Happy Holidays everyone! We hope you had plenty of time to catch up with your family and get some much deserved rest. If you’re looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, we’ve prepared a list of options fit for the entire family.
1) New Year’s Festival
A staple in Strathcona County! Grab your winter gear, skates, and helmet and go skating with the family or grab some hot chocolate and build some snow sculptures. Afterwards, grab a snack from one of the many vendors before seeing the fireworks! The New Year’s Festival will take place on December 31st from 4-8PM at Broadmoor Lake Park, Community Centre and Festival Place. For a full list of activities, visit this page. Thanks to Strathcona County Transit, there will be two free busses that will take you to Broadmoor Lake park and Festival Place. Pasta Pantry is just a short walk away from Festival Place, so stop by and grab bite before you see the fireworks!
2) New Year’s Day in Sherwood Park!
The fun doesn’t stop on New Year’s Day! From 1-4PM, Festival Place will have all kinds of crafts, games, and outdoor activities, while the Sherwood Park Sports Centre will have free public skating and hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy. If you would like to go snowshoeing or cross country skiing, spend the afternoon at Strathcona Wilderness Centre. Also, make sure you bring a donation for the Strathcona Food Bank.
3) New Year’s Eve at Churchill Square!
Many Edmontonians have vivid memories of seeing the fireworks at Churchill Square; this year, they’ll get to experience all of those same feelings again. From live entertainment and hay rides to crafts for the kids, there’s a reason why this is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. The event will take place from 7-12:15 AM. To avoid the heavy traffic and road closures, we recommend using public transit instead of your vehicle.
4) New Year’s Eve Family Beach Ball!
Have you had enough of winter? Would you rather spend the last day of the year swimming with your friends and family in +31°C weather? Head over to West Edmonton Mall for their Family Beach Ball event! A unique take on the celebratory holiday, this party promises an indoor fireworks show and all kinds of other festivities. To get your tickets, head over to their website.
5) Bissell Centre New Year’s Day Dinner!
Start 2016 off with some wonderful music and tasty food! The Alberta Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Boyle Street Plaza downtown from 12-2PM. Everyone is welcome to attend, but we recommend you show up early. 1,000 people are expected to be there!
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter! We will be closed on New Year’s Day and January 2nd, so stop by either on December 30 or 31st from 11-8PM to see what we’re cooking! Happy New Year from everyone here at Pasta Pantry!