Ottawa regularly hosts a spectacular New Years Eve party, one of the biggest anywhere in Canada with large scale fireworks an outdoor entertainmen drawing large crowds to the downtown area and the busy streets around the city's iconic Parliament Hill.
Previous years have seen the party centred on the Sparks Street area, with stages for live music and fireworks at midnight, although for new year 2017 this changed, with a huge celebration to coincide with the very beginning of Canada's 150th anniversary party - this proved a great success so we will be interested to see if this becomes the new normal from new year 2018 onwards.
Last new year an extra special party as it marked the start of the country's 150th anniversary celebrations in the form of a new year party on Parliament Hill, with live music and entertainment throughout the evening leading up to "a pyromusical fireworks show" with fireworks accompanied by music tracing the 150 year history of Canada. There was also be the lighting of a cauldron at Ottawa City Hall on the Marion Dewar Plaza.
The main event previously has been will the Sparks Street event free outdoor concert centred on Sparks Street and Metcalfe Square with the midnight climax of a maple leaf drop, this was last year superceded by the nearby 150th anniversary party so we'll let you knwo which event will be moving forward into 2018 as soon as we hear confirmation.
If you're going to be in Ottawa this new year's eve there is also a big fireworks display that takes place at the Hogmanay annual party organised by the Scottish Society of Ottawa, at the historic Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park - this event attempts to emulate the big party in Edinburgh and features Scottish themed music, food, drink and dancing as well as outdoor skating.
There is an earlier fireworks display and balloon drop for the kids at 7pm (to handily coinicide with the arrival of midnight in Scotland) followed by the main fireworks display at midnight.
Away from the main party, the clubs, bars and restaurants will all be vying for their share of the holiday trade. Big particular nights to check out include The Mansion nightclub and the usual big new year party at Barrymore's Music Hall, a now established event. There is also a New Year’s Charity Ball at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.
Places to watch live online:
CTV typically broadcasting the main NYE event live - you can watch this online, but it does appear you'll need an existing subscription unfortunately:
Places to stay in Ottawa are plentiful and varied, from reasonably priced holiday apartments to top end luxury 5 star hotels. Search for New Years Eve local hotels here.
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