8 Ways to Spend NYE in Calgary

Hotel Arts
December 20, 2021
With events popping up around the city, from firework live streams to dance parties, we have compiled a list of a few of the unique activities for you to ring in the new year.

 I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief that 2021 is almost over. But let’s pat ourselves on the back for making it through another challenging year by celebrating the new year to come.

With events popping up around the city, from firework live streams to dance parties, we have compiled a list of a few of the unique activities for you to ring in the new year.

So, let’s get ready to move on to bigger and better things as we celebrate the start of 2022, whether you opt to party all night long or plan to be in bed by 12:01.



Don’t want to get dressed up this year? No problem. Throw on your Flames jersey and head on down to the Saddledome for a Flames home game against the Winnipeg Jets. Grab a dome foam (and maybe a pocketdog) and celebrate amongst the C of Red.

The game starts at 7 pm and the Saddledome will be hosting a special NYE party in the Telus Club and Dutton’s Canadian Lounge after the game. 

Game and afterparty tickets are available on their website

When: December 31th at 7 pm

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome

Cost: Prices vary


Indulge in a 5-course dinner at Oxbow RESTAURANT in Kensington

Looking to spend your NYE with close friends or loved ones? Ring in the New Year in the heart of Kensington, with a gourmet 5-course dinner prepared by Chef de Cuisine, Myles Perry. 

With your choice of Hazelnut Crusted Short Rib and White Wine Poached Sablefish entrées, this expertly crafted dining experience will leave you astonished (and very full). What a way to start 2022.

NYE reservations are highly recommended. To learn more and book your reservation visit the Oxbow website. 

When: December 31

Where: 1126 Memorial Dr. NW

Cost: $85 per person with options wine pairings available


adult-only Zoo Year’s Eve

Let’s set the record straight that your Christmas lights and tree do not need to be taken down on the 26th of December. You can soak in the holiday spirit for just a little while longer by taking in the magnificent light show at the Calgary Zoo on NYE. 

For the first year ever, they are keeping the lights on until midnight to celebrate the New Year. This adult only late-night event will showcase the beauty of ZOOLIGHTS with an extra special light show on the Zoo Bridge. 

Cheer on the countdown and spend NYE with the ones you love at Zoo Year’s Eve. 

When: December 31

Time: 10:00 pm – 12:00 am

Where: 210 St. George’s Drive NE

Cost: $29.95 per person


EXPERIENCE Glitter & Glow NYE at Twisted Elements

Ever wanted to experience a live drag show? Celebrate your NYE in style with Ru Paul’s Drag Race all-star, Kylie Sonique Love and the up-and-coming icon Madison Rose at Twisted Elements. The show will begin at 10 pm, with a night full of music and dancing to follow. 

Tickets are available on Showpass. 

When: December 31

Where: 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary

Cost: Limited quantity of advances tickets ($20) or $25 cover at the door


Catch the NYE Fireworks

NYE and fireworks go together better than PB&J. And just as they’ve done in years past, the city announced it will ring in the new year with fireworks from atop the Calgary Tower with a synchronized soundtrack. 

Find a parking spot at your favourite downtown lookout or stream online through the City of Calgary website to watch the spectacular firework show. 

The New Year’s live stream will feature a blessing from a local Indigenous Elder, a countdown to midnight with Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, and a music soundtrack curated by CJSW 90.9 FM.

If you’re prepared to bundle up, the word has it the Olympic Oval skating rink will be one of the best spots to watch the show in person. 

When: December 31

Time: Tune in at 11:55 pm 

Where: 228 8th Avenue SE, Calgary

Cost: Free


escape for a Romantic Getaway

If your ideal New Year’s Eve involves you and your partner enjoying a staycation—we’ve got you covered. This NYE we are offering our romantic getaway package for the lovebirds out there. 

This package includes your stay here, complimentary self-parking, a bottle of prosecco, and some tasty chocolates waiting for you upon arrival. 

To kick off your celebration right, we will also be offering early check-in for your stay. You can grab some room service and tune into the ball drop or head down to Yellow Door Bistro for a 5-course NYE dinner… Whatever your night may look like, one thing is for sure, it will be a night to remember. 

Book your staycation, here. 

Where: 119 12 Ave SW


The Big Bang at TELUS Spark Science Centre

Can’t stay up until midnight? Countdown to noon instead with the Big Bang at TELUS Spark Science Centre. This family-friendly event offers a science twist on New Year’s Eve with explosive hydrogen balloons, a giant play area with thousands of biodegradable balloons, and a mini bubble wrap dance floor.

Purchase your tickets on their website, here. 

When: December 31

Time: 9 am to 5:30 pm

Where: TELUS Spark Science Centre (220 St. George’s Drive NE, Calgary)

Cost: Included with admission ($26 for adults, $19 for kids age three to 17)


NYE Dinner & Dance AT Prairie Dog

Do barbecue, beer, and live music sound like they’re up your alley? 

Join Prairie Dog Brewing on NYE for a barbecue buffet dinner made with local ingredients and tasty craft beer, while you dance the night away to their live DJ. 

If all the dancing and fun gets you hungry, indulge in their late-night poutine & pretzel bar. 

Tickets are for sale, here. 

When: December 31 – Jan 1

Time: 6 pm to 1:30 am

Where: 105d 58th Ave SE

Cost: $100 per person 


Let’s celebrate the year that was and the year that is to come with an unforgettable evening. Whether that calls for hustle and bustle or R&R, there is sure to be an event or activity this New Year’s Eve for you. If you’re out on the town, we invite you to forego the craziness that is ride-sharing and instead take the elevator home at Hotel Arts or Hotel Arts Kensington. To check availability and place a reservation, visit our website. 

As always, we hope you all have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. Happy Holidays from our family, to yours!


Feature Photo: Andrew Bain


Posted December 20, 2021. All events are subject to change in accordance with public health measures.