For some, New Year's Eve is about sipping champagne and kissing your sweetie at midnight.
For parents, the night is often about letting your children hop on a bouncy castle and watch a magician before heading home for an early night.
Whatever your pleasure, there are plenty of New Year's Eve options for everyone in Peterborough this year. Even if you haven't already made reservations!
One of the most popular Peterborough traditions is an event formerly known as Downtown
Countdown but is now known as Peterborough New Year's Celebrations.
Families looking for a fun night out need look no further than downtown Peterborough on Dec. 31.
Magic shows, family-friendly music, comedy and a battle of the bands will be running at three venues -- Peterborough Square, Market Hall and Showplace Peterborough, says Geoff Eve, secretary of the event committee. The event normally draws about 2,000 people.
Buy a wristband and you can come and go from the venues, as you please.
At Market Hall, you can catch the battle of the bands, which will include up to eight high school bands including Full Throttle -- a band of young boys managed by local musician Terry Guiel.
One band will be crowned the winner after the event, which runs from 8 p. m. to about midnight, Eve said.
At Peterborough Square, young families can enjoy bouncy castles, obstacle courses and shows by J. the Magician and Music for Moppets from 6 to 9 p. m.
Jungle Cat World, a popular attraction last year, will be back again, he said.
At Showplace, there will be a variety show including J. the Magician, comedy and family-friendly music, Eve said. Final acts are still being arranged, he said.
Organizers ask that all attendees bring a donation for Kawartha Food Share.
For a more adult-oriented evening, you can try your luck at gambling and rock out with Terry Guiel and Jericho's Wall at a special event at the OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs.
Customer relations supervisor Betty Wade says the event, which stopped several years ago, is now back by popular demand.
While seats for the buffet dinner are sold out, she says $30-tickets are still available for the dance, which includes a late-night buffet and party favours.
She says organizers predict about 300 will participate.
The dress is to be business casual.
"The big thing is, it's something different for New Year's Eve in Peterborough," Wade says.
Various bars/restaurants including Dobro on George Street are offering special events.
Join Dobro's dinner and dance with entertainment by Steve Sinai and Double Time.
The buffet-stule dinner will include Canadian prime rib, chicken supreme, ribs, lemon pepper Atlantic salmon, Greek, Caesar salad and dessert. Party favours and champagne will also be served at midnight.
In the mood for comedy? Mexicali Rosa's offers a night of laughs with Yuk Yuks on Dec. 31. There will be a buffet as well as champagne and party favours at midnight.
If you can't get out for New Year's Eve or are looking for some entertainment the day after, Hutchison House is once again hosting its popular event -- Hogmanay p. m.
Whatever you do on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, city police warn revelers not to get behind the wheel after a few drinks. RIDE checks will be set up across the city on Dec. 31 and extending into the morning of Jan. 1, said Const. Peter Sejrup.
Have fun, he says, but don't drink and drive.
- on New Year's Day.
This Scottish celebration dates back to the 16th century and includes delicacies such as Scotch black bun, a rich mixture of currants, raisins, peel, spices and whisky baked in a fine pastry dough. There will also be Scotch eggs, potted salmon, oatcakes and haggis.
You can also gulp down a heated mixture of honey and whisky topped with whipped cream and toasted oats. Fiddle music, bagpipes and Highland dancing will all be part of the fun.
Meanwhile, if you'd like to meet Ontario Lt.Gov. David Onley, he'll be at city hall on Jan. 1 from 10 a. m. to noon. Following this New Year's Day levee, Onley will drop the puck at the Petes game at 2
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* What:Peterborough's New Year's Celebrations (formerly Downtown Countdown) When:Dec. 31 starting at 6 p. m.
Where:Three venues -Peterborough Square, Market Hall and Showplace Peterborough.
Tickets:Buy a wristband ($5 adults and $3 children under age 12) and come and go from the three venues as you please.
* What:New Year's Eve Party "Rock In 2009" with music by Terry Guiel and Jericho's Wall. When:Dec. 31 (dinner sold out but dance starts at 9 p. m.)
Where:OLG Slots at Kawartha Downs
Tickets:$30 for party including dance, late-night buffet and party favours.
Call:939-2400 or (800) 711-2485 ext. 4383
* What:New Year's Eve dinner and dance at Dobro Restaurant and Bar
When:Dec. 31 from 5 p. m. top 2 a. m.
Where:Dobro, 287/289 George Street, across from Showplace
Details:Reserve for dinner or dinner/dance package, dinner at 5 p. m., dinner/dance 7 p. m. to 2 a. m. Buffet style dinner; party favours and champagne at midnight. Entertainment by Steve Sinai and Double Time. Tickets on sale between Christmas and New Year's.
Tickets:$60 per person does not include tax or gratuities. Call:775-9645
* What:New Year's Eve featuring dinner and Yuk Yuk's When:Dec. 31
Where:Mexicali Rosa's at corner of Water and Charlotte streets.
Details:A gourmet hot and cold buffet; things really get into the swing of it at 10 p. m. when comics Paul Smith and Manolis Zontanos take the stage.
Tickets:$40 in advance and $50 at the door. Ticket package includes buffet, comedy, karaoke and champagne toast with party favours at midnight. Call:741-3222.
* What:New Year's Eve musical entertainment When:Dec. 31 from 7 p. m. to 1 a. m.
Where: Peterborough Holiday Inn on George Street Details:Beau Dixon and Michael Beauclerc will entertain. Call:743-1144
* What:New Year's Eve dinner and dance at legion When:Dec. 31
Where:Royal Canadian Legion 1550 Lansdowne St. W. Tickets:$25 advance, otherwise $30.
* What:Gala New Year's Eve Contra Dance When:Dec. 31 from 8:30 p. m. to 12:30 a. m. Where:St. John's Anglican Church, 99 Brock St. Details:All ages welcome, no partner needed, no experience needed. All dances taught. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a snack to share at the break. Live fiddle and string music by Jay Edmunds, Chris Culgin and Benj Rowland.
Tickets:$10 per person, $20 per family at the door. Call:741-0312.
* What:Omemee-Emily Firefighters' Association New Year's Eve Dance
When: Dec. 31, dance begins at 8 p. m.
Where:Omemee-Emily Community Hall, Sturgeon Street. Details:Admission includes dance, midnight lunch and a champagne toast with favours. T
Tickets:Tickets for the age of majority event are available at Roadside Cafe and Pro Hardware, $20 per person or $35 per couple.
* Dance:Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association and Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance
When:Dec. 31, doors open at 7 p. m. Where: Lindsay Central Exhibition Building. Details:Hot buffet dinner at 8 p. m., show time 9 p. m. Admission includes party favours, prizes and spot dances.
Tickets:Admission is $75 per person and tickets are available at Down to Earth Outfitters, 82 Kent St. W. Lindsay; Lindsay Central Exhibition Office, 354 Angeline St. S. Call:324-4361.
When:Jan. 1 from 1 to 4 p. m. Where: Hutchison House
Tickets:Adults $5, children $2 and family rate $15. Call: 743-9710
* What:New Year's Levee When:Jan. 1 from 10 a. m. to noon Where:City hall on George Street Details:Ontario Lt.Gov.David Onley and Mayor Paul Ayotte host event with local entertainment and refreshments