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The Ultimate Guide to a Whistler New Years Eve 2019

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Sure, we haven’t made it to Christmas day yet (heck, we haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving!), but we’re all thinking about the same thing – what we’ll do for our New Years Eve. Its time for you to start planning now, to get the perfect outfit, the perfect setting, and the perfect cocktail to set the stage for 2019. Whistler’s New Years Eve 2019 is going to us faster than a blink of an eye.

Luckily, Whistler has some of the most exciting events, celebrations, and activities around to help you welcome the new year. Of course ever night club is going to be poppin’ (much more so than usual), but there are also going to be posh dinners, classy balls, and much more to attend. 

Even if you’re hoping for a family-friendly event where you can bring the kids? No matter what you’re after, Whistler has it.

If 2018 wasn’t your jam, and you want to make sure you send it into the distant past with a bang, make Whistler your destination for New Years Eve 2019.

Hot Tip: Book Accommodations NOW

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Time is ticking, its time to book for a Whistler New Year’s Eve now

New Years Eve is one of the biggest events in this small mountain town. While we are typically overflowing with boutique hotels and budget accommodations, all rules go out the window leading up to the holidays.

If you haven’t already, you’ll want to get your credit card out and make accommodation bookings now. At the time of writing (Oct 2018), Expedia was already listing the cheapest hotel room in Whistler for Dec 31st as $1073, and, most importantly, THERE WERE ONLY 3 options AVAILABLE. Everywhere else was sold out, even the most expensive options!

We did another quick search on AirBnB, for the weekend leading up to Dec 31, 2018 in Whistler and the options were a bit better and less expensive.  All is not lost! But, we expect these to fill up as people start panicking.

If you haven’t booked, its time to do so now!

Planning for Whistler New Years Eve 2019 Transportation

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There are many transportation options open from Vancouver to Whistler.

If you aren’t driving yourself to Whistler on New Years Eve, you’ll want to plan accordingly. Here are a few affordable options, although you can always opt for private transportation with either VIP Whistler or Whistler Glacier Group.

EPIC Rides: $35 roundtrip non-stop service everyday from Vancouver to Whistler. No limits on luggage! Easily book online.

Whistler Rides: $32 roundtrip service between Vancouver and Whistler, with free cancelation and ticket changes up to 1 hour before. Luggage, wifi, and mobile charging all available for free on board their buses! Book online.

The good news, once you get here, is that Whistler Transit is offering FREE bus service all evening long on New Years Eve. This aims to ensure everyone has safe and very affordable access to safe transportation, so it reduces the risk of drinking and driving.

New Year’s Glam Balls, Galas and Parties

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Put on your best dress, and turn up the class this New Years Eve in Whistler

Come one, come all to the Whistler New Year’s Eve celebrations. Don’t miss out on some of the fancy-schmancy New Years events this season.

Thankfully, the panic is less real for New Years Eve Celebrations in Whistler. Whistler’s NYE events haven’t been released yet, so you can take your time trying to decide between a Gala and a Rockin’ New Years party. Check back here, and on the Whistler Events Calendar for updates.

Here are a few of our favourites from last yet, we will be updating as the 2019 events roll in.

New Year’s Eve Gala 2019

Do you prefer to ring in the New Year with grace, style, and class? Are you looking for a quiet, glamorous night surrounded by friends and family while you mingle and sip champagne? If this sounds like your kind of party, then the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Fairmont Chateau Grand Ballroom is it. 

Watch as their famous ballroom is transformed into a winter wonderland with a breathtaking Black and Gold themed New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance. For $199 per ticket, you and your friends, family, and other guests can celebrate at the Fairmont Whistler, New Year’s eve style.

This Gala features a gourmet buffet-style dinner with soon to be announced gourmet menu. These are not your standard sad-buffet style dishes. Think king crab, champagne and caviar.  Then, the Famous Players Band will take the stage to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime performance with an irresistible repertoire of past and present song favourites. The celebration kicks into gear at 8:30 pm in the Macdonald Ballroom and continues until the ball drops!

GLC New Year’s Eve 2018 

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Whistler has a wide variety of options, no matter what you’re looking for this NYE

If you’re looking for a bit more excitement for your New Years Eve, check out the Garibaldi Lift Company New Years Eve 2019 presented By CIROC Vodka. For $75, you’ll get a CIROC Vodka drink, a bubbly toast, and a front row seat to some of the best midnight fireworks in the area! Planning on partying with a group? Check out the group rates of $65 per ticket if you have a crew of 8 or more!

