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New Year’s Eve / Canada 150

This New Year’s Eve will be a celebration like no other!  Join us in City Hall & Churchill Square as we countdown to 2017 and the official start of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

This fun-filled, alcohol-free family event will have something for everyone!

Two Spectacular Fireworks Shows!

Fireworks will take place at 8:30pm for families with young children, and again at 12am for those who like a more traditional midnight celebration.

Date: Saturday December 31, 2016
Time: 6pm-12:15am
Location: City Hall & Sir Winston Churchill Square
Admission:  FREE!

Schedule of Activities

6-10pm: Canada 150 Mosaic Tile Painting! Join us inside City Hall and be part of creating a legacy mural to celebrate Canada 150. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. This will be the first of several sessions of tile painting in 2017. (Other dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks.)

6-10:30pm: The fun continues inside City Hall with kids’ activities, magicians, balloon artists and live music. The fun continues outdoors with music, free skate rentals, ice skating, fire pits, bannock-making and food concessions. 

8:30pm: Early fireworks show

9pm-12am: Main Stage entertainment in Churchill Square featuring musical acts Uptown and the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, leading up to a spectacular midnight fireworks finale!

12am: Midnight fireworks show

Please note: High winds or severe weather may result in the cancellation of some outdoor activities. Call 311 for the most up-to-date event information.


Parking will be available for $1 after 5pm at the Stanley A. Milner Library Parkade. Other paid parking will be available throughout the Downtown core. For more information, see Parking in Downtown Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers will be playing at Rogers Place on New Year's Eve and therefore EPark event night rates will be in effect. Please allow ample time to find parking, or take ETS, which is free between 6pm and 3:30am on New Year's Eve.

Free New Year's Eve Public Transit Service

Take transit to and from your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Free ETS service starts at 6pm on December 31 until 3:30am on January 1.

Enjoy celebrations longer by tracking your bus anywhere, anytime using real-time tools.

DATS is free from 6pm on December 31 until 2am on January 1.

For Edmonton route and schedule information visit the ETS Trip Planner.

Money collected in ETS fare boxes on New Year’s Eve will be given to the DONATE A RIDE campaign.

Note: Route 560 to Spruce Grove, Route 580 to Fort Saskatchewan, Route 599 to Edmonton Garrison, and Route 747 to the Edmonton International Airport are not part of the New Year’s Eve free service.

Special ETS Fireworks Service
New this year, extra service will be available after the first fireworks display at 8:30pm. Extra late night service from transit centres will be provided before and after the second fireworks display at midnight.

  • West Edmonton Mall and Jasper Place (along Route 1)
  • Northgate (along Route 9)
  • Mill Woods (along Route 8)
  • Westmount (along Route 5)
  • Southgate (along Route 9)

Service will begin at approximately 9pm. Buses providing this extra service will travel to and from Downtown, near Churchill Square. LRT frequency will be increased before and after the fireworks.

For regional service information, please contact St. Albert Transit at 780-418-6060, Strathcona County Transit at 780-464-7433, or Leduc Transit at 780-980-7177.

Road Closures

To keep everyone safe during the event and the fireworks shows, a number of parking bans and road closures will be in effect until approximately 1am on January 1, 2017:

Closure of 104 Avenue, from 99 Street to 101 Street 

Closure of 99 Street, from 102 Avenue to 102A Avenue
Parking ban on 99 Street, from 101A Avenue to 103A Avenue

Closure of 103A Avenue, from 97 Street to 101 Street
Closure of 100 Street, from 102A Avenue to 103A Avenue
Closure of 99 Street, from north of the City Hall Parkade to 103A Avenue

Closure of 100 Street, from 102 Avenue to 103 Avenue
Closure of 102A Avenue eastbound, from 101 Street to 100 Street

Closure of 102 Avenue, from 97 Street to 101 Street
Closure of 99 Street, from north of 101A Avenue to 102 Avenue
Closure of 100 Street, from 101A Avenue to 102 Avenue

Sidewalk Closures

To ensure public safety, the sidewalks within the fireworks fallout zone will be closed to
pedestrians from 4pm on December 31, 2016 until 1am on January 1, 2017.

Sidewalk closures will include:

  • North and south sidewalks on 103A Avenue and 104 Avenue, from 97 Street to 101 Street
  • East and west sidewalks on 100 Street, from 103 Avenue to 104 Avenue
  • East and west sidewalks on 99 Street north of the City Hall Parkade entrance, to 104 Avenue

Canada 150

For More Information



In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555 and press 0

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