The heart of New Year’s Eve celebrations, Olympic Plaza, was packed with party-goers taking in the free family-friendly event Monday night.

Citytv broadcasted nationally and cutting to Calgary’s live performances from
Johnny Reid, Serena Ryder, Victoria Duffield and others.

660News reporter Tim James was among the thousands of revellers enjoying the excitement and festive mood, ready to welcome the new year.

He says many families were taking in all the free entertainment, including Martine, who was with her kids and a friend, were thrilled they travelled downtown.

“It’s something to get out of the house instead of staying at home and doing a countdown in front of the television or hosting a big party and having a big cleanup
to do.”

Mayor Nenshi was also in attendance to lead the countdown to midnight before
a big fireworks finale.