IT’S THE FI­NAL COUNT­DOWN!

Where Calgary - - ENTERTAINMENT - —Michaela Ritchie

From tra­di­tional to quirky, here are some fun ways to ring in 2018 in Cal­gary.

HAPPY ZOO YEAR

This light show is bet­ter than the bright­est fire­works! Once our city’s coolest crea­tures go to bed, Zoolights trans­forms the zoo path­ways into a daz­zling win­ter won­der­land with over 1.5 mil­lion sparkling lights. Ice skat­ing, a dance party in Zooville and free face paint­ing have made the usual fes­tiv­i­ties all the more mag­nif­i­cent in Zoo Year’s Eves gone by—and this year’s cel­e­bra­tion prom­ises to be even more mag­i­cal (page 38).

NOON YEAR’S EVE

Per­fect for tiny Cal­gar­i­ans with early bed­times (and par­ents look­ing to party), this count­down at Telus Spark takes place 12 hours be­fore the real deal, giv­ing the whole fam­ily a chance to ring in the New Year with­out stay­ing up all night. Doors open at 10 am, with the mid-day count­down to be­gin at 11:45 am. Watch the clock as a fiery per­for­mance takes over cen­tre stage, and cel­e­brate with a bub­blewrap dance party af­ter noon strikes (page 36).

PARTY IN THE PARK

A lo­cal New Year’s Eve tra­di­tion, City of Cal­gary of­fi­cials will host a free New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion down­town at Olympic Plaza and City Hall. Take in live ice carv­ing demon­stra­tions, mu­sic and per­for­mances and more. An early count­down for the kids will mark the min­utes down to 9 pm with the con­tin­ued cel­e­bra­tion cul­mi­nat­ing in a bril­liant fire­works dis­play at mid­night (page 36).

A LU­MI­NOUS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Chime in the chang­ing cal­en­dar with Cal­gary’s Lu­mi­nous Voices cham­ber choir as they per­form an ex­cit­ing blend of hol­i­day clas­sics and pop­u­lar mu­sic at the Bella Con­cert Hall. Works by Mon­teverdi, Ed­ward El­gar, Erik Esen­valds and even Van Mor­ri­son will be fea­tured. The show be­gins at 8 pm, and fin­ishes at 10:30 pm—just enough time for you to catch a live count­down to end the evening (page 36)!

BRI­TISH NEW YEAR’S

They al­ways say ‘It’s 5 o’clock some­where,’ and at The Ship and An­chor pub, that means it’s mid­night dur­ing happy hour on De­cem­ber 31. Ring in the New Year in time with our neigh­bours across the pond—per­fect for par­ty­go­ers who want an early night, but are still look­ing to keep things lively. Doors open at 11 am, with a count­down right be­fore 5 pm. Bub­bles, party favours, no cover charge—and did we men­tion you can stick around to cel­e­brate a sec­ond time when our Cana­dian clocks catch up (page 38)?

POOL PARTY COUNT­DOWN

Start the New Year off with a splash at the Vil­lage Square and South­land Leisure Cen­tres. For the usual price of ad­mis­sion, en­joy ob­sta­cle cour­ses, arts and crafts, a bouncy cas­tle and of course, sprawl­ing wa­ter­parks com­plete with wave pools, hot tubs and wa­ter­slides. Cap the night off with a pool party from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, with an early New Year’s count­down for the lit­tle gup­pies in the pond (page 36).

GOOD OL’ HOCKEY GAME

You’re sure to have an ac­tion-packed cel­e­bra­tion when you ring in the New Year with Canada’s favourite game. Take your seats and get ready to cheer as the Cal­gary Flames take on the Chicago Black­hawks at the Sco­tia­bank Sad­dle­dome. The puck drops at 7 pm—we’ll see if over­time can last us un­til mid­night (page 38).

Party in the Park

Zoolights

Noon Year’s Eve

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