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New Year's Eve in Vancouver

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The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim (held since 1920) in the icy English Bay on Jan. 1

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Vancouver doesn't have large, city-wide NYE gatherings, so New Year's celebrations are often found at the city's upscale hotels and nightclubs, where many enforce age minimums and formal dress codes. Opulent Shangri-La Hotel, in Vancouver's tallest building, hosts an annual formal gathering with VIP rooms and six DJs. The Fairmont Waterfront hotel throws its yearly fête complete with canapés and complimentary Champagne. Pride of Vancouver Charters offers two boats where guests can enjoy drinks, dinner and dancing while watching fireworks and taking in the Vancouver skyline. L.A.-based glam metal parody band Steel Panther plays its now-annual New Year's show at the Commodore Ballroom — tickets go for $30. If you're not too weary from the night before, take part in the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim (held since 1920) in the icy English Bay on Jan. 1 — over 2,000 attend, often wearing ridiculous costumes, and prizes are awarded for fastest swimmers.

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