Fireworks will light up the Calgary Tower to ring in the new year during the city’s celebration on New Year’s Eve.
The program begins at 11:55 pm with blessings from Indigenous Elder Clarence Wolfleg, a countdown to midnight and welcome to 2023 with Mayor Jyoti Gondek, and an eight-minute fireworks display.
Olympic Plaza will be open for outdoor skating from 10 a.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve. But people are also encouraged to ring in the new year skating at the city’s other outdoor rinks, roasting marshmallows at one of the bookable fire pits at a community park or speeding down one of Calgary’s sledding hills.
In a news release, Gondek invited people to enjoy the New Year’s Eve festivities.
“2022 has been a year of renewed connections and the celebrations continue as we ring in the new year,” said Gondek.
The fireworks can be viewed live from Olympic Plaza and through the live stream at Calgary.ca/NYE. A synchronized soundtrack will be broadcast on CJSW 90.9 FM.
Calgary Transit will extend its service hours on New Year’s Eve to help get people home.
The CTrain will run until 4 am. running on January 1. Bus routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 22, 301, 302, Max Orange, Max Yellow, Max Teal and Max Purple will operate until 3 am. 1.
The city is closing several roads from 11:30 p.m. on December 31 until 12:15 a.m. on January 1 for pedestrian and traffic safety during the fireworks, including:
- Center Street SE, from 6th Avenue SE to 9th Avenue SE
- 9th Avenue SW, from 1st Street SW to 1st Street SE
- 9th Avenue SW sidewalk in front of the Calgary Tower