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.
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.
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?
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.
Dusk to 10 pm
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.”