Ah New Year’s Eve, one of the most anticipated and often most underwhelming events of the year. I gave up dressing up and going out to expensive parties long ago, as they rarely lived up to anyone’s expectations and dealing with transportation in and out of downtown is almost always a nightmare – even if Winnipeg Transit offers free rides.
So I’ve slapped together a list of things that won’t break the bank for this December 31st. If you don’t have plans yet maybe there’s something on this list to pique your interest.
1) Family Friendly & Free
New Year’s Eve at The Forks. The weather is supposed to mild this year so there’s all the outdoor activities (except for skating on the river) including ball hockey, kids art activities and The Bros Landreth on the main stage. Plus they have fireworks at 8pm and midnight. Perfect if you have little ones in tow. The only battle here is parking.
2) Live Music. From Free to $25
Live music is almost always at the top of my list of ways to spend my time and there are no shortage of event around town where you can take in local talent. A few on my radar include Dr. Rage & The Uppercuts at Shannon’s Irish Pub (free), A Reggae World New Year’s Eve at X-Cues featuring RasTamils ($10) or Super Duty Tough Work (they’re an amazing ensemble that plays funk, soul and all kinds of fun stuff) & local hip hop group 3Peat at The Good Will ($25).
3) Yay! Sports! Kinda Pricey in Person, or Free at Home
The Jets host a New Year’s Eve game against the Islanders and single tickets are still available… for around $150. But you could always watch the game at home (for free!) with your favourite snacks or hit up your neighbourhood watering hole. The puck drops at 6 so it would make for a great pre-game if you have other plans for later. Or make a day of it. Team Canada takes on the US at the World Juniors at 2:30.
4) Let’s Get Physical. From Free to $25
Go tobogganing, or skating, or just take the dog for a late-night stroll. You might still spy some fireworks if you time it right. Rollerskating at Wheelies! It’s the same as you remember except that it’s on Logan now. Just $7 to relive your junior high snowball skate with your sweetie. Or check out SkyZone Trampoline Park for $25 which is hosting a black light party.
5) Dine In.
Honestly, my favourite way to spend New Year’s Eve is with a nice steak and a bottle of champagne – it’s doesn’t even have to good champagne… Anything with bubbles will do really. You get to choose what’s on the menu and worry about the dishes in 2017!
Happy New Year!