Monday’s ultimate guide to New Year’s Eve parties and events in #yyj 2016

From an early night with the kids, to a late night party to a candle-lit prayer service – you'll find the perfect way to spend #NYE2016 here

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016


A stellar night of music with Jesse Roper, Band of Rascals, Fox Glove and everyone’s favorite DJ Boitano keeping the groove going in between sets.


Ring in the New Year at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. The roaring 20s celebration includes great food, live music and dancing.


Canada’s most notorious pub crawl is back. Last year 10,000 joined in on the crawl nationwide. Join the wild party bus ride from club-to-club around Victoria.


Dance & dine in the Bear Mountain Ballroom with a gala dinner buffet, and decadent Death By Chocolate buffet, shake your groove to the rockin’ sounds of Shaky Ground and join in on a balloon drop and some champagne at midnight.


The Timebenders are back! Enjoy a musical journey through the last 60 years at the Mary Winspear Centre on New Year’s Eve.


Celebrate 2016 with Dirk Browne from JackPot Jugglaz & G-Flex from Montreal at the Reef! The Caribbean restaurant will deliver a wild New Year’s Eve party to remember.


Do NYE country style! Two bands will entertain dancers starting with a traditional country/bluegrass sound up to the countdown then the rockin’ house band will ring in the New Year and play into the night.


Looking to dress up and dance the night away? Put on your finest party clothes and enjoy dance beats by DJ Yeezy Yee at Upstairs Cabaret.


Dance your way into 2016 at Distrikt nightclub. The annual New Year’s Eve bash will feature DJs Marshall A, Jansom and MF Jones.

NYE 2016 Lucky Bar

Max Ulis, The Righteous Rainbows and Sean Evans bring a night of live techno to open a hole in your mind and let the love ooze out.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Jason Buie Band at the Four Points Hotel. The event gets underway at 7pm and doesn’t stop at the stroke of midnight.


Not into the nightclub life? Come to the Tally-Ho Lounge for a tour through rock history from the 60s, 70s and 80s.


Another year, another Groove Kitchen NYE party at Hermann’s Jazz Club. Mellow out and enjoy smooth jazz as you ring in 2016.


Graham Clark and Kristeen Von Hagen are performing at Hecklers Bar & Grill. Live music, dancing and free pizza after midnight are all on the docket for NYE at Hecklers.


Northern Quarter ends its first year with a soulful NYE celebration. Live music, food, drinks and of course, dancing, will all be available.


Paparazzi Nightclub’s take on a New Year’s Eve bash. With the legendary Gouda Gabor and the glamorous Iona Whipp, plus live DJ music, a delicious buffet and complimentary champagne toast at midnight to ring in 2016!


Head to the Shark Club to spend the night rockin’ in the New Year. Victoria band, one2many will be performing their up-tempo new release, Two Shots of Jack.


The Temps play classic hits by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, and Van Morrison, to modern rock from The Tragically Hip, Foster the People, Radiohead, and U2 at Irish Times Pub.


Angela Hehr is more than just your typical singer/songwriter. She has a powerful voice and the ability to engage a crowd. Join her at the Bard and Banker for NYE.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Bartholomews Pub. Prime Rib dinner from 5-9pm, Kooler hits the stage at 9pm, no cover charge.

New Year’s Eve Dance

You don’t want to miss this great dance party with the Chris Millington Band!Come with friends, make new friends. Saanich Commonwealth Place. For tickets, call the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society 250-721-5483.

New Year dinner dance

Dinner Dance, sponsored by Victoria’s German-Canadian Cultural Society at Edelweiss Club, James Bay with the Commodores Big Band. Reserve 250-380-9158.

Black Fish

You just found the blues! James Bay Athletic Association New Year’s Eve Blues Party. Midnight champagne, late night appies. Call Mike at 250-656-7326.

Taizé on New Year´s Eve Prayer (with Eucharist)

An extraordinarily beautiful way to greet the new year. Everyone is invited to this simple candle-lit Taize service at 8:30pm at St Philip Anglican Church, 2928 Eastdowne Rd. Oak Bay.

Panorama First Night

A family evening of music, swimming, skating, arts & crafts, inflatable obstacle course and bouncy castle. The night ends with fireworks at 9pm.

New Year’s Eve Family Run benefits Addictions Recovery Program

Frontrunners and Runners of Compassion present the 27th Run Through Time 2015 New Year’s Eve walk and run. Everyone is welcome. Have kids? Bring them along as well as any gently used active wear and shoes. Snacks, hot beverages and an early New Year’s countdown to follow the race. 5pm, registration 6pm. 1k Kids Fun Run, then 5k Run/3K Walk. Snacks, beverages and draw prizes to follow.

This year the Run Through Time benefits the Victoria Cool Aid Society’s addiction and mental health recovery program Every Step Counts and Runners of Compassion’s Shoes for Youth.  Click here to register.

Want to add your event to this list? Email with details before noon Dec. 30.

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