Compiled by the Road Trip Alberta team
Last updated on December 30, 2023
It’s that time of year again…the end of it! A brand new year always brings new hope, and if you’re like us, you’re counting on 2024 to bring good things. So, why not celebrate this momentous flip of the calendar? If you’re looking at how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Calgary, we’ve got several ideas for you below.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Calgary With a Variety of Events!
Watch the Fireworks from Prince’s Island Park
Ring in 2024 at midnight in downtown Calgary with fireworks launched from Prince’s Island Park! The spectacular pyrotechnics display will be synch’d to music on CJSW 90.9 FM. There will also be a live stream of the fireworks if you want to stay in the comfort of your own home.
At 11:55 pm, tune in to CJSW 90.9 FM with a blessing from Indigenous Elder Clarence Wolfleg, and then the countdown to 2024 with Mayor Jyoti Gondek and the accompanying fireworks soundtrack.
Get the Red Carpet Treatment (Literally) at This New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance Party
Start 2024 by celebrating at one of Calgary’s classiest New Year’s Eve events. The New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance party hosted by Lounge XVIII promises to be a night to remember! Enjoy celebrity treatment (including a red carpet), a live DJ, delicious food and flowing champagne at one of Calgary’s coolest bars.
Begin your night at 6 pm with a five-course dinner prepared by Lounge XVIII’s executive chef. After 9:30 pm, the dance floor opens, and the party really begins. Tickets are available ($35-$100) for the dinner and party or just the party. Dinner tickets include a meal with a cocktail or glass of wine, waterpipe specials, champagne toast, party favours, photo booth souvenirs and entry into Lounge XVIII. Party tickets include everything listed above, except dinner, drink and waterpipe specials.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Calgary at the Deerfoot Inn Casino With 3 Different Events
You’ve got a choice of fabulous options at the Deerfoot Inn Casino, as they celebrate New Year’s Eve in Calgary with three ultra-special events.
Start the night with a fabulous New Year’s Eve dinner buffet at the Mohave Grill. From 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm, dig into their AAA slow-roasted prime rib, Yorkshire puddings, seafood table, and much more. It’s $49.95 per person for all you can eat; just leave room for dessert!
Starting in the Chrome Showroom, April Wine will delight fans young and old with classic hits. Doors open at 10:00 pm, and the show begins at 11:00 pm.
Finally, dance your way into the new year in the Sundance Ballroom at the New Year’s Eve 80’s Dance Party. Dust off your 80s duds and party like it’s 1989 with live music courtesy of DJ Silly Wrabbit. Get your tickets for just $35. Doors open at 9:30 pm on December 31st.
New Year’s Eve Under the Sea Charity Gala!
Ring in 2024 while getting your groove on at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. Be sure to come dressed in your best cocktail attire and get ready to party at the Under the Sea Charity Gala. Local entertainers will help you dance late into the night with DJ Mekanix and a silent auction throughout the evening with proceeds going towards the Ronald McDonald House.
The bar opens at 5:30 pm, dinner is at 7 pm, and the dancing starts at 9 pm. And of course, there will be a champagne toast at midnight. Best of all, book a room at the Sheraton Cavalier for the evening, and you won’t have to worry about driving home! Tickets are $95 per person or $700 for a table of 8 (this does not include alcohol). Tickets are available here.
Let’s Get Fizzy New Year’s Eve Party at Craft Beer Market
Craft Beer Market is offering two ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Calgary. Join them at either location (downtown or Southcentre) for a 4-course dinner and countdown party starting at 7:00 pm on December 31. Dinner guests will be greeted with a special welcome drink followed by a delicious 4-course meal.
Later, guests will ring in the new year by dancing the night away at their countdown party! Enjoy special party favours, delicious cocktails and Craft’s signature beer all night. Dinner and countdown tickets cost $95, with seating available between 7 and 8:30 pm. If you just want to come to the countdown party, tickets can be purchased for $30 and include a welcome drink, party favours and a late-night DJ.
Laugh at Your Core for 2024!
Head down to the Comedy Cave for New Year’s Eve 2023 and enjoy a dinner and a show. For $49, enjoy their world-renowned dinner buffet, then after supper, laugh your heart out with three of the funniest comedians – Sam Benty, Will Collisson, and Sam Demaris.
There’s an early bird show at 5:30 pm and another at 9:30 pm. Most importantly, they’ll ring in 2024 with a glass of bubbly.
