7 Fun Things to Do on the First Day of 2018

New Year's Day activities in Vancouver
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January 1st. The first day of a new year and an opportunity to start fresh and lay the groundwork for the next 365 days.  If you’re not too hungover from your NYE festivities – heck, even if you are – the following list of activities are guaranteed to prove fun, no matter what category you fall into.

Fight for Beauty art exhibition

1038 Canada Place 

Curated by developer Westbank, Fight for Beauty is a free, public exhibition, that features guided audio tours, 41 works of art, short films, live piano music (from a Butterfly Fazioli piano), vintage couture dresses, as well as Westbank projects.  The exhibition is based off a book of the same name, written by Westbank Founder, Ian Gillespie and celebrates beauty in all forms.

The exhibition is open seven days a week and runs until February 4.  Complimentary tickets available online.

Fight for beauty free art exhibition
(Photo/Westbank Corp)

New Year’s Day Brunch Party

Charles Bar, 136 W Cordova

11:30 am to 4 pm

Nothing to cure a NYE hangover like $4 Caesars and mimosas and an afternoon brunch.  DJ Drwkskee will be spinning chill beats to keep the party vibe going.  Breakfast poutine anyone?

New Year's day brunch party at the Charles Bar
(Photo/The Charles Bar)

5 QueerProv

1216 Bute Street

8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Enjoy live, unscripted comedy during QueerProv Monday – New Year, New Queer!  What better way to start the new year than with some laughter?

QueerProv is a not-for-profit society that gives a voice to diverse members of the LGBTQ community through improvisational theatre.

QueerProv - Improv Comedy
(Photo/QueerProv – Improv Comedy)

Peak of Christmas Light Walk

Dusk to 10 pm

Grouse Mountain 

Brave the chill and take in the breathtaking lights (enhance your IG) at the top of Grouse Mountain! Walk through a light tunnel surrounded by fir and spruce trees and watch the night come alive with stunning installations.

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
(Photo/Inside Vancouver)

3 Free Ice Skating at Robson Square

 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Lace up your skates and hit the ice!  Enjoy some old-fashioned fun with friends and loved ones in the heart of downtown Vancouver. (Cute date idea *hint*)

Skate rentals are $4.

free ice skating at Robson Square on January 1st, 2018

2 Chinese Lantern Festival


Get a head start on celebrating Chinese New Year with an explosion of light and colour throughout Hastings Park! The festival features 35 illuminated displays with more than 1300 individual lanterns, performances, food trucks and a marketplace!

A woman is silhouetted while walking through rows of lanterns during the opening night of the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival at the Pacific National Exhibition, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. The festival features hundreds of illuminated lanterns and is open until Jan. 21, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

1 Polar Bear Swim

English Bay

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Take the plunge this New Year’s Day! Rally the troops, rock your best costumes, and dive into the chilly waters of English Bay for the annual Polar Bear Swim! Don’t forget to bring a canned food donation in support of the Vancouver Food Bank!

Shark costumes are encouraged.

New Year's Day activities in Vancouver
(Photo/Vancouver Park Board)


“When you look back on 2017, don’t think of it as a year of pain but a year of growth.  You made it through each day. You should be proud of yourself. You are a better you, despite all the hardships. Take a deep breath and enter 2018 with hope and confidence.”

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