Whistler New Year’s Eve 2017
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Whistler New Year’s Eve 2017

For a place renowned for its parties, you can just imagine what the parties will be like for Whistler New Year’s Eve 2017, the biggest party night of the year. Whistler has a time-honoured tradition of ringing in the New Year in style and welcoming in 2018 will be no exception. The celebrations are already shaping up for the night, stretching into a weekend of non-stop fun, complete with all the added sparkle that comes with counting down to midnight in the mountains. It always helps to have a few tips handy so read on and follow our four-step insiders’ guide for the best way to celebrate Whistler New Year’s Eve 2016.

Step 1: Eat

New Year’s Eve in Whistler is busy, there’s just no way around it. To avoid disappointment, book into a restaurant so you can fuel up for a long night ahead. There are so many to choose from but here are a few ideas.

Sushi Village

Sushi Village, where they party like it’s the New Year every day of the week, is a guaranteed good time, not to mention damn good sushi. Ask for the “SMASS” roll, it’s not on the menu but your server will know exactly what you mean – a delightful mix of mango, prawn tempura, avocado, scallop and salmon rolled with soya bean sheet. Wash this down with their famous strawberry margaritas and to top it off ask for what they’d suggest off their sake menu – it’s NYE after all!

Bites to share at the social and cozy Stonesedge


Cautery boards, wine sipping and a cozy cabin atmosphere at Stonesedge sounds like a perfect start to a New Years Eve in the mountains. The intimate atmosphere will surely book up, so for all the planners out there get your reservation in!


Earl’s, it never disappoints. You know what to expect of here and it always comes through — good food, good service, good times, not to mention you’re in the heart of all the village action. It’s the perfect spot to start your night. With a tagline of “eat, drink and repeat”, we don’t mind if we do!

Step 2: Party

All of us at Gibbons like to have a good time, and clearly, NYE is a great excuse to do just that! From fancy to casual we’ve got options for your New Year’s Eve plans! Tickets are available through the event pages on our website, each linked via the themes below – but don’t wait too long, these things are going fast!

Buffalo Bill’s

Theme: Bubbles and Bowties
Dress: Dress to impress in your rock star best! A bottle of Dom Perignon goes to the best dressed!
Ticket info: Starting at $65-$95 – early bird gets the savings!

What better place to ring in the New Year!?! Whether it’s popping some Dom Periognon, drinking a Classic Cocktail, or sharing a Shooter Train with Friends, this party will be one for the history books. DJ PEACEFROG will be playing all your Top 40 favorites, Classic Rock, Old School Hip Hop, Club Hits and taking special requests. Tickets include entrance to the Best Dance Party in Whistler, Complimentary Coat Check, Party Favours and A Midnight Champagne Toast.

Longhorn Saloon

Theme: Masquerade Ball
Dress: Dress to impress
Ticket info: $100

Join us for our annual New Years Eve Extravaganza! It’s the best of both worlds at The Longhorn Saloon – a splendid nightclub experience, mixed with Whistler’s best views of the midnight Fire & Ice show and Fireworks. Tickets include Entrance, a Complimentary glass of bubbles upon entry, Complimentary Coat Check, Party Favours and exclusive access to The Longhorn patio for the midnight Fireworks show. The Longhorn is the first venue to sell out and sells out every single year prior to New Year’s Eve, so make sure to get your tickets early.

Tables are available on a first come first served basis. Complimentary group tables are available with the pre-purchase of large format Champagne (3L and above). Please contact info@longhornsaloon.ca for availability.

Ringing in your New Year with plenty of bubbles at the Longhorn Champagne Supernova Whistler NYE 2016 party.

Cheers! Ring in your New Year with plenty of bubbles!

FireRock Lounge 

Theme: Back to The 80’s
Dress: Dress to impress – decade appropriate!
Ticket info: $25

The FireRock Lounge provides the fun of a large nightclub in an intimate cocktail lounge setting. Turn back the clock, and boogie the night away with DJ J-to-the-U playing all the way until 3am. VIP packages available!


