The new year is just around the corner, bringing with it ample opportunity to celebrate safely as we say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022. Gather the family for some fun or head out on the town with your besties—however you choose to celebrate, you'll be sure to have lots of fun at any of these Kelowna spots. 

Please Note: As of Monday, December 20, new provincial restrictions are in effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions may affect New Year's Events; please reach out to individual event organizers to confirm the status of the events listed below. 

Celebrate with the Whole Family

Fireworks at Big White Ski Resort

Fireworks at Big White Ski Resort 

The long-running and popular Valley First New York New Years, presented by Festivals Kelowna, is back! Taking place downtown in Stuart Part and the Kelowna Community Theatre, this family-friendly event includes live entertainment, activity stations, games and more. The evening caps off with fireworks, which happen at 9 p.m. to align with New York's time zone (and so the little ones can enjoy the experience, too). Both Big White Ski Resort and SilverStar Mountain Resort will also have fireworks displays on New Year's Eve.

More family fun will be happening during the day, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the New Year’s Eve Celebration at McCurdy Bowling Centre and Freddy's Brewpub. Set your sites on scoring as many turkeys as possible (that's three strikes in a row, for those who may not know) while enjoying live entertainment. Cosmic bowling will be offered from 7-9 p.m. and there are food and drink specials all day long.

Dine and Stay

Whether you're visiting Kelowna or looking to plan a staycation, The Cove Lakeside Resort's NYE 2022 Package makes it easy to have a romantic getaway with that special someone. The package includes a two-night stay in one of the resort's suites, along with a bottle of bubbly and keepsake flute glasses, sweet treats from a local chocolatier, and festive swag—check in on December 30 or December 31. 

Other hotel options, for visitors and locals alike, that are offering NYE dining menus include:

Find more NYE dining options here.

Have Some Laughs

Why not send 2021 off with a few laughs? The Kelowna Curling Club is hosting Train Wreck Comedy for an evening of comedy that everyone can enjoy courtesy of Big Daddy Tazz. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a 3-course meal, followed by the comedy show at 8:30 p.m., and the countdown to midnight starting at 10 p.m. 

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is presenting Late Night Vines and Laughs at Dakoda's Comedy Lounge, with seven local comedians taking the stage starting at 8:30 p.m. The show is one of the lounge's most popular so reservations are recommended; admission includes a tasting of red or white wine.

Toast the New Year

Two arms reach across a table to toast glasses of beer at BNA Brewing in Kelowna, BC

BNA Brewing. Photo by: BC Ale Trail

Raise a glass with friends or dance the night away at one of Kelowna's many breweries, wineries, or restaurants.

BNA Brewing is doubling the fun with two options to choose from this New Year's Eve:

  • On the eatery side of the brewery, grab your welcome drink and get set to groove while DJ Invizible spins tunes all night long. You can add on bowling and arcade packages, and pre-purchase sparkling wine, charcuterie boards, and more. Tickets are $15 each (sold as tables) and reservations can be requested online; doors open at 8 p.m. 
  • Over in the tasting room, Staycation in the Nation is taking things old school with their Y2K 2.0 Throwback to the '90s NYE Party, hosted by local drag queen, Freida Whales. Tickets are $50 each (sold as tables) and include a glass of champagne and a food voucher for BoxcAr Kitchen. Space is limited.

If you're looking for speakeasy vibes, take your pick of the following events:

  • The Roaring '20s are back for the New Year's party at The Train Station Pub (which was built in the '20s!). Dress for the occasion and prepare for an evening of food and drink inspired by the '20s, along with live music from the James Hay Trio. Reservations can be made by calling the pub—be sure to check the Facebook event for the secret password!
  • Curious Café's speakeasy, Bar Norcino, is hosting a NYE event with live music from local blues singer, Poppa Dawg, starting at 8 p.m. A special selection of bubbles and a curated a la carte menu will be on offer. Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made online.
  • Over in West Kelowna, Crown & Thieves are hosting their Doxies Across Decades celebration, taking place from 9 p.m. to midnight with drink and food stations. Tickets are $60 and include 2 drink and 2 food tickets, with additional tickets available for purchase. Add-on options include a 3-course dinner at the winery's Broken Hearts Club Speakeasy hosted by Salt & Thieves—a collaboration between Salt & Brick and Crown & Thieves—for tables of two, four, or six, and a private dinner in the Dimber Damber Room (for 4-6 people). Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Other options you can choose from include:

  • Central Kitchen + Bar is hosting Champagne Party 22 to ring in the new year, with an optional 3-course menu available for seatings starting at 5 p.m. Spots are limited; reservations can be made by phone. 
  • CRAFT Beer Market is offering two ticket options for their New Year's Eve celebration—a four-course set menu, with seatings available between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., for $75/person or the countdown party kicking off at 9 p.m. for $20/person (dinner tickets include the party). Both options also include party favours, champagne at midnight, and a live DJ. 

Kick-Off 2022

You can keep the good times rolling as 2022 kicks off with New Year's Day events.

Get your blood pumping by taking part in the 8th annual Polar Bear Dip. You'll run into icy cold Okanagan Lake from Tugboat Bay Beach, all in support of Community Recreational Initiatives Society (CRIS), an organization that works to ensure people of all abilities can explore the Okanagan's outdoor playground. 

Sip on Caesars (or cappuccinos and lattes) and nibble on pastries at Summerhill Pyramid Bistro's Hangover High Tea, with seatings available at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.—tickets are $49/person and pyjamas are optional. 

For more family-friendly experiences, head to Prospera Place to watch the Kelowna Rockets take on the Victoria Royals (puck drops at 7:05 p.m.) or head to Big White Ski Resort for Cosmic Skating on Canada's highest outdoor rink from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Stay tuned to our calendar of winter holiday events for more NYE events happening in and around the city (events are added as they are announced).  A friendly reminder that proof of vaccination requirements apply to many of the events listed above; be sure to connect with individual event organizers if you have questions about what is required.