New Year's Eve in Downtown Kitchener and Force Fan Expo 

6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. 

Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West

Activities for kids start at 6:00 p.m., including crafts kids can take with them, face painting, skating and hot chocolate and even photos with Star Wars characters. Force Fan Expo includes a vintage gaming lounge, toys and retro arcade games, costumed characters and vendors. Live music starts outside in Carl Zehr Square at 10:30 p.m. with School of Rock and CleanSL8. Don't forget to use the hashtage #KITNYE when you're tweeting your NYE.

​Waterloo New Year's Eve

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Waterloo Public Square, 75 King Street South, Waterloo

Bring the kids for Mad Science demonstrations, free hot chocolate and music from local DJs. Weather permitting, there'll be skating on the outdoor rink too. 

Family New Year's Eve Party

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road, Cambridge

This family-friend NYE skating party is divided into three separate hours of time. Show up at 4:45 p.m. to pick up a skating wristband for either the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. skating time. Off-ice there will be a bouncy castle, a photo booth, games and crafts and magic shows from IncrediBrent at 6 and 7 p.m.

​NYE Family Skating at Arthur Arena

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

158 Domville St, Arthur

Skate around the Arthur Arena with the kids and have munchies and hot chocolate afterwards. The countdown will happen at 8:45 p.m.! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to food bank. 

  • Call Chris or Bonnie at 519-848-5852


9:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.

Apollo Cinema, 141 Ontario Street North, Kitchener

This NYE event is a fundraiser for CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area) with music, art and very cool projected visuals on the theatre's screen. All of the proceeds will support the CAFKA 2016 Biennial coming up in June, so not only can you ring in the new year in style, but you can also feel good about helping local artists.