How Whistler rings in 2011... 

Whether you want to class it up with dinner and a live show or just party hard, Whistler has plenty of options to celebrate the new year in style

In case you missed it, 2010 was a pretty huge year in Whistler - in fact, it marked the culmination of almost 40 years of dreams, vision and hard work that all went into making the Olympics a reality for this resort town. In what seems like the blink of an eye, that year has come and gone, and it's our duty to celebrate the memories and accomplishments that came along with this hectic year.

All of the clubs and pubs around town have chilled their champagne, readying to help residents and tourists alike celebrate in style. While many will opt to attend the First Night celebrations held in the middle of the village (the alcohol-free, all-ages annual celebration, featuring live music, entertainment and activities from 6:30 p.m. onwards), there are also lots of parties going on indoors. Whether you want to go all-out this year and invest in a lavish dinner with a side of live music, rock out at a local hotspot, or relax and reminisce on a patio, we've got just the ticket:

 

NYE @ GLC

Come "bling" in the New Year at the base of Whistler Mountain, and take time to reflect on an amazing 2010 with DJ Doctor Awesome (a.k.a. Chili Thom) and DJ Age. The $60 tickets include a welcome drink, appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight. (Group rates are also available for parties of eight or more.) Come dressed to impress!

Where: GLC

 

NYE 2011 Masquerade Ball

Whistler's newest venue hosts a mysterious masquerade party to celebrate new beginnings. Dress to the nines - Village supplies the masks, gourmet hors d'oeuvres and champagne. There will also be a professional photographer on site, party favors, cocktails and plenty of top 40, hip hop and dance music by DJ Rich-A. Advance tickets are just $75.

Where: Village

 

NYE in the Mix

A very special NYE celebration at this hip local cocktail lounge sees DJ Al Churchill manning the turntables from 10 p.m. till late. This event is unticketed and there will be a champagne toast at midnight, as well as some drink features. Don't worry about a dress code, though the staff will be dressed to impress!

Where: The Mix at Ric's

 

New Year's Eve at Dubh Linn Gate

Get in touch with your Celtic roots tonight, as Murphy's Lagh provides an evening of live tunes to ring in 2011. The $50 ticket includes loads of appetizers and hors d'oeurves, party favours and champagne at midnight. The doors open at 8 p.m., and this is a casual affair, so don't worry about dressing up!

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