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In Toronto for New Year’s Eve? Here are some activities you can’t miss!

In Toronto for New Year’s Eve Here are some activities you can’t miss!

In Toronto for New Year’s Eve? Here are some activities you can’t miss!

Who doesn’t want to ring in the New Year without a bang? The good thing is that in Toronto, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to what you can do with loved ones as you count down to a new year!

We rounded up some of our tried-and-tested New Year’s Eve activities to get you started!

Unwind on the last day of the year with a staycation

Not in the mood to dress up and head out to town? Stay in, unwind, and do your own intimate celebrations instead with a luxurious staycation!

Here are some of our favourite staycation spots in TO:

1. Shangri-La Hotel 

Shangri-La Hotel
Image from Agoda

Website: https://www.shangri-la.com/en/toronto/shangrila/
Address: 188 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3, Canada
Contact details: 647-788-8888
Rates: One Bedroom Suite: $1,065, Premier Room: $885

Located near the CN Tower, Shangri-La is known for its excellent services and lovely views that will leave you in disbelief. 

The hotel offers hot tubs and indoor pools where you can take a dip with your family and friends. If you’re stressed from work, unwind at any of the minibars and restaurants located on site, which are also great places to socialise. 

Pro tip:

  • This hotel is known for its wonderful spa services!. Try one of their soothing baths or massages – you can’t go wrong with any of them.

2. InterContinental Toronto Centre

InterContinental Toronto Centre
Image from IHG Hotels & Resorts

Website: https://www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com/
Address: 225 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2X3, Canada
Contact details: 416-597-1400
Rates: Classic Room: $548, 1 King Classic: $529

The InterContinental Toronto hotel is another great place to have a staycation for New Year’s Eve. This hotel comes with gyms, pools, and a spa where you can unwind and enter the new year in peace with a relaxing massage. 

Make sure you spend some time on their outdoor patio. It’s a great place for photos because you get a panoramic view of the city as a gorgeous backdrop!

Pro tip:

  • Make some time to get out and explore the surrounding areas. The hotel is close to the CN Tower and Rogers Centre, where you can find all types of festivities and activities to engage in. 

3. Delta Hotels by Marriott 

Delta Hotels by Marriott
Image from Marriott

Website: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/yyzdl-delta-hotels-toronto/overview/
Address: Spadina and Dundas (From Queen to College and east and west of Spadina), Toronto, Ontario M5T 2E9 Canada
Contact details: 416-849-1200
Rates: King Room: $503, Executive Suite: $734

The Delta Hotels is one of the best options if you plan to have a staycation on a budget. Located close to the CN Tower, the entertainment district, and Ripley’s aquarium, you’ll find yourself with money to spare and a handful of activities to keep you busy.

You can find yourself dining in high end restaurants and sipping on fine wine at savvy bars on a budget at this hotel. We also recommend catching the lovely views of Toronto waterfront while taking a dip in the indoor pool. 

Pro tip:

  • The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of DownTown Toronto, making a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium, CN Tower, The Fairmont, and even catching a ride at the Union Station a breeze. 

Feast like a king at Toronto’s premier restaurants

1. 360 Restaurant

360 Restaurant
Image from CN Tower

Website: https://www.cntower.ca/plan-an-event/our-spaces/360-restaurant
Address: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada
Contact details: 416-362-5411
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:30 AM–9 PM
Menu: https://www.cntower.ca/dine-at-360-restaurant/overview

The CN Tower is a great place to dine with your loved ones while also catching the fireworks at the same time. The restaurant offers beautiful views of Toronto paired with great dishes like cape d’or salmon and prime rib, which are two of their must-tries.

Pro tip:

  • Remember to reserve a window seat at this restaurant for a front-row experience of the fireworks!

2. Miku Toronto

Miku Toronto
Image from OpenTable

Website: https://mikutoronto.com/
Address: 10 Bay St. #105, Toronto, ON M5J 2R8, Canada
Contact details: 647-347-7347
Operating Hours: Monday, Sunday: 12–9 PM, Tuesday – Thursday: 11:30 AM–10 PM, Friday – Saturday: 12–10 PM
Menu: https://mikutoronto.com/menu/

Japanese restaurant Miku is located near the waterfront, making it perfect for watching the fireworks display while you chow down on some succulent steaks.

