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New Year’s Eve in the Park continues in the cold

The countdown will continue downtown in Victoria Park from 7pm to midnight on Sunday, December 31. Current weather forecasts indicate cold temperatures on New Year’s Eve so Londoners are reminded to dress appropriately for this outdoor event.

“The New Year’s Eve celebration will go on as planned,” says Mayor Matt Brown. “Despite the chilly conditions, we hope to see the London community come together for this action-packed evening."

The New Year’s Eve planning committee is also taking the following efforts to help attendees feel more comfortable in the cold:  

  1. Hot chocolate will be available all night
  2. St. John Ambulance First Aid Response Services will be onsite
  3. City Hall will be open as a warming centre

Attendees can enter City Hall from 7pm to 8:15pm and again from 10pm to 11:15pm to get a brief relief from the cold. Designated warming areas within City Hall include the lobby on the first floor and Committee Room 2 on the second floor.

“We’d like to remind everyone to wear layers and to dress warm so you can enjoy this spectacular Canada 150 send-off,” says Marcus Plowright, Chair, New Year’s Eve in the Park planning committee.  

The City of London will continue to monitor weather conditions over the next 24 hours and make further adjustments, if necessary. For cold weather alerts and more tips to prepare for low temperatures, visit

The London Transit Commission (LTC) will be offering free bus rides from 8pm on December 31 to 1am on January 1. For more information regarding this service, visit New Year’s Eve in the Park is a free community-driven event that aims to eliminate barriers in bringing Londoners together. Programming was determined in collaboration with more than 20 local partners and perspectives from a newly formed youth committee. To learn more, visit