Christmas may be over, but it doesn’t make it any easier to believe that 2017 is almost here. And indeed, what a whirlwind year 2016 has been! Whether you’re planning to ring in the New Year with a bang, with a ball, or simply away from the madding crowd, we guarantee you that there is something to satisfy every preference under the Manitoba sun…or sunset.

Celebration time, come on!

Boom Town 2017


Saddlery on Market, Winnipeg

With a name like Boom Town, it’s a little hard to not be at least a tad bit curious about this event. What’s more, this party comes with a twist. To ring in the New Year, Saddlery on Market is taking you back to the olden days: more specifically, 1899, turn-of-the-century Winnipeg. And what better place for such an event than the historic Exchange District? The evening’s events include live music to set the tone for an iconic night of champagne, dining and dancing. For more details on this event, visit EventBrite.

Winter’s Eve – A New Year’s Celebration

Winter’s Eve – A New Year’s Celebration at the RBC Convention Centre.

RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

If a night of beauty and elegance speak to your brand of New Year’s Eve celebrations, then the spanking-new City View Room at the RBC Convention Centre might be just the place you can envision yourself spending the night. From appetizers to a five-course meal by award-winning chefs, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied and ready to take on what’s left of the old year as you dance yourself into the new one under the city’s bright lights.

Toque New Year’s Eve

The World Famous Palomino Club

The World Famous Palomino Club, Winnipeg

If you’re convinced that the words “rock” and “star” should have at least been woven into your middle, and you drop the mic – or hairbrush – after every lip sync performance of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, then a night at The Pal might just be your kind of spot for a good old time on 2016’s ultimate day. This year, The Pal welcomes you and the rock band Toque to ring in the New Year with complimentary champagne and appetizers.

Winnipeg New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance


Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg

Get your fill of Fort Garry Hotel’s mouth-watering main course as this meal comes served with mystery, murder and mayhem – and you’re going to need every bit of stamina for this whodunit soirée. The Grand Ballroom is where the night’s events will unfold with a DJ-backed dance after dinner. Noisemakers and hats will be provided for the countdown to the New Year.

New Year’s Eve Clear Lake Style


Lakehouse, Clear Lake

Conflicted about whether to spend your New Year’s Eve indoors or out? The Lakehouse may have just sorted out your little conundrum. For those wanting the best of both worlds, you can have your cake, eat it, and still go back for second servings. The Clear Lake Style New Year’s Eve event will feature indoor and outdoor bars, a shot luge, live music courtesy Romi Mayes as well as a live DJ, champagne when the clock strikes midnight, among other chill treats.

Auld Lang Syne of a different note

New Year’s Eve Party The Happiness Hotel

Happiness Hotel

…somewhere in Winnipeg

When we said “of a different note”, we weren’t, by any means, exaggerating. For the planner in you who still enjoys a shred of spontaneity, this event could be your all-time, unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience. We assure you, we don’t even know the details! But here’s what we do know. This event promises to be mystical, musical, virtual, and soulful and the details about the venue will be provided on the eve of the Eve. For more details that only this event could serve up, visit EventBrite.

New Year’s Eve Festive Package


Photo from the Thermëa website

Thermëa, Winnipeg

For those wanting to ring in the New Year with a little less fanfare, Thermëa has created a festive package of a somewhat quieter nature with you in mind. Soothe 2016’s troubles away and welcome a 2017 of balance and well-being with the thermal experience that Thermëa does so well. The evening of events also includes a buffet, sparkling wine, special Aufguss rituals, to be topped off with the sounds of a DJ and live entertainment.

Winter Scavenger Hunt or Nordic Walk


Photo from the FortWhyte Alive website

FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

While a scavenger hunt may not inspire thoughts of getting away from it all, the venue for this event alone may do more for the frazzled mind than even a quiet day at home ever could. While the kids enjoy a time of hunting for FortWhyte’s natural wonders, you get to revel in the sights and sounds of nature. There will also be a Nordic walk social for those looking for a low-intensity, endurance activity among peers.

Prayers for World Peace

The Strong Badger Coffeehouse, Winnipeg

If reflection on the closing year and hopes for a peaceful, positive transition to the new one inspire your observance of December 31, the Kadampa Meditation Centre’s Prayer for World Peace night at The Strong Badger Coffeehouse may put you on your path to enlightenment. Buddhist nun, Kelsang Rigden will host this evening of heartfelt deliberation, inspired prayer, and mindful resolutions.

Fête en famille for a brand new year

Top Hats & Tiaras

Top Hats & Tiaras at the Children's Museum

Photo courtesy of Ebonie Klassen Photography

Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

So magic and music do go hand in hand with top hats and tiaras after all! Get the kids…and yourself dressed in your festive fineries for a New-Year’s-Eve-at-noon shebang at the Children’s Museum. There will be scrumptious snacks, the mystery of magic, live music and hands-on science activities. And to capture the merry moments, photographer Emily Klassen will be on hand creating souvenirs for families. KiSS Morning’s Nesta & Drew will host the event and countdown to noon.

New Year’s Eve GLOW

New Year's Eve GLOW at Sky Zone

Sky Zone, Winnipeg

If your kids are restless and bouncing off the ceilings at home, Sky Zone is the perfect place for them let off some steam and bounce on trampolines and foam cubes instead of on your furniture. For New Year’s Eve, it’s a lights-off affair with only glow-in-the-dark lasers, black lights and UV cannons to light the way. And Sky Zone is going all out to set the tone for the night’s unfolding with guests of the park asked to dress in only white or neon colours. The event will also feature music.

New Year’s at Asessippi

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

The Asessippi Ski Area & Resort promises its guests an evening of magic, movies, a midnight torch, runs, lifts, tubing and fireworks! With such a host of activities, you might find yourself having a hard time focusing on just one thing! Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and there will be a repeat display at the bewitching hour.

Wawanesa Insurance Family New Year’s Eve

NYE at The Forks

The Forks, Winnipeg

No guide to ringing in the New Year would be complete without special mention of the Fireworks at the Forks. The Wawanesa Insurance Family New Year’s Eve is where it’s at for non-stop live entertainment, loads of kids’ activities, including art, hockey, and free entry to the Children’s Museum, all hosted by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Children’s Museum, and Travel Manitoba. There will be two opportunities to be wowed by the fireworks, the first at 8 p.m. and the next at the stroke of midnight.

And finally…

As 2016 comes to a close and 2017 is ushered in by the bright lights of fireworks, the warmth of laughter and the company of family and friends, we hope that the New Year will bring your every hope and dream to fruition surrounded by all that you hold dear. From the Content Marketing team at Travel Manitoba, we wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!