Ringing in the New Year is full of possibilities when you live downtown. Go to one or several parties – you’re spoiled for Auld Lang Syne Sing-a-longs!
City Hall is hosting the annual Scottish Society Hogmany Party where Scottish reels set the pace. Expect music, dancing, food, kid’s activities, Scotch tasting, bell ringing & fireworks at midnight. 6pm-midnight. Free
At Mugshots, 75 Nicholas St, it’s an epic dance party – dress code appropriately “Glitter”. DJ’s Hobo & Sweetcheeks (of Kitchen Party acclaim) team up with Eric Roberts (Timekode Ceremony) to spin 2013 in to 2014. There’s homemade snacks, drinks and complimentary champagne to toast midnight. Tickets 10$
At Maverick’s 221 Rideau the mellow California sounds of PleasureCraft will warm your New Year’s Eve as you drift into the year ahead. Tickets 20$
Wander over to Spark’s Street Mall for the largest New Year’s Eve party in the National Capital region! The annual “Capital Countdown” of outdoor festivities is the location to ring in the New Year in bracing Canadian style – unfortunately the usually sensational firework show at midnight has been cancelled this year due to construction. Free
At the evocative old Grand Union Train Station at 2 Rideau St – across from the Chateau Laurier – check in for the uniquely glamorous Great Gatsby New Year’s Ball. Swing in the new year in decadence and style at this gorgeous venue rarely open to the public. Tickets 75$+
Ottawa is a small city so don’t forget OC Transpo is free on NYE and it’ll take you anywhere you need to go!
Of course – my fave option – stock up on delicious food, wine and bubbles, invite over great friends and cheer in the New Year in intimate surroundings! Welcome 2014.