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Downtown Countdown 2020/21

Since 1998, the Downtown Countdown has brought thousands of residents and visitors together in downtown Barrie to celebrate the arrival of a new year.

2020 virtual Family NYE Countdown celebration​ wins Achievement Award 

In 2020, both the City of Barrie’s Family New Year’s Eve Countdown and Canada Day celebrations were r​einvented to keep the community connected and engaged while providing an opportunity for residents to celebrate safely from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.​ Both celebrations won a 2021 Achievement Award​ from Festivals & Events Ontario. The success of these virtual events was possible with support from our community partners, sponsors, funders, local media, and all those who participated virtually. Learn more in the Memorandum to Council​


​Barrie’s Virtual​ Family NYE Countdown

Featuring Sp​lash’N Boots!

​The Party Starts at 7pm!​

Tune in to the City of Barrie on Facebook or YouTube​ New Year’s Eve starting at 7 p.m. for an hour-long celebration featuring a special performance by Splash’N Boots followed by a family countdown. Get ready to party!​

About Splash’N Boots

Splash’N Boots are Canadian family entertainers who believe music has the power to connect and that all kids should be seen, heard, and loved for exactly who they are...and that comes through in every show and interaction they have with their fans! 

Splash’N Boots rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of families through music, live shows, and television, including Treehouse TV. The group has released 13 albums and won Children’s Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards for “You, Me and the Sea”, co-written and produced by Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea. 

Their recent album, “Heart Parade”, was released November 20, 2020 and features collaborations with some of their favourite artists like Alice Cooper, Sharon & Bram, and more! 

Splash’N Boots are the soundtrack to family dance parties, bedtimes, and all the fun moments in between and a Barrie favourite! We are so excited to have them perform a special show for you on our virtual New Year’s Eve stage this year.


Barrie’s Virtua​​​​​​l Family Countdown is Generously Supported B​y:​

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