Celebrate the holidays with the City of Barrie! City offers new ways to celebrate safely through the season.

(Barrie, ON) – The City of Barrie is offering new and unique ways to help residents enjoy the season, create special memories with family and celebrate safely throughout the holidays.

Winter Fun 'in-a-bag'

Following the success of “Halloween-in-a-bag" and the Boredom Buster Box for kids, the City is selling treat bags filled with items families can use to create special memories at home throughout the holidays, and to help ring in the New Year. Bags are $10 each and are available for curbside pick-up at Allandale Recreation Centre, East Bayfield, and Holly Community Centres on select days and times throughout the week of December 14. Bags are on sale to existing recreation account holders. Account holders can order their bag on play.barrie.ca.

Free skates and swims at City of Barrie recreation centres

Starting December 18 and continuing until January 3, the City is offering free swims and indoor skates during select dates and times at recreation centres. These activities will be open to those with existing recreation accounts. Residents can view the schedule online starting December 11. Account holders are reminded to register in advanced for all activities on play.barrie.ca, and to follow all stated health and safety guidelines while using facilities.

Barrie's Virtual Family Countdown on New Year's Eve

In lieu of the traditional Downtown Countdown and following the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the City is hosting a virtual New Year's Eve family hour, featuring a performance from family entertainment group Splash'N Boots. Stay tuned to the City of Barrie's social media channels on December 31 to watch the show at 7 p.m.

The City reminds residents to follow Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit recommendations to help protect themselves, family, friends and coworkers from COVID-19 this holiday season.

For more details on how to celebrate safely with the City of Barrie,visit barrie.ca/HappyHolidays

Media Contact
Emily Sedgwick
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4436
emily.sedgwick@barrie.ca