Christmas isn’t here yet. But savvy partiers know they need to make plans right away if they’re hoping to dive into a great New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31. If you’re keen to see out the old year and welcome in the new year with a bang, there’s a wide array of events happening in the city.

Read on for our round-up of Richmond’s multitudinous options. And, whatever you end up doing, make sure you have a Happy New Year!

Cavu Kitchen Bar: Countdown at Cavu

Time: 8:30pm 10:00pm (dinner), 10:00pm - 1:00am (dance)
Cost: Dinner $65; dance $15

The Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel’s ever-popular CAVU restaurant is hosting a big party this year and there are two ways to partake. For $65 (taxes and gratuity included), you can dive into a sumptuous New Year’s Eve dinner. And if you’re up for some dance floor action as well, you can pay another $15 for a late-night boogie (from 10:00pm) with a live music from the Nikita Afonso Band, along with a midnight countdown and a glass of bubbly. Dance-only tickets are also available for $15. Click here for details and reservations.

Photo: CAVU Kitchen Bar
Ring in the New Year with the Nikita Afonso Band. | Photo: CAVU Kitchen Bar

Buck & Ear: NYE Party

Time: from 5:00pm
Cost: $45

One of Richmond’s favourite old-school pub venues, Steveston’s Buck & Ear is offering a good value option for New Year’s Eve revelers. Your $45 ticket includes a four-course pub-style dinner, all the necessary party favours (while supplies last), late-night DJ dancing (from 9:00pm), and that all-important group toast to mark the big countdown and welcome in 2019. Book tickets here.

Pacific Gateway Hotel: Rocking on the River

Time: 8:30pm to 1:00am
Cost: from $75

This waterfront hotel’s Deck Kitchen + Bar is the perfect place for a great party. And this one features live music from popular Vancouver toe-tappers Dr. Strangelove plus party favours, tasty appetizers, and that vital midnight bubbly toast. Overnight parking is included in the general admission ticket price and you can also book a special hotel sleepover package that includes a room at the Pacific Gateway Hotel and access to the party: ideal if you want an easy way to crash after all that celebrating. Book tickets here.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel: New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm (cocktail hour), 7:00pm on (dinner buffet)
Cost: Up to $135

If you don’t want to stay up late, the Fairmont’s chic Jetside Lounge is running a 3:00pm to 5:00pm champagne reception, complete with live music and a pop-up oyster bar. But the main attraction starts at 7:00pm, with a decadent buffet in the hotel’s Globe@YVR restaurant. This special New Year’s Eve feast includes smoked salmon, suckling pig, blue cheese-crusted filet beef, and much more. A chocolate-lovers dessert bar will also see plenty of action and there will be live music and a midnight countdown toast as well. Book via 604-248-3281 or vancouverairport@fairmont.com. 

Fairmont Vancouver Airport
Don't miss the champagne reception at the Fairmont. | Photo: Fairmont Vancouver Airport

River Rock Casino: NYE Celebration Dinner & Show

Time: Buffet from 7:00pm; show 9:00pm to 12:30am
Cost: $74.50 to $119.50 (plus service charges)

The show theatre at Richmond’s glamorous casino resort is offering a great New Year’s night for local and visiting music fans: a multi-act tribute to the classic tunes of Fleetwood Mac, Guess Who, Rod Stewart, and more. And if you’re planning to dance the night away at the show, consider fueling-up at the decadent dinner buffet beforehand: combined dinner and show tickets cost $119.50; show-only tickets cost $74.50. Book here.

Origo Club: New Year’s Eve Dinner

Time: Seating times from 5:30pm – 6:30pm and from 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Cost: $245

New Year’s Eve partying doesn’t have to mean worrying about all the 2018 resolutions you broke this year. Instead, treat yourself to what may be the city’s poshest New Year’s Eve indulgence: a grand, sit-down dinner at Richmond’s French-themed Origo Club. The six-course menu includes shoyu-glazed sablefish, filet de boeuf, and a savour-worthy glass of Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut. And when the crémeux au chocolat noir arrives, you can swiftly abandon that 2019 diet resolution you were planning. Call 604-285-8889 for reservations.