Theme: Winter Wonderland NYE 2018
Dress: Dress to impress
Ticket info: $55-$75, ticket include entrance to the biggest and most elegant NYE in Whistler, complimentary coat check, party favors and champagne toast. First 100 people to arrive will receive their very own NYE mask to keep and take home with them.

Garfinkel’s Whistler always puts on the hottest night in town, New Year’s Eve is no exception – get in touch today before they sell out! Allow yourself to get lost in our winter wonderland. Don your masks and embrace the beauty and elegance of the mountains – dress to impress. Whistler is a special place. Nestled in the mountains, with the lights and sparkling snow it’s easy to imagine the magic is real. Celebrate an epic 2017 and welcome in the New Year with style. When the clock chimes midnight, unveil your masks and party. DJ JONI T & guests will be whisking up tunes to fill Whistler’s biggest and best dance floor with all the Top 40 favorites, remixes, club hits and taking your requests.

Party-goers enjoying the masquerade fun at Garfinkel's.

A masquerade in the mountains. Mask-up and dance the night away on one of Whistler’s biggest and best dance floors.

Tapleys Neighbourhood Pub

Theme: Local Style
Dress: Casual
Ticket info: more info available here.

We have live music from LAZY GHOST and then DJ &E – Whistler, BC will close the night out with an awesome dance party. Tapley’s will be transformed into a winter wonderland with amazing decor, extra lighting, and production from XL Audio Visual. Party favors for the first 100 people and a complimentary champagne toast at Midnight for all! With an extended license, the joint won’t close until 3am! Come celebrate with the locals at Whistler’s favorite pub and locals living room.

Your Own Party

If going out on the town isn’t really calling your name this year that’s okay too. Our Gibbons Life party reps know a thing or two about creating amazing experiences. We have custom packages available like dinner at a private cabin accessed via snowmobile and much more! If you’re thinking of cooking up your own adventure for NYE, but don’t want the planning stress, our team would love to take care of you!

Step 3: Recover

There’s no denying it, NYE is definitely a time of excess and your Whistler New Year’s Eve 2017 experience is likely to leave you feeling a little “sore” the next day. Here are our tips to get you going again first thing.

Head to Longhorn Saloon for a Caesar to combat your Whistler New Year's Eve 2016 hangover.

Bottom’s up! Head to Longhorn Saloon for a Caesar to combat your Whistler New Year’s Eve 2016 hangover.

Longhorn Saloon and Grill

Head to the Longhorn, where the party never stops, and grab yourself a Caesar – there’s nothing like a bit of “hair of the dog” action to get you going again. Plus they do have a breakfast menu if you’ve got a hankering for bacon…mmm…bacon…

Green Smoothies to Get You Going

If you feel the need for something healthy to balance you out a bit grab a smoothie from either The Green Moustache or Naked Sprout – we’re a fan of the good stuff, but we do like the ones with chocolate in them too.

Lift Coffee Shop

Late to meet your mates? Grab and go from the Lift Coffee shop. Right next to the slopes, this locally owned gem has huge breakfast wrap options or, for a sweet tooth, we suggest the chocolate banana bread.

Step 4: Ski

And here’s our final little insider’s tip to start the New Year off in style. There’s every chance you could have the mountains almost to yourself as people sleep away the first few hours of daylight in the New Year. This is your time to rally — splash some water on your face, grab a coffee, get your skis or board and get up there.

This is the only way to truly finish off your Whistler New Year’s Eve 2017 celebrations and welcome in 2018 Whistler-style. After a few turns your headache will be gone and your heart will be filled with the promise of a new year. The best cure for any hangover.

Ringing in the New Year on the slopes of Whistler.

Fresh air, fresh pow. What better way to start the New Year than shredding the slopes.

Plan Ahead for a Whistler New Year’s Eve 2017 Party to Remember

So there you have it — your inside scoop to celebrate one of the best parties of the year in one of the best places on earth to party. Don’t know where to begin planning your Whistler New Year’s Eve 2017 celebrations? Contact our Whistler party reps. With connections to all the best places in town, they can plan your unforgettable night to ring in the New Year in true Whistler style.

Sasha Powell

Come sun or snow, you'll find Sasha in the mountains. A biker in the summer and boarder in the winter, she's living the Whistler dream - one adventure at a time.