Hamilton ready to usher in a new year with New Year’s Eve celebrations

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Published December 27, 2023 at 3:49 pm

For those who want to party like it’s 2024 and for those who want to welcome the new year in a more sedate, family-friendly way, there options a ‘plenty in Hamilton this year.

What’s your fancy? Dance ‘till you drop, dinner with someone special – or the whole family with a view of the city –  great music, or something unconventional? There is something for everyone this New Year’s Eve.

Some of the parties happening Sunday night include:

  • Carmen’s Banquet Centre, 1520 Stone Church Rd E. – A dinner and dance with music by Reflexion, followed by Carman’s DJ and a late-night buffet at one of Hamilton’s best New Year’s Eve parties. Tickets are $158.20.
  • You can also celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Lobby Hamilton at 151 James St. S. for a night of unforgettable fun. Tickets ($60) include canapes. Email [email protected]for bottle service bookings. Guests must arrive before midnight for guaranteed access.
  • There’s New Year’s Eve with the Lakeshore Boys for a dinner and dance and a night of fun and great music. The Waterdown Legion (79 Hamilton St. N) hosts, with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65.
  • Blues legend Jack de Keyzer is playing the Leander Boat Club (formerly the Bay City Music Hall), with showtime at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. All his shows are a guaranteed party just waiting to happen. https://youtu.be/c801nN9ka-Y
  • If you want to get your jam started a day early, there’s a party Saturday night with Maya Blue a Burlington rock/Indie/alternative band and Daniel Walton and the Dreamland Band, a prog/psych/jam band from Hamilton. The party, at the Main Stage Rehearsal Studio at 747 King St. W. (with the organizers also hosting a winter drive for Willow’s Place of Mission Services Hamilton – a low-barrier women’s shelter in downtown Hamilton) also goes Sunday night for round two. Each show ticketed at just $15.
  • The King George Pub is also hosting a New Years Eve bash with a live performance from Fiction. For those of a Scottish background missing the celebrations from back home, the pub – located at 116 George Street, is also hosting Hogmanay, starting at 7 p.m.
  • If you want to ring in the new year Africa-style, come celebrate the New Year Fete with the Bantu of diaspora party at 170nParkdale Ave. N, with tickets starting at $30. There will be a live DJ set playing Soukous, Afrobeats, AfroCongo and Francophone beats, with an after-party going from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.

John Atlee New Years BASH at the Columbus Club of Hamilton (222 Queenston Road) is another popular NYE option. So popular, in fact, the party is already sold out. For that throwback vibe, the New Year’s Eve with 80s Gone Wild at Stonewall’s Restaurant was another entertainment option for the last day of the year. Unfortunately, this party is also sold out.

  • For that pre-party New Year’s vibe, there’s also the first ever Happy Hours New Years Eve Speed Dating party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (25 years to 35 years) and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (35-45) at Steel Town Cider, 150 Chatham Street, Unit 14. Tickets are from $35.
  • Perhaps a little quiet reflection or even meditation is what you need to get you ready for the new year. A Year Eve’s Meditation with Sahaja Yoga Meditations could be just the ticket to learn, practice, and unwind. Join at home via WhatsApp from 5:45 to 6:45.

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