NEW CANAAN — Technically this countdown was more in tune to London time—five hours earlier—but at Waveny House early Sunday evening the New Year’s celebration was in full swing.

For the 12th year in a row the Recreation Department hosted its New Year’s Eve Family Fun Night, allowing families to ring in 2018 at 7pm. Clocks were set forward five hours, sparkling grape juice was served for champagne, and dozens of families, following a hearty dinner, had a chance to celebrate Jan. 1 together.

“It’s a family event,” said Bill Kapp, assistant director. “That’s what I like about it.”

“It helps parents enjoy New Year’s with their children,” he said.