Sightseers, partiers, and classy travelers alike will get a kick out of Toronto‘s many New Year’s Eve events. No matter how you plan to spend your evening—a glass of champagne, a view of the fireworks, or just going with the flow—you’ll be pumped up for 2013 by the time the clock strikes twelve. Here are some ideas of how to spend your evening:
The City’s New Year’s Eve Bash has thousands of attendees and a handful of famous performers (Kardinal, Shawn Desman, and The Tenors, among others); it starts at 10pm in Nathan Phillips Square and airs on TV. It’s free, family-friendly, and hosts a spectacular fireworks display.
If the kids won’t stay awake to see the start of 2013, consider taking them to the Toronto Zoo, which has its own countdown at 8pm (you can see the animals while you’re there, too!). Another unique option for the evening is Liberty Village, which hosts a five-kilometer (three-mile) race called the Toronto Midnight New Year’s Eve Run—with champagne at the end, of course.
If you don’t have happy memories of prom night, now’s your chance to try it again—Nyood is throwing a NYE Faux Prom, which includes spiked punch, lobster rolls, live music, and lots of puffy dresses. Nyood Restaurant and Bar is on Queen Street West (limited tickets are $50 at the door). Other party options include Bar 244, Cobra, Club V, Tryst Nightclub, or any of the big hotels (they often have dancing as well).
Don’t forget Niagara Falls, about an hour and a half away—the New Year’s Eve party there is actually the largest televised live NYE event in Canada. It’s free, starts at 7:30pm, and is in Queen Victoria Park (which overlooks the famous falls). The first fireworks display is at 8:45pm, and the second is, of course, at midnight. Performances include Our Lady Peace and Simple Plan.