With just a few days left in 2016, it's time to decide how you're going to ring in the new year! Here's your guide to what's happening in Victoria this New Year's Eve.

However you choose to spend New Year's Eve in Victoria, don't miss the fireworks over the Inner Harbour at 9:00 p.m. Make sure to take a look at the full "First Night" schedule to see when all the free activities and performances are taking place. 


1. The Inner Harbour

The Spirit of 150: First Night will include live music, fireworks, food, fun activities and a spectacular 3D light show. This family-friendly event will kick off at 5pm in downtown Victoria, ending at 9:30pm after the 30-minute fireworks show. Find out more> 


2. Irish Times Pub

Celebrate the new year with champagne, dancing and party favours at Irish Times. There will be live music, confetti canons and a balloon drop at midnight. Find out more>

3. The Royal BC Museum

The last day of 2016 is also the last day of the Royal BC Museum exhibit Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age. This event is family-friendly and involves food, games and art. Find out more>  

Image: Times Colonist 


4. Heron Rock Bistro

Lust Life will be performing live jazz and blues at Heron Rock Bistro for a New Year's Eve to remember. Find out more>

5. Nourish

Ring in the new year with nourishing vibes, at Nourish! This cozy heritage home will be filled with celebratory energy, each room offering a slightly different feel for counting down to an amazing 2017. Find out more >

6. Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Enjoy a 3-course dinner in the David Foster Foundation Theatre and experience The Midnights Rhythm & Blues all-star showcase while you dance and count your way down to midnight at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Find out more> 

Image: Oak Bay Beach Hotel 


7. Millos Greek Restaurant & Lounge

Put a Greek spin on NYE with dinner and live belly dancing at Millos Greek Restaurant & Lounge. Find out more>  


8. Canoe Brewpub

Celebrate the coming of the newest year at Canoe Brewpub with live music by the always funky - The New Souls. There will be party hats, noisemakers and a midnight toast to keep the evening rocking as the ball drops. Find out more> 


9. The Bard & Banker Pub

Ring in the new year with live music from Ange Hehr, beginning at 9:00 p.m. at The Bard & Banker Pub. There will be confetti canons at midnight. Find out more> 

Image: The Bard & Banker Pub


10. Trapped

Victoria's newest escape room is hosting an open house on New Year's Eve. Stop by, enjoy some complimentary refreshments and appetizers, then ring in the new year by working with a team to figure out how to escape the room! Perfect for anyone who likes a challenge. Find out more> 


11. LURE Restaurant & Bar

Get dressed up and kick off 2017 in style with oysters, cocktails and more at LURE Restaurant and Bar. Find out more>


12. The Penny Farthing Pub

Oak Bay's favourite neighbourhood pub will be celebrating NYE with music by Garden City Soul Club; playing everything from 70's rock to now. Find out more> 

Image: The Penny Farthing Pub


13. Vis a Vis 

If French Bistro is more your style, ring in the new year at Oak Bay's Vis a Vis with a "Midnight in Paris" themed party. This quaint bistro boasts a farm-inspired menu with lots of locally-sourced fare, as well as a wonderful cocktail menu. Perfect for a romantic New Year's Eve with your loved one. Find out more>


14. The Sticky Wicket Pub & Restaurant

You'll get four parties for the price of one this NYE at the Sticky Wicket. $15 cover gets you access to The Games Room, The Sticky Wicket, The Maple Room and The Clubhouse. Find out more>


15. Merridale Ciderworks

Enjoy a glass of warm mulled cider as you stroll through Merridale Ciderworks' Enchanted Courtyard before taking part in a private tasting of cider or spirits and digging into a delicious, three-course, farm-to-table dinner. It all takes place in the early evening and there's a shuttle available that will get you back into downtown Victoria for 9:00 p.m., just in time to see the fireworks. Find out more> 

Image: Merridale Ciderworks Enchanted Courtyard


16. View Royal Casino

See if luck will be on your side in 2017 and celebrate the new year at View Royal Casino. There will be three buffet seatings, live entertainment, no cover and over $5000 in cash and prizes to be won. Find out more>


17. The Guild Freehouse

Enjoy a buffet-style dinner and a large selection of craft beer at The Guild Freehouse. There will be a live DJ and a champagne toast at midnight. Rumour has it they have a pint of bacon on the menu as well. Find out more> 


18. Sugar Nightclub

Aw yeah. The Pride of Metchosin, Mr. Jesse Roper himself, will be performing live on New Year's Eve at Sugar Nightclub with guests. Make sure to wear your dancing shoes for this one! Find out more>  

Image: Jesse Roper, photographer Scott D Hemenway


19. The Malahat Chalet

Rock and Roll into 2017 with live music and dancing at the Malahat Chalet. You'll feel miles away from it all and wake up to a wonderful view if you choose to stay the night! Find out more> 


20. Capital City Centre Hotel

Can you say prime rib buffet? Enjoy dinner, a champagne toast and a karaoke party at the Capital City Centre Hotel this New Year's Eve. Find out more>


21. Fairmont Empress

If you want to go all-out for New Year's Eve, get dressed up and head to Fairmont Empress. There will be a five-course dinner option, as well as a buffet option, live music, and sparkling wine at midnight. Find out more> 

Image: Q Gold cocktail at the Fairmont Empress

22. Olympic View Golf Course

Start your NYE off with a relaxing dinner at Olympic View Golf Course before heading off to your party of choice. Large tables are welcome! Find out more>


23. Four Points by Sheraton

Start with a delectable dinner, then unwind and rock out to a set of tunes by Rock of Ages at the Four Points by Sheraton. There will also be a champagne toast at midnight. Find out more>


24. Hotel Grand Pacific

The evening will feature live entertainment by the one and only Blue Moon Marquee and a unique four-course menu curated by Pacific Restaurant Chef Takumi Kitamura. complete with optional wine parings. Find out more> 

 Image: The dining room at the Hotel Grand Pacific


If you'd like to explore more options, check out other great restaurants and things to do in Victoria. Don't forget to check out the Canada 150 page as well, to see the full lineup of events taking place in Victoria for Canada's 150th birthday. 


Happy New Year!