New Year’s Eve Ideas Across the Maritimes

Let us help you make plans for New Year’s Eve in Halifax, Saint John, Charlottetown, and across the Maritimes!

New Year’s Eve is a big night for many people across the Maritimes, especially for those who love friends, family, and fireworks! Of course, with so much going on December 31st, it can be difficult to choose between the best New Year’s Eve ideas, especially if you’ll be spending the evening in a bustling area like Halifax, Saint John, or Charlottetown. If you’re not sure what to do to make your New Year’s Eve one to remember—or you’re just not one for making plans—you’ll love this guide. It’s full of fun activities to take in as you wave goodbye to 2017 and say hello to 2018!

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Catch a Show at the Casino Nova Scotia Schooner Showroom in Halifax

If you’re the type of person who likes live music, you’ll love spending part of your New Year’s Eve catching a great show in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax. Every year, the Schooner Showroom hosts a great act to help you ring in the new year. In fact, this year you’ll have a chance to spend New Year’s Eve with a Canadian icon—Tom Cochrane and his band Red Rider. Tom will be performing two shows, one at 7 PM for those who have plans later in the evening, and one at 11 PM for those looking forward to counting down to midnight with a packed crowd!

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Bring the Entire Family to a Halifax New Year’s Eve in Grand Parade

The biggest event every New Year’s Eve in Halifax (and all the Maritimes) is the event in Grand Parade. Here, you’ll find music, food, hot chocolate, and thousands of your fellow revelers gathered to enjoy a fun time and a fantastic firework display. Perhaps best of all, this event is broadcast across the Maritimes, meaning your friends and family at home might just catch a glimpse of you having the time of your life on television!

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Skate Under the Fireworks at the Emera Oval

Sharpen up your skates and hit the ice for a New Year’s Eve at the Emera Oval. Enjoy warm beverages, great company, and the chance to ring in the new year while enjoying a great outdoor skate. And don’t worry if you don’t own a pair of skates—you can rent a pair for free from the beautiful Emera Oval Pavillion.

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Spend New Year’s Eve in a Timeless Halifax Hotel

If a quiet night with your loved ones is more your style for New Year’s Eve, why not spend an evening in one of the city’s most iconic hotels—The Lord Nelson. Located on the corner of South Park Street and Spring Garden Road, The Lord Nelson is close to many of Halifax’s best restaurants so you can grab a fantastic bite to eat and be back in your room with plenty of time to spare before the ball drops.
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Sail into Saint John on the mv Fundy Rose

If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in Saint John why not go big by sailing into town on the mv Fundy Rose? With a morning and afternoon crossing on New Year’s Eve, you’ll have plenty of time to arrive in style and make plans for your big evening out! Secure your spot on our New Year’s Eve crossing and book online today.
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Celebrate with the City of Saint John in Market Square

This year, the best place to be in Saint John for New Year’s Eve is Market Square. Here, you’ll find music on three different stages, fire pits, light shows, ice sculpting, and (weather permitting) snowcross! Of course, this is a family-friendly event, so you’ll also find face painting, balloon sculpting, magicians, and music for the kids. This event culminates at midnight in what promises to be the largest fireworks display in the Maritimes!

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Party like it’s 1989 on New Year’s Eve in Charlottetown with Platinum Blonde

New Year’s Eve is a great time to think back over the year that was. But if you want to think even further back, you’ll love attending the 80’s New Year’s Eve event featuring legendary Canadian recording artists Platinum Blonde. VIP tickets to this event include great views of the concert, a buffet dinner, and private performance from the opening act, Lady Soul. After you countdown with Platinum Blonde, DJ Copy Cat will take the throwback party well into the evening—giving you plenty opportunities to boogie down!

Are you ready to ring in the new year on the right foot? Wherever you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Maritimes, we hope you and yours have an amazing evening and a wonderful 2018. We’re looking forward to seeing you aboard the mv Fundy Rose, the mv Holiday Island, the mv Confederation, and The CAT in the new year.

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