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New Year’s Eve – Dec. 31, 2012 Events in Edmonton!

December 31, 2012
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Fireworks at Churchill Square. Courtesy: Anthony P. Jones via www.photos.edmonton.ca.

NYE list first posted: Friday, December 7, 2012. Last updated: Monday, December 31, 2012.

Fireworks at Churchill Square. Courtesy: Anthony P. Jones via www.photos.edmonton.ca.

This year I really want to get dressed up and go to a nice, New Years Eve event that involves great food and isn’t a bar party!

My New Years Eve celebrations in general have never been anything too crazy. Last year we had a night in with Mike’s sister and her friends, playing Settlers of Catan (which was awesome! But definitely low-key). The year before we ended up going to a bar for the sake of our friend visiting from the U.S., who was legal in Canada but not legal in America so going to a bar legally was a big deal for her, lol. And then the year before that Mike and I spent our New Years at Northlands with his parents – for a dinner and casino night. Those are my New Years in recent memory, before that most of my New Years involved staying at home, watching New Years Eve TV specials or going to Vietnamese New Years events with my parents. Yawn.

Time to spice things up!!

I’m looking for a New Years event for us (and Mike’s sister + her boyfriend will be joining us this year too) to attend that is fancy but affordable?

I’ve decided I will chronicle what New Years Eve events (non bar/club-based) I find in this blog post to help both myself and any other Edmontonians looking for something to do! I think a lot of restaurants/venues are in the process of announcing NYE events (I hope anyway… because I’m having a hard time finding stuff!)

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

New Year’s Eve Events in Edmonton for Dec. 31, 2012

Edmonton International New Years Eve Gala
Time: Cocktails start at 7 p.m. Dinner at 8 p.m.
Cirque du Soleil-style show from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Dance from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Location: Fantasyland Hotel, Beverly Hills Ballroom
Cost: $135 per person.
Details: A spectacular evening of food, fun and entertainment in support of The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Guests will experience an unforgettable evening of unparalleled entertainment at this highly exclusive event in the Fantasyland Hotel. Entertainment will include a beautiful, stylish and hypnotic circus performances and plenty of whoops and ahhhs….
Website: Edmonton International NYE Gala – Ticketscene.ca

Jazz New Year’s Eve
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event wraps at 1:30 a.m.
Location: Delta Edmonton South’s Top of the Inn
Cost: $125 per person.
Details: Partygoers in attendance will enjoy an evening with live jazz music and entertainment provided by The Swing Kings Band. This magnificent hotel offers partygoers a beautiful panoramic view of the city and the extravagant Edmonton New Year’s Eve fireworks Showcase taking place in downtown Edmonton.
Website: Jazz New Years Eve – Ticketscene.ca

13th Annual Latin New Years
Time: 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Location: Delta Edmonton South Hotel, New Grand Ballroom
Cost: $89 for dinner and dance, $60 for just dance.
Details: The 13th Annual Latin New Year’s Eve at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel is your final destination. Your Evening will be a feast for the senses. The exquisite 4 course sit down dinner will excite your palate and the music will entice your feet to dance… Ring in the New Year as never before! When the clock hits 12.Get ready to experience en excitement on stage with 14 piece International Merengue Band “Anthony La Makina de Puerto Rico!”
Website: 13th Annual Latin New Years – Ticketscene.ca

The Red Piano Speakeasy New Year’s Eve
Time: Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., Show starts at 8 p.m.
Location: The Red Piano, West Edmonton Mall.
Cost: $135 for dinner & show, $50 for show only.
Details: Join us this New Years Eve for THE RED PIANO SPEAKEASY! We will be having a world class set menu, accompanied by entertainment during your dinner service! Once your decadent meal is finished and our dance troops and magicians have wowed you, our world famous Red Piano Players will take the stage for fun filled evening of the finest Dueling Piano Show you will ever see!
Website: www.theredpiano.ca

New Year’s Eve 2013 Melting Pot
Time: Dinner
Location: The Melting Pot, 2920 Calgary Trail.
Cost: $225 per couple
Details: Includes First Course, Second Course, Third Course or Baton Rouge Fondue Festival, Entree-Cooking Styles, Fourth Course. Also includes Mardi Gras theme, Champagne toast w/ flutes to keep, framed photo, and gift bags for everyone!
Website: www.meltingpot.com/edmonton

Chef Andrew Parker’s New Year’s Eve Gala
Time: ??? Dinnertime.
Location: 711 – 50 Street.
Cost: $65 per person.
Details: Come join local renowned Chef Andrew Parker as we host New Year’s Eve! At our new event venue, the night will feature 4 course meal, live band, door prizes and tons of fun! Also….$4.25 a drink, free parking and this is a private party, tickets only and 18-+
Website: www.chefparker.ca

New Year’s Eve Downtown
Time: 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Location: Churchill Square
Cost: Free
Details: Events Edmonton is pleased to stage the New Year’s Eve Festival in downtown Edmonton. The City of Edmonton will produce the fireworks at midnight which will be themed to celebrate the Centenary of the University of Alberta. Activities on the Square will include dance performances, fire twirlers, stiltwalkers, horse and wagon rides, skating.
Website: www.eventsedmonton.ca

