New Year’s Eve 2016 parties in Penticton

Your source for New Year's Eve events in Penticton to help ring in 2017.

Step on up to the carnival games on tap at the Elite Restaurant on New Year’s Eve. Eden St. Clair

Step on up to the carnival games on tap at the Elite Restaurant on New Year’s Eve. Eden St. Clair

There are plenty of ways to say a fond farewell to 2016 and ring in 2017 in Penticton.

The Penticton Art Gallery and Penticton Arts Council are bringing back the swingin’ 1960s with A New StART at the Art Gallery.

“We thought it would fit really well with the show that’s on right now (Toni Onley). Part of that show will still be hanging for the party so it fits in really well with the theme,” said Tim Tweed, president of the Penticton and District Community Arts Council. “Also, it’s about 50 years ago, it’s a couple of generations ago. It’s a theme that’s a bit underused. People do disco themes and ‘80s parties, but we thought we wanted something where we could really tap into the great music of that period.”

Local five-piece band Yanti and Company are providing the ‘60s-flavoured music, and Tweed is spinning tunes as well as DJ Tenacious T.

Price of admission is $35 for the general public and $30 for arts council and art gallery members. Also drawing from the ‘60s influence are the food and appetizers being served up to patrons.

“You might see some moulded Jell-O on the table and some things that were very popular in the ‘60s. Probably no Spam, but you never know,” Tweed said.

Local winery Bench 1775 has provided some of their Sparkling Rosé for the midnight toast alongside spirits provided by Legend Distilling and beer from Tin Whistle Brewing.

The proceeds from the fundraising event go towards the Penticton Art Gallery with a smaller portion going to the Penticton Arts Council.

“The art gallery is in a little bit of a financial pinch right now. The arts council wanted to do a fun fundraiser to help out our brothers at the art gallery and bring the arts community together to celebrate what is hopefully going to be an awesome year,” Tweed said.

New Year’s Carnival Cabaret at The Elite

Tiger Alley invites all to a night of decadence and debauchery at The Elite Restaurant on New Year’s Eve.

The Cabaret/Carnival features carnival games, magic, intrigue and oddities. Jared Jackel’s Bad Vibrations are set to provide live entertainment featuring guest performers TerraLee, Katie and Cherise. Vixen Eden St. Clair is set to entertain as well. Risk your fingers at the talons of Valencia the Bargirl, learn your future and past with Monsieur Silent Elk and lose your mind on DJ Kiki Lee’s dance floor. Sequins, pantaloons, corsets and top hats are encouraged.

Tickets $30 and available at Tiger Alley at 261 Main St. For more information contact 250-492-7600 or

Lakeside Resort  New Years

The Penticton Lakeside Resort is celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Grand Ballroom. Dinner buffet, DJ Entertainment, party favours and midnight toast with bubbly. Tickets are $55 per person (subject to service charge and tax). Tickets available online or at the front desk of the Lakeside Resort.

Baldy rings in New Years

Baldy Mountain Resort in Oliver is going to party like it’s 1968. Celebrating the year the resort was founded, the partying starts from 3 to 5 p.m. with kids activities. For $5 per child plus a food bank donation kids can enjoy tobogganing and a fire pit with marshmallows, s’mores and hot chocolate, a treasure hunt, a small fireworks display and a torch light parade led by “Snowy Joey.” From 5 to 9 p.m. dinner takes place in the lounge. Tickets $30 for adults, $15 for children and include a three-course, pre-fix dinner and one glass of beer or wine.

Those who purchase a dinner ticket get $10 off the New Year’s Party. Reservations are recommended. From 9 to 11 p.m. dance in the lodge to live music. Beer, wine and cocktails available. Bar snacks available until 11 p.m. At 11:45 p.m. champagne and at midnight fireworks at the bottom of the Eagle Chair.

New Year’s Eve Prom Party

Innovative Events brings back prom night on New Year’s Eve. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Bar One at the Sandman Hotel, guests get a corsage and a drink on the way in and a champagne toast at midnight.

Fun activities, door prizes and even a prom king and queen will be announced.

“Now that we are adults and have to deal with mortgages and other responsibilities, sometimes it’s nice to let loose and pretend we’re kids again. So, we are hosting a prom party for New Year’s Eve as a change of pace,” said Lisa Laflamme, Innovative Events owner.

Tickets are $40 and include a drink and midnight champagne toast and party favours. Tickets available in person at Bar One or via email at

Rock in the New Year

Hurry hard into 2017 at the Penticton Curling Club. Happy hour rom 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with appetizers and live entertainment. Music by DJ Shakes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and a champagne toast at midnight.

New Years in Naramata

Spend New Year’s Eve at the Naramata Pub with live classic rock band band, TR2. Party favours food, snacks and a champagne toast at midnight included with an advance ticket. Tickets $20. Call 778-514-0040 for an advance ticket.Free rides on New Year’s

New Years at the Mule

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Mule on Martin with DJ Navasia. Tickets at The Grooveyard, Mosaic Books and online at

Free rides on New Year’s Eve

BC Transit and the City of Penticton are partnering to get you home safe New Year’s Eve. Free transit is being offered on Dec. 31 from 6:50 p.m. to 3 a.m. The night route is extending hours and a party loop route is being added to service the malls, downtown Penticton, both lakes and the community centre. Jan. 1 is returning to regular Sunday hours. For more information call 250-492-5602.