After a year filled with ups and downs, we’re looking for nothing more than to end 2016 on a positive note.
While Toronto’s biggest celebration will be taking place at Nathan Phillip’s Square, there are plenty of events taking place throughout the city if you don’t want to brave the cold or the crowds.
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We’ve put together a New Year’s Eve roundup that includes all of the best parties, concerts, and events.
So don’t just settle for a night of Netflix, cheap wine and the company of your cat — a night of excitement and adventure in Toronto awaits!
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 hors d’oeuvres, party favours, lobby bar and rooftop lounge access, entertainment and a midnight toast. There will be a dress code in effect so make sure you dress to impress.
When: December 31, 9p m to 3 am
Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington Street West
What: Ladies and gentlemen, The Drake Hotel is transforming for one night only into a magical circus big top. The night will be filled with good eats, live music and performances, and even a ‘strolling dinner’ that will feature an array of Drake favourites such as oysters, shrimp cocktail and grilled blue cheese and kimchi sandwiches, as well as circus favourites like cotton candy, Pogos and house-made pretzels.
When: December 31, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West
What: 2016 has come and gone, which means it’s time to celebrate in style and with good music. Stones Place will transcend party-goers back in time as DJ Bush plays hit after hit of classic 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s rock, soul, and pop.
When: December 31, doors at 9 pm
Where: Stones Place, 1255 Queen Street West
Price: $20 at the door
What: For those who want to give a big F-U to 2016, make sure to head to Toronto’s Track and Field for an epic night that will be filled with no regrets. This party features an RIP 2016 countdown, a complimentary daiquiri toast at midnight, a double DJ dance party, baller champagne giveaways, cocktails on tap, free bocce and free shuffleboard and, best of all, no dress code.
When: December 31, 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Track and Field, 860 College Street
What: If you’re a Horseshoe Tavern regular, you’re sure to see some familiar faces at this annual New Year’s Eve soiree. Come ring in the new year with our the bar’s favourite Toronto alt-country band. Tickets are on sale now.
When: December 31, doors open at 9 pm
Where: The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West
What: For those looking for an epic dance party that literally goes all night long, look no further than Shelter 325. Here you’ll find a variety of music and art and a percentage of all proceeds will be donated directly to Toronto food banks.
When: December 31, 10 pm to 8 am
Where: 325 Front Street West
What: For one night only, Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel will transform into the exotic dreamland of the Moulin Rouge, complete with live music, burlesque performances, and a champagne toast at midnight.
When: December 31, 8 pm to 3 am
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Price: $45 to $75
What: This swanky lakeside gala is sure to be an event you won’t forget. Palais Royale overlooks Lake Ontario and has a ballroom which will host Klassik and Live Percussion by Soraya Lozano.
When: December 31, 9 pm to 2 am
Where: Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd West
Price: Tickets start at $100
What: It’s time to get funky y’all, as Toronto’s Mill Street Brew Pub is transforming into a hip disco for one night only. Get ready to bump, hustle and shake to the funky sounds of DJ Humble, who will be spinning vinyl all night long. Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer pairings and a champagne toast at midnight. The best disco outfit can win a $100 gift card.
When: December 31, 6 pm to 1 am
Where: Mill Street Beer Hall, 21 Tank House Lane
What: The famous Goin’ Steady DJs return to Toronto’s Garrison for an epic dance party that will take you back in time. You’ll hear pop and anti-pop hits from 1890 to 2017 played in chronological order.
When: December 31, 10 pm to 230 am
Where: The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West
Price: $25 advance, $30 at the door
What: The Dreamboats are back for their second New Year’s Eve in a row at Junction City Music Hall, and they’re ready to rock n’ roll all the way into 2017. All the night long the band will be playing everyone’s favourite 50s & 60s classics. So grab your main squeeze and get ready to boogie.
