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The City of Edmonton rings in 2015 with the family-friendly New Year’s Eve Festival at Churchill Square.

Open to all, the free, non-alcoholic events start off indoors at City Hall at 7 p.m. with children’s crafts, activities, balloon artists, face painters and live music.

The fun carries on outdoors with music, hay rides, ice skating with free skate rentals, bannock-making and food concessions leading up to a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

At 7:15 p.m., there will be a special showing of the movie Frozen on a portable inflatable screen. Bring a chair and a warm blanket. You can even strap on a pair of skates, twirl on the City Hall skating rink while watching the movie.

Main stage entertainment starts at 9:15 p.m. in Churchill Square.

High winds or severe weather may result in the cancellation of some outdoor activities. Call 311 for up-to-date event information.

On New Year’s Eve, St. Albert Transit will operate on a modified schedule. Buses will leave Village Landing station every hour at 45 minutes past the hour. The last bus leaving for Edmonton is on Jan. 1 at 1:45 a.m. Buses leaving Edmonton depart at 10 minutes past the hour every hour. The last bus to depart Edmonton after New Year’s Eve celebrations leaves on Jan. 1 at 2:10 a.m.

For further information call 780-418-6060.

The Hotel Selkirk is a hotbed of fun tonight as it presents a celebration of Music and Magic.

Magician extraordinaire Ron Pearson greets everyone with a cocktail followed by a five-course dinner.

After dinner, burn off those calories and tear up the dance floor with the Sugar Swing Dancers and enjoy the live music of the gypsy jazz quintet with Cam Neufeld and the Gadjo Collective, disciples of gypsy jazz founder Django Reinhardt. And at midnight there is the traditional champagne toast.

Tickets are: $192.50. Visit www.fortedmontonpark.ca.

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