20 Ways to Ring in the 2020 New Year in Edmonton (NYE Event Guide)

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There’s no shortage of ways to #ExploreEdmonton and that’s especially true when it comes to celebrating the New Year! Ringing in an entirely new decade deserves a big celebration, wouldn’t you agree? That’s why I’ve put together a few different ways you can ring in 2020 in Edmonton.

To be clear, this is only just a smattering of all that there is to do in Edmonton on New Year’s Eve! I really do mean there is no shortage of things to do!

Note: a version of this blog was also cross-posted on Edmonton Tourism.

New Year’s Eve in Edmonton
(Event Guide – Dec. 31, 2019)

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1. Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Charity Gala

How about we ring in the new year as they did in the old days? The ever popular Sugar Swing invites you to swing into the roaring twenties.

Description: Step back into a time of glitz and glamour. The ‘Roaring Twenties’ were exactly one century ago and it’s time for a revival celebration! Set your feet alight hopping along to the sounds of the Jazz Age, while showcasing your finest 1920’s attire! Immerse yourself in your favourite swing dance tunes performed by our live band, the Seven Deadly Syncopators! Don your most elegant outfits, get inspired by the freedom and decadence brought on by the Gatsby era. A beginner dance lesson will get you on your feet and all set for a night of revelry in the roaring twenties

Cost: $60 per person regular. $55 per person for members, students or out-of-towners

Location: 10019 – 80 Ave, Edmonton, AB

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Learn More: Sugar Swing – New Year’s Eve

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Swing into the next decade at Sugar Swing's NYE party! Photo Credit: Sugar Swing

2. New Year’s Eve at West Edmonton Mall

Celebrate the new year at North America’s largest shopping centre.

Description: Join the West Edmonton Mall World Waterpark Family Beach Ball event featuring live entertainment, food, and a spectacular indoor fireworks show OR head to NYE After Dark at Galaxyland for unlimited rides, live DJ, photobooth and a midnight countdown.

Cost: World Waterpark – $50 per person (family and other packages available). NYE After Dark – $24.50 per person.

Location: West Edmonton Mall

Time: Waterpark: 6 p.m. to Midnight. Galaxyland: 7 p.m. to Midnight

Learn More: West Edmonton Mall – NYE Events

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Catch the fireworks show at the family-friendly City of Edmonton NYE celebration! Photo Credit: Edmonton Tourism

3. New Year’s Downtown Festival & Fireworks

Welcome 2020 with your family and friends at the Alberta Legislature Grounds!

Description: This FREE family-friendly, alcohol-free event includes live music, puppet shows, roving performers, games, crafts, art installations, fire pits, main stage performances and more! There will be food trucks, fireworks, and extended hours of operation for the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, Agora Interpretive Centre, Alberta Branded, Borealis Gallery and Pehonan Theatre.

Cost: FREE

Location: Alberta Legislature Grounds

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. (Fireworks at 9 p.m.)

Learn More: City of Edmonton – New Year’s Eve Celebration

4. New Year’s Eve Burlesque Show & Cocktail Pairing

Get a little risque this NYE at the New Year’s Eve Burlesque Show & Cocktail Pairing presented by the Violette Underground and Woodwork.

Description: 6 Burlesque Performers, 6 Cocktails. Woodwork and The Violette Underground are collaborating to bring you a decadent New Year’s Eve speakeasy affair. Hosted in downtown Edmonton at Woodwork, the event will feature six glamorous roving burlesque performances expertly paired with a flight of six custom craft cocktails, created by Woodwork’s award-winning mixologists. At midnight, bring in the New Year with bubbles and burlesque performers dancing throughout the room! A night of decadence and glamour.

Cost: $175 per person

Location:Woodwork 10132 100 St., Edmonton, AB

Time: 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Learn More: NYE Burlesque Show & Cocktail Pairing

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Sing along at The Grand Dueling Piano Show's New Year's Eve event! Photo Credit: The Grand Dueling Piano Show

5. The Grand Dueling Piano Show New Year’s Eve

Sing 2019 away at the Grand Dueling Piano Show’s New Year’s Eve celebration!

Description: The Grand Dueling Piano Show presents you with a world-class performance you won’t forget. Combining the talents of Sean Sonego, Katie Perman and Spenser Poole, the GDP show provides you with a high-octane, all request party. It’s all about fun when they hit the stage together, and a combined 15 years of career experience makes it effortless. You’ll witness dance routines, crowd interaction, kazoos, and non-stop laughter as they play their way through the likes of Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, The Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Eminem and pretty well everything else. They bring the entire show to you; 2 piano shells, professional lights and sound. Choose between our infamous Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet or 3 Course A La Cart NYE Menu (Both Include a 5oz Canadian Lobster Tail) Ring in the New Year with Party Favours and a Champagne Toast.

Cost: $150 per person

Location: Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House 4810 Calgary Trail, Edmonton, AB

Time: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Learn More: The Grand Dueling Piano Show New Year’s Eve

6. New Year’s Eve Bash at The Rec Room South Edmonton

It’s games galore as you greet 2020 at The Rec Room South Edmonton Common!

