Moncton to Host Second Annual New Year's Eve Family Fun Fest 2023-11-14

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Moncton is gearing up to host its second annual New Year's Eve Family Fun Fest. This year's event, presented by the Moncton Wildcats, promises to be bigger and better, featuring an exciting lineup of activities, music, and entertainment for all ages.

The Mellotones and Beauxmont will headline the New Year’s Eve celebration, which takes place at Downtown Place/Ian Fowler Oval outside the Avenir Centre. The Dec. 31 festivities will offer live music, family-friendly entertainment, and not one, but two firework displays. Join us as we welcome 2024, with one firework show for families at 8:30 p.m., and another at midnight to ring in the new year.

“We’re thrilled to bring the second annual event to Moncton, building on the success of last year’s celebrations,” says Shane Esson, co-chair of the New Year’s Eve Family Fun Fest organizing committee. “This event fills a gap by providing family-friendly festivities in an exceptional outdoor venue.”

Claire Esson, the committee’s co-chair, says the event also helps build community.

“There are not as many opportunities in the winter for residents to gather together,” she says. “We’re delighted to provide an additional not-to-be-missed seasonal event while giving people a free, accessible, and fun way to ring in the New Year.”

The organizing committee is working with the City of Moncton and Events Moncton to plan the event.

“The inaugural event last year was planned as part of the community celebrations around the IIHF World Junior Championship,” says Bill Whalen, co-chair of Events Moncton. “It is a great example of the community legacy some of these bigger events can bring. We’re excited to see this terrific celebration added to the many annual events that help make Moncton a great place to visit and to call home.”

The New Year’s Family Fun Fest schedule is packed with activities for all ages:

  • 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Engage in a variety of kid-friendly activities and enjoy live performances by entertainers and musicians on the Local Stage.
  • 2 p.m. to midnight: 
    • A variety of food trucks, including Shangrilla, Mamma K’s, and the Cavendish Fry Truck, will be on site to satisfy your taste buds. 
    • Enjoy a delicious fundraiser barbecue from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with all proceeds going to the United Way. 
    • Explore the ice bars, a special partnership with the Crown Plaza, 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. 
  • 8:30 p.m.: Watch a pre-midnight firework display for families. 
  • 8:45 p.m. to midnight: Evening concert with performances by Beauxmont and The Mellotones.
  • Midnight: Ring in the New Year with a spectacular firework show.

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



Communications, City of Moncton

Shane Esson
Co-chair of the New Year’s Eve Family Fun Fest organizing committee, 506-380-3891

Category: Events