The Ultimate Guide to a Whistler New Years Eve 2023
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. So it’s time to start planning your accommodation, where you want to celebrate, and the perfect cocktail to say farewell to 2022.
Whistler has some of the most exciting events and activities to help you welcome 2023, from family-friendly events to lively dance parties.
Hot Tip: Book Accommodations. NOW.
A Whistler New Year’s Eve draws people in from all over. While we typically overflow with boutique hotels and budget accommodations, pricing and availability change drastically this time of year.
Get your credit card out and make accommodation bookings as soon as possible. At the time of writing (Dec 2022), the cheapest hotel room in Whistler on Expedia for Dec 31st is $899.
Hotels book out in advance for NYE. Because of this, most will have a minimum night stay, which is usually three nights.
But have no fear if you haven’t booked anything yet — we put the Forged Axe Throwing team on the job to find out if any deals are going on that only a local would know.
Affordable Hotels Options in Whistler this NYE?
- Visiting with a friend? Book a room with two beds. The Crystal Lodge is offering their Crystal Queen for $1200 a night, or $600 each. We recommend you book it soon — this deal is too good to ignore.
- The Pangea Pod Hotel is located in the heart of the village, offering rates of $199 a night for New Year’s Eve. It sounds like a deal to us if you’re okay with sleeping in a pod.
- Booking accommodation outside the Whistler Village is also a good idea over New Year’s Eve as buses are free on the 31st so you can get around safely and quickly.
What About AirBnB?
At the same time, we did a quick search on Airbnb, and there is nothing available for the weekend of the 31st.
So if you still need to book a room, it’s time to do so now!
Planning for Whistler New Year’s Eve 2023 Transportation
If you aren’t driving yourself to Whistler on New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to plan accordingly. Here are a few affordable options.
EPIC Rides offers a round-trip nonstop service every day from Vancouver to Whistler. No limits on luggage!
- Price: $43
- Book Here
Whistler Rides offer a $30 round-trip service between Vancouver and Whistler, with free cancellation and ticket changes up to 1 hour before departure. In addition, Wi-Fi and charging ports are free on board their buses.
- Price: $30
- Book Here
Once you get here, the good news is that Whistler Transit is offering FREE bus service all evening long on New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Glam Balls, Galas, and Parties
New Year’s Eve in Whistler is what you make it. So if you want to party into next year, these are our top picks for you.
New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance
Nothing says glam and glamour more than the Whistler Fairmont Chateau New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance.
Put on your best sparkles or tux and enjoy a winter wonderland as you ring in the New Year. Enjoy a delicious buffet while the incredible dance and covers group, Side One, performs the best party songs.
- Price: $229 per person, plus taxes and fees
- Age: 19+
- Doors open at 8:30 pm
Back to Blacks NYE
Are you looking to party without all the glitz and the glam? Back to Blacks pays homage to one of the best rock-and-roll bands, ACDC, with a themed “AccaDacca” New Year’s Eve night at Blacks Pub.
This night will knock your socks off in true Whistler fashion. Be quick to book a table, as this will be a hit amongst locals and tourists.
- Price: TBA, Call to Book
- Age: 19+
- Doors open at 9 pm
Slumber Party at Moe Joes
They say that you should spend your New Year’s Eve doing what you love most, and if you love to party, the Moe Joes Slumber Party will be the event for you.
Don’t be fooled — there will be no napping at this sleepover. So put on your dancing shoes and your best set of PJs; it will be a slumber party for the ages.
- Price: Starting at $40
- Age: 19+
- Doors open at 8 pm
Four Seasons New Year’s Eve Gala
A family-friendly Gala that mixes bubbles and dancing with good food and good wine. The Four Seasons New Years’ Eve Gala is our top pick for families looking to celebrate.
Enjoy live music, an incredible buffet dinner, and a glass of sparkling wine to cheer with as the clock counts down the new year.
- Price: $285 per adult, $110 per child (6 – 12 years), $60 per child (up to age 5).
- Age: All Ages
- Doors open at 7:30 pm
New Year’s Dinners
Some people plan to dance their way into 2023; others want to eat their way to the new year, and we love that. So here are some NYE ideas for all you foodies.
Roaring Twenties at Stonesedge
Put on your best Peaky Blinders, get up and get ready to fill your belly with delicious food. If oysters, shortribs, salmon, and cheesecake excite you, then the Roaring Twenties at Stonesedge will, too.
Get ready to pop your top button as you enjoy a delicious four-course meal, and vegan options are available for those who prefer a plant-based meal.
- Price: TBC, call or book online
- Age: 19+
- First table is seated at 4 pm
Hy’s Steakhouse Festive Dinner
Enjoy your New Year’s Eve dinner with the beautiful backdrop of the Whistler mountains. Hy’s Whistler is offering an incredible festive menu of classic house favourites.
This will be a treat if you have yet to try their famous cheese toast or Canadian prime fillet. Finish it with a Belgian chocolate bourbon cake, and you will have the most satisfying NYE ever.
- Price: No table fee, booking is recommended
- Age: All ages
- First Table is seated at 4 pm
Araxi had yet to release its menu for New Year’s Eve at the time of writing. However, we know they throw one of the best dinner parties in Whistler.
Enjoy delicious oysters and farm-raised, locally sourced main courses and pair them with incredible international wines.
They usually have early seating and late seating so that you can plan around other events. Here is a look at what they offered last year.
- Price: $139 for early seating, $209 for late
- Age: Early seating is all ages, 19+ for late
- Early seating is at 5 pm; late seating is 6:45 pm
Family-Friendly New Years
One of the best things about a Whistler New Year’s Eve is that you don’t have to book anything if you want to celebrate.
Despite what the partiers would have you believe, Whistler is perfectly set up for a safe and entertaining New Year’s Eve with the family.
Whistler New Year’s Eve Party
The biggest family-friendly New Year’s celebration in the area, Whistler’s NYE party on the stroll is also free to enter.
Located at the bottom of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in Skiers Plaza, the fireworks and famous Fire and Ice show will amaze you and the familyIf you have never experienced Fire and Ice, it is a must. Skiers and snowboarders throw incredible tricks over a significant jump on the Whistler ski out.
You can view everything from the plaza — no need to get on the gondola. Oh, and, yes, they light a ring on fire and jump through it.
After the show, look to the skies for the New Year’s Eve fireworks display. The event times are coming soon, so keep an eye on the RMOW website.
Maury Young Arts Centre
Down the stroll, the Maury Young Arts Centre (MYAC) put on an NYE event for kids, including a New Year’s Ball Drop.
You and your family can enjoy fun arts and crafts, drum performances, balloon twisting, circus acts, glow-in-the-dark face paint, photo booths, a teen dance, and much more.
Event times are yet to be released. Keep an eye on the calendar to stay up to date.
Remember, this is a family-friendly event, so alcohol will not be sold or permitted inside the venues.
The Perfect New Year’s Eve in Whistler
No matter what you want to do to ring in 2023, there are plenty of options for you, your family, and your friends in Whistler!
Whistler offers more than just an outdoor wonderland. It is a fun, event-filled celebration town.
You can party and toast the new year, enjoy a fun, safe event with your family, or feast on a delicious dinner!
There is something out there for everyone.