Community-based committee announces Start.ca New Year’s Eve in the Park; a free, family-friendly celebration for the entire city
London residents are invited to count down in the downtown for Start.ca New Year’s Eve in the Park as we close out one of Canada’s most celebrated years with a party fit for every family. It’s a free community event for all Londoners to enjoy.
The action starts downtown at 7pm with the ‘London Life Family Fest’, featuring interactive, inclusive entertainment for all ages across two stages in Victoria Park. Bring the kids for multicultural performances, free skating, live ice sculpting, snowman building competition, princesses, superheroes and more. Enjoy free hot chocolate and the family fireworks show at 9 pm.
“From start to finish, it’s a family friendly event,” says Marcus Plowright, community member and Chair of the New Year’s Eve planning committee. “The first two hours of the event have been reimagined to draw people in with unique family-focused opportunities to get engaged and stay warm at this one-of-a-kind outdoor celebration.”
After 9pm, the energy builds downtown with the ‘Countdown Party’ featuring performances by two emerging London artists as voted by the community; sing along to Canadian hits with the Jack Richardson Orchestra (JRO) - 15 of London’s hottest hometown professional musicians and, count down to 2018 with a high-energy fireworks show at midnight. Plus, free LTC bus rides help make travel safe and easy so you can do more.
“We’re creating an opportunity for Londoners from all walks of life to celebrate Canada 150 and all the amazing things our city has to offer,” says Mayor Matt Brown. “This free event will give us all a chance to experience and enjoy our grassroots musical talent and it will have community-focused programming for every member of the family.”
Start.ca 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.
“Community-led New Year’s Eve celebrations advance London’s Music Strategy by bringing the public together to celebrate local musicians and ring in the New Year,” says Cory Crossman, London’s Music Industry Development Officer. “Two emerging London artists will get the party started before the JRO perform an action packed set highlighting 50 years of Canadian hits!”
Local musicians can compete for a chance to perform live at the largest New Year’s Eve party in London until Monday, November 27 at 11:59pm by entering the London Music Office Talent Contest.
Start.ca New Year’s Eve in the Park supports the City of London’s strategic area of focus of strengthening our community through creating amazing, arts, culture and recreational experiences that are accessible to all. To learn more, visit the Start.ca New Year's Eve in the Park website.