New York New Years

New York New Years 

New York New Years expands indoors this year.

Festivals Kelowna is once again producing its Valley First New York New Years family celebration on December 31 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Jim Stuart Park, across from City Hall.

"This event is one of the only all ages appropriate New Years Eve celebrations in our community,” says Renata Mills, Executive Director with Festivals Kelowna. “2015 marks the fourth year of this fun event, and based on the terrific response from the community and our event partners and sponsors, we know our community is having a great time ringing in the New Year together.”

Ryan Donn

New York New Years is free to attend, and will again include skating at the outdoor ice rink, and much more.

Club Penguin Snow Zone activities and treats ~

⇒ City of Kelowna's Park n Play program

⇒ Karaoke and Wii stations

⇒ Canadian-themed games: Toss the Beaver and Canadian Goose Egg Drop

⇒ Depending on snow conditions, there will be a snow pile for kids to enjoy


Get toasty warm with free hot chocolate, courtesy of RE/MAX Kelowna.

There will be thousands of prizes and glow items provided by City of Kelowna, Chances Entertainment Centre, Bell Media, and Kiwanis Club of Kelowna.


NEW! Valley First Warm-Up Zone (in KCT) featuring a craft station for kids  ~

⇒ Make blowers and noisemakers

⇒ Play drop-in games like Giant Jenga and Colossal Connect 4

⇒ Face painting

Cartoons on a huge screen inside the theatre


Live entertainment on the Jim Stuart stage ~

⇒ 5:30 p.m.  DJ Embassy 

⇒ 6:00 p.m.  The Blues Brothers Too

⇒ 7:00 p.m.  The Zamboni Brothers

⇒ 7:45 p.m.  Kelowna’s Taiko Drums

⇒ 8:00 p.m.  7-piece R&B band The Salmon Armenians


Fireworks (broadcast by Castanet) at 9 p.m., shot from the northwest point in City Park. The show will be visible along the waterfront from the Sails to Waterfront Park.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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About the Author

Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own, and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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