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2023 New Year Celebrations | What to do and how to party

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

The new year is around the corner, and it represents new beginnings. It is the time to set our unrealistic new year resolutions and make promises to the mirror. It is also a time to reflect on what we have accomplished and how we will become better next year (even if it’s scary sometimes).

Nonetheless, we must put aside our fears, expectations, excitements and notebooks and look forward to celebrating!

Therefore, we decided to write this article as a guide on how to get groovin' on New Year's Eve and how to receive the year like a true Vancouverite.


Parties are all over Vancouver around New Year's and can be very pricey. We went on multiple platforms, including Eventbrite, to scout for parties that are under $100 😉 Here are the top 4.

Gatsby House Party


Located at the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown, this glamorous 4-hour party is a popular yearly choice. We are talking about top Vancouver DJs playing the top 40, Hip-Hop and EDM music, an appetizer buffet, multiple bars, an NYE countdown, games to play, and prizes to win. Oh, and there is a dress code - Flapper, Roaring 20s, and Zoot Suits, if you can. Otherwise, semi-formal and or cocktail attire is required.

Learn more about what's included in that price.

Parq Gala


A JW Marriott Parq Vancouver 5-hour party. Elegant, modern and luxurious location with high ceilings and chandeliers ( fancy 😏). What a place to spend the final hours of 2022 in. The party features an NYE countdown, a balloon drop, two rooms with different DJs, a party room and an 80s hits room, a Photo Booth, midnight champagne and appetizers.

Wanna learn more? We got you!



You can't be this close to the water and not have a New Year’s boat party. Operated by Burrard Queen at 760 Pacific Boulevard, this 4-hour party cruise takes you through False Creek, English Bay and into the inner harbour. It guarantees fantastic views and might even include a front seat for the NYE fireworks. The advantage of being on a cruising boat is the perspective of Vancouver's skyline shimmering into the night. What does this party include? A live DJ, a cash bar and a rooftop dance floor.

learn more a-boat it here 😉🇨🇦

NYE @ Cabana Lounge


Cabana's NYE party is more for those who wish to just go to a club and dance the night away. 7 hours of dancing 😱 to live DJs, dressed in your best Black and Gold attire. Expect a big crowd! Cabana Lounge is in downtown Vancouver at 1159 Granville street.

These are just a few of the most popular parties happening in Vancouver on New Year's Eve. There are also genre-specific parties, such as Latin music and Rock n'Roll. None of these events appeal to you? Have your own with your friends! Just remember to drink responsibly and make wise decisions.


Fireworks at False Creek


If none of the above is your kind of fun. Here is another option, and it's free! Let's take the fun outdoors. Concord is organizing a fireworks display for NYE in Vancouver. Although there will be a massive crowd for this event, watching the fireworks while breathing in Vancouver's cold, clean, fresh air is worth it.

The location for the fireworks is in the inner harbour area of the eastern part of False Creek, between the Cambie Street Bridge and Science World. You can view the fireworks from anywhere along the False Creek Seawall in that area.

However, it still needs to be confirmed that there will be fireworks this year since it was cancelled on NYE 2020 and 2021. You can check for updates on Concord's website.

Polar Bear Swim at English Bay


The polar bear swim is a Vancouver tradition that we deeply love. It is as fun as it sounds!

Every New Year's day, on January 1st, people gather in the early afternoon at English Bay for an ice-cold dip in the Pacific Ocean along with thousands of people. Rain or shine, people show up to either participate in the swim or to laugh at support others who do—the perfect cure for a New Year's hangover.

Hope you found our list helpful!

Remember to take pictures and tag us @thrivve.van so we can share them with other Thrivvers. Celebrate your successes and reflect on how brave you were coming to this city and continuously surviving it.

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