Let's party! Record New Year's Eve crowd expected at Victoria Park – The London Free Press

The biggest bash of the year returns to London’s Victoria Park after a two-year hiatus.
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The biggest bash of the year returns to London’s Victoria Park after a two-year hiatus.

The New Year’s Eve party that draws more than 10,000 people to the park will feature two rounds of fireworks and a musical lineup including children’s entertainers and some of the region’s most talented musical acts.
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It’s the first New Year’s Eve gathering in the park since 2019, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Family-oriented fun begins at 7 p.m. with the Thinking Caps, an ensemble of costumed players performing music and skits, followed by a performance from 519 School of Hip Hop and then fireworks at 9 p.m.

You’re invited to Victoria Park for London’s free New Year’s Eve in the Park celebration!

Enjoy dazzling fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight, performances from London’s hottest musicians, outdoor skating and free hot chocolate.

Learn more: https://t.co/uozSb6AFZl#LdnOnt #NYE pic.twitter.com/JfGvZ2xxtK

There will be free hot chocolate, costumed characters interacting with the children and food trucks on site, including Big Daddy Bacon and Donut Diva.

“It’s going to be a real celebration of who we are when it comes to London music,” said organizer Mario Circelli, co-founder and chair of the Forest City London Music Awards.

“We are going to prove why we are a UNESCO-designated City of Music.”

After the early fireworks, several bands take the stage, including 2022 Battle of the High School Bands winners Full Throttle, Lindsey & The Lonelies, Nameless Friends and the Forest City London Music Awards All-Star Band, led by musical director John Brocksom and featuring such luminaries as Jenn Marino of The Hearts and Kate Channer.

4️⃣ MORE SLEEPS until NEW YEAR’S EVE 🎉✨👑 We can’t wait to rock the big stage in Victoria Park for #LdnOnt #NYE, and if our emojis in this caption mean anything, you’ll want to be there too 🤘🏻Event details at link in bio, 📸 Virginia Marie Photography pic.twitter.com/vdmMON97tL

“It’s a really diverse and talented collection of players – 12 of the best musicians in this region – and they’ll be playing 90 minutes of hits everybody will know and want to sing along with,” said Circelli.

One London musician who won’t be joining the All-Stars is Chad Price, winner of the 2022 CBC Toyota Searchlight cross-country talent search. He’ll be on CBC-TV’s national New Year’s Eve Celebration, hosted by comedian Rick Mercer, at 11 p.m.

Price couldn’t immediately be reached, but Circelli wasn’t surprised.

“I’m so happy for Chad Price, because not only is he a talented songwriter with a great voice, but he’s a really, really nice human being, secure in his talent but never arrogant,” said Circelli.

There will be another firework display at midnight, sponsored by Drewlo Holdings.

Londoners are urged to bring their skates – rentals will be available for $7 a person – to enjoy the park’s rink.

London Transit will offer free bus service after 8 p.m. On-street parking downtown will be free after 6 p.m. and all day on New Year’s Day.

London Transit will operate on regular weekday schedules today until Friday December 30th. Check out the extended schedules for New Year’s Eve with free service starting at 8PM: https://t.co/jrHg4972YI #LdnOnt pic.twitter.com/UGjDjyhBBx

“It looks like the weather is going to co-operate, too,” said Circelli, with above-freezing temperatures in the forecast.

“We’re expecting a record crowd, so get your party hats on and grab your merry-makers because this will be the largest, free celebration of the New Year in the region.”

jbelanger@postmedia.com

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What: London’s New Year’s Eve celebration with live music and fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight.

When: Saturday at 7 p.m.

Where: Victoria Park, London

Admission: Free

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