2018 Calgary (And Area) Family New Year's Eve Parties

by - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Calgary has several great New Year's celebrations to choose from. Family-friendly parties boast fireworks, skating (what's a Canadian winter fest without skating, eh?), games, and live entertainment. Best of all, the municipal parties are all free! The only question now is... which event is for you?


1. City of Calgary New Year's Eve Party - City Hall & Olympic Plaza

The biggest party in Calgary is downtown and FREE! Skate, dance, and bounce and watch stilt walkers, and live musical performances. Share your NYE celebrations photos with #YYCNYE!

Complete event listing here. Family-friendly events from 7-9 pm are highlighted below.

MUNICIPAL ATRIUM in City Hall - 800 Macleod Tr SE
  • 7-9 pm Glow-In-The-Dark Family Dance Party
  • 9 pm Kids' Countdown
OLYMPIC PLAZA - 228 8 Ave SE
  • 7 pm Free hot chocolate courtesy of Good Earth Coffeehouse (for first 4,000 visitors)
  • 7 pm - 11:45 pm Free skate rentals at Olympic Plaza from the Skate Shack. Arrive early to avoid disappointment or bring your own!
STAGE SCHEDULE - 228 8 Ave SE

2. Games & Pool Party at Southland Leisure Centre - 2000 Southland Dr SW

Enjoy arts/crafts, games, a bouncy house and more from 3 pm - 6 pm in the lobby. Then head to waterpark where a DJ will be pumping out the tunes from 3 pm - 6 pm. Pool countdown at 5:15 pm. Regular admission.

3. Gym & Pool Party at Village Square Leisure Centre - 2623 56 St NE

Enjoy arts/crafts, games, a bouncy house and more from 3 pm - 6 pm in the lobby. Then head to waterpark where a DJ will be pumping out the tunes from 3 pm - 6 pm. Pool countdown at 5:15 pm. Regular admission.

4. Zoo Year's Eve at the Calgary Zoo - 1300 Zoo Rd NE

Enjoy Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo, face painting, dance party, NYR craft, Classic Ballet performances, and skating (free skate rentals from KidsSport Calgary). No fireworks this year.
6 pm - 9 pm. Zoolights Admission.




Calgary Zoolights

5. Noon Year's Eve at Telus Spark - 220 St. George's Dr NE

Don't miss the Hydrogen Balloon Explosion Countdown at 11:45 am, then join in a Bubble Wrap Dance Party. The entire Atrium floor (2,000 square feet) is covered in bubble wrap for your dancing pleasure! 9 am - 5 pm. Regular admission.

6. Airdrie Fireworks - Ed Eggerer Athletic Park (800 East Lake Blvd NE)

Enjoy the fireworks show from 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm at Ed Eggerer Park (behind Genesis Place_, or watch them from the Airdrie Festival of Lights. FREE!

7. Airdrie Festival of Lights Family New Year's Eve Party - Nose Creek Park (1701 Main Street S, Airdrie)

Visit the heated Festival Tent for a DJ Dance Party, games, and concession. Check out the amazing light display, then go skating (bring your own skates - no rentals), or take a ride on the Festival Express (mini train) - $2/passenger. 7 pm - 9 pm. Suggested donation $10/family.

7. Kids' New Year's Eve Party - Okotoks Rec Centre (99 Okotoks Dr)

Swim, play, watch a magic show, or decorate cookies from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. FREE!

8. Okotoks Fireworks - Lineham Park (33 Mountain St)

Find a spot around town to catch the show at 7 pm! FREE!

9. Canmore Party on the Pond & Fireworks at Millennium 

Ring in the new year with a skating party at the Pond (7th Ave & Mallard Alley) from 6 pm - 10 pm. Family fireworks will be at 8:30 pm at the Pond. Midnight fireworks will be let off at Millennium Park (1st St and 5th Ave). FREE!

Happy New Year! May 2018 be filled with fun adventures! Where will you ring in the new year?

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