Your Ottawa New Year’s Eve Guide

Ready the confetti, it's New Year's Eve! There’s no better way to kick off a new year and 150 years of Canada than in Ottawa. From Parliament Hill to something more low key, we’ve prepared the perfect event list to help you celebrate 2017 your way.

NYE Out on the Town

Join the Canada 150 Kickoff on Parliament Hill. Festivities begin on both sides of the Ottawa River at 7 p.m. with live music and two fireworks displays–one at 8:17 (or 20:17) and the second at midnight. The event is free. For a warmer event, head to Ottawa’s largest indoor New Year’s Eve party with the Caribbean-themed Island F.E.V.E.R at Ottawa Marriot.
Perhaps sipping cocktails in your best evening wear is more your style. Enjoy a classy night out and benefit local children’s charity organizations at the Ottawa New Year’s Charity Ball. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

If formal black tie doesn’t appeal to you, how about Masquerade into 2017 with Escape Manor? Their New Year’s Eve celebration at Lowertown Brewery starts with cocktails, illusionists, and endless hor’s d’ouerves from 8-10pm and continues as a EDM dance party into the evening. Masks are encouraged along with canned good donations for Ottawa Food Bank.

Kid Friendly New Year’s

Bring the kids to the family-friendly Sesquicentennial Celebrations at Ottawa City Hall. The early evening activities are perfect for the little ones. The New Year’s Eve party culminates in the lighting of the gas-powered cauldron at Marion Dewar Plaza, a landmark for year’s 150th celebrations. Attending youth will create a human chain through Ottawa’s downtown to symbolise youthful optimism.

Staying in on New Year’s Eve

If keeping it low-key is more your style, there are plenty of ways to enjoy New Year’s Eve. Take the kids to an early showing of A Christmas Carol or hire a sitter and see the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. Grab an early three-course dinner at Beckta dining. Head home, make some popcorn, and tune in to the festivities on your telly. Make it fun for the kids by purchasing some poppers and sparkling grape juice ahead of time.

Happy New Year from the entire Hooper Home Team! We wish you a happy and healthy 2017.