New Years Eve Guide to ring in 2006
New Years in Whistler doesnt have to be expensive with plenty of alternatives to watching the big ball drop in the Big Apple at midnight on the tube.
This year many pubs and restaurants are putting their New Year's resolutions into action before midnight with fantastic live entertainment at reasonable prices. And for those of you with cash to burn, there are also sell-out events with VIP tables and lounges for the red-carpet treatment.
Start the New Year off right and plan ahead, whether attending an event or buying your champagne now for a private midnight soiree for two.
What: Sing in the New Year
Where: Joey Chans Chinese Eatery
Rock out 2005 with Karaoke craziness with DJ Steve Jiu from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Tickets are $35 and includes champagne toast and buffet. A family buffet puts kids to bed early from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with face painting and other kid-related activities. Tickets are $20.
What: Endless Après
Begin your New Years celebrations earlier than anyone else with legendary local duo Guitar Doug and Grateful Greg of the Hairfarmers hitting the après stage at 3 p.m. and carrying on all your cover favourites until well past midnight. Cover is free before 5 p.m., $5 thereafter, so get to Whistlers cheapest New Years celebration early.
What: Sweaty Cheddar New Year
Where: Garibaldi Lift Company
Local band Sweaty Cheddar, which includes band members from She Stole My Beer, rocks in the New Year with cover tunes Def LEPARD classics their favourite. Champagne at midnight. Doors 10 p.m. First 100 tickets are $50, thereafter $60. Call 604-905-2220 to reserve.
What: Garaj Mahal New Year
Where: Boot Pub
Legendary jazz musicians Garaj Mahal fuse funky jazz with tasty world music flare for New Year. Champagne at midnight. Advanced $60 tickets available at the Shoestring Lodge.
What: Multi-Musician New Year
Where: Blacks Pub
Violinist virtuoso Kyla Uyede fiddles out violin with hip-hop and electronica as Kytami along with dance music from Third Eye Tribe, punk from Blackie LeBlanc and The Kytami Revolution and folk tunes from Leanne Lamour. Tickets $50. Doors open at 6 p.m.
What: Jazzed Up 2006
Where: Fifty Two 80 Bistro and Lounge (Four Seasons)
Elegant Jazz chanteuse Lee Aaron has shed her pin-up rocker days of multi-platinum albums and retreated to cool jazz and blues. Show runs 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.