For the fourth year in a row, Festivals Kelowna will host a family New Year’s Eve celebration, inviting Kelowna residents to join them at Stuart Park to ring in the new year New York-style, with the official ringing in and fireworks show planned for 9 p.m. on Dec. 31.
The move to follow the eastern time for the new year’s arrival is designed to get more families out to the celebration.
The Festivals Kelowna production is called the Valley First New York New Year’s family celebration and takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jim Stuart Park in Kelowna and at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
“This event is one of the only all age appropriate New Year’s Eve celebrations in our community,” said Renata Mills, executive director with Festivals Kelowna.
“2015 marks the fourth year of this fun event and based on the terrific response from the community, our event partners and sponsors, we know our community is having a great time ringing in the new year together.”
The New York New Year’s celebration is free to attend and will include skating on the outdoor ice rink, multiple drop-in activities in the Club Penguin Snow Zone including the City of Kelowna’s Park ‘n Play program, Karaoke and Wii stations, and Canadian-themed games like Toss The Beaver and the Canadian Goose Egg Drop.
Festivals Kelowna has added the Kelowna Community Theatre to the event this year and the theatre will be home to a warm-up zone featuring a craft station where kids can make blowers and noisemakers, play drop-in games, get their face painted and take a break watching cartoons on a huge screen inside the theatre.
The Jim Stuart stage will feature live performances surrounded by an amazing light show including DJ Embassy, The Blues Brothers Too, The Zamboni Brothers, Kelowna’s Taiko Drums followed by the seven-piece R&B band The Salmon Armenians.
Capping off the evening will be a fireworks display at 9 p.m. to ring in an early new year. The fireworks will go off from the North West point in City Park and will be visible along the waterfront from The Sails to Waterfront Park.
For more information, check out festivalskelowna.com the Festivals Kelowna group on Facebook, follow along on Twitter @parksalive or search hashtag #NYEKelowna.