The kiddos will go to bed long before midnight, but Vancouver families have plenty of opportunities to head out early and attend a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event.
From 7pm countdowns, to live fire spinning, fireworks, tobogganing and s’mores, here are your best options for New Year’s Eve with children.
Top 5 Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events
1. New Year’s Eve at Robson Square
Celebrate with an early countdown, glow sticks and noisemakers at Robson Square. Free live shows start at 4pm and continue through 10:30pm, including “Magical and Holiday Performers,” Rumba Calzada and DJ sets. There will be two countdowns: one at 7pm, and the other at 9pm. Of course there’s also free ice skating.
2. Family First Night at Mount Seymour
Mount Seymour’s family New Year’s Eve celebration has it all. The festivities start at 5pm and included tubing, tobogganing, a fire spinning show, a comedy act, s’mores and hot apples cider. Ring in 2013 at 9pm with an early countdown including noisemakers, sparklers and fireworks. Spectator passes (which include shows and s’mores) are $10. Tubing passes are $25. Tobogganing passes are $15. Find full ticket details here.
3. First Night Whistler
Admittedly, this is a couple hours up the (scenic) road. Perhaps the most impressive family New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night Whistler is well worth the trip. The alcohol-free event in Whistler Village is best known for its thoroughly dazzling fireworks display as well as the legendary free Fire and Ice Show, when Whistler’s best skiers and riders jump through a blazing rings of fire. Advance tickets (before December 31) are $15 adults, $10 children 12 and under. Prices on December 31 are $20 for individual tickets, $10 children 12 and under. Children 2 and under are free.
4. Bright Nights Stanley Park Christmas Train
Vancouver’s best holiday tradition for the littlest celebrants is open n New Year’s Eve. Hop aboard and enjoy a Polar Express style magic: a forest of two million twinkling lights and live performers from the North Pole. Enhance the experience with carols, cocoa, and popcorn. Find ticket details here.
5. Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Vancouver might be short on New Year’s Eve fireworks displays (we save that jazz for summer) but VanDusen’s overwhelming array of Christmas lights, including the Dancing Lights on Livingstone Lake is a fabulous stand-in for pyrotechnics. New Year’s Eve is your family’s last chance to see the botanical garden in all its holiday splendor, from 4:30 to 9pm. Find ticket details here.
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