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32 things to do in Toronto this NYE weekend: December 29 to 31

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Ainsley Smith Dec 28, 2017 4:38 pm 1,082

Well, you’ve officially made it!

It’s finally the countdown to the end of 2017, and to make sure you end it right we’ve rounded up plenty of fun things to do in Toronto all weekend long.

From your New Year’s Eve party to where to go for dinner and everything in between, here are your top events from December 29 to 31.

Have a great New Year, Toronto!

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A Christmas Carol

What: The beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, is taking the stage at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre this evening. Ross Petty Productions will be putting on their unique take of the story this holiday season. Cyrus Lane will make his Petty Panto debut as everyone’s favourite Christmas curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.

When: Now until December 30
Where: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street

Yorkville Village Holiday Magic

What: Toronto’s Yorkville Village lights up each holiday season with its annual Holiday Magic event. If you’re shopping in the area, we highly recommend checking out the beautifully lit Christmas tree and taking in the incredible glittering light displays and festive decorations that line the streets.

When: Now until December 31
Where: 
Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland Street

Party Today, Panic Tomorrow

What: Second City’s latest talent-packed mainstage show is now on. Faced with our culture of bad news and political exhaustion, the show encourages the audience to “settle in and get ready for us to spin, sing and laugh away your troubles.”

When: Now until December 31
Where: Second City Mainstage Theatre, 51 Mercer Street

Miracle on Mercer Street

What: Miracle on Mercer Street features The Second City’s adorable puppet troupe and their funny human friends, and tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who spends the winter holiday visiting her grandmother in the town of Hollydale. But the town is being torn apart as the residents clash over their different traditions, and a dastardly mayor’s plan to chop down the town’s oldest tree!

When: Now until January 5
Where: The Second City, 51 Mercer Street

Casa Loma Canadian Winter Nights

What: This holiday season, the castle will be celebrating the season bigger than before by hosting a number of incredible festive events. There will also be plenty of holiday décor and lights to get you into the festive spirit, including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall, designed by Fashion Icon Jeanne Beker and eight other signature trees by talented Canadian designers.

When: Now until January 7, 5 pm to 9 pm (excluding December 31)
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace

12 Trees: Let There Be Light

What: Now in its 27th year, 12 Trees is a beloved holiday tradition in Toronto that features unique installations from Canada’s leading designers and artists where they will have the chance to re-imagine the traditional Christmas tree.

When: Now until January 7
Where: Gardiner Museum, 11 Queen’s Park

Music from People City

What: This fall, Toronto’s most iconic musical assets will be on display, as Myseum of Toronto(a nonprofit museum dedicated to all things Toronto) presents Music from People City – a professionally curated event series that invites locals, visitors and travellers to experience the city’s world-class music scenes, sounds and stories firsthand.

When: Now until January 12
Where: Venues throughout the city

Christian Dior Exhibit at the ROM

What: Come explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic designs that revived the Paris haute couture industry following the Second World War at the ROM’s latest exhibit, which officially begins this Saturday.

When: Now until March 18
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park

Winter at Ontario Place

What: Ontario Place will be welcoming a new festival this December: Winter at Ontario Place. The new festival will feature various winter-themed activities including the Winter Light Exhibition, skating on the new synthetic skating rink and film screenings at the newly re-opened Cinesphere.

When: Now until March 18
Where: Ontario Place

Jurassic Park Live in Concert

What: The 1993 classic thriller will be hitting the big screens in Toronto this winter for a very special performance with the Motion Picture Symphony Orchestra.

When: December 29, 7:30 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East

Eric Prydz

What: End the work week by dancing the night away to one of the OGs of house music, Eric Prydz. He’ll be playing a set at REBEL alongside his labelmate Cristoph.

When: December 29, 10 pm to 4 am
Where: REBEL, 11 Polson Street, Unit 1

A Glow in the Dark Paint Party

Paint, Drink, Create the night away with DJ REC and DJ GadJet spinning live with 90s’ R&B and House music. A little something for everyone!

When: December 29, 8:30 pm
Where: Paint Cabin, 723 Gerrard Street East

Skittles Holiday Pawn Shop

What: Did Santa miss the mark this year? Worry not! Skittles Holiday Pawn Shop wraps up this Friday, offering Torontonians a chance to trade colourful candies for unwanted ugly sweaters, thoughtless secret Santa gifts, and presents from family members that make you wonder, “How are we even related?”

When: December 29, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 277 Queen Street West

Evergreen Winter Village

What: Roast s’mores over the open campfire and enjoy warm beverages from the Sipping Container while shopping or playing street curling at this Winter Village. Hungry for more? Look forward to a rotating line-up of food trucks serving up comfort foods ranging from crêpes to gourmet grilled cheese, and more.

