Where will you ring in the new year in Ottawa?
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Thursday, 27 December 2012 14:03
Staying cozy indoors might sound like a tempting way to spend New Year's Eve, but for those on vacation in Ottawa, staying in means missing a host of exciting opportunities to ring in the new year with fun and festivities. Whether they want to start 2013 by dancing to hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s or with a luxurious, celebrity-style gala, Canada's capital city has a party for every type of visitor.
Dance the night away
What better way to ring in a new year than by dancing to hits from the past three decades? The New Year's Eve Dancing in the Stars event, hosted at the Ottawa Convention Centre, starts with a three-course dinner designed by executive chef Geoffrey Morden. Wine, champagne and stunning views of the city complement this gourmet meal.
Partygoers can then dance into the new year with world-renowned group Alter Ego, which will perform favorite songs from the last 40 years. After party-only tickets are also available for those who just want to dance and munch at the midnight buffet. Both tickets include a festive champagne toast at midnight. Visitors might consider booking a stay at a local hotel in Ottawa to make the night both safe and fun.
Ring in the new year with style
Travelers looking for a classy way to ring in 2013 should head to The Ernst & Young Centre for the Totally Grand New Year's Eve party hosted by Diamond Class Events. This red carpet event will have guests feeling like A-list celebrities as they enjoy cocktails, a dinner reception, music and dancing.
The band SHINE will be performing live before a DJ takes over and plays some of the biggest dance hits. Guests can stick around until midnight for a massive 3,000 balloon drop, champagne toast and a chance to win $20,013.
Have a Times Square experience
The party hosted in New York City's Times Square each year is undoubtedly one of the biggest on the planet, but Sparks Street, Ottawa's historic, social retail district, is creating its own outdoor bash for those enjoying their travel to Canada this season. The free outdoor party will have a handful of live local bands as well as a light laser show, ticker tape and a "Massive Midnight Drop." The fun starts at 7 p.m., so visitors can head downtown for an early dinner then join the party after.