La Vie En Rose
Dress to the nines and delve into the romance and revelry at La Vie En Rose, a lavish New Year’s Eve soiree that will be one for the memory books. Prepare to be blown away, as the newly renovated Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront will be transformed into a blossoming garden, complete with art installations, special guest artists and live performances by Zynth & Co. With two of the city's hottest DJs spinning, a one-of-a-kind musical show when the clock strikes midnight and a Moët & Chandon midnight snack bar, the night is about to get lit. The dress code is formal, so don your finest threads and pull out those jewels!
When: Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
Where: 1133 W. Hastings St., Downtown
How: Buy tickets online.
Mamie Taylor's New Year's Eve Pig Roast
If your idea of a good New Year's Eve celebration includes greasy fingers, full bellies and blue jeans, then the South Carolina–style pig roast buffet at Mamie Taylor's has your name scrawled all over it. The dress code is "come as you are," so you know it will be a totally chilled-out way to welcome 2017. As Vancouver's only Southern restaurant (with the largest collection of taxidermy in the city, for what it's worth), Mamie’s is guaranteed to deliver a down-home good time, Low Country style. Dig in to barbecued pig with all the fixings and belly up to the open bar until the wee hours.
When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
Where: 251 E. Georgia St., Chinatown
How: Buy tickets in-person (open Mon.-Thurs., 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri., 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-midnight) or email email@example.com with questions.
Palm Springs New Year's Fling
Don your kitschiest poolside ensemble or throw on a tennis tuxedo and ring in 2017 the Southern California way. Anything goes for the dress code, as long as it captures the spirit of Palm Springs! Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar's out-of-the-box celebration will start with cocktails and a three-course dinner inspired by golf course clubhouse classics. After dinner, the SoCal vibes continue with pop-up entertainment throughout the night. Throw in live music, a few surprises and sabering champagne bottles with swords, and you’ve got a New Year's party that will make all your Instagram followers wonder why they didn't think of that.
When: Dec. 31. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for dinner; party begins at 9:30 p.m.
Where: 900 Seymour St., Downtown
How: Buy tickets in-person at Uva (open daily, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fat Ass 50K Run and Freeze Your Fat Ass Swim
The name of this event says it all: If you’ve been indulging all month with shortbread cookies, eggnog and candy canes, you need to sign your butt up for this run/swim that starts bright and early on New Year’s Day. Whether you want a fresh start or feel some masochistic desire to put your hungover body to the test, you can do so with a 1- to 50-kilometer run or walk (you choose the length, but seriously, don’t wimp out after 1 measly kilometer) and a swim in the frigid Pacific Ocean. Hello, 2017!
When: Jan. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Brockton Oval, Stanley Park, Vancouver
How: Sign up online.
After all the festivities wrap up, January can be a bit of a letdown. So perk up your spirits with a walk through the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s glittering Canyon Lights display. With hundreds of thousands of lights decking out the rainforest, suspension bridge and canyon, it’s quite the illuminated spectacle. While you're there, make sure to check out the tallest living Christmas tree (it's actually set a world record!), which stands a whopping 153 feet tall and is covered with too many lights to count. It's a dazzling way to welcome the new year.
When: Until Jan. 8. Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: 3735 Capilano Rd., North Vancouver
How: Buy tickets online.