Get ready to ring in the New Year in Waterloo Region! Each of our cities plays host to a full line up of New Year’s Eve events for everyone to enjoy!
Family New Year’s Eve Celebrations
City of Waterloo
UpTown Waterloo plays host to its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with fun for all ages. Beginning at 6 p.m. at Waterloo Public Square, it features skating outdoors at the UpTown Rink, crafts for the kids, and entertainment. A great event for even the youngest revellers; all of the events wrap up by 9 p.m.
City of Cambridge
This family-style New Year’s Eve Party is part of the Christmas in Cambridge celebrations, you’re invited to ring in the New Year with an evening full of free family fun activities!
Events take place at the Hespeler Arena in Cambridge. There’s ice skating, a photo booth, games and free live entertainment. The fun starts at 5 p.m. (doors open at 4:45 p.m.), and goes until 8 p.m.
City of Kitchener
Downtown Kitchener invites you to join them for their annual Countdown to the New Year!
This year they’re celebrating with a prehistoric party! Get your picture taken with a replica of the Jurassic Park jeep or the iconic Flintstones car and check out the larger than life dinosaurs.
Be sure to fill your pockets with quarters and play vintage arcade games, challenge your friends in the console gaming zone, shop the many toy/comic book vendors, kids can make a fun craft, and there’s free skating in Carl Zehr Square. Admission is free.
Photo Credit: Matt Scobel
Noon Year Celebration at THEMUSEUM
THEMUSEUM is holding a special Noon Year celebration that includes a variety of fun activities throughout the day, beginning at 11:50 am! Featuring a Balloon Drop, Toast & New Year’s Dance Party! Kids can even make their own New Year’s Crown.
FunworX Family New Year’s Eve
Your family can choose from 2 great FunworX packages to enjoy New Year’s Eve. The FunworX package includes admission for a family of 4, access to the play structure, the ropes course and more. The family of 4 Bowling Package includes 1 hour of bowling at Kingpin Bowlounge, access to the play structure and ropes course and more! The fun takes place from 3 – 9 p.m., with an early countdown to the New Year at 8 p.m.
Family New Year’s Eve at Abe Erb in Ayr
Bring the family by for an early, family-friendly celebration at Abe Erb’s Ayr location. The fun includes a 3-course dinner (kids eat free) and balloon drop.
New Year’s Eve at Kingpin Cambridge for the Kids
Kingpin Cambridge is hosting a fun-filled New Year’s Eve party just for the kids! They’ll even be doing an early countdown at 8 pm! Ring in the new year while playing on the Play Structure, Bowling and Laser Tag. Two packages PLUS a NYE buffet available to choose from.
Canadian ToyCon – New Years Eve
This is a Free event at Kitchener City Hall! This New Year’s Eve celebration is hosted by the City of Kitchener, and features an Action Figure, Comic, and Collectors con with Cosplayers and Vintage Arcade.
New Year’s Eve Date Night for the Two of You
New Year’s Eve with Yuk Yuk’s at Kingpin
Introducing New Year’s Eve with Yuk Yuk’s at Kingpin! Featuring renowned comedians Patrick Haye & Shannon Laverty, bowling, arcade gaming, great food, and LIVE MUSIC from Uptown Girls!
Volver a la Habana | Return to Havana
This hot and sizzling salsa fundraiser will take place at THEMUSEUM on New Year’s Eve with doors opening at 8 pm! The event will feature live Cuban music from Cassava Latin Band, a DJ and Cuban food. Drinks will be available for purchase, and salsa dancers will light up the dance floor, all while you ring in the New Year in style.
New Year’s Eve with the Lulu’s Band
Want to dance your way into the New Year? Bingemans has a fun night of great music featuring the Lulu’s Roadhouse Band to ring in 2020! This event supports Food4Kids Waterloo Region, a program committed to supporting local severely food insecure children with weekend food packages. Tickets can be purchased online.
Lulu’s Roadhouse Band at Bingemans
New Year’s Eve at Abe Erb in Waterloo and Ayr
Say Cheers to the New Year at Abe Erb Brewpub in Waterloo and Ayr!
WATERLOO: Join them for a 3-course drop-in dinner (reservations encouraged), or a ticketed NYE bash, including live music by Bumpbox / dancing / midnight toast and snacks!
AYR: Join them in the evening for a 3-course meal plus a bumpin’ NYE shindig (ages 19+) with singer Alex Price (AKA Priceles$) and a midnight toast!
Cambridge Hotel NYE Masquerade Ball
Masked in mystery and draped in decadence, this masquerade ball is nothing short of magical! Your ticket includes a welcome cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, and a 3-course plated dinner with wine service. Continue the evening with an amazing comedy performance by Bob Cates, then dance the night away until they pop the bubbly!
Kingpin Cambridge New Year’s Eve Party
Book a lane at Kingpin Cambridge this New Year’s Eve and celebrate with bowling, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres and party favours! Lane reservations are available for 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 12 p.m.
Red House NYE 2020 Cocktail Party
This special New Year’s Eve cocktail party at Red House features 18 different hors d’oeuvres served family-style, craft cocktail pairings, and even a special 4-course menu. Reservations can be made by contacting Red House.
NEW YEARS EVE at The JAZZ ROOM
The Grand River Jazz Society is thrilled to announce Jason White will be performing the piano during dinner time followed by The Jitterbugs to help us dance the night away. Tickets include a sparkling glass of wine at midnight.
New Year’s Eve at District Nightclub
Dress to impress and mingle with over 300 of your closest friends and ring in the New Year with District Nightclub. This NYE event will have the best DJ Talent around! Headlining the Evening will be Justin Hillis. In the lounge they will feature DJ Jace and friends.
Descendants’s Disco Party
Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. is holding its annual New Year’s Eve celebration, and this year you can say goodbye to this decade in style – 70s style – at their 1970s Disco Party New Year’s Eve with D.J. @3ardrvmevents starting at 9:00 pm. There are door prizes, a midnight toast, full bar, featured shooters & more!
Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.
Holiday Light Displays Across the Region
There are several holiday light displays in Waterloo Region, and New Year’s Eve is a great time to take them in before they’re over for another season!
Wonders of Winter
Take in more than 100 colourful displays at Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park. On New Year’s Eve from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., you can view the lights while enjoying a complimentary horse drawn trolley ride. You can also share a special moment with your partner under the #ExploreWRMistletoe, located at the Seagram Drive entrance to Wonders of Winter.
It’s also the final night for the Christmas Fantasy light display in Victoria Park, Kitchener. Take in the spectacular festive lights that adorn Victoria Park’s buildings, trees and bridges.
Gift of Lights
Bingemans annual drive-through light display known as Gift of Lights features animated and static light displays, as well as two drive-through lights tunnels that are sure to illuminate your New Year’s Eve celebrations! Gift of Lights continues nightly through January 4th, 2020.
Happy New Year!!
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