New Year’s Eve in the Nanaimo Area: What to Do?

Events Nanaimo

New Year’s Eve is a day that is celebrated around the world, whether this means watching the ball drop in Times Square or escaping to a Vancouver Island resort. It is the day where people everywhere celebrate the year that is coming to an end and the one that is about to begin, all at once. New Year’s Eve is also a holiday that does not discriminate, as anyone from pint-sized kiddos to baby boomers join together in this joyous holiday. If you are opting to leave the comfort of your couch this New Year’s Eve, there are many different destination spots around the world that offer various celebration experiences.

The city of Nanaimo, located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is also referred to as “Harbour City” and is one of those spots offering something for everyone. From family-friendly events to fancy cocktail parties for those who are looking to spend a classy evening ringing in 2014, Nanaimo has it all. In addition to the New Year’s Eve offerings in Nanaimo, nearby Victoria is also a hotspot for end of the year celebration. Located roughly one hour from Nanaimo on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the place to be if you are looking for a night full of dancing, fancy cocktails, and themed parties.

We have narrowed down some of the best options for celebrating the end of 2013 and the start of 2014 on Vancouver Island, and you will find more specific information on our top choices below.

Nanaimo NYE Options

Nanaimo has many different offerings as for as New Year’s Eve celebrations goes, but it is perhaps the best option if you are looking for something the whole family can partake in.

Family New Year’s Eve Party

This is the largest (and best!) family New Year’s Eve event in the Nanaimo area. From crafts and face painting to live music, there will be no shortage of activities and entertainment to keep you and the family busy! Other features of the party include swimming, skating, games, an appearance by Auntie Bobbi the Clown, and two countdowns beginning at 8 pm.

  • Location – Beban Park, Nanaimo
  • Time – 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Cost – $10 for adults, free for children 2 yrs and younger, and $24 for a family of four

New Year’s Night Out

One of the fanciest parties of the night is being hosted by the Tigh Na Mara Resort in Parksville, about 30 minutes north of Nanaimo. With a black and white masquerade theme and endless dancing, this is a must for any adults looking for a fun, classy evening.

The event also includes an extravagant buffet, midnight toast, and each guest will be handed a complimentary Venetian mask. The resort is offering packages starting at $332 for one night. For this package, guests will be able to choose which style of room they prefer and will also gain access to the exclusive party.

For more information, check out the resort website here:

 Victoria NYE Options

There are a wide variety of New Year’s Eve celebration offerings in Victoria, most of which are being hosted by various clubs or venues throughout the city. If you are looking for a night away from the kiddos or a memorable evening celebrating with friends and loved ones, this is the place. Take a look at some of our top choices if you are spending New Year’s Eve in Victoria.

Crystal Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dinner and Gala

Located at the Fairmont Empress, this event boasts an impressive buffet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and a champagne toast for $160. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

The Gatsby New Year’s Eve

Inspired by the parties of the fictional character Jay Gatsby, this extravagant party is being hosted by the Upstairs Cabaret. From over-the-top visuals, costumes, and decorations to a champagne bar, balloon drop, and one-of-a-kind countdown, the $30 early-bird ticket price is a steal.

Enchanted Forest New Year’s Eve

Another stylish option is the mystical-themed enchanted forest party that will be held at Publik. Boasting aerial performers, body painting, live music by Deriek Simon, and a champagne toast, the $15 ticket price seems well worth it.

Whether you are looking for a low key, family-friendly option in the heart of Nanaimo, or a fancier, “adult only” evening spent with beautiful strangers wearing masks, Vancouver Island can meet all your New Year’s Eve needs.

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Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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