs transforms its Van Horne Ballroom into an immersive dining and entertainment experience that features an exquisite five-course meal, premium wines, party favours and music from Barry Shaw and the Fairmont Banff Springs Orchestra. Dress code is formal — this is a black tie affair.
Cost: The dinner and dance is $100 for kids and teens, or $40 for the dance only; adults pay $250 for the dinner and dance, or $85 for the dance only
450 Spray Ave., Banff, 403-762-2211, fairmont.com/banff-springs
Events for Adults
Ring in the new year at the King Eddy with Five Days in July: A Tribute to Blue Rodeo. Throughout the evening, the award-winning, Alberta country music group The Dungarees will perform Blue Rodeo’s iconic album in its entirety. At the end of the night, guests can toast to the new year with some bubbly and new friends.
Cost: $50 (includes a glass of Champagne for the midnight toast)
438 9 Ave. S.E., 403-476-1679, kingeddy.ca
Presented by Moët & Chandon, the Fairmont Palliser’s New Year’s Eve celebration is sure to be wonderfully opulent. Dance the night away on the dance floor, check out the Champagne pyramid, enjoy a decadent dinner and say goodbye to 2022 with a glass of Champagne at midnight.
Cost: $229 per person
133 9 Ave. S.W., 403-262-1234, fairmont.com/palliser-calgary
Enjoy a masquerade ball at the Carriage House Inn, which is offering a selection of dining and lodging options for the event. The party is divided up into several different rooms, each one featuring different styles of music to please all the various party animals in attendance. Semi-formal or costume attire is encouraged, as are masquerade masks. Don’t have a mask? Face-painting will be available on-site.
Cost: Starting at $115, room packages available
Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Tr. S., 403-253-1101, masqueradenye.com
End the year on a laughter-filled note with a comedy show at Hotel Blackfoot’s The Laugh Shop. The event includes a buffet dinner at 8 p.m., a live performance by comedian Derek Seguin at 10 p.m. and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Cost: $110 per person
5940 Blackfoot Tr. S.E., 403-255-6900, thelaughshopcalgary.com
Taking place in the lobby of the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons, this formal event features interactive games and some classic, old-school jams from DJ Gummi and special guests. Dress code is, of course, formal masquerade attire.
Cost: $45 for advance tickets, $60 for the final batch
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons, 205 8 Ave. S.E., artscommons.ca
Attendees can spend the last night of 2022 enjoying unlimited games, live entertainment, DJs and a midnight prosecco toast. Doors open for general admission at 9 p.m.
Cost: $25 general admission, $35 for VIP early access
1180, 901 64 Ave. N.E., 587-535-6077, therecroom.com
Nothing says fancy like Champagne and caviar, and you’ll find both at this speakeasy-inspired event. The night will feature music from DJ Fatrok and Tom Mannix, Champagne cocktails and caviar specials. Tickets for dinner at The Derrick Gin Mill can be bought separately.
Cost: $25 per person (before December 15), $35 per person (after December 15); VIP Dom Pérignon tables available
104, 620 8 Ave. S.W., 403-475-7226, untitledyyc.com
Catch classic Canadian rock superstars Trooper for this once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s Eve event. The concert takes place in the Chrome Showroom at Deerfoot Inn & Casino and will start at 11 p.m, but you can book a reservation at Mojave Grill if you want to enjoy a meal before the show.
Cost: Tickets start at $85
11500 35 St. S.E., 403-236-7529, deerfootinn.com
Ring in 2023 with a bang at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino’s Viva Las Vegas Extravaganza. A burlesque show, dessert bar, plus all the regular casino activities await you at this celebration. All guests have a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas, too.
Cost: $85 per person, $50 add-on for the three-course dinner
260 Century Downs Dr., Rocky View, 587-349-7777, cnty.com/centurydowns
As evening turns into night and the kids go home, Zoolights becomes an adults-only affair. Open from 10 p.m. until midnight, the zoo grounds will feature all the regular Zoolights activities, along with drinks available around the park and a special ball drop light-show for the New Year’s countdown. A Celebration Food Box is available as an extra purchase.
Cost: $30, plus $30 for an optional food box
210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com