We know it’s a cliché, but it’s true - each year seems to pass by quicker than the last, and it’s hard to believe that 2018 is nearly over.
Torontonians love to celebrate the new year in style, and as such, there’s no shortage of excellent events taking place throughout the city on the 31st of December each year.
While it was hard for us to narrow down our shortlist to a few blog post sized recommendations, here are what we think are 3 unforgettable ways to celebrate the end of 2018 in Toronto.
Fireworks Display – Nathan Phillips Square
Nathan Phillips Square,100 Queen St. W
For some people, new years eve doesn’t really feel like new years eve unless there’s a fireworks display of some sort. While there are multiple events taking place all over the city that are going to be putting on their own fireworks displays, they all pale in comparison to the spectacle that takes place at Nathan Phillips Square.
This completely free family-friendly event is organized by the city of Toronto, and each and every year the event seems to be bigger and better than the previous year’s offering.
While the star of the show is the fireworks display, there’s a wide range of other entertainment taking place from 8 pm onwards. DJ’s from all over the world will be performing on a festival-sized stage in the middle of the square surrounded by numerous amazing illuminated animations and art installations. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, then there’s an ice skating area and several gourmet food trucks here too.
If you’ve never celebrated new years eve in Toronto before, then we strongly recommend you add the celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square to the top of your shortlist. It’s an event that rivals cities like London, New York, and Tokyo in terms of new years eve extravagance – and it’s certainly going to be a night to remember.
Dinner And Drinks On A Cruise
Various Locations, Queens Quay
If standing outside in what is admittedly probably going to be reasonably cold weather doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, then why not enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of a cruise boat on Lake Ontario?
There are several special new years eve cruises taking place this year, but the two most well-known cruise operators are Mariposa Cruises and Jubilee Queen Cruises. Most NYE cruises in Toronto will set sail around 8 pm and return between 12.30am and 1 am. Some cruises are more refined experiences with a sit-down dinner, Champaign, and light entertainment, whereas others have buffet style dinners, cocktails, and live DJs playing electronic music.
Regardless of which cruise operator you book with, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable evening. The reflections of the seemingly endless fireworks shimmering in the water will leave you wondering if it’s better to look up or down.
Dwayne Gretzky NYE
Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave
If you’re looking for something a little different this year, then we highly recommend you consider celebrating with legendary local artists Dwayne Gretzky. The party band has an almost cult-like following both locally and internationally (for a very good reason in our opinion).
Dwayne Gretzky play their own version of hits from almost every genre, from Springsteen to Queen, and everything in-between. Their fresh take on classic songs combined with their world-class musicianship (and the impeccable acoustics of the Danforth Music hall) make this an event more than worthy of your consideration.
The atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric, and tickets are guaranteed to be in high demand – so booking in advance is strongly recommended.
Where to stay for New Year's Eve?
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Happy New Year Everyone!