There’s no better place to ring in a New Year than Whistler.
If you like to celebrate in style, local clubs and bars have an array of parties on offer. Not fond of crowds? Head into the backcountry for a low-key celebration. To help you celebrate the start of 2018, we’ve rounded up a few of the anticipated events set to take place around town on Dec. 31.
New Year’s Eve Gala
Where: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, The Macdonald Ballroom, 8:30 p.m.
What: Kick off your celebration with a decadent dinner at the Fairmont, followed by an evening of dancing. Vancouver band The Famous Players are set to return to keep you on your feet well past midnight. For more visit fairmont.com/whistler/special-offers/christmas-offers/whistler-new-years-eve/.
New Year’s Eve at The GLC
Where: The GLC, 10 p.m.
What: The location of this party — at the base of Whistler Mountain — means you’ll have prime seats for the Fire and Ice show, as well as midnight fireworks. On top of that, DJ Kori K and DJ Foxy Moron will keep the dance floor hopping. Dress to impress, organizers advise.
Grab your tickets at www.showpass.com/glcnye2018/.
The Funk Hunters at Maxx Fish
Where: Maxx Fish, 9 p.m.
Cost: $45 - $60
What: Whistler favourites the Funk Hunters will headline this NYE party. Your ticket will also get you a midnight buffet, some close-up magic from magician Clinton Gray and party favours. Tickets are at ticketzone.com/e/10706/the-funk-hunters-new-years-eve-maxx-fish-whistler/10813.
Tommy Africa’s 2018 NYE
Where: Tommy Africa’s, 9 p.m.
Cost: $49 - $79
What: Resident DJ, Dre Morel, will play all the best songs from the last 12 months to help you say good bye to 2017. Enjoy appetizers and midnight bubbly. www.showpass.com/nye-2018-presented-by-ciroc/
Garfinkel’s Whistler presents Winter Wonderland NYE 2018
Where: Garfinkel’s, 8 p.m.
Cost: $55 - $200
What: Ditch your typical nightclub digs for a more elegant look — and hide behind a mask (the first 100 people to arrive will get a complimentary masquerade mask, but you’re also welcome to bring your own). DJ Joni T will be playing top 40, club hits and requests all night. Grab tickets at gibbonswhistler.com/garfinkels-new-years-eve/#.
Bubbles & Bow Ties NYE 2018
Where: Buffalo Bills, 7 p.m.
Cost: $65 - $115
What: The appeal of Bills is the range of ways to ring in the New Year: on the dance floor with DJ Peacefrog, playing pool, enjoying some food with your friends or cozying up next to a fireplace. Don your finest and head underground. Tickets are at gibbonswhistler.com/buffalo-bills-new-years-eve/#.
Longhorn Saloon New Year’s Eve
Where: Longhorn Saloon, 8 p.m.
What: This venue also offers you a solid view for the Fire & Ice show as well as midnight fireworks. This popular party will also include party favours and bubbly. (It’s also one of the first to sell out each year, according to organizers.) Get tickets at gibbonswhistler.com/longhorn-saloon-new-years-eve/#.
Glow, Glitz & Glamour – Moe Joe’s New Year’s Eve Glow Party
Where: Moe Joe’s, 9 p.m.
What: This party promises to have the three “Cs”: cold smoke, confetti and champagne. Bringing the fun of their Sunday Glow Party to New Year’s Eve, the party will feature La Dooda, Darley and Tellum mashing up house, dance, electro, hip hop and club anthems. Grab tickets at http://clubzone.com/events/glow-glitz-glamour-moe-joes-new-years-eve-glow-party/.