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What to do on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver 2021

Brave the cold and ring in the new year in Vancouver.

Flanked by snow-capped mountains on one side and the vast Pacific Ocean on the other, you couldn’t pick a more picturesque town to bid farewell to the year that was.

To help make the most out of your New Year’s Eve celebrations, we’ve found the best parties and events taking place in Vancouver this year.

From family-friendly fireworks displays to adults-only club events, there’s a little something for everybody here.

Where to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks

Vancouver’s annual fireworks display aren’t going ahead this year due to the pandemic. It will return on December 31, 2021 at its new home in False Creek, Concord.

Stay tuned for more in the near year.

New Year’s Eve cruises in Vancouver

While many cruises that usually sail through Vancouver’s harbour on New Year’s Eve have been cancelled this year, there are still a few cruises you can book for the night.

  • Vancouver New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Cruise 2021 (cancelled): Don your best set of pearls and throw on that fedora for this 20s-inspired cruise. You’ll be on the water from 10pm-1am dancing to top DJs, snacking on free appetizers and soaking up those views of Vancouver from the water. Tickets from $99.30pp.
  • New Year’s Eve Boat Party Vancouver: Start 2021 in style on the water with this three-hour cruise through Vancouver’s waters. Expect harbour views, music and food for sale. Boarding starts at 9pm and disembarkation at 1am. Tickets from $168.16pp.
  • New Year’s Eve on the Fraser: Now you could sail on a luxury yacht but for something a little more casual and a heck of a lot more fun, hop onboard this paddle-wheeler for a rollicking good time. This is a 19+ event with drinks, music, hors d’oeuvres, party favourites and a glass of champagne for that midnight clock strike. Tickets from $89.95pp.

Best New Year’s Eve parties and events in Vancouver

  • Pinnacle Ballroom and Lobby Restaurant & Lounge @ Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier: Treat yourself on this final day of the year inside the Pinnacle Ballroom or Lobby Restaurant at Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier. On the agenda is a four-course dinner. Choose between an early 5pm seating or settle for a late meal at 8pm. Tickets are $90.45pp.
  • The Underground Experience: Throw caution to the wind and sign yourself up for this socially distanced rave. Only 50 spots are available and you won’t know the location of the party until the day. How exciting. Free admission.
  • New Year’s Eve Release and Renew Celebration: After the year we’ve had, you may want to take this New Year’s Eve easy, cultivating a sense of calm at this yoga practice. At it, you’ll learn to release all your stress and worries from the year. And to mark the new year? A Kombucha cheers, naturally. Tickets $38.15pp.

How events, parties and cruises are being COVID-safe on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver

Cruises, events, restaurants and hotels have made alterations in line with CDC guidelines.

Social distancing will be in place and masks may be required by guests. Staff will be wearing appropriate PPE and frequently cleaning surfaces to keep you safe and healthy.

Numbers may be limited to comply with social distancing rules and reserved seating might be in place for bookings or groups. On the upside, this means more space for you to roam and no sharing tables with strangers. On the downside, this means tickets will be limited so you should book as soon as possible.

Other COVID-safe measures might include the suspension of buffet-style meals, replaced by a sit-down surface, plastic shields in service areas and the suspension of dancing.

You may also have to declare that you are healthy or sign a COVID-19 protocol form before attending the event.


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