The focus of the New Years Eve celebrations is the central Nathan Phillips Square, a large plaza centrally located in front of Toronto's City, and usually the focal point for any big events in the city.
Toronto is renowned as a laid back, cosmopolitan city and is certainly a place I would love to visit, and being a big fan of wintry landscapes then the new year holiday period would seem like as good a time as any.
There is usually a big main event in the city's central Nathan Phillips Square, which seems to keep rolling on each year despite continuous rumours about its demise!
On new years eve, crowds start to gather from early in the evening to join a popular party that extends will into the early hours of New Years Day, and is probably the iconic Canadian event, although this year Ottawa will again be hoping to contend that title, as the battle for Canadian new years eve supremacy really starts to heat up!
Nathan Phillips Square is the focal point of the new year celebrations in Toronto (and most of the festive celebrations to be fair - Toronto's Christmas tree is also here, the lighting of which takes place this year on the 30th November, preceded by the spectacular Cavalcade of Lights). This event starts from 8pm and features live music and entertainment in the leadup to spectacular fireworks at midnight.
The party will be especially significant this year, representing the start of the Canada 150 anniversary celebrations. Live performers at the Nathan Phillips new year 2017 show include Walk Off The Earth, Boogat, Exco Levi, High Priest and Nefe.
Elsewhere, the many bars and nightclubs of the city try their best to keep you indoors for the duration with an excellent selection of parties and special events
If you're looking for a hotel with a private party to bring in your new year then the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel are hosting a new year's eve party at a venue that also benefits from some spectacular downtown views. The Hilton Toronto on Richmond St West is another option for a semi-formal event.
Another popular option For New Years 2016-2017 is to take a cruise on Toronto Harbour, where you're guaranteed one of the best possible vantage points for the fireworks displays. The Jubilee Queen has a special new year gala event that includes luxury buffet dinner, drinks, champagne and live entertainment with their own onboard DJ. They also offer package deals with some of the local hotels that might help keep your overall costs down.
If you're looking for a more sporty diversion then the Toronto Midnite New Year's Eve run takes place each year in the King Liberty Village neighbourhood, offering some pretty good views of the Toronto skyline - this is a 5k run followed by food, drinks and fireworks - get more details and sign up to partipate here.
There is an NYE Ice Skating Jam at the Harbourfront Centre on Queens Quay West, part of a seaosn of events and parties that take palce at the outdoor ice rink over the festive season. the new year event runs from 8pm to 1am on new year's day and includes live music with DJ P-Plus.
For fans of comedy the annual Massey Hall New Year's Eve Comedy Extravaganza is well worth looking out for, featuring a selection of stand-up comedians and sketch artists - ticket details to follow.
If you're looking for dining options in Toronto for the new year, then there are plenty of options to choose from, with local and international cuisines all more than adequately catered for. Most popular venues include Donatello, Kiwe Kitchen, Byzantium, Bocca on Baldwin and the fantastically named Queen & Beaver Public House! if you're interested specifically in fireworks views then 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower has to be a top choice! See all the top Toronto restaurants here.
Places to watch live online - last year the big New Year's Eve Bash was broadcast live online by CityTV (starting at 10pm local time) from Nathan Phillips Square and was a great success, so we expect to see the same again this year:
Last year City carried coverage of the Dick Clark event from New York instead, which means no live stream from Toronto, although this could be a result of the late decision on the event, we'll hopefully get an earlier call this year!
There is also a strong possibility of live radio coverage via local station KiSS 92.5, which you can listen to live online here:
You can also see some pretty good views of the city skyline on some of the local webcams:
If you're planning on visiting Toronto over the New Year period, then early reservation is strongly recommended as the city's many hotels fill up quickly. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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