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Published December 30, 2022

City invites residents and visitors to celebrate New Year’s Eve in downtown Barrie

Two displays of fireworks, as Sloan heads the musical acts

Release from the City of Barrie

On Saturday, December 31, thousands will gather at Barrie City Hall (70 Collier Street) for the Downtown Countdown—a free evening of fun and entertainment that has become one of Central Ontario's largest New Year's Eve celebrations.

In addition to the headliner Sloan and children’s performers Splash’N Boots, the musical lineup will also feature local artists The Straits and Grant Boyer. The full list of scheduled events is as follows:

  • 6 p.m. to midnight – Activities and vendors open
  • 7 p.m. – Splash’N Boots
  • 8 p.m. – Family countdown and fireworks
  • 8:30 p.m. – The Straits
  • 9:30 p.m. – Grant Boyer
  • 10:45 p.m. – Sloan
  • 11:55 p.m. – Greetings from dignitaries
  • 12:00 a.m. – Countdown and fireworks

Event set-up will begin today, December 30. The City reminds residents and visitors of the following road closures that are in effect:

  • Collier Street from Owen Street to Mulcaster Street: 6 a.m. December 30 to 12 noon January 1
  • Collier Street from Mulcaster Street to Poyntz Street: 3 p.m. December 31 to 2 a.m. January 1
  • Mulcaster Street from Dunlop Street to Worsley Street: 3 p.m. December 31 to 2 a.m. January 1

The City reminds residents and visitors Barrie Transit service will be free on New Year’s Eve starting at 5 p.m., and Route 1 and Route 8 will operate until 3 a.m.

As well, overnight on-street parking will be permitted from 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. on January 1, 2023.

For full event details, visit barrie.ca/DowntownCountdown.

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