When: Weekends in December and weekdays from December 26 to 29, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue

DJ Skate Nights: Luxelife Sound

What: Toronto’s hottest skating party returns this Saturday, with a special DJ set from Luxelife Sound. The best part? There’s no guest list, no dress code, and no cover. So lace ’em up, and head on down.

When: December 30, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

#ROMNYE 2018

What: Inspired by the ROM’s incredible Christian Dior exhibit, the museum will be hosting a swanky New Year’s Eve bash, coined #ROMNYE, featuring the hottest bands and DJs, delicious hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary toast at midnight, and exclusive access to the Christian Dior exhibit.

When: December 31, NYE exclusive dinner begins at 7 pm and the regular party runs from 9 pm to 2 am
Where:  100 Queens Park

NYE at Nathan Phillips Square

What: Nathan Phillips Square is hosting a massive New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in 2018. The final send-off to the year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday will kick off at 8 pm at Toronto’s City Hall and will include an exhilarating evening of entertainment with dynamic DJs, live electronic music, site animations, a DJ skating party sponsored by Tim Horton’s and a stunning fireworks display at midnight.

When: December 31
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West

Steam Whistle NYE House Party

What: The brewery’s final send-off to the year will feature an epic house party in The Roundhouse, complete with themed rooms, DJs, live karaoke and plenty of Pilsner to ring in the New Year with your closest friends.

When: December 31, 9 pm to 3 am
Where: Steam Whistle Brewery, 255 Bremner Blvd

Ripley’s Aquarium New Year’s Eve

What: Ring in the new year as you experience the Aquarium in a whole new way, as the aquarium’s first ever New Year’s party is sure to get your glittery gills flapping. This 19+ event will feature hors d’oeuvres by Daniel et Daniel, music by DJ Shamz, and full bars located throughout the galleries.

When: December 31, 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard

What: Northern Maverick Brewing Co. is heating things up this NYE with its Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve bash. Complete with a fire flair bartending show, double ice shot luge sculptures, a delicious four-course meal, and a live DJ, this is definitely going to be a hotspot on December 31.

When: December 31, dinner seatings at 6 pm or 9 pm
Where: Northern Maverick Brewing Co., 115 Bathurst Street

Momentum NYE at Le Jardin

What: Each room of the chateau will feature different events and attractions, with the East Wing hosting aerialists, a martini station, and live entertainment. Toronto’s very own Dzeko will be taking over the West Wing, hosting more of a club-type atmosphere similar to what you might find in Las Vegas.

When: December 31, 7 pm to 4 am
Where: Chateau Le Jardin, 8440 Highway 27

NYE at the Oakville Conference Centre

What: If you want to avoid the chaos of downtown, but still have the opportunity to get dressed up to ring in the New Year, you may want to head to Oakville. The Oakville Conference Centre will be hosting a lavish NYE soiree complete with a four-course dinner and party beneath the sprawling 20-foot ceilings in the main ballroom. Various dietary options are available, as is the option to choose a late night menu.

When: December 31, 6 pm to 1 am
Where: Oakville Conference Centre, 2515 Wyecroft Road

NYE at Bloke Nightclub

What: King Street is definitely the place to be, especially on New Year’s Eve. Redline & Friends are coming together to bring you a New Year’s Eve to remember at Bloke, Toronto’s premier nightlife destination. Grab your friends, choose from one of the many table packages, and celebrate at one of the hottest venues on King Street.

When: December 31, 10 pm to 4 am
Where: Bloke, 401 King Street West

NYE Grand Gala 2018: Buonanotte

What: Get dressed up in your finest and head to Mercer Street’s very own Buonanotte. Here you can ring in the New Year in style as you enjoy a midnight champagne toast and the hottest music from Jeff Jam.

When: December 31, 10 pm to 2:30 am
Where: Buonanotte, Mercer Street

Black and White Ball NYE at the Thompson Hotel

What: Rub shoulders with some of Toronto’s elite as you dance the night away. The party kicks off at 9 pm and will include a candy and snack bar, party favours, lobby bar and rooftop lounge access, entertainment and a midnight champagne toast. There will be a dress code in effect, and all guests are asked to wear black and white.

When: December 31, 9 pm to 3: 45 am
Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington Street West

Stones Place New Year’s Eve

What: 2017 has come and gone, which means it’s time to celebrate in style and with good music. Partygoers at Stones Place will transcend time as DJ Bush plays hit after hit of classic 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s rock, soul, and pop.

When: December 31, 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Stones Place, 1255 Queen Street West

NYE at Amsterdam Brew House

What: Amsterdam Brew House will be transformed into an epic 1920s’ prohibition party. Guests can enjoy an epic 1,000-balloon drop at midnight, live entertainers, a complimentary bubbly toast, New Year’s noisemakers, and more. Dress to impress.

When: December 31, 9 pm to 2:30 am
Where: Amsterdam Brew House, 245 Queens Quay


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Ainsley Smith
Staff Writer at Daily Hive

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