Top 6 in the 6ix: Can't miss Toronto events December 31 to January 6

Dec 30 2018, 1:15 pm

It’s almost a new month Toronto, so you better start it off by checking out some of the best events happening in the city.

From the annual Toronto Polar Bear Dip to a really, really free market, here are the top events in Toronto from December 31 to January 6.

NYE at Nathan Phillips Square

What: Nathan Phillips Square is hosting a massive New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in 2019. This year, partygoers can look forward to ringing in the new year with thousands of other Torontonians, skating on the famous outdoor ice rink to the sounds of a local DJ, in addition to a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

When: December 31
Time: Party kicks off at 8 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: FREE


What: Celebrate NYE at the ROM, dancing the night away while enjoying delectable bites and drinks. Celebrate with special access to exhibits as well as live bands, DJs, and, of course, a toast at midnight. One complimentary drink ticket is included in the price of admission.

When: December 31
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Address: 100 Queens Park
Price: $125 per person (plus HST)

The Dude’s New Year’s: THE BIG LEBOWSKI

What: The seventh annual Dude’s New Year’s event featuring The Big Lebowski is backThe Dude, Walter, Donny and the gang are here for another round of White Russians, Creedence and unforgettable hijinks. Hundreds of “Little Achievers” will ring in the New Year in style, and yes, sunglasses and bathrobes are recommended. Your ticket includes screening, one drink, popcorn and party favours.

When: December 31
Time: 9:30 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Price: $22, includes screening, one drink, popcorn and party favours

Toronto Polar Bear Dip 2019

What: Start off 2019 the right way by plunging headfirst into the frigid waters at Sunnyside Beach. The Toronto Polar Bear Dip has been a holiday tradition since 2006, attracting men and women of all ages from across the city, which has resulted in the Toronto Polar Bear Club raising over $400,000 for local charities like Habitat for Humanity.

When: January 1
Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
 Sunnyside Park Beach, 1755 Lakeshore Blvd. West.
Price: Registration is $30. All proceeds to Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.

New Year’s Day Hikes

What: This January 1, you can either take a self-guided hike with your friends and family or visit a park hosting a guided hike. Either way, you’ll feel great after a day spent outside with your loved ones.

When: January 1
Time: Various start times
Where: Various provincial parks 

January Really Really Free Market

What: You read the event name correctly, everything is free. No money. No swapping.
If you do bring items to share, bring them before 3 pm and make sure they are clean and in working condition. During the Market, there is a limit to the number of items you can take, which is one large shopping bag per person (two bags for families of three or more people).

When: January 5
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
Price: Everything is FREE

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