We think of it as the calm after the storm before the storm: a break in the action to power-digest all of that pastry, chocolate and Baileys before the next round of festivities hits. It’s just enough time to eat a salad and plan your next move. With a gazillion (yes, it’s a Scrabble word — look it up) ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve on the table, here are three options you may not have considered to beckon 2016.
1) DON A MASK
A ticket to the Masquerade New Year’s Eve Party at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa includes live music, a DJ dance party, late night snacks and midnight bubbly. Hosted by Linley Faulkner and the Experien.se event team, the evening starts in style with sips and bites and ends with an electronic-house dance party. Details are as mysterious as a good masquerade party. What is clear is that profits go to Project Respect, a youth program of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre — reason enough to dust off your Zorro mask and feathers. Limited tickets available. $80
2) SAY ÇA VA
The charming Ça Va Bistro Moderne (in the courtyard opposite the Belfry Theatre) remains one of Fernwood’s best kept secrets, but there’s no reason why it should be: the French/Australian fare is delectable, Chef Fauna Martin is inventive, the room is intimate and the service is next level. Check out the heavenly NYE five-course tasting menu and challenge yourself not to salivate. $80 / $110 with wine pairings.
3) GET UP HIGH
Leave the city behind and hike up to your favourite local peak with blanket and provisions in hand. Sure, take all of the safety precautions for light, warmth, and healthy respect for the law, then raise your shatterproof to-go glass and revel in Vic’s spectacular outdoors. There’s nothing like marine air, a killer view and a little perspective to make you feel alive and ready for the year ahead. And the celebration is free.
Image via Experien.se