Ottawa is this year making a play for the biggest and most spectacular New Years Eve party in Canada, challenging the previous supremacy of Toronto and their Nathan Phillips Square festivities with their very own outdoor party, concert and midnight fireworks with a Sparks Street Spectacular. They also utilise the natural advantage of the historic splendour of Parliament Square to very good effect, although the main square doesn't host any fireworks itself on new year's eve, preferring to save their pyrotechnics for their Independence Day party.
The event was launched with great success to welcome the new year 2013 and followed up with another popular event the next year so they will bringing it back once again for NYE 2017, with an even bigger event schedule and the big names they're hoping will help attract the crowds.
The main event this year will be the third annual incarnation of the Sparks Street event, which catapults Ottawa right up the charts in terms of places to spend your new year. The free outdoor concert centred on Sparks Street and Metcalfe Square will be the biggest NYE event in the city's history, likely comfortably surpassing last year's event. The midnight climax this year will be a "Maple Leaf Drop". which should be interesting!
The aim is to establish the night as Canada's Times Square equivalent, and the midnight Maple Leaf Drop will also be accompanied by some pretty serious fireworks.
If you're going to be in Ottawa this new year's eve then please be aware that there will not be any fireworks on Parliament Hill, but there is again a display planned at the Hogmanay annual party organised by the Scottish Society of Ottawa, which this year takes place at historic Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park - this event attempts to emulate the big party in Edinburgh and features Scottish themed music, foord, drink and dancing as well as outdoor skating.
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 a Nashville themed event at the Plaza Cinema aimed at raising funds for the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium. Performers include Jeremy McComb and Rick Huckaby, tickets are available from KOFO radio, one of the evdnt organisers.
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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