Where to ring in the New Year in Calgary

You’ve done the parties, the club crawls, the drinks, the dinners. You just want to do something different this year. Whether you’re looking for a fun night out or some family-friendly entertainment during the day, there are plenty of New Year’s Eve events happening in and around Calgary this year. Here are our top picks:

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Airdrie

No New Year’s Eve celebration is complete without fireworks! Have an early dinner or plan to snack and eat after, because this is a display you won’t want to miss. Grab the kids and get a front row seat to this year’s firework display sponsored by the City of Airdrie, Air 106.1, City View, Here’s the Scoop and the Airdrie Echo.

Where: Ed Eggerer Athletic Park
When: 6:30 p.m.


NYE Afternoon at the Races

We’ve all seen the old movies where the ladies and gents get fancied up before going to the races. Well, find your gown and full tuxedo because the NYE horse races are here! Join Century Downs racetrack for a night filled with appetizers, champagne, betting and entertainment. Not sure how the whole betting system works? No worries, there will be a Betting Basics course at 12:30 p.m. to get you started!

Where: Century Downs Racetrack and Casino
When: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Noon Year’s Eve Bubble Wrap Dance Party

Head to Telus Spark with the kids this December 31 to enjoy a ‘noon-year’s eve’ celebration starting at 11:45 a.m. The countdown will start with the popping of balloons, followed by a wicked bubble wrap dance party to the let the kids go wild. The fun doesn’t stop here – visit the Telus Spark website to see what other fun activities they have planned for the day!

Where: TELUS Spark
When: 11:45 a.m.


Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Ready for a night out? Join Fort Calgary for their very own murder mystery dinner theatre production of: The Spy Who Liked Me. This interactive evening will keep you guessing and laughing until the very end all whilst enjoying a locally sourced buffet of delectable options. Join other Calgarians in deciphering if you too can get to the bottom of this James Bond / Casino Royale spoof.

Where: Fort Calgary
When: 6:00 p.m.


Kids New Year’s Eve Party in Okotoks

Quite often, children miss celebrating New Year’s Eve because it’s just too darn late to stay up. The city of Okotoks puts on a fun afternoon for families to attend with their children, including activities like free skating and swimming, along with entertainment and snacks. The afternoon will wrap up with a firework display so plan to stay until the end!

Where: Okotoks Recreation Centre
When: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Whether you like big parties, afternoon entertainment or grand firework displays, there’s a little something for everyone this New Year’s Eve. For more events, check out this complete NYE 2019 guide. We hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and have a safe New Year’s Eve.


See you in 2019 Calgary!