All about (New Year's) Eve 

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Get ready to pop the cork, pour the bubbly and kiss that cutie, it’s nearly New Year’s Eve. Whistler puts on quite a show with many events selling out well in advance. Avoid the last minute rush and the taxi line crush with our detailed pre-party plan.

Let’s start by the golden rule of behaving yourself. Don’t drink and drive. Police are warning you will get caught. Road checks will be in effect. Local buses will be free from 8 p.m. Consider it an opportunity to meet some prospective party partners along the way.

Now to the events. Almost every bar, pub, restaurant, café and club in Whistler has something on. This list is limited to events with live music or DJs. They are in alphabetical order, by no means exhaustive and prices are subject to change. Phone numbers have been included for more information. Let’s go shopping shall we…


It’s a Masquerade Ball so wear a mask. This party includes a picollo of champagne, party favours and a midnight buffet of canapes and hors d’oeuvre. Tickets are $75. Ph: 604-932-8334.


An adults-only glamorous gathering offering guests Beluga Caviar and sabering of Vintage Dom Perignon on arrival. A five course "gastronomique" menu devised by head chef Brock Windsor. A four piece jazz band and dancing all night long. There is only one seating for the evening and guests may book from 7 p.m. onwards.

Tickets are $375 per person, required in advance to confirm. Ph: 604-932-3433.


Gutair Doug takes over Black’s. He’ll be upstairs from 10 till 2 p.m. putting his unique stamp on this special night. Tickets are $50 including midnight snacks, party favours and champagne. Downstairs Doug will be in the restaurant from 9 to 10 p.m. There will be two dinner seatings. At 6 p.m. it’ll be $34.95 or $19.95 for kids. At 8:30 p.m. a six course serving for just $69.95. Ph: 604-932-6945.


Voted the best live venue in Whistler yet again and easily one of the cheapest nights out around. For a rockin’ good time, join Sweaty Cheddar who ssshh, don’t tell anyone, are most of the members of She Stole My Beer. Funk and groove with champagne at midnight. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. Ph: 604-932-3338.


With a backdrop of boutique beer vats, a big log fire and a belter of a band, this gig is going to go off. Frost Heave, are well known as the Led Zeppelin tribute band Whole Lotta Led, but tonight they’re playing more than that. From the ’60s to now, you’ll sample it all. DJ Miguel Sanchez will keep the crowd busy between sets. Tickets to the show are $35 but dinner and the show is just $45 for a set menu. A-la-carte is also available. Two seatings only at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Ph: 604-905-2739.


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