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Planning Your Winnipeg New Year’s Eve

December 30, 2014 8:36 AM | Entertainment

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 newyearseve@wcc.mb.ca 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.