December 30, 2015 2:35 pm

New Year’s Eve in Edmonton: where to go and what to do

New Year's Eve in Edmonton's Churchill Square.

Wes Rosa, Global News

EDMONTON – The New Year is almost upon us but you may still be looking for something great to do on New Year’s Eve. There is no shortage of events happening in and around Edmonton to ring in the New Year.

Here is a list of some events that may interest you:

    1. New Year’s Eve Downtown

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The City of Edmonton is hosting the 16th annual New Year’s Eve Downtown Festival. The family-oriented event starts inside City Hall with kids’ crafts and activities, magicians and live music. The festivities will move outdoors with music, hay rides, ice skating, fire pits, bannock-making and food concessions.

Entertainment on the main stage will begin at 9:15 p.m.

The event takes place at City Hall, City Hall Plaza and Sir Winston Churchill Square, and runs 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

    2. 2016 Edmonton International New Year’s Eve Gala

The Fantasyland Hotel will be the site of the 2016 Edmonton International New Year’s Eve Gala. The evening includes cocktails, dinner, silent auction, a show and a dance to follow. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The event isn’t cheap, $160 for a ticket, but it’s in support of The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

   3. 25th Annual World Waterpark’s New Year’s Eve Beach Ball

Also at West Edmonton Mall, the Annual World Waterpark’s New Year’s Eve Beach Ball is a good option for those looking to fly around on waterslides to kick in the New Year. It’ll cost a family of four $150. The event runs 6 p.m. to midnight.

   4. Countdown at the Conservatory

The Countdown at the Conservatory is a great option For families looking to celebrate the New Year earlier in the day. The event includes face painting and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is the regular admission price of $6.50 for a child, $10.50 for a youth, $12.25 for an adult, and $10.50 for a senior.

   5. New Year’s Eve at Fort Edmonton Park 

Another festivity earlier in the day is New Year’s Eve at Fort Edmonton Park. The event will feature a Jack and the Beanstalk Matinee from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at its Capitol Theatre.

   6. New Year’s Eve Concert

McDougall United Church will host the New Year’s Eve Concert. The free event will feature folk music and children’s activities. The concert runs 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

7. Bissell Centre New Year’s Day Dinner

One thousand people are expected to watch the Alberta Symphony Orchestra at the Bissell Centre New Year’s Day Dinner. The concert will be held at the Boy Street Plaza from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.



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