Going Out

Still no plans for New Year’s Eve? Check out our list of Ottawa celebrations

Just emerging from the Christmas fog and want to ring in the New Year somewhere special? Shindigs, hootenannies, dance parties, food fiestas – we’ve got them all here. So put on that party dress, shine those shoes, and sip something sparkling as you sail into 2016.

Remember, all tickets are subject to availability.

New Year’s Eve on Sparks Street
7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Featuring fireworks and a midnight “maple-leaf drop,” Sparks Street will light up for New Year’s. Cold Creek Country headlines, with openers Silver Creek and Angela Marie.


New Year’s Eve Hogmanay
Scottish Society of Ottawa
5 p.m. – midnight
Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park
Bring your inner Scot to this event featuring music, bagpipes, Scottish food, whiskey tasting and fireworks. (There’s even a “midnight” countdown at 7 p.m. — when Scotland enters 2016 — for wee ones who need to get home to bed.)


Rick Chiarelli’s Alcohol-Free Family New Year’s Eve, “Once Upon a Time”
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr.
If you’d prefer not to get tipsy and have a little family fun, Councillor Chiarelli’s fairy tale-inspired event features gingerbread house competitions, a talent show, and sleigh rides.

Wizard of Oz
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.
The children’s classic chronicling the adventures of a Kansas farm girl and her dog is perfect for families and nostalgic adults.
Southam Hall
National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St.
Savour a three-course meal before the magic for $46.00 per person.


1st Annual Ottawa New Years Eve Charity Ball
6:30 p.m.
Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
200 Coventry Rd.
Supporting Children at Risk and Quick Start Early Intervention for Autism, Ottawa’s first New Year’s charity ball features a four-course meal and casino.

TARG NYE: Quarantine – virus
House of Targ
1077 Bank St.
Doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m.
Drinking, dancing, pinball, perogies – what more do you need to chase away the “general malaise” of 2015? DJ KJMaxx & DJ REMI ROYALE will spin tunes.

House of Targ NYE

5th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Night
Shenkman Arts Centre
9 p.m.
$5 – $47
245 Centrum Blvd.
Canadian comedians Terry McGurrin, Christina Walkinshaw and K. Trevor Wilson aim to tickle your funny bones this New Year’s Eve.

Ottawa NYE Club Crawl
6 p.m.
This energetic event includes entry to four of the hottest night clubs in Ottawa, transportation, and complimentary mardi gras beads.

Hooley’s 2016 New Year’s Eve Gala presented by Meatings Barbecue Catering
Hooley’s Pub
9 p.m.
292 Elgin St.
Eat meat for a good cause! Proceeds go to “Do It For Daron”, a youth mental health campaign, and “Be the Choice”, supporting breast cancer research.

A Not So Pretentious New Year’s Eve party
Union Local 613
8 p.m.
315 Somerset St. W
“Pretentious and outlandish folks” need not apply for this festive event – if this doesn’t describe you, come for all-night tunes by DJ Memetic. Food, canapés and a glass of punch are included in the ticket price.


The Bootlegger’s Ball

Escape Manor
9 p.m.
Farm Team Cellar
208 Sparks St.
The escape room experts are throwing a prohibition-themed get-together, including prizes for best costume and a midnight champagne toast. Donations for the Ottawa Food Bank get you a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes.

The Split
LIVE on Elgin
Doors at 9 p.m. | Show time at 10:30 p.m.
$25 advance | $30 at the door
2nd fl, 220 Elgin St.
Come groove to the neo-soul sounds of The Split, a band formed by Canadian brothers Matthew and Curtis Chaffey. Ticket includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at midnight.

LIVE on Elgin NYE

Brew Year’s Eve
Clover Food & Drink
7 p.m.
Reserve seats at 613-680-8803
155 Bank St.
Dominion Brewing Co. and Clover Food & Drink are partnering up to bring you smooth and innovative pairings of food and brews.

New Year’s Eve – Gourmet Getaway
Nordik Spa
6 p.m. – 1 a.m.
16 Chemin Nordik
Old Chelsea
Enjoy a sumptuous four-course meal with wine, a thermal experience and midnight sparkling wine at Chelsea’s Nordik spa.

New Year’s Eve at the Hilton Lac-Leamy
7:30 p.m.
3 Blvd du Casino
Enjoy elegant cocktails, buffet dinner, and dancing to the music of Fastlane band at the luxurious Hilton Lac-Leamy.

Chocolat New Year’s Eve Party
9 p.m.
1 Blvd du Casino
Hot 89.9 presents aerialists, chocolate martini dolls, bars, dance floor, and sweet chocolate treats all evening. Dress code is formal.



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