Raise your hand if you love dressing up in costume for New Year’s Eve? Us too—it’s basically an excuse to play dress up, but for your adult self. Lucky for us, Calgary has come through with three (yes, three) events that are serving up costume realness. Hotel Blackfoot is hosting a 1920’s themed gala, this year’s Singles New Year’s Eve Gala is all about Midnight in Paris and Mystique’s celebration is a masquerade (and yes, masks are highly encouraged). Here are the best New Year’s Eve events in Calgary, and if you want to check out the other themed events across Canada (like, a 1990’s soirée in Winnipeg perhaps?), click here.
Find it: 9030 MacLleod Trail S, Carriage House Inn, masqueradenye.com
The low-down: The choice is yours when it comes to Mystique: the Mystique Ball is a more traditional experience with a gourmet buffet and ’80s and ’90s tunes to enjoy on the dance floor. The Culinary Experience is perf if food is your priority (same) because they serve up a six-course meal in an intimate private seating. Or Club Mystique which is more of a night club atmosphere with DJs spinning the hottest Top 40 tracks.
When: December 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. for the Mystique Ball and the Culinary Experience, 6:30 p.m. for Club Mystique
Prices: $115 per person for Club Mystique, $115 for the Mystique Ball, $165 per person for for the Culinary Experience
Dress code: Semi-formal attire (think a fun short dress or a glitzy jumpsuit) complete with an opulent mask—it is a masquerade, after all
Hotel Blackfoot’s Roaring 20’s Gala
Find it: 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE, hotelblackfoot.com
The low-down: This annual gala, hosted at the Hotel Blackfoot, is throwing it back to the Jazz Age a.k.a. The Roaring Twenties. With a delicious dinner, dancing and a photo booth to capture your killer costumes, trust us when we say it’ll be the cat’s meow (bonus points for using 1920s slang).
When: December 31, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Prices: $115 per person
Dress code: Fringe and feathers and finger curls, oh my! Now is the time to go OTT with a twenties-inspired getup—sequin flapper headband included.
NYE at Olympic Plaza
Find it: 228 8 Ave. S.E., calgary.ca
The low-down: For the New Year’s Eve festivities, Olympic Plaza will be transformed into a jam-packed venue boasting a range of musical guests and a beautiful firework display over the city. They are also hosting The Chinook Country Line Dancers to teach line-dancing and Good Earth Coffeehouse to give out free hot chocolate to the first 2,000 people (both are ideal for staying warm).
When: December 31, 2017 from 7 p.m. to midnight
Dress code: Layer head-to-toe in your warmest winter gear for enjoying the outdoor events without freezing your fingers off
Singles New Year’s Eve Gala
Find it: 205 8 Ave SE, Arts Commons, Jack Singer Main Lobby, artscommons.ca
The low-down: In the wise words of Queen Bey, “all the single ladies, now put your hands up.” This year’s theme is Midnight in Paris (très chic, non?), so you know the atmosphere is going to be uber romantic. Whether you’re looking to find a hottie for that midnight smooch or just wanting to enjoy the night with your besties, you’ll feel like you’ve been to Paris and back, no passport needed.
When: December 31, 2017 at 9 p.m.
Prices: $20 to $75 per person
Dress code: Parisian-inspired formal attire—timeless and elegant gowns in colours like luxe reds, chic creams and midnight blues