Special Events Office
Location: 56 Mulcaster Street
Phone: (705) 739-4285
Book your room with group code HIB for a special rate or choose the New Year's Eve package for 2, which includes prime rib dinner buffet, hot chocolate, and full hot buffet breakfast!(705) 722-0555 ext. 0
Ring in the New Year in downtown Barrie! Traveling from near and far, thousands join together outside Barrie City Hall to celebrate with a free evening of fun and entertainment at one of Central Ontario's largest New Year's Eve celebrations.
Warm-up at the Five Points Theatre with fun and festive activities, including the New Year's resolution wall where you can join the community in leaving your hopes for 2019. Capture memories at the magic mirror photo booth and print your photos as a magical keepsake, then head up to City Hall for a night full of entertainment.
In partnership with ROCK 95 and 107.5 KOOL FM, the City of Barrie is excited to host an awesome evening of live entertainment featuring a special performance and early countdown for families, a local band, a Canadian headliner, a midnight countdown, fireworks, and more.
In partnership with ROCK 95 & 107.5 KOOLFM, the City of Barrie welcomes Sam Roberts Band to headline the Downtown Countdown. The five-time Juno Award winning band hails from Montreal and their discography spans six albums with alt-rock anthems including 'Brother Down', 'Don't Walk Away Eileen', and 'Where Have All the Good People Gone'. The Sam Roberts Band has also won five MuchMusic Video Awards and has performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Ottawa Canada Day celebrations, and NHL and CFL events. They've built a reputation of putting on a stellar live show that will make the Downtown Countdown the place to be on New Year's Eve.
Come on out for a special New Year's Eve celebration for the young and young at heart with four-time Juno Award winner, Fred Penner. With a career spanning over 40 years, Fred has established himself as a fundamental part of the family entertainment scene in North America. This four-time recipient of the Parents' Choice Award has shared his positive philosophy to make a difference through music, videos, books, speaking engagements, and television, including 12 seasons of the hit CBC show Fred Penner's Place. Fred is sure to put on an inspiring and energetic live show the whole family will love.
Skye Wallace is a classically trained singer with East Coast roots who discovered punk rock in her youth. Skye's music is inspired by every corner of Canada, and her newest album of three, Something Wicked, was listed as one of Vancouver Weekly's Best Albums of 2016. She is known to be a force to be reckoned with when performing live, so you'll want to be sure to catch her on the Downtown Countdown stage.
Cousin JackEvery year, the City of Barrie invites bands from Barrie and area to submit for the opportunity to perform on the Downtown Countdown stage. From over 30 submissions, Cousin Jack was selected to perform - an incredible alternative rock trio from Barrie currently working on their debut EP set to release this December.
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 plan to drive to the event, there is plenty of free downtown parking available within close walking distance, including the Collier Street Parkade. Road closures for the event include:
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