Most outdoor activities cancelled, but still lots of great indoor activities at Strathcona County’s New Year’s Eve Festival

December 29, 2017

Most outdoor activities cancelled, but still lots of great indoor activities at Strathcona County’s New Year’s Eve Festival

Due to the cold weather, most of the outdoor activities for the New Year’s Eve Festival have been cancelled or rescheduled. The exceptions are wagon rides and fireworks, which will go ahead as scheduled. Any further changes to the status of the wagon rides will be updated by 12 noon on December 31.

There are still lots of free activities to participate in at the New Year’s Eve Festival! Superhero themed entertainment and family fun will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 31.

Some indoor activities include:

  • shinny hockey and public skating at the Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre; helmets are required, bring your own skates and stick
  • a figure skating performance by the Sherwood Park Figure Skating Club in the Sherwood Park Arena at 7 p.m.
  • special Canada 150 performances by children's entertainer Team T&J at Council Chambers at the Community Centre
  • inflatables in the Community Centre
  • a variety of superhero themed activities in Festival Place and the Strathcona County Community Centre

Healthy non-perishable food donations for the Strathcona County Food Bank are also encouraged.

The evening of fun will conclude with the ever-popular Sherwood Park Mall Fireworks at 8 p.m. This year’s display will be even bigger, as we say good-bye to a fantastic year of Canada 150 celebrations.

Residents are encouraged to use the FREE Transit Park ‘N Ride at the Bethel Transit Terminal beginning at 3:30 p.m. Buses will run every 15 minutes to Broadmoor Lake Park and back. The last shuttle is at 8:45 p.m.

Drivers are reminded that Festival Avenue, Festival Way (local traffic only) and Festival Lane roads will be closed from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Winter Sky Show rescheduled for January 3

The Winter Sky Show light show, which digitally transforms the exterior tower of Festival Place, has been rescheduled to January 3. The show runs from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Residents can also enjoy a free recreation skate at Broadmoor Arena from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., and free swimming at the Kinsmen Leisure Centre from 1:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Ice sculptures (located outside of the Community Centre) and an ice slide (located behind Festival Place) will be open as well. Free hot chocolate will be available outside of the South east corner of the Sherwood Park Sports Centre (at Broadmoor Lake Plaza) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


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Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595