1. A disco-themed NYE 2014 in downtown Kitchener with the sound effects guy from the Police Academy movies

Kitchener City Hall 

4:30 p.m - 12:05 a.m.

What better way to ring in 2014 than with the man of 10,000 sound effects? Michael Winslow, better known as the sound effects guy from Spaceballs and the Police Academy movies, hosts this year's New Year's Eve event in downtown Kitchener starting at 9:30 p.m. Before that, children's programming will feature carnival games, crafts and face painting in the city hall rotunda. In the evening, the event takes over civic square with a disco theme and asks families to bring their skates along with their leisure suits "for a night you won't forget." ABBA tribute band ABBAMANIA provides the soundtrack for a family disco night on the ice. 


2. New Year's Eve Family Celebration

Uptown Waterloo 

6 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

The only event in the region that allows you to ring in the New Year without actually waiting until midnight with a free 9 p.m. ginger ale champagne toast and fireworks. Families can also enjoy a free skate to catchy tunes at Rink in the Square with free Tim Horton's hot chocolate. 


3. Family New Year's Eve Party

Hespeler Arena, Cambridge

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

This event features free indoor skating for the kids with life-size cartoon characters. For those less athletically-inclined the event also features video games, a photo booth, as well as a fireplace and watercooler draw.


4. The LITTER-ARTI Project

Kitchener city hall rotunda 

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Susan Coolen showcases her final exhibit as Kitchener's artist-in-residence. Her work uses transforms common litter into works of art and is an illustration of how the age-old expression of how one person's trash can be another person's treasure. 


5. New Years Eve Blood Donor Clinic

KW Blood Donor Clinic, 94 Bridgeport Rd E

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The KW Blood Donor Clinic is looking for 50 donors to roll up their sleeves and give on New Year's Eve, so that those in need can receive a life-saving miracle just in time for the holidays. The clinic says it is an appointment based system but does take walk-ins when able. Those interested in potentially saving somone's life this New Year's Eve are asked to call 1-888-2-DONATE or book online.