The new year is upon us and whether you love the idea of dressing up to the nines and kicking it off with a big shindig or taking a more laid-back, leisurely approach to the festivities, Charlottetown is the place to be.
Rock Out With 80s Music Legends
Leg warmers, big hair, Back to the Future, walkmans and the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Indeed, the 80s brought us much in the way of bold fashions and fancy technology, but arguably it’s the decade’s music that has left the most enduring impression. Travel back to this rad time in history at the Delta Prince Edward’s 80s Eve. Island rock legends, Haywire, who reached gold and platinum sales status back in the day, will reunite to headline the evening. The Royal North and CopyCat will round out the evening’s line-up of high energy music that’s bound to get you up on the dance floor, busting out some old moves and new ones too.
Indulge Your National Pride
The People’s Night Parade, hosted by the City of Charlottetown, will kick off the New Year’s Eve celebrations at 6PM, telling the stories of our Island and Canadian people over the past century and a half. Traveling along Great George Street from Fitzroy to Grafton, the parade route will be transformed into a stage of sorts, with performers choreographed in ethnic and contemporary dance, theatre, and comedy set to live music. At the height of the performance, will be a large, celebratory circle dance where spectators will be invited to join in.
The City of Charlottetown will keep things rocking until the midnight hour with a full line-up of fantastic live music, horse & wagon rides, indoor children’s activities and TWO fireworks displays - the first at 7.30 and the second, of course, at the midnight hour. Check out the City’s full schedule and get ready to boogie!
Keep the Levee Tradition Alive
Not to be confused with the ‘embankment built to prevent the overflow from a river’, a New Year’s Day levee on PEI is a much more social affair that may, in some cases, involve an overflow of good cheer. A time-honoured tradition amongst Islands of welcoming in the new year, levees refer to receptions and open houses hosted by dignitaries, institutions, community organizations and businesses. Many levees are child-friendly and all are guaranteed to be filled with warmth and laughter. Here's a handy guide courtesy of local levee maven, Peter Rukavina, to help you learn 'How to Levee'.
This year, Discover Charlottetown will host a levee in partnership with The Guild (111 Queen St) from 11am to 1pm on Jan 1st. Find us on the levee schedule and stop in to say hello!
Treat Yourself to a Divine Dinner
Let’s face it, your stomach is going to get a workout this holiday season, might as well ring in the New Year with a feast to finish off 2016 in gastronomic style. Many of Charlottetown’s fab restaurants will be offering indulgent NYE menus, with early and late sittings to suit your schedule. Do some sleuthing and you’ll surely discover the menu and venue that’s right for you! Amongst your options - early and late night feasts at Mavor’s and Local 343.
There are plenty of other ways to welcome in 2017, of course. Maybe you’ll want to stay in and cozy up by the fireside with a warm drink, or have some friends over to play board games. But however you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve, be sure to take pause for a moment to toast friends near and far and, of course, to contemplate the endless possibilities for the year that is ahead.
Happy New Year!!!