Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Olympic Plaza set to host festivities all month long

Preparations at Olympic Plaza are under way in advance of a month's worth of family activities in December and January with public skating, New Year’s Eve celebrations and a special New Year’s Day hockey event.

Citytv New Year’s Eve Bash
The City of Calgary, in partnership with Citytv, will host a free, family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at Olympic Plaza. The fun starts at 9:30 pm on Saturday, December 31, 2011 and ends at 12:15 a.m.

Citytv will nationally broadcast the event showcasing  live performances of Canadian country music artist George Canyon, R&B artist Raghav, multi-platinum selling artist Alyssa Reid, and award-winning Canadian band Down With Webster. The evening will culminate with fireworks at midnight from the Municipal Plaza.

“Calgary is proud to host the western Canadian portion of this 27th annual national broadcast and looks forward to this partnership with Citytv that showcases Calgary to the rest of the country and creates an amazing experience for Calgarians,” says Beth Gignac, Manager, Arts & Culture.

Hockey in Calgary
Hockey in Calgary is a free, family friendly New Year’s Day celebration being held on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the Municipal Building and Olympic Plaza.

The day kicks off at 11:00 a.m. with entertainment and public skating, hockey demonstrations, Hockey Hall of Fame memorabilia, hockey-themed art, and a ball hockey mania event with Hockey Canada alumni. A public outdoor ceremony will take place on the Olympic Plaza entertainment stage at 12:00 p.m.

 “It’s the perfect start to a year-long celebration of Recreation’s centennial,” says Teresa Byrne, Project Manager, Recreation. “We’re planning a full year of events and activities that will highlight 12 monthly themes – starting with hockey and skating in January.”

Hockey in Calgary is being offered by The City in recognition of REC 100, and in partnership with Hockey Calgary and the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Public Ice Skating
Bring the family and skate under the stars at the Olympic Plaza outdoor ice rink, the only outdoor refrigerated ice surface in Calgary. The City of Calgary’s other outdoor ice rinks include Big Marlborough Park, Bowness Park Lagoon, Prairie Winds Park, and Prince’s Island Lagoon.

“Maintaining the outdoor ice rinks is a labour of love for the Parks’ staff. They are often out at 5:00 a.m. flooding rinks around the city to ensure smooth rink surfaces for the kids and community members who skate on them,” says Geraldine Henwood, Parks District Supervisor. “It’s nice to see families and friends skating on the rinks and having fun. That’s what gets us up and out of bed on a cold, early morning.”

Public skating in Olympic Plaza will be impacted to allow for the set-up and take-down of New Year’s events.  A complete listing of City ice skating rinks available over the holiday season is available on, With the exception of Olympic Plaza all outdoor rinks are weather dependant and are tentatively scheduled to open in late December.

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