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SPECIAL EDITION: NYE 2016

If you've been too immersed in holiday hubbub to make New Year's Eve plans, or if you've still got plenty of gift-getting to do, this off-sched e-newsletter is for you.

We've scoped out where to eat, drink, dance and enjoy good company on December 31st, and we're happy to report that there are way too many options to choose from. 

+ don't miss Christie's awesome reimagining of City Hall, starting Saturday night! 
 
    
  

CITY HALL BECOMES A HUGE CANVAS

Experience the Kitchener City Hall facade transformed into an enormous projection mapping extravaganza created by Christie Digital ! Launching on Dec 17th, this free animated light show happens 7-10pm nightly (except on Dec 24th & 25th) until Dec 31st, paired with skating and other activities in Carl Zehr Square. | DETAILS |
  RING IN 2017 WITH FRIENDS & HEROES
 
Get snapped with your favourite superhero or cosplay characters, check out collectable toys and comic books, play retro arcade games, go ice skating & make crafts at Kitchener City Hall's FREE gathering to say goodbye to 2016. |DETAILS|
  
WHERE TO WINE & DINE AWAY 2016
The Berlin | 5pm-12am on Saturday, December 31st | $75
 
B@THEMUSEUM | 5-9pm | $50 ($55 w/ beer flight)
Three-course plated dinner, plus an optional Four Father Brewing flight.
 
Gilt Restaurant | 5pm to late (2-hour seatings before 9:30pm) | $55 to $70
Two four-course menu options, each with choices and lots of shareable plates.

Grand Trunk Saloon | 5 & 7pm seatings + 10pm-2am party | $45 + $10
Choose from 3 app & 3 entree options + late-night party includes bites & bubbly.

Or grab a table at other great downtown restaurants that will be open for dinner, including 271 West, Izakaya Kinkaku, Two Goblets, Ellison's Bistro & Aqua.
  WHERE TO PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999 (INTO 2017)
 
Reinventing Ballroom | The Walper Hotel | 8pm-2am | $75
The Tim Moher Dance Band + hors d'oeuvres, finger food buffet & party favours

New Year's Eve with The Divines | Rhapsody Barrel Bar | 6pm-2am | $60
Motown, blues & funk music + a three-course menu, party favours & champagne
 
A Rockin' NYE with Chalkboard Menu | Cork Hall | 7pm-2am | $20
Complimentary bubbly & finger food at midnight + rock & roll covers galore
 
Everyday Hero & AxeLords of Zanzibar | KW Boathouse | 7pm-2am | $50
Classic rock & metal tunes, unlimited tacos (7-10:30), prizes & champagne
 
NYE with Romeo Sex Fighter | Descendants Beer & Bev. Co. | 8pm-2am | $85
One of K-W's most celebrated cover bands + buffet, drinks, door prizes & souvenirs

91.5 The Beat Live to Air | Elements Nightclub | 9pm-1am | $15
Tickets available only in advance at Bobby O'Brien's and Encore Records
 
CAFKA New Year's Eve Ball | The Walper Hotel | 9pm-3am | $65
3 house music DJs, 3 rooms of art, vegetarian-friendly food & midnight bubbly
 
NYE Masquerade Ball | Dallas Nightclub | 9pm-2am | $15
Hosted by Care from Country 106.7 + champagne at midnight

B's Basement Bash | B@THEMUSEUM | 10pm-2am | $5
Nintendo & board games, 10+ brews on tap, BYO vinyl records & classic tunes

Nu Year's Time Travel Extravaganza | The Outpost | 9pm-4am | $20
Four musical acts + an array of visual art & time machine contributors
  
DOWNTOWN GUIDE TO GIFT-HUNTING
The 4th week of our DTK Holiday Gift Guide is stacked with awesome stocking stuffers! Plus glean more ideas from our music lover's list, holiday party bring-ables and locally made crafts. Next week: sure bets for last-minute shoppers. |DETAILS|
 
HELP US DEFINE OUR HORIZONS
 
The Downtown Kitchener BIA & City of Kitchener are partnering to develop new strategic priorities for Downtown Kitchener between now and 2020, and we want the community's input to steer us. What does Downtown look like to you in 2020? What's missing? How do we make it more awesome than it is now? |DETAILS|

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