New Year’s Eve in the Park to shine light on local talent

Ring in 2024 this Sunday, December 31 at London’s free New Year’s Eve in the Park celebration, presented by the WSIB. Victoria Park will be the spot to celebrate New Year’s Eve with live music and performances from local artists starting at 7 p.m., outdoor skating, free hot chocolate and two firework displays presented by Drewlo Holdings - one at 9 p.m. followed by another at the stroke of midnight. 

About the performers

Forest City London Music Awards All-Star Band

The Forest City London Music Awards All-Star Band is a collection of some of the best local musicians. The band focuses their act on clever renditions of hit songs that everyone can sing and dance to. At New Year’s Eve in the Park, they’ll be performing covers from artists including Harry Styles, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Miley Cyrus and Neil Young.

Brothers Wilde 

Brothers Wilde will entertain the crowd with their unique style of country-fried roots rock tunes. The band is made up of brothers Nolan and Ethan Wilde, who grew up in Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. Brothers Wilde have played prestigious shows and festivals including the 2021 Canadian Country Music Awards Launch Party, Bluewater Borderfest, Westfest, Tkaronto Music Festival and the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival. Their music is influenced by Chris Stapleton, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church and their father Garnet Wilde.

The Thinking Caps

The Thinking Caps is a family-friendly rock band who are interactive, clever and wildly entertaining. Vocalist Jay Rutherford originally came up with the idea for the band after writing songs for his young children. 

Simple Reflections Latin Power

Simple Reflections Latin Power highlights some of the best Latino musicians in London. Featuring eight artists from six countries and led by Gianny Correa, graduate of the University of Havana School of Music, this band will bring the heat to London's New Year's Eve celebration.


Saidat has had a monumental impact on the lives of over 2 million children throughout her impressive 20-year career. Her in-person shows and virtual programming have successfully reached audiences across Canada, cementing her status as one of Canada's accomplished Black influencers and educators. With her infectious energy and passion for learning, Saidat delivers a message of hope and inspiration. 

“Our focus every year at New Year’s Eve in the Park is to shine the light on local talent,” said Mario Circelli, Event Manager and Co-Chair of the New Year’s Eve in the Park organizing committee. “We’ve got some of the hottest musicians coming out of the Forest City and it’s so exciting to open an event like this to everyone. Music brings people together in a way that I don't feel anything else does.”

New Year’s Eve in the Park is a community-driven event supported by the City of London and sponsored by WSIB, Drewlo Holdings, LiUNA Local 1059, McCormick Canada, 97.5 Virgin Radio, Pure Country 93 and CTV London. 

Travelling to Victoria Park

London Transit will be offering free transit service from 8 p.m. on December 31 to 1 a.m. on January 1. 

On-street parking downtown is free after 6 p.m. on December 31 and free all-day January 1. Two-hour free parking is also available at select City-owned parking lots by entering the promo code ‘CORE’ in the HONK app at checkout. Find more parking details by visiting

Bike parking is available around Victoria Park on the south side of the bandshell, at the corner of Richmond Street and Central Avenue, along Wellington Street just north of Dufferin Avenue, and outside City Hall under the west overhang.

Secure bike lockers can also be rented and are located at the north end of Clarence Street beside Victoria Park. The bike lockers can be opened with the Movatic app, and the first two hours of your rental are free. 

Last modified:Tuesday, April 02, 2024