IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!
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
Noon Year’s Eve