Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Skate, swim and dance into 2016 with fun, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations

This New Year’s Eve, ring in 2016 with a free Outdoor Celebration and countdown to midnight at Olympic Plaza, a free Family Dance Party at the Municipal Building atrium, or a Family Pool Party at Village Square Leisure Centre.

Outdoor Celebration at Olympic Plaza

Bundle up for the weather and join the party outside at The Outdoor Celebration on Olympic Plaza starting at 8 p.m. Bring your skates or borrow from Skate Shack, who will be onsite offering free rentals until 11:45 p.m., and take a spin on the ice. The festivities will include ice sculptures and live ice carving demonstrations, storytelling and bonfire songs by the fire pit, DJ music and entertainment with emcee Andrew Phung. 

Cap off the night by welcoming 2016 with a spectacular countdown to midnight featuring a video, light and laser show synchronized to music and fireworks!

Family Dance Party & Kid’s Countdown at Municipal Atrium (City Hall)

Dress in neon or white and anything that glows, and kick off the evening with a boogie at the Family Dance Party from 7 – 9 p.m. The Municipal Building becomes party central with music, stilt walkers, a magician and fire spinners. All you fun party-goers can leave messages for 2016 on the glow-in-the-dark resolution wall, make a hand-made reminder of the night at the craft table, test your aiming skills for prizes at the beanbag toss and bounce your way through the inflatable obstacle course. There will be an under-five-years-old play area for the littlest partiers and families can stay energized with free hot chocolate courtesy of Good Earth Cafe. The fun will finish with the always-popular kids’ countdown at 9 p.m.

Both parties will include lots of great photos ops and the chance to get the perfect New Year’s Eve selfie. Join our Facebook event for updates.

Swim and Sport Party at Village Square Leisure Centre

As a family you can also play, swim, jump, splash and slide into 2016 at Village Square Leisure Centre. Bring the whole family; grandparents, aunts & uncles and friends for tons of fun. Head to the gymnasium from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. for arts and crafts, games, obstacle courses, a bouncy house and the “Take a Selfie” photo booth. From 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., take the party to the waterpark where there will be a DJ pumping out tunes as families enjoy the wave pool, slides, hot tub and safari splash. Stay until the very end to enjoy the Pool Party Countdown! Family admission rate for the event is $26.30

No matter where you are or which party you’ve decided to attend we invite you to share your experiences at the events by using #yycnye.

Getting to and from the events

Calgary Transit is providing late night New Year’s Eve service to connect you to and from events safely. CTrains will run every 15 minutes with the last CTrain leaving downtown at 3 a.m., and 12 bus routes will be running every 30 to 45 minutes with last trips leaving downtown at approximately 3 a.m.

Visit calgarytransit.com for more information, including a list of the bus routes that will have extended hours.

To help facilitate the celebrations at the Municipal Building and Olympic Plaza, MacLeod Trail from Sixth Avenue S.W. to Ninth Avenue. S.W. will be closed from 3 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 3 a.m. on Jan. 1.

For more information on The City of Calgary’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations visit, calgary.ca/nye or call 311.  

Submitted by Lauren Greschner, Culture Division, Recreation