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Downtown Countdown

The City of Barrie is proud to present the 18th annual Downtown Countdown in partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM. Traveling from near and far, thousands will join together in downtown Barrie to ring in the New Year with a free evening of fun and entertainment for the whole family!

The celebration began in 1998, which very quickly became a tradition for the community and grew to be one of the largest New Year's Eve events in Central Ontario.  Planning is now under way for December 31, 2015 and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Activities - Starting at 6:00pm

  • Skating on the Circle at the Centre rink
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Fire/light performers
  • Indoor family fun zone: Clarabella the Clown, face painting, balloon animals, and more
  • Food vendors
  • Fireworks: 7:45pm and midnight

Entertainment - Starting at 7:00pm

Don't miss an exciting evening of entertainment presented in partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM.  The line-up will feature a special performance for families, up-and-coming bands, and a Canadian headliner not to be missed.  Stay tuned....the full line-up will be announced in November!

Getting Around and Parking

On New Year's Eve, Barrie Transit offers free transit service from 6pm–9pm with evening 60-minute frequency extended to approximately 3am at the regular fare.

There's plenty of downtown parking available within close walking distance.  For more information, download the Downtown Parking Map.

When making your way around downtown, road closures for the event will include:

  • Collier Street from Owen Street to Mulcaster Street
    6am December 30 to noon January 1
  • Collier Street from Mulcaster Street to Berczy Street
    4pm December 31 to 2am January 1
  • Mulcaster Street from Dunlop Street to Worsley Street
    4pm December 31 to 2am January 1

Partnership Opportunities Available for Downtown Countdown

As an event partner, you can build brand recognition through our promotion campaign, including radio and print advertising, social media, website, and printed materials.  Engage an audience of over 10,000 through on-site recognition and brand activation opportunities.  Our partners are valued and contribute directly towards providing a variety of exciting programming at no cost to participants.  Sponsorship opportunities start at $1000 and a limited number of on-site brand activation spaces are available starting at $500.  If you are interested in becoming a Downtown Countdown partner, please contact the Special Events Office at (705) 739-4285 or

Vendor Opportunities Available for Downtown Countdown

Are you a food vendor with a unique menu? If so, we want to hear from you! Please send an email to with your menu and pictures if possible. Limited vendor spaces available - only selected vendors will be contacted.

Downtown Countdown 2016 is Generously Supported By



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