With 2017 just a few hours away, thousands of Londoners will be getting ready to ring in the New Year on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
The biggest celebration in the city will take place at Victoria Park, with as many as 12,000 people expected to take in “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” festivities.
Canadian rockers Finger Eleven will headline the event, which will kick off at 8 p.m. A special children’s fireworks display will take place at 9 p.m.
“We have a special act called Glee London [at 8 p.m.] for the kids, they are very entertaining,” Bruce McGuffin, the chair of the event coordinating committee, told AM980.
This year’s celebration is expected to attract between 9,000 and 12,000 people.
“By the time we get to the headliner [10:30 a.m.] there are people all the way back to Wellington Street,” McGuffin said.
Free ice skating and hot chocolate will also be on offer at Victoria Park.
More info about the event can be found here.
MADD, London Police, And LTC Hope To Get You Home Safe
Meanwhile, MADD London, local police, and the LTC are all doing their part to make sure your New Year’s Eve celebrations don’t end in tragedy.
RIDE checks will be set up throughout the city as police crackdown on impaired driving, while the LTC will be offering free service from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve.
MADD London, meantime, continues its Red Ribbon awareness campaign, which began in November and runs until January 4th.
According to MADD, more than 1,250 people are killed and 63,000 are injured in impairment-related crashes every year in Canada. London saw a spike in impaired driving cases in November, with 11 cases over the course of a week, including a fatal crash.
MADD Canada has posted a list of tips for revelers and their hosts.
Canada Begins In 150th Birthday Celebration
On the national stage, the beginning of 2017 will also kick of celebrations around Canada’s 150th birthday.
In Ottawa, a massive fireworks display over Parliament Hill, usually reserved for July 1, will take place at 8:17 p.m. ET and midnight to mark the beginning of 2017 and a year-long birthday bash across the country.
Meantime, security is expected to be tight throughout the celebrations at the nation’s capital on Saturday. Ottawa police say they are stepping up security measures following the deadly terror attacks in Europe and other parts of the world in 2016 as the reason why.
“Canada 150 Kick Off” celebrations will take place in 19 different urban centres across the country, including Toronto. The full list of cities can be found here.