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All about New Year's Eve



All about (New Year’s) Eve

Oy, snow bunny and ski bum slackers, I bet you haven’t organized anything to do on New Year’s Eve yet, have you? Too busy carving and shredding are we? I know, I know, apres’ ski takes up so much time. But a word of warning, don’t leave your social calendar too wide open on the last day of the year or you’ll be singing solo in your soggy thermals as the clock strikes 12.

Doesn’t sound like fun, does it? Avoid the full-house blues by studying up for the big day with our quintessential guide to the good times.

Let’s start by the golden rule of behaving yourself. Don’t drink and drive. Police are warning you will get caught. Road checks will be in effect. Local buses will be free from 8 p.m. Consider it an opportunity to meet some prospective party partners along the way.

Now to the events. Almost every bar, pub, restaurant, café and club in Whistler has something on. This list is limited to events with live music or DJs. They are in alphabetical order, by no means exhaustive, and prices are subject to change. Phone numbers have been included for more information. Be prepared that some of these events have already sold out but in the meantime, let’s go shopping shall we…


It’s a Masquerade Ball so wear a mask. This party includes a picollo of champagne, party favours and a midnight buffet of canapes and hors d’oeuvre. Tickets are $75. Ph: 604-932-8334.


An adults-only glamorous gathering offering guests Beluga Caviar and sabering of Vintage Dom Perignon on arrival. A five course "gastronomique" menu devised by head chef Brock Windsor. A four-piece jazz band and dancing all night long. There is only one seating for the evening and guests may book from 7 p.m. onwards. Tickets are $375 per person, required in advance. Ph: 604-932-3433.


Voted the best live venue in Whistler yet again and easily one of the cheapest nights out around. For a rockin’ good time, join Sweaty Cheddar who – ssshh, don’t tell anyone – are most of the members of She Stole My Beer. Funk and groove with champagne at midnight. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. Ph:604-932-3338.


With a backdrop of boutique beer vats, a big log fire and a belter of a band, this gig is going to go off. Frost Heave, are well known as the Led Zeppelin tribute band Whole Lotta Led, but tonight they’re playing more than that. From the ’60s to now, you’ll sample it all. DJ Miguel Sanchez will keep the crowd busy between sets. Tickets to the show are $35 but dinner and the show is just $45 for a set menu. A-la-carte is also available. Two seatings only at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Ph: 604-905-2739.