We aren’t the biggest partiers throughout the year. Usually, we prefer quiet nights in with a glass of wine and a rom com—but when it comes to New Year’s Eve, we are game for a bumpin’ night out. From a 1970’s themed disco at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald to a Carnival-inspired Latin celebration, here are the best New Year’s Eve events in Edmonton. And if you want to continue the festivities from Vancouver to St. John’s, click here.
NYE in Downtown Edmonton
Find it: 10800 97 Ave. NW, Alberta Legislature Grounds, edmonton.ca
The low-down: Since Sir Winston Churchill Square is under construction, the New Year’s Eve festivities are moved to the Alberta Legislature Grounds. But don’t fret, the night will be packed with a breathtaking firework show and more festivities that will be announced soon.
When: December 31, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dress code: Since the celebrations will be happening after sundown, make sure to bring a cozy jacket, mitts and a hat because being cold can be a total NYE buzzkill
Felizaño Latin NYE Carnaval
Find it: 4236 36 St. E, Renaissance Edmonton International Airport Hotel, etownsalsa.com
The low-down: Complete with a live salsa band, samba showcase and two dance halls to get your salsa on, the New Year’s Eve Carnaval is back for its second year. You can count on there being a plethora of bright colours, upbeat music and sparkly attire.
When: December 31, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Prices: $110 per person for the dinner and dance, $60 per person for just the dance
Dress code: Your best and brightest Latin Carnaval-inspired ensemble, complete with tons of sparkle and bold hues
Studio 54: NYE at the Mac
Find it: 10065 – 100 St., Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Empire Ballroom, @FairmontMAC
The low-down: The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is hosting a 1970s soirée inspired by Studio 54, a New York City nightclub that started the disco movement. Between the groovy tunes and the impressive ’70s costumes, you’ll feel like you’re stayin’ alive in the disco era. After a wild night out, just blame it on the boogie.
When: December 31, 2017 from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Prices: $140 per person, $199 per person for a six-course dinner and dance
Dress code: Big hair, bell bottoms and psychedelic prints—anything that screams disco