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14 family-friendly New Year's Eve events in Toronto

Ainsley Smith Dec 20, 2016 10:26 pm 189

Wondering how to ring in the new year in Toronto with your family this year?

Well, we’ve rounded up an assortment of events and activities that are perfect for all ages.

From fireworks to musicals, food events to skating, our events guide is jam-packed with family-friendly fun for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with kids in the GTA.

Seussical the Musical

What: Seussical is a magical, musical, extravaganza that’s perfect for families with small children. This musical is based on a number of Dr. Seuss’s most famous stories.

When: December 31, 2:30 pm
Where: Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East
Price: $10 – $41

Sleeping Beauty

What: This dreamy musical is a must-see event for every the entire family. Hilary Farr from HGTV’s Love it Or List It will be guest-starring alongside Kinky Boots star Aj Bridel, and an all-star cast and together they will be performing an incredible rendition of this childhood classic.

When: December 31, 2 pm
Where: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street
Price: $27 – $99

Brampton New Year’s Eve Bash

What: Just west of Toronto in downtown Brampton at Garden Square, residents will be able to enjoy live entertainment, interactive demonstrations and fun-filled activities for the young and young at heart. There will even be two firework shows: one at 9 pm for those with early bedtimes and one at midnight for the night owls.

When: December 31, 7 pm to 12:30 am
Where: 12 Main Street North, Brampton
Price: Free

Hocus Pocus

What: Don’t let the name fool you, this family-friendly magical production is nothing like the Halloween film we all love. Soulpepper’s Hocus Pocus is the perfect blend of cinema, sleight-of-hand, magic, and a little bit of mischief.

When: December 31,
Where: The Young Centre for Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane
Price: Starting at $25

Glama Gal NYE Party

What: For families with young girls, come and ring in the new year at a NYE bash fit for a princess. Guests can enjoy manicures, treats, makeovers, a noon dance party, and so much more. Make sure to check the event website for locations.

When: December 31, 10 am to 12 pm and 12 pm to 2 pm
Where: Glama Gals, multiple locations in the GTA
Price: $39 per guest

New Year’s Eve Ice Jam

What: Ring in the New Year with your family as you skate to the sounds of DJ P-Plus as he plays the hottest songs of 2016. Make sure to dress warm and bring along a thermos filled with your favourite hot beverage.

When: December 31, 8 pm to 1 am
Natrel Rink, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Free

NYE at Nathan Phillips Square

What: Dust off your skates and get you dance moves ready as Nathan Phillips Square will be hosting Toronto’s biggest skating and dance party, complete with fireworks and shows.

When: December 31 to January 1, 8 pm to 1 am
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Price: Free

Disney On Ice Presents Dream Big

What: Join Tinker Bell on an adventure as she takes you on an adventure and visits all of your favourite Disney tales. Ariel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Belle will also be joining in on the fun.

When: December 31, 12 pm
Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
Price: $28 and up

What The Elf?

What: This hilarious, musical extravaganza is perfect for the entire family and features plenty of silly improv and comedy goodness.

When: December 31, 2 pm and 4:30 pm
Where: The Second City, 51 Mercer Street
Price: Adults $15, kids $12, family 4 pack $45

New Year’s Eve at the Library

What: For those with little tykes who can’t stay up until midnight, select public libraries will be hosting an afternoon New Year’s party. There’ll be lots of activities and plenty of fun!

When: December 31, noon
Where: Select locations
Price: Free


What: Ever since its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been an integral part of Christmas celebrations worldwide. Choreographed by James Kudelka, the National Ballet of Canada’s rendition of the Nutcracker is a spectacular event for the entire family and the perfect way to cap off the year.

When: December 31, 1 pm
Where: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West
Price: $39 to $165

Eat to Feed TO – The NYE Socially Good Dining Experience

What: There’s no better way to ring in the new year but to indulge in a gastronomic affair that gives back to the community. All menu items are handmade with fresh and predominately organic ingredients and 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Building Roots TO. This is an event that’s suitable for the entire family.

When: December 31, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Harvest Kitchen, 124 Harbord Street
Price: $50 – $80

NYE 2017 Mississauga

What: Ring in 2017 and wish Canada’s an early happy 150th birthday in the heart of Mississauga at the Celebration Square. There’ll be activities for the entire family to enjoy, plenty of live music, an assortment of mouth-watering food trucks, and a mesmerizing firework display at midnight.

When: December 31, 8 pm to 12:15 am
Where: 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Price: Free

Toronto Midnight New Year’s Eve Run

What: Lace up your sneakers and pack up the family and kick off the new year on a healthy note. Ideal for all ages (as long as you can stay up past midnight), this 5K run will begin on the stroke of midnight and be followed with a post race party.

When: December 31, doors open at 10:30 pm, race begins at 12 am and then the party goes until 3 am
Where: Liberty Village
Price: $95 for run and party

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