Day 224 of 365 – Orangeville’s 8th Annual First Night Celebration

So I find myself with nothing planned for New Year Eve this year.  With all the coming and goings over the holidays my family and I  just never got around to it.  So if your like me with no plans then you can always take part in the 8th Annual First Night celebration in Orangeville!  I think this year’s show sounds awesome and will be the best so far.

Orangeville’s First Night Celebration is the place to be on Today December 31.

A new venue has been added this year…Can you guess what it is..Hmmmm–It will be taking place at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre — with several new activities in it’s line up, it’s going to be quite the community party!

New to this year’s event is a MuchMusic Video Dance, a rock climbing wall, and free swimming and skating.

This year’s celebration runs from 6-10:30 p.m. with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Indoor and outdoor activities include horse-drawn wagon rides (7-9:30 p.m.), MuchMusic Video Dance, (8-10:30 p.m.), and free skating (6-9:30 p.m.) and free swimming (6:30-7:30 p.m.)

Other activities offered from 7-10 p.m. are caricaturist Carolyn Holroyd, magician Frank Santangelo, Al the Pal children’s entertainer, Dance Dance Revolution, face painting, Guitar Hero, open jam session provided by Ontario Conservatory of Music, bouncy castle, gyro space ball, and an obstacle course.

admission and all activities will again be free to the public again this year but its like the party has been super-sized LOL

Here’s a little overview what what you will expect to see, hear and do during the evening.

New to this year’s celebration will be Game Asylum – a mobile video game party experience. It’s a mobile video game arcade in a 36-foot tractor trailer that can accommodate 16 participants at one time. Four giant screens are complemented by theatre-grade directional Dolby sound and game-oriented rumble seats.

Slapshot” will be an opportunity to practice your slapshots, monitor your speed and see how fast your slapshot is compared to others at this new station.

Also new this year will be three amusement rides – the train ride, the swing ride and the spinner, provided by A to Z Fun Rentals of Toronto.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies for the MuchMusic Video Dance will be Jessica Martin, the voice of the Toronto Transit Commission. Her voice is a familiar one as she provides traffic updates on Breakfast Television, CP24 and 680 News. After graduating from McMaster University with an honours degree in multimedia and mass communications, Jessica began her career as a floor director for CityTV and worked as a research analyst at Queen’s Park before moving to the TTC.  Two large video screens will be erected – one inside in B Rink and a second one outside.

“The Town has been putting together a First Night celebration for eight years and this year’s show sounds amazing,” Mayor Rob Adams said, noting the MuchMusic Video Dance and the gaming arcade will appeal to a wider audience while a host of family activities will be sure to draw a large crowd. “At a celebration like this, it’s a huge advantage to have both indoor and outdoor activities, at no cost to participants, and a range of entertaining events. It’s going to be a special celebration to mark the start of a new year and everyone’s invited to join in the fun.”

Food booths will be operated by Fat Boys BBQ Cuisine and the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre snack bar throughout the evening. Fat Boys BBQ Cuisine will offer a variety of food for purchase, including pork on a bun, soup, chili, and assorted poutine.

Parking will be available at Orangeville District Secondary School (with access via Faulkner Street only), Princess Elizabeth Public School, Upper Grand District School Board parking lot on Amelia Street, and the Dufferin County Courthouse parking lot on Elizabeth Street. There will be no parking available at the Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre.

Free Orangeville Transit service will be offered from 6-11 p.m. on December 31, with regular routes plus a special First Night event shuttle between Orangeville Transit transfer point (Fourth Street and Broadway) and Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre.  This free service is provided courtesy of the Town of Orangeville and the First Night Committee.

Categories: Family Fun, Festivals & Events, New Years Eve, Winter

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