New Years Events 

How to ring in 2006 in Whistler

New Year’s Eve Guide to ring in 2006

New Years in Whistler doesn’t have to be expensive with plenty of alternatives to watching the big ball drop in the Big Apple at midnight on the tube.

This year many pubs and restaurants are putting their New Year's resolutions into action before midnight with fantastic live entertainment at reasonable prices. And for those of you with cash to burn, there are also sell-out events with VIP tables and lounges for the red-carpet treatment.

Start the New Year off right and plan ahead, whether attending an event or buying your champagne now for a private midnight soiree for two.


What: Sing in the New Year

Where: Joey Chan’s Chinese Eatery

Rock out 2005 with Karaoke craziness with DJ Steve Jiu from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets are $35 and includes champagne toast and buffet. A family buffet puts kids to bed early from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with face painting and other kid-related activities. Tickets are $20.

What: Endless Après

Where: Merlin’s

Begin your New Year’s celebrations earlier than anyone else with legendary local duo Guitar Doug and Grateful Greg of the Hairfarmer’s hitting the après stage at 3 p.m. and carrying on all your cover favourites until well past midnight. Cover is free before 5 p.m., $5 thereafter, so get to Whistler’s cheapest New Year’s celebration early.

What: Sweaty Cheddar New Year

Where: Garibaldi Lift Company

Local band Sweaty Cheddar, which includes band members from She Stole My Beer, rocks in the New Year with cover tunes — Def LEPARD classics their favourite. Champagne at midnight. Doors 10 p.m. First 100 tickets are $50, thereafter $60. Call 604-905-2220 to reserve.

What: Garaj Mahal New Year

Where: Boot Pub

Legendary jazz musicians Garaj Mahal fuse funky jazz with tasty world music flare for New Year. Champagne at midnight. Advanced $60 tickets available at the Shoestring Lodge.

What: Multi-Musician New Year

Where: Black’s Pub

Violinist virtuoso Kyla Uyede fiddles out violin with hip-hop and electronica as Kytami along with dance music from Third Eye Tribe, punk from Blackie LeBlanc and The Kytami Revolution and folk tunes from Leanne Lamour. Tickets $50. Doors open at 6 p.m.

What: Jazzed Up 2006

Where: Fifty Two 80 Bistro and Lounge (Four Seasons)

Elegant Jazz chanteuse Lee Aaron has shed her pin-up rocker days of multi-platinum albums and retreated to cool jazz and blues. Show runs 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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