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New Year’s Eve Weekend Roundup

By Hannah Manning on December 27, 2017

Editor’s note: Due to the extreme cold, some events around town have been cancelled or modified, in particular at Parliament Hill and City Hall. Double check before you head out and no matter where you end up, stay warm!

Just like that, 2017, Ottawa’s big year, is over. With so much going on over the last year, it seems fitting that we celebrate the end of 2017 and welcome 2018 with a bang. Whether you’re hosting family and friends or doing it up and going out, we wish you a safe, happy and fun New Year’s! From everyone at Apt613, we wish you all the best.

And remember, no matter what you do, travel safe with free rides on OC Transpo starting at 5pm. Free transit service will continue until 4:30am.

Start the new year’s celebration early at the Museum of Nature’s Nature Nocturne on December 29. Tickets are $25 each and are available online.

The National Arts Centre’s Kipnes Lantern will officially be lit on New Year’s Eve at 7pm. Savour a four course meal including party favours, a sparkling toast at midnight and dance the night away with your favourite music from “Big Band Ottawa”! The NAC will also be hosting free family activities from 5-9pm including holiday crafts, performances by local jazz band Stevens and Kennedy, a New Year’s dance moves workshop by Luv 2 Groove, and lots of hot chocolate.

Have you seen the colourful teepees outside the Canadian Musuem of History? From 4-5:30pm, people of all ages can gather in a family-friendly setting see Nimidiwin, a free show featuring Indigenous dancing, drumming and singing performances.

Ring in the New Year at Parliament with music, free hot chocolate and beats by Kardinal Offishall. The evening will also include a pyrotechnics and laser show repeated at 9:15p, 10:15pm and midnight.

The 7th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night is on at Shenkman Arts Centre, featuring Ben Miner, Jessica Holmes and David Merry. Read our interview with Jessica Holmes here.

Looking to dance? Sunday Sessions, Pozativ & Mercury Lounge bring you New Year’s Eve 2017/2018, your best bet for underground house, tech-house, techno. Tickets are available online. Doors open at 10pm and they’ll keep the party going til 7am.

Celebrate 2018 at New Swears Eve featuring a mystery loot bag for the first 50 people and a raffle by Birling Skateboard Shop.

Bar Robo is throwing a big party on New Year’s Eve, waving goodbye to 2017 and ringing in 2018 with some good vibes. The Art House Café will feature slick sounds, low lights, and hooch. Want to go gourmet? Brew Year’s Eve at Clover will feature Dominion City brews and Das Lokal is offering a five course table d’hote.

Cold getting to you? Warm up at City Hall and re-live some of the magical moments of 2017 with a Salute to 2017.

The Scottish Society of Ottawa’s Annual Hogman-eh! festival is a unique new year’s celebration with a Scottish flavour. The free family friendly event features Scottish food and drink, a Scotch tasting bar, Highland and Scottish dancing, children’s activities, a Scottish New Year countdown (7pm in Ottawa) for the wee ones, capped off with singing Auld Lang Syne and fireworks at midnight.

With many more options out there, it’s safe to say that 2018 won’t be a boring year in Ottawa! Cheers!