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Here’s where to ring in the New Year in Whistler

From family-friendly early fireworks to parties set to last to 2 a.m., New Year’s Eve in the resort offers something for everyone
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For those hoping to turn in before the clock strikes 12 on Dec. 31, Whistler offers early fireworks at 9 p.m.

We don’t need to rehash the challenges that marred New Year’s Eve celebrations the last two years.

But Dec. 31, 2022 might just officially mark the light at the end of the tunnel for Whistler partiers. To help you make the most of your restrictions-free revelling (well, within reason), Pique has highlighted some of the events going on around town. (While we can’t include every venue in town, we’re pretty certain you’ll have a good time anywhere you find yourself.)

Here’s to a happy 2023!

Whistler’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations

> Locations around Whistler

> 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

> Free

Take advantage of some classic Whistler holiday fun like ice skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza, tobogganing in the snow zone or the kid-friendly indoor activities at the Whistler Conference Centre.

Then, later that evening, head to Skier’s Plaza to take in the Fire & Ice show followed by an early fireworks display at 9 p.m.

And remember, transit is free on Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Dance

> Fairmont Chateau Whistler Macdonald Ballroom

> 8:30 p.m.

> $229 (plus taxes and fees). To reserve, email whistler.restaurants@fairmont.com or call 604-938-2006.

You might have saved some New Year’s Eve money staying in the last couple of years, so why not splurge to ring in 2023? This gala will feature a winter wonderland, indulgent buffet, and a night of dancing courtesy of the band Side One.

Firerock Lounge New Year’s Eve

> Firerock Lounge

> 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

> $25 (gibbonswhistler.com/venue/firerock-lounge/)

Celebrate in style with this Bond-themed party.

Four Seasons New Year’s Eve Gala

> Four Seasons Resort Whistler

> 7 p.m.

> $285 for adults, $110 for kids 6 to 12, and $60 for kids up to age 5. Email festive.whistler@fourseasons.com to reserve.

This party includes bubbles, a “festive feast,” and a live band from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. While cocktail attire is recommended, you’re also invited to bring the kids along too. Reservations are required.

The WRC Presents: Sparkle—Celebrating New Year’s in Style!

> Whistler Racket Club

> 8 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

> $50 at mywrc.ca/events.

Dress to shine! Partygoers are invited to “bring the bling” and show off their most dazzling outfits for a chance to win a prize. Featuring the lounge disco funk dance grooves of DJ Riddim, appetizers, bubbles and more.

New Year’s Eve on the Red Carpet

> Longhorn Saloon & Grill

> 9 p.m.

> A table reservation can be made at 1-888-823-7932

Harnessing the glitz and glam of Hollywood, this party promises live DJs and a good time to ring in your New Year.

Moe Joe’s Slumber Party

> Moe Joe’s

> 8 p.m.

> $60 at gibbonswhistler.com/venue/moe-joes/

If dressing up for New Year’s isn’t your thing, this might be the party for you. Get decked out in your best bedtime attire (we’re guessing that doesn’t include those who sleep in the nude) and join in on Whistler’s biggest slumber party.

Buffalo Bills Masquerade Ball

> Buffalo Bills

> 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

> $100 at gibbonswhistler.com/venue/buffalo-bills/

You’re going to need a mask for this party—and not the medical kind (well, unless you’re being extra careful). Cultivating a little bit of mystery, everyone is expected to don their finest masquerade attire for a big reveal at midnight—along with a champagne toast.

Garfinkel’s Viva Las Vegas

> Garfinkel’s

> 8 p.m.

> $90 at gibbonswhistler.com/venue/garfinkels/

Who needs a ticket to Vegas when you can find it underground right here in Whistler? Partygoers are encouraged to dress to impress and transport themselves to Nevada. (Although don’t forget you’ll be emerging into the mountain winter, so bring a nice parka too, won’t you?) 

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