The Town of Turner Valley isn’t letting early December’s warm weather cool off its annual year-end party.
The mild temperatures delayed ice making in the outdoor rink, so people are instead invited to enjoy an outdoor family dance during the Dec. 31 festivities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“We are really pleased to offer something different this year and to have a family outdoor dance,” said community events co-ordinator Hazel Martin.
Martin said it’s the first year the Town changed its plans to accommodate the weather in the nine years it’s hosted the event.
“We have always been fortunate enough that we’ve got the snow and the weather conditions to be able to make ice,” she said.
Other activities planned for the free family event includes cookie decorating, s’mores, tableside magic and face-painting inside the Flare ‘n’ Derrick Community Hall. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides and bonfires around the vicinity of the hall and a fireworks display to conclude the festivities at 8 p.m.
Complimentary snacks and hot chocolate will be available throughout the evening.
Martin said the party is open to more than just Turner Valley residents.
“We invite all members in the neighbouring communities to come and attend this early evening event,” she said. “In past years we’ve had up to 700 people watch the fireworks. Typically we will get over 300 at the activities. There are a lot of families in the community that invite their friends from other areas to come and enjoy this event.”