Fun festive things to do in Halifax! Part 4: New Year’s Eve events!


This blog post is the final part of a 4-part holiday series on the Halifax Sociable blog to help you make the most of your holiday vacation in Halifax!

Want to bring in 2017 in a big way? Halifax is definitely the place to be. From live comedy shows and music performances, to fireworks shows and hockey games. So whether you’re celebrating leaving the past year behind or welcoming the new year to come, there are plenty of events and activities to do in Halifax to help you kick start 2017!

Explore our list of events to find something that’s sure to make New Year’s a magical celebration for everyone.

Celebrate Canada 150 in Grand Parade!

  1. A new year means it’s time to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday! So this NYE head down to Grand Parade for an evening full of fun festivities, free flags and pins. Plus the first 2,000 people on site of the celebration will receive a Canada 150 gift.

There will also be live music, with a performance by Juno Award winner, The Strumbellas, as well as the musical talents of Ria Mae.

The celebration will finish with one of the largest firework displays in Atlantic Canada at midnight. It’ll be an event you don’t want to miss!

Time: 10 pm – 12:15 am
Where: Grand Parade, City Hall, Downtown Halifax
More info:
Cost: Free

  1. Laugh your way into 2017 with a New Year’s Eve Special at Yuk Yuk’s!

Looking to start the year off with a smile? Join co-features Garrett Clark and Kyle Hickey at Yuk Yuk’s for a dynamic and unpredictable show and an evening full of laughs!

Time: Dining starts at 7:30 pm, show starts at 10 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, The Westin Hotel, Halifax
More info: Buy tickets here.
Cost: Dinner + show tickets are $115 (tax & gratuity included) or show tickets can be purchased separately

  1. Dance your way into 2017 with Asia & NuGruv

Asia & NuGruv are one of Atlantic Canada’s finest party bands. Whether you’re into R&B, soul, Motown or funky blues, it’ll be a New Year’s Eve event that you won’t forget! So grab your party shoes and join Asia & NuGruv at Casino Nova Scotia for an energetic evening!

Time: 9 pm (doors open at 8:30 pm)
Where: Harbourfront Lounge, Casino Nova Scotia, Downtown Halifax
More info: Find details and book tickets here.
Cost: $30 (plus tax & service charge)

  1. Give back with Craig Mac’s New Year’s Eve: Chapter 2017

Over the years Craig Mac’s New Year’s Eve parties have become an annual tradition for many. And after a two-year hiatus he is back with an event that will be held at the Halifax Central Library!

Over the last decade, Craig Mac has raised more than $100,000 through New Year’s Eve parties and Halifax events to send terminally ill children and their families on vacation. This year proceeds will be donated to the Craig Mac Comfort Initiative; a fund providing comfort to neuroscience patients being treated at the QEII.

Time: 9:30 pm to 1 am
Where: Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road
More info and full event details can be found on the Facebook event page
Cost: $40 (plus tax & service charge)

  1. Have a worry free NYE thank to the Kid’s Slumber Party

Forget about getting a babysitter this New Year’s Eve and have a worry free evening out thanks to Party Patrol Event Company’s Kid’s Slumber Party.

The over night slumber party welcomes girls & boys aged 6 to 12 years and will be held at Harold T. Barrett Fun Camp in Beaver Bank. Harold T. Barrett is a Scout Camp and is equipped with more than 22 bunk beds, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your evening to the fullest!

Time: Drop off on December 31st between 4-6 pm with pick-up before 11 am on January 1st
Where: Harold T. Barrett Fun Camp, Beaver Bank
More info: For girls and boys aged 6 to 12 years’ old
Cost: $75 (plus tax & service charge)

  1. Ring in the new year at Banook Canoe Club

Aside from being a great party, New Year’s Eve at Banook Canoe Club is for an awesome cause too. The event is a fundraiser, with all proceeds going toward the purchase of a new war canoe for the club and supporting our local athletes!

Time: 9 pm to 2:30 am
Where: Banook Canoe Club, Dartmouth
More info:
Cost: $38 (plus tax & service charge)

  1. Start the new year off with dinner & dancing at Hatfield Farms!

Time: 7:30 pm to 1 am
Where: Hatfield Farms, Hammonds Plains Road
More info: Call to purchase your tickets 835-5676
Cost: $79 each (includes tax & gratuity)

  1. Skate your way into 2017 at the Emera Oval

New Year’s Eve at the Emera Oval will be double the fun with two firework shows (7 pm and midnight), two open skates (6-8 pm & 9 pm-midnight) and a performance from DJ Chris Swift.

Did we mention it was FREE?!

Time: First firework show is at 7 pm and first skate starts at 6 pm!
Where: Emera Oval, Halifax North Common
More info:
Cost: Free

  1. Shake off 2016 with a live performance (or two) by Dallas Smith

Canadian rock and country singer-songwriter, Dallas Smith, for two New Year’s Eve performances at Casino Nova Scotia. Learn more about Dallas Smith and the NYE event here.

Time: 7 pm & 11 pm
Where: Schooner Showroom, Casino Nova Scotia
More info: Purchase tickets here.
Cost: $69.80 (plus tax & service charge)

Click here for more NYE events, or check out our Events Calendar to see what happening in Halifax this NYE, or head to our Halifax Sociable blog or Sign-up for e-newsletter to say up-to-date on other Halifax happenings, activities and events!