The countdown to usher in the start of 2017 is officially on, and organizers of the Rockin’ New Year’s Eve in Victoria Park are making final preparations.
Up to 12,000 people are expected to take in the celebrations downtown at 509 Clarence Street Saturday night.
Organizers of the event are promising a night of music, laughter, and spectacular fireworks, with a focus on family and fun — and the event is free.
The night will kick off at 8 p.m. with local children’s act Glee London, followed by a special children’s fireworks display at 9 p.m. There will be free ice skating and hot chocolate, along with free balloon hats and party favours for the kids.
Opening for Finger Eleven are two local bands who were voted by fans, rockers Hiroshima Hearts, and the alt/folk six-piece Taylor Holden and the Law of Averages. They’ll hit the stage shortly after 9 p.m.
The headliner will take the stage at 10:45 p.m. and will entertain the crowd until the clock strikes midnight, then a fireworks display will be lit from the rooftop of city hall.
If you’re planning on driving downtown for the party, parking in municipal lots will only cost you until midnight on New Year’s Eve. After that, vehicles can be left at the lot overnight for free until 1 p.m. New Year’s Day.
Again, Rockin’ New Year’s Eve is a free event for Londoners of all ages.