Family Fun at the Rec Room New Year’s Eve Bash
Calgary’s favourite party place is throwing one of the coolest New Year’s Eve parties in Alberta, and everyone’s invited to join in all the fun. Starting at 9:00 pm, guests of the Rec Room can enjoy 5 hours of free gameplay plus a Prosecco toast at midnight, with non-alcoholic options available. Early Access VIP tickets are available as well and include a special house-made cocktail. Tickets from $54 – $106.
Live entertainment includes a DJ and a photo booth. This family-friendly event is open for partygoers of all ages, but a valid ID is required for the Prosecco toast.
Stay Warm with Holiday Tea at Heritage Park
Enjoy a low-key New Year’s Eve day by sipping a warm cup of tea or apple cider and enjoying some fresh baking courtesy of the Alberta Bakery at the Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women in Heritage Park Calgary. The annual Holiday Tea has extended its dates just in time for New Year’s Eve to include December 31.
Tickets are $48.95 for general admission or $31.95 for children and include admission to the Gasoline Alley Museum and a coupon for the Haskayne Mercantile Block stores in Heritage Town Square. Seatings are available at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm.
Calgary Flames Hockey
How about a bit of hockey and a lot of partying? The Calgary Flames host the Philadelphia Flyers on New Year’s Eve at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The game starts at 8 pm, and 30 minutes afterward, the Telus Club and Dutton’s Original 16 Lounge will be transformed into a rockin’ party. There will be a live band, DJ, dancing, and a toast to bring in 2024! Get your tickets here.
Wilder Institute ZOOLIGHTS: Zoo Year’s Eve at the Calgary Zoo
There’s something special planned for New Year’s Eve at the Calgary Zoo, and availability is going fast. For Zoo Year’s Eve, the popular snow globes are already booked up, but you can still plan to enjoy the Garden of Lights, a special light show in lieu of midnight fireworks on the Zoo Bridge, and multiple countdowns to suit everyone’s bedtime!
ZOOLIGHTS and ZOOLIGHTS Late Night (for 18+) also take place on December 31 between 5:00 pm and 12:00 am, with the family-friendly version wrapping up at 9:00 pm. Doors to ZOOLIGHTS Late Night close at 11:00 pm. A big bonus: Proceeds benefit wildlife conservation at the Calgary Zoo.
Pure Casino Calgary Presents New Year’s Eve with the Diva’s 2023
Ring in 2024 at Pure Casino as they present New Year’s Eve with the Diva’s. Dance the night away to music of Tina Turner, Lady Gaga, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, Katy Perry, Cher, plus many more! Included in the ticket price of $79 is a fantastic meal. Doors open at 6 pm and you’ll ring in 2024 with a glass of champagne. Tickets are going fast for this show.
Dance It Up at the Palace Theatre
This New Year’s Eve, party with 90.3 AMP radio as they welcome the new year with live performances by Drum N DJ, featuring Brett Jones & DJ Kav, and DJ AL V at the Palace Theatre. Start your night at 9:00 pm and stay until last call – this is your chance to let go of your inhibitions and leave 2022 on the dance floor! Tickets start at $30.
Sample Several of Calgary’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations
If you don’t want to commit to any one event, you can mix it up by sampling a variety of Calgary attractions! Start your early evening with dinner, and book a reservation at one of many excellent Calgary restaurants (we suggest River Café or Model Milk). After dinner, make your way over to Olympic Plaza for ice skating, right in the heart of downtown Calgary. (Or check out these other spots for skating in Calgary.)
Other Calgary New Year’s Eve Places for Dinner
Año Nuevo, New Years Eve
When: 9:00 pm – 1:00 am
NYE Dinner at Yellow Door Bistro
Where: Yellow Door Bistro (next to Hotel Arts)
When: Various seating times available
New Year’s Eve Dinner at Heritage Park
Where: The Selkirk Grille, Heritage Park
For a complete list of events in Calgary, check out Tourism Calgary’s New Year’s Eve Events list of parties, dinners and other activities
Coming from out of town for December 31? Then don’t forget to book a place to rest after all that partying, see our guide to the best Calgary hotels.
Dalene Heck is a co-founder of Road Trip Alberta. She was born in Edmonton, grew up in the Peace Country, and has ventured to almost every corner of Alberta and the world (she’s travelled to 60 countries)! She is a serial blogger, the CEO of HMI Marketing, co-creator of the Trip Chaser card game, a leukemia-slayer, and cat whisperer.