Edmonton is another one of those surprisingly large Canadian cities that knows how to throw a really good party on new year's eve, with the harsh northern winter adding a chilly temperature and snowy landscape that always makes things feel just that little bit more festive and seasonal.
It isn't the largest city in Alberta, that honour falls to Calgary, who also throw a decent new year bash, but it is the state capital and has the distinction of being the northermost North American city with over 1 million people contained in its urban area.
With a pleasant setting on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River Edmonton has a reputation for being a fun and friendly place to visit at any time of year, and attractions worth checking out if you are going to be spending some time here include the Royal Alberta Museum, Fort Edmonton Park, Telus World of Science and the stylish and unusual Art Gallery of Alberta.
Edmonton is one of those cities still fortunate enough to have a publically funded new year's eve party to provide a focal point for the city's celebrations, and here the popular New Year's Eve Festival takes place at Churchill Square, located in the downtown area, and attracts a crowd measured in the tens of thousands,
This is primarily a family friendly event, and unlike many of the equivalent parties in the USA where tickets or buttons are required to help with the costs, as we head towards 2018 this remains completely free to attend. The party includes free public skating on the outdoor rink, live music, plentiful food and drink, and of course the obligatory spectacular fireworks display at midnight.
This year there is also an earlier fireworks show at 8.30pm, aimed at those who can't stay out late.
Another popular event that is a highlight on the social calendar is the Edmonton International NYE Gala, held at the Beverly Hills Ballroom of the Fantasyland Hotel at the large and sprawling West Edmonton Mall. This is a black tie event and includes cocktails, fine dining dinner, dancing and live entertainment. This is always a hugely popular party so get your tickets quickly - they're available online here.
Elsewhere the bars, hotels and nightclubs of Edmonton throw a wide range of special events to mark the occasion, competing with each other to greet the new year in the most spectacular style possible
For your new year dining options then Edmonton will not disappoint either, with a wide range of local and international cuisines represented in a range of restaurants that will cater to most budgets.
The most popular venues include Normands Restaurant, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse, Tres Carnales Taqueria and La Ronde Revolving Restaurant, which has the added benefit of spectacular skyline views, always a bonus when there's fireworks going off! if you're looking for a vegan option then we really like the look of the fantastically named Noorish Conscious Eatery and Superfood Elixir Bar! Check out the full range of Edmonton eateries here.
Places to watch live online - if you can't be at the new year party in person then the next best thing is to try watch it online, and in Edmonton you're fortunate to have a good range of live streaming webcams to choose from, including several with excellent skyline views, perfect for checking out the fireworks come midnight:
If you're planning on visiting Edmonton or the surrounding areas over the New Year period you won't have too many problems finding suitable accommodation, although as always over the festive period it makes sens eto book your room as early as possible, You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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