New Year's Eve events in Calgary

If you haven't made plans for New Year's Eve yet, here are a few ideas to consider for ringing in 2014.

Options range from free and family-friendly to fancy dining and dancing

Walking through a winter wonderland tunnel at the Calgary Zoo's annual ZooLights spectacle. (Flickr/Eric Z Chu)

If you haven't made plans for New Year's Eve yet, here are a few ideas for ringing in 2014. 

Calgary Family Dance Party

The City of Calgary’s recreation department is hosting a free Family Dance Party in the Municipal Building’s atrium.

The downtown event includes music, fire dancers, crafts, living statues and games. The party runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with an early New Year’s countdown at 9 p.m.

The theme is "illuminate the future" so dress in neon, white or anything that glows.

Skating will also be held outside at nearby Olympic Plaza.

Airdrie Festival of Lights

Visit Airdrie’s Nose Creek Park and enjoy the Christmas light displays, hot chocolate and family entertainment.

Games will be held in an event tent. The party runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is by cash donation.

Nature New Year’s Eve

Bow Habitat Station in southeast Calgary is hosting a daytime event with fish feeding, noisemaker crafts and a magic show from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Family admission is $30. See the website for individual admission prices.

New Year’s Eve Family Pool Party

The pool at Village Square Leisure Centre will host a family party with a DJ, bouncers, inflatable toys and a countdown. 

The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Village Square Leisure Centre. Family admission is $24.25.

Zoo Year's Eve

Spend the evening at the Calgary Zoo, featuring Christmas light displays, a kids' zone, entertainment and fireworks. UPDATE: Tickets are sold out as of Dec. 31.

Telus Spark's Noon Year’s Eve

This daytime event at Calgary’s science centre starts at 10 a.m. Visitors can test their creativity with design and sound challenges and watch exploding hydrogen balloons.

At noon, visitors can create firework sounds by jumping up and down on bubble wrap. Regular admission rates apply.

Fort Calgary’s New Year’s Eve Party

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dancing and murder mystery at Fort Calgary — a national historic site.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $125.

High River’s New Year's Eve at the Museum

Dine in the Whistle Stop Cafe's dining car and take part in a photo shoot with a photogenic firefighter who got a glimpse of fame during the floods. Live entertainment and a countdown will be held in the museum’s CPR station. 

All proceeds will go to restoring flood-damaged artifacts. Tickets are $100 for all events, while a limited number of $50 tickets are available for the museum countdown event. Call the museum to purchase.


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