When: December 31, 9 pm to 12 am
Where: Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. West
Price: $20 in advance, $30 at the door
What: Amsterdam Brewery will be transformed into a carnival-themed New Year’s event complete with DJs, acrobats, magicians, illusionists and other carnival performances. It’s a 14,000 square foot event space with a two-storey midnight balloon drop.
When: December 31, 9 pm to 3 am
Where: Amsterdam BrewHouse, 245 Queens Quay
Price: $40 – $60
What: Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to go back in time for this hot NYE event. At Big Sound New Year’s you’ll be able to ring in the new year as you boogie the night away to a Soul and Motown orchestra.
When: December 31, 9 pm
Where: Mod Club, 722 College Street
Price: $35 advanced, $45 at the door
What: If you’re looking to get dressed to the nines and to spend the evening at a big, fancy party, consider this extravagant ball at the Royal York. Taking place inside the Fairmont’s magnificent Concert Hall, Ball room, and Canadian Room, this event will leave you feeling like royalty – if only for just one night.
When: December 31, 6:30 pm to 2 am
Where: Royal York, 100 Front Street West
Price: Dinner and dance $100 only dance $90
What: Put this year to rest and start fresh at the It’s Not U It’s Me party. There’ll be a variety of live performances to get you through the night.
When: December 31, 10 pm to 6 am
Where: 2nd Floor Events, 461 King Street West
Price: $35 to $40
What: 90s lovers rejoice: It’s time to take a walk down memory lane and get nostalgic as Back In The Day NYE will be paying tribute to Old School Hip Hop, R&B, Dance, House, Reggae, & Pop from the 90s.
When: December 31 to January 1, 10 pm to 4 am
Where: 99 Sudbury, 88 Sudbury Street
Price: $29 and up
What: Unleash your inner James Bond and enjoy an evening of casino-style fun, party favours, food, and plenty of cocktails.
When: December 31, doors open at 8 pm
Where: Louis Cifer Brew Works, 417 Danforth Avenue
What: This dance party encourages costumes, and the party’s hosts vow this will be bigger than its legendary Stranger Things party. Make sure to grab your tickets fast.
When: December 31, doors 10 pm
Where: Velvet Underground, 508 Queen West
What: Don’t feel like hitting a bar but still want to ring in the new year with fellow Torontonians? Head to the heart of downtown Toronto and celebrate the New Year at Nathan Phillips Square. Guests can enjoy live music, skating, fireworks, and plenty of fun.
When: December 31, 8 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
What: The theme for this epic NYE party is Secret Society. While $150 for a ticket might seem steep, it includes an open bar, snacks and dancing all night long at one of the classiest spots in town.
When: December 31, 8:30 pm to 2:30 am
Where: Colette Grand Café, 550 Wellington Street West
What: Enjoy an evening hosted by cabaret star Sharron Matthews as she sets the stage for a night filled with comedy, music, drinks and food, and even a few surprises.
When: December 31, 10 pm
Where: Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge Street
What: There are few things more fun than an epic New Year’s Eve house party. Head to Toronto’s Dublin Calling and enjoy plenty of party punch, appetizers, a dance floor, and midnight bubbly.
When: December 31, doors open at 6 pm
Where: Dublin Calling, 250 Adelaide West
Price: $15 to $30
What: Ring in the New Year as you pay tribute to the one and only David Bowie. There will be plenty of party favours and bubbly at midnight. And the best part? No cover.
When: December 31 9 pm to 1 am
Where: Old Nick, 123 Danforth Avenue
Price: No cover
What: Count down to the New Year with the whole family at DJ Skate Nights: A NYE Ice Skating Jam Named Saturdays, as DJ P-Plus serves up the hottest hits.
When: December 31, 8 pm to 1 am
Where: Natrel Rink, 235 Queens Quay West
What: Coda cordially invites Torontonians for a (late) night filled with music and dancing that goes well into the morning, so make sure to wear your dancing shoes.
When: December 31, 9 pm to 5 am
Where: CODA, 794 Bathurst Street
Price: First 100 are $30 then they’ll go up