Thursday, June 30 2022

The pandemic has interrupted many beloved events in Kelowna, but the city’s annual Valley First New York New Years celebration is back.

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 31 at Stuart Park, families will have the chance to ring the bell early in 2022.

“We are so grateful to be able to once again host this fun event for all ages,” said Renata Mills, Executive Director of Festivals Kelowna.

“After canceling last year and looking forward to 2021 as we continue to brush up against and continue on the event front, this New Years celebration is a way for our community to come together as a whole. safety outside and resume the activities that we enjoy. ”

In order to keep this year’s festivities safe but fun, Festivals Kelowna made adjustments to the event, including closing Water Street between roundabouts to allow more event space for people to move around, extending the duration of the event to give people more time to participate, canceling the use of the interior space of the Kelowna Community Theater and eliminating activities where there is close personal contact like face painting.

This is a free event with funding from the City of Kelowna and many returning sponsors. It will feature a range of COVID-modified activities, including skating on the outdoor rink, throwing games, a scavenger hunt, hula hoop and hip-hop dancing on the “snow stage” and more.

To make sure everyone stays well fed and warm, there will be four food trucks on site from 4 to 9 p.m. serving “glove friendly” portions of small donuts, kettle-cooked popcorn, hot dogs, smokies, fries, coffee and hot chocolate.

When the skaters take to the ice, they will be rocked by live musical performances on the main stage under The Bear starting at 5:00 p.m. followed by indie rock band “The Nomads” at 6:00 PM, local rock band “3/4 Crush” at 7:00 PM playing Classic Rock covers and Kelowna DJ “Hotel Zero” spinning dance music between sets .

Kelowna’s “The Insiders” will end the evening’s performance with a Fleetwood Mac-inspired set starting at 8:00 pm, and the ceremony will close with Mayor Colin Basran. It will participate in the countdown to the fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. and ring the start of the year with the inhabitants. Shot from City Park, the fireworks display will be visible along the waterfront, from The Sails to the Kelowna Yacht Club.

For more information on the event, Click here.

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