The Grande Prairie Public Library is ringing in New Year a little bit earlier this year with their Noon-Year’s Eve event. Head of Children’s Services at the Grande Prairie Public Library Bailey Randolph says the event is a way to get kids involved in the festivities.
“I also have small children, so I know they cannot stay up till midnight,” Randolph says. “This is a great way to let them get involved and celebrate the New Year too, so we are doing a countdown to twelve noon instead of twelve midnight.”
Randolph says the event will showcase different new years traditions from different countries around the world. An example she used was how in Europe they eat 12 grapes so their New Years’ wishes will come true.
“So many different countries have unique New Year’s Eve celebrations and rituals, and we wanted to showcase that to Grande Prairie because we are such a diverse community and everyone was included.”
She adds that there will also be a wish tree for attendees to tie their wishes too, and at the stroke of noon on December 31st they plan to have a balloon drop. The event will run at the Grande Prairie Public Library from 11 am to 12 pm. More information will be posted on the library’s website as it becomes available.