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 cnetred on the Sparks Street area, with stages for live music and fireworks at midnight, although for new year 2018 this is changing, with a huge celebration set up to coincide with the very beginning of Canada's 150th anniversary party. See below for full details on what looks to be a very special event indeed!
New Year in Ottawa to welcome 2018 will be an extra special party as it marks the start of the country's 150th anniversary celebrations. This will take the form of a new year party on Parliament Hill, with live music and entertainment throughout the evening leading up to what it being called a "a pyromusical fireworks show" with fireworks accompanied by music tracing the 150 year history of Canada. There will also be the lighting of a cauldron at Ottawa City Hall on the Marion Dewar Plaza.
The big headline act this year will be Carly Rae Jepson, whose performance will also be shown live on national television by CBC.
The fireworks display is actually scheduled for 8.17pm (2018 on the 24 hour clock) and will last for a full 20 minutes and be launched from 3 different locations - Alexandra Bridge, Parliament Hill the Museum of History. There will also be a smaller fireworks show to herald the new year at midnight. Get all the very latest on this special event here.
The main event in the last couple of years 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on Sparks Street and Metcalfe Square with the midnight climax of a maple leaf drop, but it seems likely this will be superceded by the nearby 150th anniversary this year, we'll let you know if we hear differently.
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:
It has now also been confirmed that CTV will be broadcasting the 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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