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New Year's Eve
New Year's EveCelebrate the New Year in Banff with a big event downtown on Banff Avenue, from Caribou Street to Elk Street.

This family-friendly event includes skating with Isabelle the Wonderful at the downtown rink, roasting marshmallows, fire dancers, interpretive Indigenous stories and dance, a fat bike obstacle course and music on our main stage, plus rides on the children’s train – The New Year’s Eve Express.

Everything starts at 7 p.m., and the party caps off at midnight with a New Year's Eve countdown and pyrotechnics show at the high school rink. Reminder, there are no fireworks this year.

Event Schedule*

Banff Avenue at Wolf Street
Stage Schedule:
  • 7 p.m. DJ Rob - Top 40 hits and classics are on the playlist tonight. Request a song, grab your partner and kick up your heels, (it’ll keep you warm).
  • 7:50 p.m. Fire dancers - These dancers are fighting off the cold with flames. You won't want to miss these mesmerizing performances
  • 8 p.m. Official Welcome
  • 8:05 p.m. Samantha Smalleyes - Cultural music and dance with Stoney Nakoda artists.
  • 8:25 p.m. Fire dancers / DJ Rob
  • 8:45 p.m. Swannee and Friends - Sub-zero temperatures are no match for the fun music of Swannee and Friends.
  • 9:30 p.m. Fire dancers / DJ Rob
  • 9:50 p.m. Amelie Patterson - Local favourite Amelie Patterson hits the stage playing alt-folk and rock.
  • 10:35 p.m. Fire dancers / DJ Rob
  • 10:55 p.m. Brent Lee - Ring in the new year with some good ole country and rock from Brent Lee.
  • 11:40 p.m. DJ Rob
  • 11:55 p.m. Fire dancers
  • 11:59 p.m. Countdown to midnight
  • 12 a.m. - Pyrotechnics show at the downtown rink

200 Block of Banff Avenue (Between Wolf Street and Caribou Street)
  • New Year’s Eve ExpressHop aboard this fun train zooming around the street. It’s for kids, but there’s a spot for adventurous parents.
  • Fat Bike Obstacle Course - Put your winter biking skills to the test. There’s a truck load of snow in your path – see how well you can do!
  • Mary Lambert - Sing along for the whole family to the infectious songs and music from this outstanding children’s performer.
  • Maple Taffy Demo - The folks at Discover Banff Tours show us how to turn hot maple syrup into a sweet frozen treat with the help of snow. Taste testing encouraged.
  • Roam Warming Station - Jump inside the Roam bus to warm up, and then grab some marshmallows to roast on the nearby fire pit.
  • LED Street performers - Check out these glowing performers, who are wandering along Banff Avenue

Downtown Ice Rink
  • Grab a pair of skates and head over to the downtown rink for a skating party. Lots of great music, activities and more await. Don’t miss the comedy and magic of Isabelle the Wonderful and stop by the teepee for interpretive Indigenous storytelling with Blackfoot artist Treffrey Deerfoot. Enjoy some traditional tea, berry soup and bannock. The teepee is open until 11 p.m.
  • Join us for a spectacular pyrotechnics display at midnight to welcome in the New Year. The high school rink closes at 11 p.m. to set up for the pyrotechnics. 
*Schedule subject to change

This is a family-friendly event. Absolutely no alcohol is allowed on the street. If you bring some, you’ll be tossing it into one of the recycling bins. Better yet, leave it at home. Please be respectful of all the kids celebrating the new year.