New Year’s Eve Party at Brickworks 2018

You’ve got dancing fever, and you want to make sure you’re moving when the New Year arrives – no worries, we’ve got a perfect recommendation. Check out the party at Brickworks Public House, a bar, and restaurant in Whistler Village. Enjoy live music, plenty of dancing room, and a complimentary sip of champagne when the big moment arrives. The best part of this celebration? There’s no cover charge!

Uncorked New Years Eve at Maxx Fish

For those that expect a wilder New Years Eve event, then head over to Maxx Fish for one of the most affordable and memorable late night parties of the year. The ticket, only $35, includes complimentary coat check, Champagne at midnight, a full buffet after midnight, and professional photos of the night including you are your crew.  With bubbles, buffet and hot-bodies, you’ll be guarantee da wild and debaucherous a night out. Dance around to Fidel Cashflow playing the top songs from 2018, take a photo with the Cîroc Vodka ladies, and enjoy a champagne toast at midnight!

New Year’s Dinners 

Yeah, yeah, you like to see the ball drop and champagne is just fine, but you’re really into New Years for the celebration of food.

As a foodie ourselves, we don’t blame you.

Check out a few of these top-foodie options for some New Years fun.

Early New Year’s Eve Dinner

Holidays at the Wildflower, Whistler

A more relaxing approach to the New Year, an early buffet dinner at the Wildflower

If you’re an early bird who wants to spend the night tucked inside your Whistler cabin watching the ball drop with your loved ones, but you don’t want to miss out on some delicious NYE food, then the Early New Year’s Eve Dinner is just the event for you.

This early buffet is from 5pm-06:30pm at the Fairmont’s premier restaurant, The Wildflower. For $99 per ticket ($49 for children 6-12 years old), you can enjoy a delicious buffet in the heart of Whistler Village.

New Year’s Eve Three Course Dinner 

If you want to ring in the new year with some delicious dining look no further than the Cinnamon Bear Bar and Grille. This year, they’ll be featuring a scrumptious, three-course meal perfectly paired with for 2018. Wave goodbye to 2017 with a glass of champagne in one hand and a plate of charcuterie and Pacific salmon in front of you! Purchase your tickets for $195 per adult and $90 per child!

New Year’s Eve Wine Tasting at Aura Restaurant.

Let’s be honest. Its NYE 2019 and its time to go all out on one final celebration. Head on over to Aura, for their reservation only 11-course meal with wine tasting event. Yes, we said 11-courses. The $299 ticket includes courses of oysters, tuna, and AAA angus beef tenderloin. With six perfectly paired wines to go along with the meal, you might also want to book a hotel room.


Family Friendly New Years 

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Enjoy a family friendly New Years Eve put on by the municipality.

If you’re passing on an alcohol-fueled celebration and are hoping to spend the evening with your younger family members, you’re in luck! Despite what the partiers would have you believe, Whistler is perfectly set up for a safe and entertaining New Years Eve with the family.

Whistler’s New Year’s Eve 2019 Celebration  

When it comes to safe, responsible, and kid-friendly New Year’s events, Whistler really packs a punch. One of the best events in the area is hosted in the downtown Whistler Village at two separate venues within walking distance of each other. 

The  Whistler New Year’s Eve Party is the biggest, baddest, but still family-friendliest New Year’s Party in the area! The best news about this event? You can purchase a wristband to gain access to the entire shebang!

Check out the Maury Young Arts Centre for creative activities and entertainment for kids, plus a New Years Ball Drop for children. With the purchase of this wristband, you’ll be transported to a New Years Eve experience like no other with fun activities like arts, crafts, drum performances, balloon twisting, circus acts, glow-in-the-dark face paint, photo booths, a teen dance, and much, much more! A full break down of the family friendly events – here.

If you are still circled by kiddies by 11:30pm, head on over to the Olympic plaza for a special edition of the Fire & Ice Show with a dazzling display of fireworks at midnight!  This part of the evening is free for everyone, so even if you don’t want to purchase the wristband, you can soak this experience in.

Remember, this is a family-friendly event, so alcohol will not be sold or permitted inside the venues.

No matter what you’re looking to do to ring in 2019, there’s plenty of options for you, your family, and your friends in Whistler! It’s more than just an outdoor wonderland (it’s that, don’t get us wrong), but it’s also a fun, event-filled, celebration city! You can party and toast in the new year, enjoy a fun, safe event with your family, or feast on delicious dinner! There is literally something out there for everyone.