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Ring in the New Year at the Naperville Millennium Carillon

Crowd gathers for the 2015 Carillon CountdownDolly McCarthy and Councilwoman Judith Brodhead to host 6:00 p.m. countdown
Councilwoman Patty Gustin to host the 12:00 p.m. countdown

Naperville Park District invites the community to the Countdown at the Carillon, featuring both the Early Family Countdown at 6:00 p.m. and the Traditional Countdown at midnight. Both events are free and take place at the base of the Naperville Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower, located at 443 Aurora Ave.

The Early Family Countdown will be co-led by Naperville City Councilwoman Judith Brodhead and Dolly McCarthy, host and executive producer of The Dolly McCarthy Show and award-winning journalist and former news anchor for NCTV-17’s Naperville News 17.

“The fun-filled family tradition lives on!  I am super excited to be a part of the festivities again this year,” said McCarthy. “There’s something very special about gathering with your family and friends on New Year’s Eve at the foot of the beautiful Carillon, sharing resolutions, laughter, ringing bells and enjoying the music of City Carillonneur Tim Sleep. I can’t think of a better place to ring in the New Year.”  

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m., with complementary hot cocoa provided by My Chef and entertainment provided by Magic of Scott Piner. Glow sticks, bells and cocoa will be available outside the Carillon Visitor Center until 6:30 p.m., while supplies last.  Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, as the entire event is outdoors.

The Traditional Countdown will take place at midnight, led by Councilwoman Patty Gustin, with Carillon music beginning at 11:15 p.m.  The music will feature carillonneurs Sue Bergren and Tim Sleep in a duet concert and will include selections from the “Nutcracker Suite,” a Viennese waltz, and “Try to Remember” from the musical, “The Fantasticks.”   After the midnight countdown to the New Year, the bells will ring a Royal Peal, then will play “Auld Lang Syne,” and conclude with music from the “Royal Fireworks” by Handel.

The Naperville Park District has hosted two New Year’s Eve Countdowns on Dec. 31 at the Carillon since 2008, providing a unique event where residents can bring their families and meet up with neighbors in this community gathering place.

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Planning a Wedding or Other Special Event?

Weddings at the CarillonImagine hosting your once-in-a-lifetime event at the unique Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower, just steps from the picturesque Naperville Riverwalk, Then, treat your guests to an unforgettable reception at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center’s Community Hall. We offer distinctive venues and packages for weddings of all sizes.

No matter what your vision is for your most special day ever, we’ll help make it beautiful and memorable. Call 630-848-5000 for details and to reserve your date.

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Volunteer as a Carillon Ambassador

A Carillon Ambassador will support the Carillon operations and events through the year by communication with the visitors and presentations to groups visiting the Carillon.   Carillon Ambassadors will have training specific to this volunteer opportunity.  Please contact Lynnette Hoole @ 630-848-3606 or lhoole@napervilleparks.org for more details. 

Read the Carillon Ambassador job description

Group Visits, Bridal Parties
Call the Naperville Park District for special requests: (630) 848-5000
The Third Gift
Moser Tower and Millennium Carillon was begun in 1998 as a labor of love by a small group of Naperville families, and in a short time the vision spread to many, who donated the funds to make the vision a reality.
In the tradition of Centennial Beach and the Riverwalk, the Millennium Carillon is a gift from the people of our community for all future generations to enjoy.
Those who donated funds to make our carillon possible also left messages about themselves, their life in Naperville, and their support of the carillon project. You can read their messages in this cyberspace time capsule. A special section of the web site displays the lists of donors. You can read the messages of those that left messages by clicking on any names that are blue and underlined.