BY AMY ALLEN
The Scottish Society of Ottawa is dedicated to keeping the Celtic spirit alive in the capital, and what better way to do it than to replicate a traditional Scottish New Year’s celebration? This year’s Hogmanay entertainment includes the Glengarry Pipe Band, the Ottawa Celtic Choir, Bobby Watt, and Glass Tiger; there will also be fireworks, skating on the outdoor rink at Aberdeen Pavilion, and Scottish food, whisky, and beer.
•Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., 613-580-2595. thescottishsocietyofottawa.com
FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE ON SPARKS STREET
Ring in the New Year with Sparks Street’s third annual street party. Canadian country music star Tim Hicks headlines; other live entertainment includes Autumns Cannon and DJ 8barz. Restaurants and pubs between Elgin and Bank are open until the wee hours, so be sure to grab some food and stick around for the Maple Leaf Drop and fireworks show!
•Sparks Street, 613-230-0984. sparkslive.com
NEW YEAR’S DINNER DANCE AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
The National Arts Centre does New Year’s Eve in style, with a three-course meal and two live dance bands. The meal includes a salad appetizer; a main course of smoked AAA striploin, roast pheasant breast, or butternut squash gnocchi; and a chocolate caramel tart for dessert. Big Band Ottawa and Tuxedo Junction play modern and classic hits in genres such as blues, rock, Latin, and jazz. Tickets are $80.
•National Arts Centre, Main Lobby, 53 Elgin St., 613-232-5713. nac-cna.ca
ELECTRIC CIRCUS AT BABYLON
With an event inspired by a popular MuchMusic dance show, Babylon recreates the ‘90s dance scene with live performances by local pop bands The Peptides and Silkken Laumann. They’ll be playing some top MuchDance hits. There will also be a classic Speaker’s Corner video booth, video projections and installations, and snacks and champagne. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
•Babylon Nightclub, 317 Bank St., 613-594-0003. babylonclub.ca
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT ALÉA
The capital region’s newest and most hip nightclub gets in on the New Year’s action, bringing in Montreal’s DJ Domeno to get the party started. Tickets are $99 and include VIP bar treatment and champagne at midnight.
•ALEA, Casino du Lac-Leamy, 1, boul. du Casino, Gatineau, 819-772-6299. clubalea.ca
HAVANA NIGHTS AT THE CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM
Although New Year’s Eve is a winter holiday, it need not be frosty. At this Cuba-themed party, the dance floor heats up with some live Latin music, along with dance hits provided by DJ Ray Ray. With the price of admission, party-goers get one complimentary beverage of choice, as well as hors d’oeuvres, party favours, access to a dessert and espresso bar after midnight, a photobooth, a silent auction, and the chance to win a trip for two to Cuba. Tickets are $85.
•Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, 613-762-3622. eventsbystarfish.com
THE MAD HATTER’S NYE BALL
Last year, National Capital Gala staged the Gatsby New Year’s Eve party, which was, by all accounts, a smashing success. This year, they carry on the tradition with the Mad Hatter’s NYE Ball. Expect DJs, dancing, and live entertainment — and be sure to dress up in your best Mad Hatter attire! General admission starts at $80; VIP admission starts at $95; other packages available. See website for details.
•EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr. nationalcapitalgala.com