Wrap Up Canada 150 in Style
New Year celebrations on Parliament Hill will celebrate the end of this memorable year
Canada 150 will be celebrated in the Nation’s Capital one last time on Parliament Hill and at the Canadian Museum of History on New Year’s Eve.
At the Canadian Museum of History, Indigenous culture will play a prominent part in the celebrations. Visitors of all ages will gather in a family-friendly setting to admire the illuminated tipis. From 4 to 5:30 p.m., the museum will present “Nimidiwin,” a free show featuring performances of Indigenous dancing, drumming and singing.
The celebrations will continue on Parliament Hill. The evening will kick off with the Christmas Lights Across Canada multimedia show, with added pyrotechnic and laser effects. The public is also invited to a dancing and skating session with music from Canadian DJs. Illuminated characters will stroll among the crowd throughout the evening to keep the party spirit going.
To bid farewell to 2017, the evening will close with a performance by hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall, featuring pyrotechnic and laser effects.
The public is also invited to visit the Centennial Flame, which now includes the official symbols of Nunavut.
““To mark the end of the Canada 150 celebrations, the public is invited to take part in a quintessentially Canadian experience — a festive evening of dancing and skating on the Hill,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “It’s an ideal opportunity for all Canadians to gather with their loved ones to wrap up 2017 in an outstanding way. I invite residents and visitors of Canada’s Capital Region to take full advantage of it.”
On Parliament Hill, beginning at 9 p.m., residents and visitors will ring in the New Year under the stars to the sounds of DJs Carl and Evana Müren and DJ Shub, as well as Offishall. The evening will also include a pyrotechnic and laser show repeated at 9:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and midnight.
The Canada150 skating rink will be open to the public until February 28. Skaters must reserve their free skate time 48 hours in advance at canada150rink.com.
There are also a host of other activities in Ottawa throughout December to celebrate Canada 150.
There will be something for everyone on Parliament Hill between December 7 and 31, including free public skating, sporting events, cultural demonstrations, on-site entertainment and Northern food tasting.
The 33rd edition of Christmas Lights Across Canada — the Winter Lightscapes multimedia show — will be projected onto the Parliament Buildings in loop every night through January 7.
On December 13, the Centennial Flame was unveiled with a beautiful new addition: the official symbols of Nunavut. This re-dedication ceremony celebrated the fact that all provinces and territories from coast to coast to coast will now be equally represented on one of Canada’s most beloved landmarks.
From December 26 to 31, the Canada 150 Skating Rink will host a youth hockey tournament in which 32 boys and girls peewee house league teams will represent their province, territory or region to compete in a special Canada 150 division.
On December 30, community programming will continue with public skating, buskers and entertainment, which includes an interactive show by Rhythm Works that use body percussion, stomp-style drumming and beat-boxing.
On December 31, Ulnooweg Development Corporations will host a family-friendly event at the Canadian Museum of History to welcome the New Year in peace and friendship. Nimidiwin (the Algonquin word for dancing) will provide a showcase of Indigenous culture. The show will feature the performance group Northern Cree, Juno award-winner Susan Aglukark and Indigenous performers from across Canada.
Canadians are also invited to ring in the New Year under the stars with a dance and skating party on Parliament Hill. The evening will close with a New Year’s Eve countdown, pyrotechnics and a laser show.
“What could be more Canadian than being outdoors with your family? Especially for these celebrations bidding farewell to Canada 150,” said Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. “There’s something for everyone in this wide array of events, so be sure to get out and enjoy them!”