Description: Your one-stop shop for New Year’s Eve fun and games—including unlimited games, live entertainment (music and magicians!) and a midnight prosecco toast).

Cost: $20 per person for SCENE members. $30 per person General Admission.

Location: The Rec Room South Edmonton Common

Time: 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. 

Learn More: The Rec Room New Year’s Eve Bash

7. Edmonton’s New Year’s Eve Club Crawl 2020

Ring in the new year at not one but four of Edmonton’s best bars.

Description: Why party at just one venue on NYE when you can go to all of them? That’s right, you do the partying and we do the driving! Join us for the BIGGEST and BEST 24th Annual New Year’s Eve “Extravaganza” Club Crawl in Canada for students and party people alike! There will be hundreds of party buses and thousands of dressed-to-impress crawlers. Your 2020 NYE Club Crawl Pass includes 4 of the hottest bars and NYE parties, super fun party bus transportation between venues, no cover charges and no waiting in line, swag and prizes!

Cost: $20 per person 

Location:Various routes with different bar locations

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

Learn More: Edmonton New Year’s Eve Club Crawl

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Cheer on the Edmonton Oilers at their annual New Year's Eve game! Photo Credit: Edmonton Tourism

8. Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Rangers – New Year’s Eve Game

In what has become an annual tradition for my in-laws, cheer on the Edmonton Oilers at their annual New Year’s Eve game!

Description: The Edmonton Oilers are having an unbelievable season—let’s hope their final game of 2019 is an indication of good things to come in this next decade. Head to Rogers Place for the annual New Year’s Eve hockey game and cheer on the Edmonton Oilers (who are—as of writing this guide—LEADING IN THE DIVISION!) as they face off against the New York Rangers.

Cost: varies depending on seat

Location: Rogers Place

Time: 7 p.m.

Learn More: Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Rangers – NYE Game

9. 4th Annual Felizano Latin NYE Bash 2020

Salsa your way into the New Year at the 4th Annual Felizano Latin New Year’s Eve Bash presented by E-Town Salsa.

Description: It is no doubt going to be THE BEST Latin event this city will have seen in terms of pure sheer entertainment value that you will receive as part of your entry to this event. E-Town Salsa takes pride in putting on a glitzy poshed out Latin event and really want to make YOUR party THE BEST in the city!

Cost: $60-$115 per person (depending on package).

Location: Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel

Time: 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Learn More: FELIZAÑO Latin NYE Bash 2020

10. New Year’s Eve Live Racing and Buffet at Century Mile

Ring in the new year at the race track with live horse racing and a buffet at Century Mile Racetrack and Casino.

Description: Ring in the new year with an evening packed full of entertainment, including live racing, live music, cash giveaways, hourly hot seat draws, a champagne toast, and more! Your ticket purchase will include your seats for the entire Live Horse Racing card and delicious New Year’s Eve dinner buffet.

Cost: $59.95 per person

Location: Century Mile Racetrack and Casino 4711 Airport Perimeter Rd, Edmonton International Airport

Time: 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Learn More: New Years Eve Live Racing and Buffet at Century Mile

11. NYE Hot Tub Time Machine 80s Party

Retro New Year’s Eve celebration anyone?

Description: Rocky Mountain Ice House invites you to celebrate the new year in retro style. Entertainment and a killer dance floor provided by The Vinyl Countdown.

Cost: $12 per person (in advance)

Location: Rocky Mountain Icehouse 10516 Jasper Ave., Edmonton

Time: 8 p.m.

Learn More: NYE Hot Tub Time Machine 80s Party

12. New Year’s Eve 2020 – Cirque

It’s being called the most “insane” show to ever hit Prive Ultralounge—celebrate the new year at CIRQUE presented by Dom Perignon.

Description: Enjoy a unique experience for the senses, and experience: CIRQUE at Prive Ultralounge is presented by Dom Perignon.

Cost: $40 per person

Location:Prive Ultralounge 10304 111 St., Edmonton, AB.

Time: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Learn More: New Year’s Eve 2020 (Cirque)

13. New Year’s Eve with Elvis

Ring in 2020 with the King himself! Well—award-winning Elvis Tribute artist Jaedyn Pilon that will have you feeling like you’re ringing in the new year with the King.

Description: Hosted by CTV Entertainment Reporter Graham Neil and The Irrelevant show star Donovan Workun. Don’t be a Hound Dog, celebrate New Year’s like a King … and Queen! Ring in 2020 with award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist Jaedyn Pllon and a deluxe, traditional Ukrainian buffet with champagne! Afterwards, a DJ will have you dancing to everything from Oldies to Country to Top 40.

Cost: $65 per person

Location:St. Basil’s Cultural Centre – 10819 71 Ave., Edmonton, AB

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Learn More: New Year’s Eve with Elvis

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Experience an acrobatic show at the Edmonton International New Year's Eve Gala. Photo Credit: Edmonton International NYE Gala

14. Edmonton International New Year’s Eve Gala

It’s been called the premier New Year’s Eve party in Edmonton and one of the top 10 New Year’s Eve events in Canada—all for a good cause!

