Edmonton Journal

GETTING WARMED UP FOR NEW YEAR’S

There will be dancing, hay rides, and ABBA songs

- TAYLOR GARSTAD

From left, Liam Brown, Mel Wolfinger and Mariann Sinkovics warm up at the Winston Churchill Square firepit on a chilly Sunday afternoon. For a list of New Year’s Eve-related events downtown and elsewhere in the city,

If you’re still musing over what to do this New Year’s Eve, here’s a selection of celebrator­y events to choose from in and around our city:

IN EDMONTON

For a free, family-friendly party, join the annual night of alcohol-free fun at Sir Winston Churchill Square from 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. The night features magicians, crafts for kids and face painters inside City Hall. Outside on the square, there will be hay rides, a screening of the movie Frozen at 7:15 (bring your own chairs and blankets), live entertainm­ent on the main stage at 9:15 p.m., and fireworks at midnight. The Shaw Conference Centre’s big musical event is headlined by Grammy Award-nominated DJ Tiesto and features two other electronic dance music acts. Tickets start at $129. At West Edmonton Mall’s World Waterpark’s Family Beach Ball, you can usher in the new year by first playing in the wave pool and water slides, and then taking in an indoor fireworks display. At the Varscona Theatre, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Teatro La Quindicina bids farewell to the site in its present state with theatrical entertainm­ent, celebrity musical chairs and snacks. McDougall Church offers a free evening of music and entertainm­ent between 6:45 and 10:30 p.m. Musicians include Braden Gates, the Carolines, Marco Claveria, the Jim Findlay Trio, Back Porch Swing, Festival City Fiddlers, Scott Cook & the Long Weekends. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the food bank. What about learning some vintage dance moves before the end of the year? Sugar Foot Ballroom is putting on a New Year’s Eve swing dance from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., complete with a lesson at 8 p.m. This Old Hollywood-themed event costs $45 a person. If Old Hollywood is not to your taste, maybe mid-1970s pop is. The Central Lions Citizens Recreation Centre is hosting New Year’s Eve with ABBA Again, a local ABBA tribute band. Tickets are $100 per person and the doors open at 7 p.m.

OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS

St. Albert: Fireworks and hot chocolate will be on offer at Mission Hill Park beginning at 8:30 p.m. Strathcona County: For those who want their children to experience the fun but not a late night, there’s a free New Year’s Eve festival at Broadmoor Lake Park complete with ice skating, fire dancers, and s’mores that runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Stony Plain: The annual New Year’s Eve Family Fest runs at Heritage Park from 6 to 9 p.m., with skating, free hotdogs, popcorn and hot chocolate, as well as buggy rides, live entertainm­ent and fireworks. Admission is free, but donations for the Parkland Food Bank will be accepted.

ROAD C LOSURE S

Before you leave to ring in 2015, take note of the following road closures in effect on the evening of Dec. 31: Starting at 9 p.m. — 99th and 100th streets from 102nd to 102A avenues; Starting at 11 p.m. — 102 Avenue from 97th Street to 101st Street; 99th and 100th streets from 101A Avenue to 102nd Avenue.

PARKING NOTE S

The Citadel Theatre parkade will be closed at 11 p.m., until 45 minutes after the fireworks conclude. Use the Stanley A. Milner Library parkade exit at 100th Street.

After 5 p.m., parking will be available for $1 at Edmonton City Hall, Stanley A. Milner Library and Canada Place parkades.

TRANSIT

All travel on Edmonton Transit Service will be free between 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. Any money collected in ETS fare boxes on New Year’s Eve will be given to the DONATE A RIDE campaign.

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 ?? TOPHER SEGUIN/ EDMONTON JOURNAL/ FILE ?? Revellers skate outside city hall during last year’s New Year’s Eve celebratio­n downtown.
TOPHER SEGUIN/ EDMONTON JOURNAL/ FILE Revellers skate outside city hall during last year’s New Year’s Eve celebratio­n downtown.

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