Readying to ring in the New Year in Whistler is a bit like being at a buffet - there are so many options, it's hard to pick just one event to attend. Bars and clubs around town are chilling champagne and flutes, getting ready to help residents and tourists celebrate in style. Whether you want to go all-out this year and invest in a lavish dinner with a side of live music, party it up at one of the local hotspots, or chill out on a patio, we've got just the ticket:
This local pub is throwing quite the party to ring in the New Year - live music from the Gnarboots crew, champagne at midnight, party favours and appetizers are all included in the $30 ticket.
Where: Black's Pub
This longtime local watering hole plays host to a seven-piece band and DJ "Your House" for an evening of New Year revelry. Tickets are just $25.
Where: Tapley's Pub
New Years Eve, Underground
This subterranean locals' hotspot is throwing a special party with the three-piece band PeteCatastrophe rocking out until the early morning. PeteCatastrophe is the latest musical project of Peter and Stephen Vogler, who have teamed up with Vancouver ska veteran Carl Baird to create a new ska/reggae group. The Voglers have been making music since the early '90s, creating groups like Route 99 and The Hounds of Buskerville, which brought the house down during the infamous Dusty's Last Stand. Their newest musical incarnation will be playing covers and originals all night long.
Party At The Podium: Countdown to 2010
The folks at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler are going for gold with their NYE party. Guests can feast on cuisine from around the world, then dance the night away to ABBA and Fleetwood Mac tunes. Local's price $175, regular price $250.
Where: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Dance the night (and 2009) away to top 40 and '80s hits, house and R&B bangers courtesy of DJ Tim Livingstone and JT. On top of the dance floor action, expect an evening of champagne, hors d'oeuvres and studio photos in the club. Tickets are $75 in advance. Party starts at 9 p.m. and goes until 3 a.m.
Where: Tommy Africa's
The folks at the Fish are throwing quite the shindig in honour of 2010: music by JT James and Roxy DJ, plus champagne, appies and party favours in a totally decked-out club. Tickets are $65.
Where: Maxx Fish
A longtime Whistler watering hole is going all out for the big night, offering up a three-course dinner, appetizers, party favours and a midnight champagne toast, plus live music with Brother Twang. Tickets are $75.
Where: Roland's (Creekside)
Winter Wonderland 2010
Garf's annual NYE party has been sold out 16 years in a row, so you know there must be a secret to their success. DJ Rosco and Andreas Morel are on the decks pumping out top 40 dance, hip hop and retro club hits, and each person will receive a personal bottle of champagne, appetizers and party favours with their ticket. General admission tickets are $100 in advance. High rollers can book into the Dom Perignon private room as well. Party starts at 9 p.m. and goes until 3 a.m.
Classics New Year's 2010
Come along on a journey through the classics of dance music, starting with disco and ending with today's top 40 and house hits from DJ Raw Baanks. The $75 tickets include a personal bottle of champagne, appetizers and party favours. Party starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m.
Where: Savage Beagle
Old Hollywood Spectacular
Calling all stars: come out for a very special Hollywood-themed bash. Tickets to this ultimate party in the mountains are $75, which includes hors d'oeurves, a dessert table, champagne toast and coat check. A DJ will be spinning all night and people are welcome to come after midnight, when admission is $25. Party starts at 9 p.m. and ends at 3 a.m. Order tickets from www.longhornsaloon.ca or pick them up in person.
Where: Longhorn Saloon
FireRock New Year's
DJ Peacefrog spins a special year-end set starting at midnight, while guests are treated to party favours and more when the doors open at 8 p.m. Early bird tickets are $35, or $45 at the door.
Where: FireRock Lounge
GLC NYE: The White Party
This New Year's extravaganza features beats from Dr. Awesome (a.k.a. Chili Thom) and DJ Age, plus a welcome drink on arrival and Freixenet Flutes at midnight. White dress code in effect. Tickets are $75. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Think hip hop, dance, electro, funk, R&B, mashups and more to ring the New Year in properly, courtesy of DJs Praiz and Golden Child. Two DJs on four turntables means the dance floor will be rocking until the early morning and the club will be unrecognizable thanks to a transformation by Shits & Giggles, a local décor company! Locals' tickets are $30 in advance, or $50 at Clubzone.com until after Christmas. Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, party favours and a champagne toast at midnight.
Where: Moe Joe's
The Endless Après with The Hairfarmers
Whistler's beloved Hairfarmers play the afternoon, evening and ultimately, the year away in this never-ending après session that starts at 3 p.m. Cover charge starts at $15 at 7 p.m., then increases starting at 9 p.m., so show up early!
The Grand New Year's Eve 2010 Party
Resident DJ Peacefrog spins his usual mix that packs the dance floor, but tonight's party is particularly special. The $85 ticket includes a champagne toast at midnight, party favours, appetizers and a complimentary photo at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. Plus, there are industry tickets available for $25, which give you admission after midnight.
Where: Buffalo Bill's
NYE at this Irish pub is a real feast: the $135 tickets include a carved prime rib and salmon buffet, complimentary early bird cocktail, champagne toast, party favours and live music from Murphy's Lagh all night long, starting at 7 p.m.
Where: Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub
Bass Coast Project New Year's 2010
Join the Bass Coast girls at Dusty's in Creekside for an evening of awe with aerial acrobatic performances, live music from Ali Milner and her band and DJs Mat the Alien, Vinyl Ritchie and Librarian. Dance the night away as the Underground Circus acrobats perform on suspended silks from the ceiling. Dress code is fancy, and tickets are $65. Doors open at 10 p.m.
Countdown at the Crystal
Come as you are to this laidback local party, featuring live music from Jon Shrier and Andrew Crome (one of the winners of the Whistler's Got Talent search). A $10 ticket gets you hats, whistles, party favours and a champagne toast at midnight. Party starts at 9 p.m.
Where: Crystal Lounge