Ottawa is a great spot to meet the New Year due to the vast amount of activities that are available to the general public. The Parliament Hill is the epicenter of celebrations with lots of entertainment, live music, DJs and free public skating on the Canada 150 Rink. Christmas Lights Across Canada program starts after dark, and there is a huge fireworks show right before midnight.
If you like to celebrate New Year's Eve indoors, check out Timeless NYE gala at Infinity Convention Center. This black-tie event features lots of live music, champagne, and DJs as well as a gourmet dinner. Another option is Ottawa New Year's Eve Charity Ball with an exquisite 4-course meal, music, and dances. If you don't mind celebrating in a Scottish-style, stop at the 6th annual Hogman-eh! Party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavilion, a family-friendly party with free admission.