Downtown Countdown

Sunday, December 31, 2023 | 6:00–11:59pm

Barrie City Hall

Stay tuned to this page for updates as programming is announced, including this year’s entertainment line-up.

Downtown Barrie is the place to be to ring in the New Year! Since 1998, the Downtown Countdown has brought thousands together from near and far to celebrate the arrival of the new year. 

This free evening of fun and celebration is one of Central Ontario’s largest celebrations featuring family activities, skating, live music, and fireworks all set under the twinkling lights of the arch of old City Hall. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Search for Local Talent

Calling all musicians! The City is searching for a local band or musician to perform at this year's Downtown Countdown. The successful 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 from Barrie and surrounding area that are suitable for this family event are encouraged to apply. 

Submissions will be accepted by email to until Monday, October 16, 2023. Please include contact information, a bio, and examples of your best audio/video for the selection committee to review. Submissions can include a press kit, digital audio and video files, and/or direct link to a website, YouTube, etc.

Event Sponsors

Downtown Countdown is Generously Supported By:


December 31, 2023 - 6:00pm - December 31, 2023 - 11:59pm