Top Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Toronto

Toronto Life
Toronto fireworks
Toronto fireworks by Rayza.Ramon

It’s hard to believe that the New Year is almost here. The Christmas countdown has already begun; soon we will be sending Christmas cards, exchanging gifts, and enjoying festive meals. The holiday season passes so quickly… Have any plans for New Year’s Eve? Whether you want to spend the day with your family or friends, Toronto has something for you. Club-goers are spoiled with all the special events and parties going on around Toronto, but there are many opportunities for families with kids to enjoy themselves, too. Remember that now’s the time to start planning to ensure that you get the tickets you want, as the best events tend to sell out fast.

Still not sure where to go? Take a look at our selection of the best New Year’s Eve events in Toronto. You’ll definitely find something for you.

Toronto Zoo’s 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Family Countdown

Toronto Zoo’s 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Family Countdown

Toronto Zoos 10th Annual New Years Eve Family Countdown
Toronto Zoo’s 10th Annual New Year’s Eve
Family Countdown

The Toronto Zoo invites you to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. This is the perfect event for little ones who might not be able to stay up for the real deal. Children of all ages will be able to visit some new animal friends in the zoo’s Americas & Australasia Pavilions and in the Tundra Trek. Moreover, there’s a whole array of entertainment activities, including “That ’60s Show” tribute band, Kung Fu Panda, Majinx Magic Show, Meet & Greets with Kung Fu Panda’s “Po” and The WotWots. The event starts at 5:00 P.M. and runs until 8:00 P.M., when the kids can yell out their very special Kids’ Countdown. Don’t forget to dress up properly since this is an outdoor event.

Tickets: General (includes Adults & Seniors) $20.00; Children (4-12) $12.00; Children (3 & under) FREE

Toronto Midnite New Year’s Eve Run

Toronto Midnite New Year’s Eve Run

Toronto Midnite New Years Eve Run 1
Toronto Midnite New Year’s Eve Run

Why not combine the pleasant with the practical? The five-kilometre run is a great way for all sport enthusiasts kick off the evening before partying it up all night for New Years. Whether you decide to just meet for a fun run with friends or go for a run on your own, it will give you a special experience and a great opportunity to finish the current year actively. It takes place at the stroke of midnight in Liberty Village. Once the race is over, all participants will be able to enjoy some sparkling refreshment, cool prizes, and of course a post-race party. Could there be a better way to kick off your New Year’s resolutions for exercise?

CityTV’s New Year’s Eve bash

CityTV’s New Year’s Eve bash

In 1983, City began to produce a New Year’s Eve special live from Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. Since then, it has become an essential part of our New Year’s celebrations. Last year, about 40,000 people gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate the New Year. A year later, the party is expected to be even bigger and better so come join thousands of others at this free, outdoor concert and enjoy performances by some of Canada’s most talented musicians before the final countdown. Even though it’s possible to watch this fun at home, the night at the square promises an unforgettable experience.

Mariposa’s New Year’s Eve Cruise

Mariposa’s New Year’s Eve Cruise

Mariposas New Years Eve Cruise
Mariposa’s New Year’s Eve Cruise

Ring in the new year VIP style and feel the thrill as you watch the fireworks from the deck of a luxury ship, taking in the sights and sounds of the city from a distance. Unlike other cruises, this one is a fun all night (and dawn) party. The fabulous cruise comes with a deluxe dinner buffet prepared by Mariposa Cruises’ best chefs aboard and a glass of champagne. After dinner, you can let your body move and dance to the sweet sounds of music as the live DJ spins you right into 2013 at this unforgettable party!

Tickets: $124.95 + taxes & hsc.

Ballroom and Latin Dance and Dinner

Ballroom and Latin Dance and Dinner

Dance the night away and welcome 2013 with class and style. The Star Walk Buffet Restaurant will host the Ballroom and Latin Dance and Dinner party, where you can both enjoy the great atmosphere and improve your dance skills. Your evening will start with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 7:00 P.M,, followed by a at dinner 8:00 P.M. and a champagne toast at midnight. Order your tickets now or you’ll regret hesitating for at least another 364 days.

Tickets: $110/person

Masque 2013

Masque 2013

Masque 2013
Masque 2013

At The Office Pub in Toronto you can party throughout three floors with more than 400 other guests. Three DJs, free masks for the first 100 guests, an endless flow of drinks, and a delicious four-course dinner promise spontaneous New Year’s fun to please everyone. The dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.; however, you can arrive later at 9:00 P.M. for the party only. Don’t forget to reserve your spot now because the price will increase as the date gets closer. Make sure that you take a valid photo ID with you because every guest is required to show it upon entry.

New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza

New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza

New Years Eve Comedy Extravaganza
New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza

Featuring some of Canada’s best comedians and sketch artists, all handpicked by Mark Breslin, best known as the founder of the largest chain of comedy clubs in Canada, the 12th annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza is the perfect way to kick off the New Year. This year’s line-up features tongue-in-cheek sad sack Bryan Hattsmooth, operator Patrick Haye, Just for Laughs favourite Dave Hemstad, globetrotting diplomat’s daughter Rebecca Köhler, creator of TooFar TV Darcy Michael, Comedy Inc. alumnus Winston Spear, and Lady K-sian a.k.a. Kate Rigg.

Tickets: $39.50-$69.50

Snow White at Elgin Theatre

Snow White at Elgin Theatre

The latest extravaganza from Ross Petty is a guarantee of great fun for both adults and kids. Don’t be fooled by its name. Even though it resembles the popular fairy tale, this story is a little bit different. Everyone likes silly jokes and this production contains so many of them that you’ll not want to leave the theatre. James Bond, whose 007 alias stands in for the seven dwarfs, makes this uproarious event the must-see of the season!

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