Moncton Announces Full New Year's Eve Family Fun Fest Program 2023-12-12

City of Moncton and New Year's Eve Family Fun Fest logo


Moncton has put the final touches on a fun-filled program and is set to welcome residents and visitors to the highly anticipated New Year’s Eve Family Fun Fest on Dec. 31. Presented by the Moncton Wildcats, the exciting line-up will feature live performances by The Mainlanders, Beauxmont, and The Mellotones, along with a variety of family-friendly entertainment such as yard games and face painting, the event promises an enjoyable experience for attendees of all ages.

“We are delighted to be adding a New Year’s Eve party to our annual series of free events open to all residents,” says Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold. “The Family Fun Fest is a great opportunity to gather with friends and family to celebrate the start of a new year and there are lots of activities planned to appeal to residents of all ages. We look forward to ringing in the new year with you!”

The event is being organized by a committee made up of local residents.

"We are thrilled to introduce a vibrant celebration to our lineup of free community activities for this New Year’s Eve,” says Shane Esson, co-chair of the New Year’s Eve Family Fun Fest Organizing Committee.

The event is a legacy of last year’s World Junior Hockey Championship.

“This event is not just about ringing in the new year; it's a heartfelt invitation to every resident to join us in building on the success of last year’s celebrations around the IIHF World Junior Championship,” says Claire Esson, co-chair of the organizing committee.

All outdoor festival activities are free and open to all:  

  • 2 p.m.: Opening prayer by Knowledge Keeper Joan Milliea
  • 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: 
    • Engage in a variety of indoor kid-friendly activities, yard games, and performances at the Lounsbury’s Kids’ Zone:
      • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Mad Science 
      • 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Mr. Mark
      • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Mike Pendergast
      • 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.: Mr. Mark 
    • Enjoy live performances by entertainers and musicians on the outdoor local stage:
      • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Mike Pendergast 
      • 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: DJ Bones
      • 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: André Saulnier
      • 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.: Dahlia Ave
    • Discover the rich flavour of maple on a stick with Brigg’s Maple.
    • Get your face painted with beautiful designs and sparkling glitter tattoos.
    • Enjoy a delicious fundraiser barbecue from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with all proceeds going to the United Way. 
  • 2 p.m. to midnight: 
    • Satisfy your taste buds with a variety of food trucks, including Shangrilla, Mamma K’s, and the Cavendish Fry Truck. 
    • Explore the ice bars, a special partnership with the Hilton Garden Inn and Hyatt Place hotels. Located just outside each hotel, they will offer a unique cocktail selection and a warm, cozy atmosphere.  
  • 4 p.m.: Catch the Moncton Wildcats as they face off against the Charlottetown Islanders at the Avenir Centre.
  • 6 p.m. to midnight: Quench your thirst at the beer garden. 
  • 7:15 p.m.: Meet your Moncton Wildcats.
  • 8:30 p.m.: Watch a pre-midnight firework display for families sponsored by the UNI Financial Cooperation
  • 7:30 p.m. to midnight: Enjoy an evening concert with performances by –
    • The Mainlanders
    • Beauxmont sponsored by the UNI Financial Cooperation
    • The Mellotones presented by Atlantic Lottery
  • Midnight: Ring in the New Year with a spectacular firework show sponsored by the UNI Financial Cooperation

Codiac Transpo will offer free New Year’s Eve service from 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on select routes. The schedule for the special Dec. 31 service can be found on the Codiac Transpo website.

For more information and event updates, visit the City of Moncton website.  



Communications, City of Moncton 

Category: Events