New Year's Eve
The Town of Banff welcomes residents and visitors of all ages to Banff’s community New Year’s Eve celebration in Central Park.
Celebrate in the Park
Banff Central Park, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Bid farewell to 2023 and get ready for 2024 with free programming for all ages!
The family-friendly event offers live music, a mini train for toddlers, opportunities to race kicksleds, try broomball, enjoy hot chocolate, maple syrup taffy on snow, and marshmallows roasted over open fires (free while supplies last), and grab photos with the roving Snow Fairy, or in front of the traditional Blackfoot tipi or the Banff Sitting Bear. All for free!
So, bundle up and let M.C. Rob Murray of Mountain FM take you through a wonderful night full of exciting performances, featuring live music from local and regional artists, such as local favorites Charlie B & Swanee and Northern Quarter, as well as the house band for the Calgary Flames, The Frontiers, and headliners The Steadies, a high-energy, four-piece Canadian power band that are sure to get you moving!
Enjoy captivating fire performances and mesmerizing roving characters from Beau Valley Circus, and meet with Blackfoot Medicine Speaks in their traditional tipi and catch their incredible Indigenous dancing.
Please note: Banff Avenue will not be closing this year. The event will be cancelled if weather conditions make it unsafe for performers, participants and spectators.
Banff Central Park, 12 a.m.
Count down the last minutes of 2023 and celebrate the arrival of 2024 with low altitude, low noise pyrotechnics.
For your security, the Nancy Pauw Pedestrian Bridge at Central Park will be closed from 11:50 p.m. – 12:20 a.m. for the Pyrotechnic display.
Please note: High winds or severe weather may result in the cancellation of pyrotechnics. Check the Town of Banff X's posts for any changes to event programming.
These are family-friendly events so please leave alcohol and cannabis at home.
Since 2018, the Town of Banff has used pyrotechnics display rather than traditional fireworks to decrease the noise impact on wildlife, as a responsible measure in a national park. Even though the use of pyrotechnics reduced noise because there is no secondary explosion and the low altitude reduced the distance of sound travel, the shows still produced noise, bright flashes, smoke at crowd level and litter that had to be carefully recovered.
Getting there: Parking, Walking and Transit
The parking lot at Central Park is closed on Dec. 31.
Residents and people staying at hotels are urged to walk or cycle to Central Park and leave personal vehicles at home and at accommodations. Roam Public Transit is operating regular weekend service, connecting all areas of town, with free transit for registered residents. The bus stop on Banff Avenue at the Banff Park Museum is located at the event site. Riders can plan their trips using real-time tools and the Trip Planner at roamtransit.com.
For people coming from further away, park at the free, 9-hour parking lot at the Train Station, in the free upper levels of the Bear Street Parkade, or in one of the many visitor pay parking lots downtown.
Road Closures: there are no road closures this year, except as required for snow clearing.
When: Sunday, December 31, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Where: Banff Central Park (Buffalo Street at Bear Street)
Daytime Outdoor Activities
For those wanting something to do before the NYE event kicks off at 6 p.m., people are encouraged to check out all the great winter activities available in Banff and other pursuits at https://www.banfflakelouise.com/adventure-outdoors
Daytime Indoor Activities
For people wanting to take a break from the outdoors, review dining and shopping options in Banff, or visit The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre for skate rentals and these arena activities:
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Public Skating
3 – 4 p.m. Public Skating