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New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, 2014

By Kelsey Sunstrum on December 19, 2014



It’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, is it? Luckily, you have a number of fantastic parties to choose from around our great city. Wherever you end up December 31st, remember to stay safe and have fun!

If you’re looking for an extravagant night, the Mad Hatter’s NYE Party is the perfect opportunity to don your most outrageous, fabulous attire for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event. You could also choose to combat the cold at the Canadian War Museum’s festive Havana Nights, a Cuban celebration featuring DJ Ray, a candy bar, silent auction, and a dessert buffet. Eating, shopping, and dancing – what more can you ask for?

Foodies will delight at the New Year’s Dinner Dance at the National Arts Centre, which gives you delectable dinner and dancing to Big Band Ottawa and Tuxedo Junction. Or you might pick the 8-course menu, specially designed for New Year’s, at Le Cordon Bleu Bistro at Signatures Restaurant.

Haven’t checked out the new Lansdowne yet? New Year’s Eve is an excellent opportunity to do just that! The Scottish Society of Ottawa is holding their annual Hogmanay NYE night there, offering Scottish fare, dancing, skating, and fireworks. Best part? It’s free!

Ushering in the New Year downtown is a familiar favorite for this joyous occasion and there’s no shortage of parties happening this year in the core. Head to Sparks Street for their yearly fete which will be headlined by CMA winner Tim Hicks, Ottawa’s Autumns Cannon, and DJ 8barz. You’ll also get the Midnight Maple Leaf Drop and a fireworks presentation! At Barrymore’s, Punky Drewster’s busting out the best music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and Top 40.

Kinki and Mambo have joined together to offer a Cabaret Night to welcome 2015. At Kinki, you’ll be entertained by burlesque performances and magic while at Mambo, you’ll be treated with flamenco dancers and mystic readings.

At Ritual, favorite DJ Charlie B will be featured while you can also get your dance on at The Velvet Room’s Masquerade Ball. Junxion’s NYE party is a guaranteed tasty time, with a cocktail hour, passed munchies, and a chocolate fondue station. Environment-conscious folk should consider Green Room, the carbon neutral nightclub, for their NYE plans.

Not looking to trek downtown for the NYE mayhem? Big Apple in the Capital, at Centurion Conference and Event Centre in the West end will give you the glamor of the downtown experience while staying close to home.

If dinner and dancing isn’t your scene, ring in the new year with laughter! Shenkman Arts Centre is hosting a Comedy Night, with comedians Evan Carter, Judy Croon, and David Merry.

Did we miss anything, Ottawa? How will you be spending your NYE?

Happy New Year & a fulfilling 2015!