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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 in Toronto

It’s almost here; the only night of the year when celebrating in some form is pretty much mandatory.

Whether you’re a fan of New Year’s Eve or can’t stand it, we can all agree that we should probably acknowledge the end of a trying year in Toronto as we look to 2019 with optimism.

Here are the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve (NYE) 2019 in Toronto.

To Let Loose Like Nobody’s Watching…
If you’re looking to rock out and a chill vibe, hit the Danforth Music Hall on NYE. Once again, the beloved Toronto cult favourite band Dwayne Gretzky returns to ring in the New Year with all the classics you shamelessly sing in the shower. If you’re not in the mood to get done up or for a stuffy vibe, throw on a t-shirt and belt out everything from Tom Petty to Queen and Fleetwood Mac. Find details here.


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If Views Complete Your Party…
For a view-filled party that cuts no corners in the glam department, book your ticket now for a bash hosted by The Opulent Club, Swagger, and View the Vibe atop the shiny new Hotel X Toronto. The sleek hotel’s Falcon SkyBar will fill with Toronto’s elite VIPs, entrepreneurs, and creators, who will ring in 2019 with the city’s illuminated skyline as a backdrop. Find details here.

If it’s a Family Affair…
For a family-friendly NYE celebration where your niece and nephew are welcome (and one that’s not going to break the bank), head to Nathan Phillips Square for the city’s largest dance and skating party. The free event will end at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display to music. Find details here.


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To Party Vegas-Style…
If you can’t quite afford a trip to Sin City to ring in the New Year, you can experience Vegas in all of its glory at the Gladstone Hotel for their Vegastone Party. The beloved boutique hotel is asking guests to don their best Vegas-inspired “classy” or “trashy” outfit (note: there is no in between) and celebrate Vegas-style with party perks like a chapel (oh, the photo ops), drag performances, ballroom dancing, live music, and flowing champagne. Find details here.

If it’s All for the Glitz and ‘Gram…
If you’re in the market for some like-worthy photo ops, get glammed up, charge up your phone, and head to the Fairmont Royal York for Majestic New Year’s Eve. Not only will elements like the stunning lobby staircase and massive Christmas tree provide perfect photo backdrops, live musicians and cabaret shows offer even more Instagram material. Not to mention, you’ll be dressed as elegantly as the iconic hotel itself. Find details here.


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To Celebrate Under the Sea…
Start the New Year with a splash as you celebrate with sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium’s second annual NYE shell-ebration. Enjoy the venue free of screaming children as you rock out to hits from The Dreamboats and current favourites from DJ Shamz. Perks include food stations and passed hors-d’oeuvres by Daniel et Daniel, full cash bars located throughout the Aquarium, and no shortage of photo ops. Find details here.

To Laugh Off the Year…
Hit Toronto’s iconic Second City for a LOL-filled New Year’s Eve. Launch the year with a special performance of the current celebrated main stage show The Best is Yet to Come Undone, complete with a countdown with the cast, party favours, and a Champagne toast. Find details here.


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If You’re Looking to Go Big…
If an intimate New Year’s Eve celebration is the last thing on your agenda, head to the sprawling Liberty Grand for Toronto’s largest NYE bash, ‘Countdown NYE.’ Here, you’ll join thousands of well-heeled guests for a night of party favours, flowing cocktails, and surprises. Find details here.

If You’re Craving a Good Meal…
If there is ever a time to splurge on a top-quality meal, it’s on New Year’s Eve. If you can still score a reservation, make your last meal of 2018 count at one of the incredible new restaurants that opened their doors in Toronto this year, like Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto, Sofia Yorkville, Coffee Oysters and Champagne, Garrison Creek, or Byblos Uptown.


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To Ring in the New Year on the Water…
Cruise into the New Year with a side of stunning skyline aboard a Mariposa Cruises boat celebration. Hop on two of the largest ships in Toronto’s harbour to ring in 2019 with either a dinner gala cruise or a cocktail cruise. Both options feature a DJ and dancing, fully stocked bars, and a champagne toast at midnight. Find details here.

For an NYE for Two…
For a special staycation for two, check into the brand new St. Regis Hotel for the evening. Celebrate in bed with room service and champagne, or head to the 31st floor for a luxurious celebration at the elegant Louix Louis either for a three-course Prix fix menu or cocktails and the countdown. Find details here.


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To Kick Off Your New Year’s Resolution Immediately…
For an ambitious New Year’s Eve that you can be proud of, lace up your runners and join other health enthusiasts for the Midnite Run. Ring in the New Year at the stroke of midnight with a midnight run, followed by a beer and champagne-filled celebration at the finish line. Find details here.

Erin Davis

Erin is a Toronto-based actor, writer and queen of the side hustle. When she’s not writing the day away in a face mask, she’s taking in the city’s vibrant arts scene, doing a red carpet interview or brunching with her leading ladies. Follow me: @erinnicoledavis