Family First Night offers New Year’s Eve fun

The Family First Night returns to Cranbrook for the second year as a family friendly way to celebrate the New Year.

  • Dec. 30, 2014 8:00 p.m.

The Family First Night returns to Cranbrook for the second year as a family friendly way to celebrate the New Year with a plenty of activities.

Community Connections Society of Southeast BC hosts the annual night, which takes place New Year’s Eve from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Western Financial Place.

The inaugural event was a huge success last year. It sold out all 500 tickets and people of all ages from Cranbrook and surrounding areas participating in the many family friendly activities.

Organizers said the feedback was positive from last year’s event and spurred the addition of a few more activities to be added to this year’s event.

Activities will include open swimming, open skating, face painting, a photo booth, crafts, carnival games and live entertainment. This year there are also the additions of live ice sculpting demos, an ice slide and horse-drawn sleigh rides. There will also be food vendors at the event.

Safire Dance will be returning this year and are one of the headline entertainers at the event. Safire Dance is a group of Alberta-based circus performer — world renowned, they’ve performed in 14 different countries around the world and delivers a variety of acts including fire dancing, staff spinning, contact juggling and hoop dancing.

There will also be a special countdown celebration during the last part of the evening. This is the event finale and gives families with young children a chance to participate in the excitement of a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Tickets for the event are $5 per person (ages 3 and under are free). The maximum cost to any family is $25. There are special rates for those that hold a Leisure Program Access Card. Tickets can be purchased at Leisure Services in Western Financial Place. This event is provided for residents and their guests to enjoy, for a minimal cost thanks to the generous donations from sponsoring businesses and organizations.

Community Connections Society of Southeast BC (CCS) is a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to Cranbrook and the East Kootenay Region. Since incorporation in 1982, Community Connections Society has provided integrated, accessible social services to individuals and families throughout the East Kootenay Region. For more information about CCS, check out their website at

For more information about Family First Night Cranbrook, visit the website at