What to do on New Year's Eve in Edmonton?

Almost time to say goodbye to 2010. Let the countdown begin. Five, four, three, two, fun!

2011 Edmonton International New Year's Eve Gala
What: A gourmet dinner, magicians, and DJs to celebrate the night.
Why: This swanky soiree is a fundraiser for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre (7515 - 118 Avenue). Tickets $135/person.
When: Cocktails at 7pm. Dinner at 8pm. Show at 9:15pm. Dance from 10:30pm-3am.

New Year's on Tap
What: A four-course meal focused on Brooklyn, malt and barely. Beer first; menu to compliment.
Why: The 1st  course is a Brooklyn Lager served with Buttermilk Potato Soup, the 2nd course features a Brooklyn East India Pale Ale with artisan baby greens, the main pour is a Brooklyn Brown Ale with beef short ribs. The grand finale is a Brooklyn Imperial Black Chocolate Stout with a bourbon vanilla and black chocolate stout beer float.
Where: Sugarbowl (10922 88th Avenue). $50/person.
When: Two seatings. Call for reservations (780.433.8369)

Edmonton Downtown
What: Street dance, food vendors, kids’ crafts, and plenty of activities both indoors and outside.
Why: A street dance party in Sir Winston Churchill Square with music by Blackboard Jungle, Lizzy Hoyt, and Soulijah Fyah.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square and Edmonton Arts District (102 Avenue and 100 Street). It’s free!
When: Activities get underway around 7pm. Fireworks will ring in 2011 and end the night.

New Year's Crawl
What: The ultimate pub crawl – 50 buses, 6 routes, 9 bars.
Why: No need to narrow your choice down to one bar, get your party on at Lucky 13, The Old Strathcona Rack, The Pint, Vinyl, Union Hall and ofcourse, the mystery stop.
When: Party starts at 5pm.  Tickets are $25 each. Choose your route. Party.

Wine(ding) Down 2010
What: Celebrate your evening with lovely bottles of wine and food to match.
Where: For a jazz twist, head to Lit Wine Bar ($60/person). 4th & Vine is hosting a tapas tasting (4-7pm) and 4 course table d’hote menu starting at 7pm ($75/person).

Bubbles
What: Spend the afternoon preparing for New Year's Eve by sampling sparkling wines and champagne.
Where/When: deVine Wine & Spirits (10111 - 104 Street) from 12-5pm. Tasting event is free.

Not so Blue
What: Ring in 2011 with a five course menu designed by Chef/Owner Darcy Radies and wine pairings selected by Sommelier Kimberley Theoret.
Why: A truly luxurious Edmonton food experience.
Where: The Blue Pear (10643 123 Street). $180/person – includes dinner and wine pairings. Reservations.
When: Bubbles start flowing at 5pm.

Celebrate with Dinner
What:
Gather friends and dine in style at local Edmonton restaurants.
Why: End the year with a bang –hors d’oeuvre, mains, desserts and cocktails.
Book: Use OpenTable.com to easily secure reservations at restaurants like Characters Fine Dining, The Marc, Packrat Louie, Red Ox Inn or Wildflower Grill . Bookatable.ca has a list of New Year’s Eve menus and easy booking for Unheardof Restaurant, Skinny Legs & Cowgirls or the Copper Pot.

For more brilliant ideas, check out Vue Weekly's amazing round-up of happenings, parties and soirees.