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What's on in Whistler on the last night of the year

click to enlarge PHOTO BY SEAN ST. DENIS FOR WHISTLER ARTS COUNCIL - Family Eve Millennium Place is one of three venues holding events and activities for families over New Year's Eve 2014.
  • Photo by Sean St. Denis for Whistler Arts Council
  • Family Eve Millennium Place is one of three venues holding events and activities for families over New Year's Eve 2014.

New Year's Eve is party time in Whistler and there is something for everyone — club goers, families and diners.

Here are some of the best options.

Whistler Presents is a New Year's Eve celebration for the whole family, an adventure to suit the ages of youngsters and the young at heart. There are events at three key locations, the Whistler Conference Centre, Millennium Place and Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Whistler Presents participants need to purchase a wristband for all-access.

At the conference centre, there will be activities and entertainment for all ages.

Guitarist Scott Verbeek of indie band Lovecoast has been performing solo at the conference centre since he was a 15-year-old Squamish high school rocker. It has become a bit of a tradition, even as his musical style has evolved.

"I will be playing some jazz, some funk and some blues — all instrumental — in between events," Verbeek says.

The range of family events runs from bouncy castles to a MuchMusic Teen Dance Party.

Verbeek's band has just released their first EP, Chasing Tides, and finished their first Western Canadian tour.

He performs throughout the night.

At the Whistler Olympic Plaza ice rink there is free use of skates with an NYE wristband. There is also a Cheese! Box photo booth onsite, too. Paintertainment skaters will be playing for laughs. A limited number of skates will be available.

And Millennium Place is the place for family events sponsored by the Whistler Arts Council. It has arts and crafts, games, performances and more.

For 10 to 13 year olds there are arcade games, video games, pool, crafts and Lego building.

For three to 10 years olds there is crafts, dress-up storytelling, the Ta Daa Lady — Angela Brown and her magical tent — a small dance floor and face painting and glitter tattoos.

And there are two New Year's Eve countdowns for the youngsters, one at 7:40 p.m. and another at 9:20 p.m.

Wristbands that gain access to all three venues can be purchased at the Whistler Visitor Centre, Meadow Park Sports Centre, Millennium Place and Whistler.com/holiday.

Whistler Olympic Plaza and Millennium Place events run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Events at the Whistler Conference Centre run from 6 p.m. until 12:15 a.m.

The final countdown outside kicks off at 11:30 p.m. with two free events. The Fire & Ice show, with jumps made by amazing skiers and snowboarders, takes place at the base of Whistler Mountain at Skiers' Plaza. This is followed by fireworks to ring in 2015.

As well, throughout the night and into the wee hours there are gala dinners and night club events planned around the resort for those wanting a dinner or a party. Reservations are recommended.

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