Usher in the New Year, Milton-style

All are welcome to join Mayor Gord Krantz for the annual tradition of the bell ringing on New Year’s Eve and the Council-hosted New Year’s Day Levee, to usher in the New Year.

“It’s important to keep our New Year traditions going, year after year,” said Mayor Gord Krantz. “There’s no better way to get off on the right foot for 2017 than gathering Miltonians together in celebration.”

The bell ringing takes place in Victoria Park on Saturday, December 31 at 11:45 p.m., in front of Hugh Foster Hall (141 King Street). The honorary bell ringers for 2017 are Nancy Cuttle, Town Liaison for the Milton Historical Society, and Bob Williams, President of the Royal Canadian Legion. These individuals and their associations are being recognized for their partnership, leadership, vision and effort with the restoration of Victoria Park. The park restoration project improved the function of existing features, protected and enhanced the park’s heritage, and upgraded elements to ensure continued enjoyment of the park for generations to come. This will be the first bell ringing in the newly restored Victoria Park.

The Mayor and Councillors’ New Year’s Day Levee takes place on January 1, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Milton Town Hall (150 Mary Street). The event continues the Levee tradition of conversation and refreshments with Milton Town Council. The tradition of the New Year’s Levee dates back to 1646 when the governor of New France hosted the event to wish the citizens a Happy New Year and inform them of important events in France. It continues to be celebrated in municipalities across Canada.

More information on the Levee is available from your local Town Councillor; contact information is noted at