Where to find fireworks on New Year’s Eve in the NWT

Last modified: December 31, 2018 at 10:27am

We’ve rounded up all of the family friendly New Year’s Eve events taking place on Monday across the NWT.


In the city, Yellowknifers are invited to watch the fireworks, which will start at 8pm, from the perimeter of Frame Lake or at the Somba K’e Civic Plaza. People are asked to leave their pets at home.


Fort Smith

Fort Smith is hosting a sliding party and fireworks show at the Snowboard Park. The fireworks will start at 7pm.

The Town has budgeted $18,500 for the fireworks show this year – up from $11,000 in the 2017 budget – so you can expect a great show.

Hay River

Hay River will set off fireworks twice during Festival at the Forks: at 8pm for the kids, and at midnight for the adults. They’ll also have a bonfire built with Christmas trees collected by the fire department and music at 10:30pm for anyone who wants to brave the cold.


The town has apologized in advance that there will not be hot chocolate and snacks this year at the celebrations, which will be held at the ice road crossing and the bridge along Riverview Drive.

West Point First Nation will also be setting off fireworks at at 7pm in the West Channel on the ice beside their office.


Inuvik will be holding a free public skate at 3:30pm and a free family skate at 6:45pm.


The Community Events Society is also throwing an “old tyme dance and community feast” at the Midnight Sun Complex. The free, family friendly event starts at 5pm.

Fort Simpson

The teens in the Fort Simpson Travel Club have stepped up to host a new year’s dance at the town’s recreation centre. Tickets are $20.


Santa’s last day visiting town until next Christmas will be on Monday morning. Swing by the community hall and join him for breakfast between 9-11am.

Later in the evening, the community is hosting a dance where The Swinging Doors will be performing live. Tickets are $25 and you’ve got to be over 18 to attend (unless you’re over 70, then admission is free).


At 3pm there’s a family skate, and much later in the evening at 11pm there will be a new year’s eve service in the gym.

Fort Providence

At 1:30pm at the community hall, there will be an egg toss contest, a log sawing contest, and a log splitting contest you can win some cash in.

There should also be fireworks, cookies, and hot chocolate at midnight on the riverbank.

Fort Simpson

Catch the fireworks at the Papal Flats at 8pm.