October 26, 2015 4:28 pm
Updated: December 30, 2015 7:37 pm

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve event in Vancouver set to ring in 2016

WATCH: Vancouver is about to get more fun on New Year's Eve. As Jill Bennett reports, organizers say a family-friendly party is in the works.


In December 2013, Mayor Gregor Robertson announced Vancouver would finally have a family-friendly event to ring in 2015. But due to lack of funding, it was cancelled.

But things are going to be different for 2016.

The Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society announced in October that a free event will be taking place to ring in 2016 from 6 p.m. to just after midnight on Dec. 31 along Canada Place Way between Howe and Burrard streets.

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This will be the first event of this kind in a decade for Vancouver.

“We’re very grateful to have sponsors on board this year who share our vision of an annual celebration that encourages citizens and visitors to gather in a central location for an inclusive, safe and enjoyable celebration,” said Charles Gauthier, president of the Vancouver NYE Celebration Society.

Gauthier says they are estimating roughly 15,000 people to attend the event, which includes live music, entertainment, a countdown for families at 9 p.m. and the midnight countdown complete with fireworks.

The musical lineup will feature headliner Current Swell along with We Are the City and The Matinee.

To get more information on the New Year’s Eve celebration in Vancouver, check out their website.


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