Planning Your Winnipeg New Year’s Eve

Planning Your Winnipeg New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve Fireworks
Fireworks light up the sky above the Norwood Bridge in Winnipeg to usher in 2014 on January 1. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

New Year’s Eve is always a decision-maker for many revellers, especially at the last minute. With a little planning, your mid-week party to welcome in 2015 can hopefully be an easy choice.

There’s no shortage of events taking place across Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Here are a few of the celebrations that caught our attention:

The Forks

The classic fail-safe spot to ring in the new year with thousands of other Winnipeggers. Archangel Fireworks will be putting on their amazing show beginning at 8 p.m. — the perfect time for the entire family. Other events on-site begin at 4 p.m., including skating and other winter fun in Arctic Glacier Winter Park. Admission is free.

RBC Convention Centre

The Hollywood Glam party includes a red carpet reception, five-course dinner, dancing and entertainment by Ron Paley’s 21-piece band. Tickets start at $50 and an auction will be held in support of Siloam Mission. E-mail or call (204) 957-4545 for more details.

Winnipeg Social at Maw’s Eatery and Beer Hall

Maw’s at 111 Princess Street will host a traditional social featuring local band the Honeysliders. Food and drink will be on tap and as with any social, prizes will be doled out. The cost is $20.

New Year’s Eve at The Met

The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre on Donald Street will host a night of cocktails, dinner and live jazz entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. Local ingredients cooked into an eight-course meal will be paired with wines by executive chef Dan Ardies. Tickets are $125 by calling (204) 594-9494.

Getting around

Winnipeg Transit is again offering free rides this New Year’s Eve through a partnership with Manitoba Public Insurance. You can also call a cab (Uber isn’t here yet), or call Operation Red Nose when it’s time to call it a night. Rides are free, but donations are accepted for youth programs.