Description: A spectacular evening of food, fun and entertainment in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, featuring circus variety shows performed by former members of Cirque du Soleil. Experience an unforgettable evening of unparalleled entertainment at this highly exclusive event with beautiful, unique acts and captivating displays of contortion and aerial acrobatics.

Cost: $80-$160 per person

Location: Beverly Hills Ballroom, Fantasyland Hotel (17700 87 Ave., Edmonton, AB)

Time: 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Learn More: Edmonton International New Year’s Eve Gala

15. NYE 2020 Bee Gees Gold

Live the magic once again with the Bee Gees tribute band at the River Cree Casino.

Description: Join the River Cree Casino for New Year’s Eve celebrations featuring John Acosta as Barry Gibb, who has performed in Bee Gees tributes all over the world! From the look to the falsetto, if you close your eyes, you’ll swear you’re listening to Barry! Party also includes show girls, live DJ, party favours, confetti countdown, late night buffet, special menus and more!

Cost: $42-$81 per person

Location: River Cree Resort & Casino

Time: 7 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows

Learn More: NYE 2020 Bee Gees Gold

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Take in a Legislature Lights tour for your New Year's Eve festivities!

16. Legislature Lights New Year’s Eve Segway Tour

Experience the magic of the Alberta Legislature grounds with River Valley Adventure Co. as part of your New Year’s Eve festivities.

Description: Go an an adventure through a Winter Wonderland! Enjoy the beautiful sights of the Legislature grounds, lit up with over 100,000 Christmas lights this holiday season! Learn the rich history of Edmonton’s capital while taking in the magical feeling of the holiday spirit. Limited tour spots available on NYE.

Cost: $84.99 per person

Location: Alberta Legislature Grounds

Time: 4 p.m., 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.

Learn More: Legislature Lights New Year’s Eve Segway Tour

17. NYE Ball with Frank Sinatra

Experience the magic of the Alberta Legislature grounds with River Valley Adventure Co. as part of your New Year’s Eve festivities.

Description: The countdown to 2020 feature’s the world’s most requested Frank Sinatra Mr. Gary Meyers direct from Las Vegas alongside the incredible Million Dollar Dreamers Big Band. The Million Dollar Dreamers 9-piece Big Band & the illustrious Frank Sinatra Tribute playing all of Old Blue Eye’s timeless songs live on the Halley’s elevated stage. Countdown to 2020 in classic fashion! Followed by DJ TyCo (Voted Edmonton’s Best DJ) Journey through the decades with this eclectic and high-energy show. With a playful swagger, The Million Dollar Dreamers transform modern hits and “glamorize” them into vintage swing, ragtime, and jazz renditions. Halley’s is a sparkling fusion where nostalgic supper club and showcase theater, mingle with classic cabaret concepts of bygone eras. Stylish and ‘speakeasy cool’, Halley’s is a seamless combination of timeless cocktails, made-modern comfort food, and imaginative entertainment.

Cost: $199 per person

Location: Halley’s Club, West Edmonton Mall

Time: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Learn More: NYE Ball with Frank Sinatra

18. New Year’s Eve Dinner Theatre

Take in dinner and a show on New Year’s Eve!

Description: Join the Class of ’63 for A Rockin’ Reunion at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre or strap on ya cowboy boots and experience Country Star at Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Cost: $105-$126 depending on seats and dinner theatre

Location: Mayfield Dinner Theatre or Jubilations Dinner Theatre West Edmonton Mall

Time: 6 p.m. 

19.New Year’s Eve at The Comic Strip with Keon Polee 

Laugh your way into the new decade!

Description: Head to The Comic Strip at West Edmonton Mall for a New Year’s Eve laugh featuring Keon Polee. He was the 2011 Battle of the bay winner, 2012 Rooster T Feathers annual comedy competition winner and 2012 Flappers Uncle Clyde’s comedy competition winner. He was also a top finalist at the 2016 Big Sky Comedy Festival. He has performed internationally including in South Korea for the troops and Canada. You can see him on Aspire TV’s “We got next” season 2 and in the movie “Atilla” now on Netflix. He is also featured on internet radio/audio outlets such as Pandora, Spotify, Audible and SiriusXM. Expect big things from this rising star. Bring in the New Year early with a bunch of laughs. The Comic Strip is doing an early show for those who have other commitments but still want to have a good laugh before 2020 arrives.

Cost: $25.95 to $67.95 per person depending on show time and package

Location: The Comic Strip, West Edmonton Mall

Time: 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. shows

Learn More: New Year’s Eve at The Comic Strip with Keon Polee

20. New Year’s Eve at your Favourite Edmonton Restaurant!

Ring in the new decade with an evening out at your favourite Edmonton restaurant! Many of the city’s most popular restaurants are offering New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day brunch menus. Search Facebook Events, Eventbrite, Open Table, or Google restaurants you had in mind to see if they’re offering up anything special for the New Year, or browse Edmonton Tourism’s delicious restaurant directory!

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So there are just a few ways you can close out the decade and ring in the new year in Edmonton! It all really just depends on your preferences. However you celebrate 2020, I hope you do it safely and with loved ones!

Linda

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