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Downtown Countdown

Traveling from near and far, thousands join together in downtown Barrie to celebrate with a free evening of fun and entertainment at one of Central Ontario's largest New Year's Eve celebrations.

Celebrate with us on December 31 starting at 6pm outside Barrie City Hall. Festivities will include family activities such as horse-drawn wagon rides and face painting, skating on the City Hall rink, two fireworks displays, and a line-up of amazing entertainment. The full lineup will be announced in November.

Do You Want to Perform at Barrie's Downtown Countdown?

Calling all musicians! The City of Barrie is searching for a local band or musician to perform in front of a hometown crowd at Barrie's 19th annual Downtown Countdown. The selected act will have the opportunity to play a 30 minute set at one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in Central Ontario. Bands and musicians that are from Barrie (or immediate surrounding area) and are suitable for this family event are invited to apply.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, October 3rd. Please include contact information, a bio, and a few examples of your best audio/video for the selection committee to review. Submissions can include a press kit, CD(s), digital audio and/or video files, and links (band website, YouTube channel, SoundCloud, etc.). Submissions can be made by:


In Person: Department of Culture at 56 Mulcaster Street (beside City Hall), open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Only the successful act will be contacted in early November.

Partnership Opportunities Available for Downtown Countdown 2017

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 2017

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.

Getting Around & Parking

On New Year's Eve, Barrie Transit service is free from 5pm–3am to help you get to and from your celebrations safely.

If you're driving to the event, there's plenty of downtown parking available within close walking distance.

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

Downtown Countdown 2017 Is Generously Supported By




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