This New Year’s Eve, the city of Grande Prairie will host the socially estranged New Year’s Eve celebration at Muskoseepi Park.
“We are very excited because last year, we couldn’t have anything but fireworks, which is really exciting for our community,” said Hayley Kramps, coordinator of programming and events for the city of Grande Prairie.
New Years Eve will take place on December 31 at Ernie Radbourne Pavilion and Muskoseepi Park, and the event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“Things are going to be happening all over the park,” Kramps said. “There is plenty of room for you and your family to come and participate in any of the activities without being too exposed to other people.”
Festival activities will include horse and wagon rides, skating, snowshoeing, and an indigenous story walk.
Registration will be required for horse and wagon rides, and forms can be found at: cityofgp.com/nye
The Native American Story Walk will be held in partnership with the Grande Prairie Friendship Center, and a guide will guide participants through a series of Native American-centric Christmas stories.
New Years Eve-ning Out will also feature a host of Alberta-based and local artists, including folk-rock band Mearon, local singer-songwriter Cam White, and the eclectic Halo Tribal performance company.
Hot chocolate will also be available for purchase, and participants can get a photo of their entire family with a pet-friendly photo booth.
The event will also contain a resolution tree where participants can add their New Years resolutions as we move into 2022. The resolution tree still plans to accept resolutions in person on the day of, however, if public health restrictions change. , resolutions can be sent online to: [email protected].com
“It is a Grande Prairie tradition to have festivities in the park and this year, we have worked very hard to make sure that everyone is outside and that they are accessible to everyone in our community,” said Kramps.
“We are very excited about it and we think it will be a great moment,” Kramps said.
The evening will end with a dual fireworks display over Bear Creek Reservoir and the CKC East soccer field.
This article was written prior to the most recent release of the Alberta government’s COVID-19 restrictions to be implemented on December 24. At the time of publication, City of Grande Prairie staff had not indicated any cancellation. For the most up-to-date information on this event, the City of Grande Prairie staff encourages individuals to check out their social media pages and this link: https://www.cityofgp.com/culture-community/news-events/event-calendar/community-recreation-sports-development/new-years-eve