Building on the successful and well attended inaugural event presented in 2012, Festivals Kelowna is once again holding the “New York New Year’s” family celebration on Tuesday, December 31st from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Jim Stuart Park, across from City Hall.

“Based on the overwhelmingly positive response from the community, our event partners, and sponsors, we knew we had a winner on our hands with this new event,” confirms Renata Mills, Executive Director, Festivals Kelowna. “It’s been a little while since Kelowna has had an all ages appropriate event to ring in the New Year, so we knew there was an opportunity to meet that need in our community.”

Free to attend, “New York New Year’s” will include skating on the outdoor ice rink, a twitter wall with a live feed (hashtag #NYEKelowna), multiple drop-in activities in the Kid’s 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 “Canadian Goose Egg Drop”. A favourite from last year, there will also be a snow pile onsite for kids to climb upon and build a snowman. Courtesy of our event partners Valley First, the City of Kelowna, Okanagan Strata Management, Streaming Cafe, 365 Productions, eVent!, and Bell Media (Kelowna), we will be providing free glow ropes and hot chocolate to the first 2,000 people.

On the stage, surrounded by an amazing light show, multiple live bands will perform starting with Bluegrass/Folk trio “The Trips” at 6:00, “The Public House Band” playing popular favorites at 6:45, and Kelowna’s own “Kinship” performing their distinct, high-energy Celtic sound at 8:00, with “DJ Invizible” spinning tunes at 6:45 and 7:45 between bands.

Capping off this fun evening will be a fireworks display at 9:00 pm to ring in an early New Year. Shot from the North West point in City Park, the show will be visible along the waterfront from The Sails to Waterfront Park.

For more information, check out our homepage at, the Festivals Kelowna group on facebook, follow along on twitter @parksalive, and tune into 99.9 Sun FM, 101.5 EZ Rock or Am1150. We will also be streaming the event live on Castanet starting at 6:00 p.m.

New York New Year’s is a production of Festivals Kelowna, producer of community focused, family-friendly festivals and events that strive to enhance the lifestyle of our citizens and visitors.

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