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​Celebrate the Holidays!

This page has information on programs, events and activities that took place throughout the December 2021 Holiday season, including the 2021 New Year’s Eve celebration!

The City took guidance from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Province of Ontario with regards to gathering restrictions and capacity limits.   

Holiday activities that took place throughout the season


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Island of Warmth* Interactive Light Display

 
The Island of Warmth display was removed on January 4, 2022.  

Visit the interactive light display in downtown Barrie! An electrifying campfire made of 154 light bulbs that comes alive to music, visitors can generate the fire’s sounds and movements through sensors placed under the platform. The display reaches its peak when everyone around it moves in sync, turning it into a symphony for the eyes and ears! 

*Photo credit Frederique Menard Aubin. The Island of Warmth was created and executed by Félix Dagenais and Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun (ATOMIC3), in collaboration with Jean-Sébastien Côté and Benjamin de Leener. The display is a coproduction of Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles Partnership and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.

 ​Generously supported by Alectra 

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​Underwater pictures with Santa

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Come out to this special swim and get your picture or family picture taken underwater with Santa at one of our three main recreation centres. Standard swim rates apply. 

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Holiday craft​​ 

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​​Spend some time with your family making crafts and taking part in some games and activities! Available at East Bayfield Community CentreHolly Community Centre and Allandale Community Centre​​. ​​

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FREE Public Skate​

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Bring a non-perishable food item (one per person) to enjoy a free skate.

New Year's Eve 2021 Schedule​

The City’s NYE activities have been revised to ensure that they align with the latest Provincial regulations and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) COVID-19 guidelines. The City continues to work with the SMDHU and is following all guidance provided.

 
If you're taking part in the City's family-friendly NYE events, remember to: 
  • Wear a properly-fitting mask (that fully covers your nose, mouth and chin)
  • Keep distance from those outside your household
  • Stay home if you are sick
We also ask that residents watch the fireworks from their cars. Stay safe this New Year's Eve! Continue to follow health guidelines to keep our community safe: get vaccinated, keep your gatherings small, stay home when sick.
 

Please have these items ready to enter recreation facilities and outdoor rinks for activities on NYE:

Activities  
Location 
Winter Wonderland-themed Programs & Activities
                        
Family-friendly activities including free skating centered around the theme of Winter Wonderland.

Register for a time slot via the links below: 

 
Holly Community Centre 
(171 Mapleton Ave)
Mariposa ​​Holiday Skating Performance

Enjoy a holiday performance by the Mariposa School of Skating starting at 5 p.m. 

Register via play.barrie.ca​

​Holly Community Centre 
(171 Mapleton Ave)

Holiday Movie-themed Programs & Activities

Family-friendly activities including free skating centered around the theme of Holiday Movie. ​

Register for a time slot via the links below: 

5-5:50 p.m.

6-6:50 p.m.

7-7:50 p.m.

East Bayfield Community Centre
(80 Livingstone St. E.) 
Skating Party 

Join us for a fun skating party featuring a live DJ (Delta Juliet Music) and light show!

Be sure to check out some of the amazing vendors on-site:

Vegan Co.
Red Rose Custom Lighting - LED Vendor​

*Capacity limits will be in place

The Circle at the Centre, outside City Hall
(70 Collier St.) 

Outdoor Leisure Skating​

Grab your skates and enjoy a leisurely skate with your family! 

*Capacity limits will be in place​

Centennial Park Community Ice Rink 
(95 Lakeshore Drive)

 
Fireworks 

Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show over Kempenfelt Bay. Fireworks will occur around 9 p.m. and will be able to be seen from multiple vantage points. Residents are asked to watch the fireworks from their cars. 

​​Multiple vantage points, please watch from your car. 
Events are subject to change based on the evolving COVID-19 situation. Continue to check this page and the City's social media channels for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there no Downtown Countdown this year?

COVID-19, and the timing of the announcement for lifting restrictions, prevented the City from hosting a traditional Downtown Countdown event. This year's event will focus on activating our downtown and community centres over the holiday season for a fun and exciting new experience.​

Barrie’s New Year's Eve celebration is generously supported by:​

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