Niagara This Week
When it comes to ringing in 2013 Niagara has a lot to do for both young and old.
The dawning of a new year is always reason to celebrate and for whatever tastes there is a way to join in the festivities.
Across the region there are events appealing to both young and old, with several set to kick off on New Year’s Eve for the young ones early in the day so parents still have time to enjoy a celebration of their own.
In Welland the city is hosting its 12th annual Children’s New Year’s Eve Bash with inflatable bouncers, mini-putt, apple cider, cotton candy, face painting, magic, fireworks, a glow-in-the-dark dance party and more at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln St. The free event runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the fireworks kicking off at 5:50 p.m.
Kid in Grimsby won’t be left out as the town’s New Year’s Eve Skate and Fireworks kicks off at 2 p.m. and runs to 6 p.m. at the Peach King Centre, 162 Livingston Ave. Free skating sponsored by Tim Hortons will run alongside inflatables, crafts and fireworks to end the celebration at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Port Colborne will be hosting the Ingredion & Friends Kidz New Year’s Eve Carnival. The yearly celebration for kids gets underway at the West Side Arena at 2 p.m., and will be capped off with a fireworks display in the field beside the arena at 5:30 p.m.
From 2-5 p.m. there will be free skating at the arena, face painting, crafts, cookie decorating and other games. There will also be a Mad Science show at 3 p.m. and a puck toss competition at 4 p.m.
After the carnival ends attendees can cheer on the junior B Port Colborne Don Cherry’s Pirates as they take on the Fort Erie Meteors. The game starts at 6 p.m. and admission into the game is free.
The St. Catharines New Year’s Eve Celebration will run from 3 to 6:15 p.m. at the new Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St. Free swimming, an inflatable bouncer for toddlers, carnival games, crafts are planned in addition to party hats, face painting, juice boxes, popcorn and more. A “midnight” celebration at 6:15 complete with bubbly — ginger ale will round out the party. For more information call 905-688-5601, ext. 1556.
For those wishing to celebrate the turning of the year at midnight there is plenty to do with the Niagara Parks Commission’s annual Niagara Falls New Year’s Party at Queen Victoria Park likely marking Niagara’s largest celebration. Over 40,000 turn out annually for the celebration that kicks off at 7:30 p.m. The free concert will feature the likes of Dragonette, Hedley and Nelly Furtado this year. Two fireworks displays will light up the skies above the Falls at 8:45 p.m. and midnight with over 2,000 pounds of pyrotechnics launched from the Skylon Tower.
Also in Niagara Falls, Deadmau5, the electronic music icon, also known as Joel Zimmerman, will headline the second annual Golden New Year’s Eve at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. The Niagara Falls native is currently touring to promote his latest album, album title goes here, which was released this past September. Other acts on the bill include Chris Lake, Burns, DVBBS and the Sour DJ’s. Tickets for the 19-plus event start at $75 and can be purchased at http://goldennye.com.
In Niagara-on-the-Lake New Year’s Eve revellers can celebrate with the Niagara Rhythm Section and friends at the Old Winery Restaurant, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd. The event will also feature Steve Goldberger, Steve Grisbrook, Paul Martin, Dave Norris, Penner MacKay, Sandra Marynissen, Rodger Niznik and surprise guests. Reservations can be made by calling 905-468-8900.
The St. Andrew’s Society will return to the old courthouse on Queen Street in Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake with its New Year’s Eve Ball. Featuring live music by the 5th Avenue Dance Band, a gourmet dinner and a bagpiper ringing in the new year at midnight the event promises to be a night to remember. Tickets are $90 per person and must be purchased in advance, they include dinner. There will be a cash bar and bottles of champagne for sale. For tickets contact Margaret Middleton at 905-468-1539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Fort Erie Trailside Bar and Grill in Ridgeway will host a celebration of its own with live entertainment featuring ‘The Associates’ alongside complimentary finger foods and some midnight champagne. Tickets are $20 per person in advance, and the fun kicks off at 9:30 p.m. and doesn’t stop until 3 a.m.
Trailside Bar is located at 282 Ridge Road, and all party goers must be at least 19 years of age. For more information call 289-876-8000.