Sugar Swing Dance Club Speakeasy New Year’s Eve
Time: Dance lesson begins at 8:15 p.m., dance begins at 9 p.m., late lunch around 10:30 p.m.
Location: Sugar Foot Ballroom, 10545 81 Avenue.
Cost: $35 per person
Details: The Sugar Swing Dance Club is pleased to host your last days of 2012 and first days of 2013! Wear your flappers and top hats to this party, but make sure to sneak in quietly before you dance hard all night long! It’s prohibition era here folks, over at the Sugar Foot Ballroom. We’ll be sure to smuggle in some ‘jitter sauce’ to help you calm your nerves, don’t you worry. We’ll be entertaining our guests with several performances over the course of the night, along with some hot 20’s tunes, door prizes, and other give-aways. Of course, you MUST stay past midnight to celebrate your first moment of January 1, 2013!
Website: www.sugarswing.com

New Year’s Eve Rock & Roll Dance
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m.
Location: The Sands Hotel, 12340 Ft. Rd
Cost: $65
Details: 50th anniversary of Edmonton bands from the ’60s reunite for New Years Eve bash. Late lunch, rock & roll performance, door prizes and prize for best ’50s/’60s attire.
Website: N/A – Contact vony@shaw.ca or 780-299-6372

New Year’s Eve Dance Party
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Blue Chair Cafe, 9624 76 Avenue.
Cost: $100 (dinner & a show)
Details: Bubbly New Year’s Eve Party! We’re putting together a very special six-course menu, or should we say “a Creative Multi-faceted Feat of succulent culinary savvy with wine pairings”… It’s a surprise! The Rault Family Band will rock the room, with Ron, Lionel, Michael, and Emily. Grant Stovel will be on percussion. Sure to be a party to remember.
Website: www.bluechair.ca
Thanks for www.thetomato.ca for the heads up!

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Madison Grill
Time: Reservations starting at 5 p.m.
Location: Madison Grill 10053 Jasper Avenue.
Cost: $190 per couple ($95 per person)
Details: Enjoy an Elegant Dining Experience featuring a 6 Course Dinner prepared by Executive Chef Charla Padilla.
Website: www.unionbankinn.com
Thanks for www.thetomato.ca for the heads up!

New Year’s Eve at Creole Envie
Time: Early seating at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Creole Envie, 6509 112 Avenue.
Cost: $45 per person, includes champagne
Details: A ‘Low Country Boil’ at Creole Envie.
Website: www.creoleenvie.net

Athina Events New Year’s Eve Party
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Sandman Signature Hotel, 10111 Ellerslie Rd.
Cost: $75 per person
Details: Please join Athina Events and help us ring in the New Year. We will have great music provided by Edmonton’s own DJ Charlie Sharpe. Entrance to Private Party, Private Bar, Hors D’oeuvres, Party Favours, Door Prizes, Champagne @ Midnight, Hotel room discounts for ticket holders.
Website: Event Brite – Athina Events / Poster

Ring in the New Year with a Boom Boom
Time: Dinnertime
Location: On the Rocks 11740 Jasper Avenue
Cost: $50 Dinner + Party / $25 Party only
Details: Ring in the New Year with a ‘Boom Boom.’ Dinner includes three-course meal and private table. Entertainment by The Boom Booms. Both tickets include Champagne & Party Favours!
Website: www.ontherocksedmonton.com

New Years at Fort Edmonton Park
Time: Various (New Years Eve Dinner & Movie, New Years Night Out, New Years Movie Out)
Location: Fort Edmonton Park
Cost: Dinner & Movie: $149.90/person / Night Out: $450 per couple / Movie Out: $15/person
Details: Close out 2012 with a memorable evening of fun, frivolity and feasting / Make this New Years one to remember with an extravagant evening out at Fort Edmonton Park / Spend New Year’s out at the Capitol Theatre for a movie night out watching “When Harry Met Sally.”
Website: www.fortedmontonpark.ca

Celebrate New Years at Northlands Park
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Northlands
Cost: $75/person
Details: Night includes a three-course dinner and a dance, live harness racing, hourly game show and prizes.
Website: www.northlandspark.ca

New Years Eve at The Comic Strip
Time: Earliest show is 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Comic Strip – West Edmonton Mall
Cost: Starts at $30 for early show – up to $65/person for 10 p.m. show
Details: Headling Theo Von as seen on NBC’s the Last Comic Standing, hosted by Kelly Soloduka and featuring Jason Cooper.
Website: www.thecomicstrip.ca

New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Party
Time: 6 p.m. to midnight
Location: World Waterpark – West Edmonton Mall
Cost: ??? Contact 780-444-5321 for ticket details.
Details: Kids of all ages will be splashing in the wave pool, speeding down the slides, and celebrating New Year’s Eve in World Waterpark’s tropical environment at West Edmonton Mall’s annual Family Beach Ball. This fun-filled soirée will also feature a magician, airbrush tattoo artist, DJ, party favours, and piñatas to crack. The evening will end at midnight with a spectacular indoor fireworks show!
Website: www.wem.ca

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If you know of a New Years Eve event in Edmonton (that is non bar/club-based), please let me know! Comment below or Tweet me!

Linda

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