Ah, New Year's Eve. For some, it's a magical night full of promise, time to reflect on the year that was and discuss hopes and dreams for the year ahead.
For others, it's a night to make ambitious resolutions and vaguely embarrassing public proclamations over too much champagne, only to face Jan. 1 hungover and bloated in front of an endless loop of fitness infomercials, just like every other year.
Tradition is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
Of course, New Year's Eve is also a night to celebrate with friends and family -- and luckily, all the Peg's a party on Dec. 31. Whether its ice skating and fireworks at The Forks or a swank sit-down dinner, there are tons of ways to kick 2013 out the door and welcome in 2014. Here are just a few options. For more, check out the club and concert listings on page 8-9.
Happy New Year!
For those who want to wine and dine...
The RBC Convention Centre will host one of the hottest tickets in town with Club Havana, a Cuban-flavoured evening of dinner and dancing featuring Winnipeg performer Stephanie Sousa, Cuban-born singer-songwriter (and Zumba fitness instructor) Yoslai de la Rosa and the Ron Paley 21-Piece Band. Hors d'oeuvres and a five-course dinner will be served. Reception is at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7:15 p.m. and dancing starts at 8:45 p.m. and goes until 2 p.m. Dress code is formal or business attire. The dinner-and-dance package is $125 per person; dance-only tickets are $45. To reserve, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-957-4545.
For those with little revellers...
The Forks is the site of free, family-friendly entertainment and activities all day long. Skating, tobogganing, horse-drawn wagon rides and crafts are all on offer, while a lineup of Winnipeg bands and singer-songwriters -- including Red Moon Road, The Bros. Landreth, Retro Rhythm Review and Jason Kirkness -- will take the stage in The Forks Market. The evening culminates in a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Visit theforks.com for full details.
Earlier in the day, the Children's Museum is presenting Top Hats and Tiaras. This afternoon out on the town features entertainment from local soul outfit the Solutions, hors d'oeuvres from Domino's Pizza and a ginger ale toast to 2014. Bonus: the whole thing wraps up by 1 p.m., just in time for a nap. Event begins at 11 a.m.; general museum admission is $10.
For those who want to bust a move...
If all you want to do is dance, there are plenty of places to cut a rug. Winnipeg's premier party-starters DJs Co-op and Hunnicutt will bring their annual NYE bash to Union Sound Hall, joined by DJ Footwork, DJ Lonnie Ce and Lambo. Doors are at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 at Ticketworkshop.com.
Over at the Park Theatre, pop culture's current fascination with all things '90s will be celebrated with Big Shiny '90s, featuring live performances from Wang the Merciless, Charlee Bravo, Jenny Bihun and the St. Beach Boys. The live fun starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $34.95, and include a champagne toast and snacks from BMC Market. Call 204-478-7275.
Local electronic rock act the Revival -- along with King Cabernet, Smash the Sun and the Family Planners -- will host a dance-worthy gig at the Pyramid Cabaret. Doors are at 8:30 p.m., tickets are $15 at Ticketmaster.
Feeling ambitious? A dusk-till-dawn dance party is going down at the River Osborne Community Centre (101 Pembina Hwy.), featuring no fewer than 23 electronic artists. Tickets are $30 at www.soundrepublic.ca. This is a 16+ event; no alcohol is permitted.
For those who want to rock...
Keep warm with some face-melting riffage at the The Zoo in the Osborne Village Inn, which is once again presenting Zoo Year's Eve. This year's lineup features a host of heavyweights, including Five Hundred Pound Furnace, Senor Dinosaur, Settlers and Tinnitus. Doors are at 8 p.m. and the party rages on until 3 a.m. Call 204-452-9824 for tickets.
And yes, Propagandhi's anticipated gig at The Windsor is completely sold out.
For those who want to laugh...
Russian-born, Los Angeles-based funnyman Daniel Kinno will be performing at the annual New Year's Eve gala at Rumor's Comedy Club. Tickets are $12 for the 6 p.m. show and $25 for the 10 p.m. show, which includes party favours and champagne at midnight.
For those who want to root for the home team...
The Jets face off against the Buffalo Sabres at the MTS Centre. Game time is 6 p.m.
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No matter what your itinerary is for the evening, make sure it includes a plan to get home safely.
Winnipeg Transit's Free Ride program offers free bus and Handi-Transit rides from 8 p.m. until the end of service on Dec. 31. The last buses will leave downtown at around 1:38 a.m. For schedules and routes, visit winnipegtransit.com or call 311.
Another option is to call Operation Red Nose at 204-947-NOSE (6673) and a volunteer team will pick you up and drive you to your destination in your own vehicle, free of charge. Donations are welcome.