New Year's celebration in downtown London features local vendors, music, and a ball drop

Published: Dec. 31, 2018 at 5:59 PM EST
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While storms appear to be moving through London Monday evening, it is not stopping the celebration of the new year happening in downtown.

Friday night, an event called London Downtown's Inaugural New Year's Eve Extravaganza is being hosted by London Downtown, the London Tourism Commission, and Wildcat Harley Davidson.

The event features local vendors, music, and a ball drop happening at midnight.

Organizers say this is not only the first year for an event like this is downtown, but it is also the first time alcohol will be served by vendors along Main Street.

They say the goal of this event is to highlight all the great businesses London has to offer.

"We have a few really awesome business down here. We would like to see a lot more. We're just hoping bringing people down here and lettting people see how great our downtown is, that we can get some more things going", said Brittany Cradic, Executive Director of London Downtown.

As day turned to night, and rain began coming down sideways, many quickly found shelter. One family says there is no way they were missing the event since this is something they hope to see for years to come.

"We wanted to help support it. It's the first time. If everybody don't come out, we can't have it again. And maybe next year, it'll be better", said Michelle Wyatt, who lives locally.

The event is also the first to have vendors selling alcohol to people along Main Street. Many we talked with say that is another selling point to come out and enjoy the festivities.

"When she told me about this in February, I got really excited because it's neat to see communities trying something new and something different", said Tim Buckingham, who works with West Sixth Brewing.

The finale of the event is a giant, colorful ball being dropped at midnight to ring in the new year.

Organizers say they hope this event continues for years to come.

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