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Happy New Year!

That’s right, we have reached the tail end of 2012. December 21st, be darned. We won’t see the end of the world, just the end of the year in a few day’s time. And what are your plans to ring in the New Year this year; noise makers with friends or family at home? Will you be heading out to one of London’s hot spots to sing out the countdown with a crowd? Or does 2012 end when you tuck yourself into bed at 9 pm and the new year begin with the sun rising the next day? Whatever you have planned, I hope you enjoy every last-minute of 2012 and cherish the new year to come.

If you are still undecided about how to ring in the new year and set on heading out to do something, why not consider these options right here in London, Ontario;


I am always a fan of free events, so let’s start with a Rockin New Year’s Eve at Victoria Park. Activities begin at 5 pm with free skating until 8 pm. Hot chocolate and coffee will also be available from 5 pm to midnight. Get the party started with hats, party favours and balloon creations between 6 to 9 pm. Children’s entertainment kicks off at 7:15 pm with My Perfect Princess Party, followed by Cassandra Hodgins at 8 pm. To add a little pizzazz to the evening for the younger set, who might not make it til midnight, fireworks will be lit at 9 pm (weather permitting).

That isn’t the end of the evening for all by a long shot though. At 9:15 pm, U-Turn takes the stage, followed by Spirit of the West at 10:40 pm. Any adults that show up after the kids head to bed won’t be disappointed at missing the earlier fireworks, as there will be more fire in the sky at midnight once the countdown reaches the pinnacle of 2013. I’m sure it will be an evening to remember for all who attend, so keep it in mind for your new year’s gathering!


New Year's at Noon

New Year’s at Noon

If your little ones couldn’t possible make it to midnight and 9 pm is stretching their bounds as well, don’t let them get bent out of shape that they will miss out on all the fun. How does New Year’s at Noon at the Children’s Museum sound? Pretty good for the youngest set, I’d bet. There will be live entertainment, dancing, face painting, noise makers, hats and a balloon drop at noon to ring in the New Year for kids and their families. There is a $3 surcharge on top of normal entrance fees. Also note that the museum will close at 2 pm on December 31st, so get your playing in early!


If you are into the bar scene, December 31st has to be the best night to get out all year. Every bar imaginable will have some kind of festivities going on. The London Music Club will be rocking with Yuri Pool (of the McCartney years) and the LMC All-Star Band, plus buffet, champagne toast and dancing the night away. Jump on a party bus at Jim Bob Ray’s and go on a club crawl for a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza! With no cover or line-ups and entrance to four of London’s hottest clubs, you are guaranteed a fabulous New Year’s party. Another New Year’s Eve 2013 Club Crawl starts at the London Tap House and takes in Lavish Nightclub and Up On Carling. Forget your car keys and jump on the bus for all the fun you can handle.

Yuk Yuk's Logo.

Even the Hilton Hotel is getting in on the New Year’s action. They are teaming up with Fresh FM for their 8th Annual New Year’s bash, including a chocolate lover’s dessert and coffee bar, plus party favours of course. Doors open at 8:30 and the party goes late! For those looking to grab a bite to eat beforehand, you can take in their New Year’s Eve buffet (think seafood, beef, pork, salmon, salad, fruit, and more) at 5pm for $39.95. Don’t forget the annual New Year’s parties at the Western Fair District. If you are lucky enough to have bought your tickets early to the 60s/70s Dance party or Top of the Fair Dinner and Live Racing, good for you, as they are now sold out, but for those that aren’t as organized, you can still buy tickets to the Yuk Yuk’s Dinner and Show, Family Skate, Buckin in the New Year Rodeo or Live Music at the OLG Slots. That’s a whole lot of fun to choose from and all at one great venue.


Wherever you end up, I hope that you have a fabulous time ringing in 2013. Happy New Year!