This restaurant offers high quality wagyu beef dishes and the finest sashimi cuts you’ll ever see. It also has a great selection of rare sakes and Japanese drinks, making your dining experience authentic.

Pro tip:

  • If you aren’t sure as to what to order, try asking for the tasting menu to sample their best dishes.

3. Auberge du Pommier

Auberge du Pommier
Image from Oliver & Bonacini

Website: https://www.aubergedupommier.com/
Address: Spadina and Dundas (From Queen to College and east and west of Spadina), Toronto, Ontario M5T 2E9 Canada
Contact details: 416-222-2220
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:45 AM–2 PM, 5:30 PM–12 AM, Saturday: 5 PM–12 AM, Sunday: 11 AM–2:30 PM
Menu: http://www.aubergedupommier.com/menus

Auberge du Pommier is one of the best French cuisine restaurants in Toronto. Its elegant and sophisticated atmosphere is only one of its charms, which makes it perfect for a fancy celebration.

The restaurant serves traditional French dishes made with locally sourced premium ingredients. Aside from this their wine selection is on point, offering some great choices to toast with as the new year draws closer. 

Pro tip:

  • Consult the wine experts at Auberge du Pommier to help you select the best wine for you and your companions. 

Watch the fireworks display at Harbourfront Centre 

Watch the fireworks display at Harbourfront Centre
Image from Daily Hive

Website: https://harbourfrontcentre.com/
Address: 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada
Contact details: 416-973-4000

The Harbourfront Centre is located on the waterfront, providing one of the best and unforgettable views of the annual fireworks display.

Aside from the view, there’s an annual DJ skate night where you can enjoy ice skating to live music for free. The centre is flat and large – leaving lots of great places to watch the fireworks – with food trucks serving poutine, a Toronto classic.

Pro tip:

  • Bring your own chairs! There aren’t many seats to accommodate everyone, especially on New Year’s Eve, so it can get exhausting having to stand around waiting for fireworks for hours.

Visit the marine life at Ripley’s Aquarium

Visit the marine life at Ripley’s Aquarium
Image from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Website: https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada//
Address: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada
Operating Hours: 9:00AM – 11:00PM
Rates: Adult: $44, Senior: $29, Youth: $29, Child: $12.50
Contact details: (647) 351-FISH (3474)

Ripley’s Aquarium is perfect for families who want to do something fun on the last day of the year!

On New Year’s Eve, Ripley’s actually serves food, which you can enjoy while listening to some live music. They also do family-friendly games, if you’re in the mood to get competitive!

Pro tip:

  • Visit the balcony on the upper floor of the aquarium, where there’s bound to be a good view of the city’s fireworks display.

Marvel at the beauty of Toronto at the CN tower

Marvel at the beauty of Toronto at the CN tower
Image from CN Tower

Website: https://www.cntower.ca/plan-your-visit/tickets-and-hours/hours
Address: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada
Operating Hours: 9:00PM – 2:00AM  
Rates: General admission: $175 
Contact details: (416) 868 6937

Wanna get the best view of Toronto on New Year’s Eve or maybe watch the fireworks set the sky ablaze for the coming new year? Then you should drop by the CN Tower.

There’s also live music that really pairs well with the scenic views you get of the city. By the way, this is one of the best places to watch the fireworks display in Toronto.   

Pro tip:

  • We recommend booking tickets 2-3 weeks prior because they sell out like hot cakes! 

Party the last night of the year away at Nathan Phillips Square

Party the last night of the year away at Nathan Phillips Square
Image from Planet Traveler Hostel 

Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N1, Canada
Contact details: 416-392-2489

On New Year’s Eve, Nathan Phillips Square transforms into the city’s “party square”. You’ll find tons of Torontonians having fun and just vibing out until the clock strikes 12, making it a great place to meet people and enjoy live performances!

Oh, and need we mention that it’s also one of the best places to get a view of the beautiful fireworks display?

Pro tip:

  • Remember to pack lightly and to bring only your essentials. Police presence is strong and will do regular check ups and inspections on people with lots of cargo. 

Sail away and toast to a new year on a cruise party

Sail away and toast to a new year on a cruise party
Image from Caribana Toronto

Website: https://jubileequeencruises.ca/new-years-eve-toronto/
Address: Jubilee Queen, 539 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Operating Hours: 9:30PM – 2:00AM
Rates: $134.95
Contact details: [email protected]

Partying and spending time with your closest friends – and meeting new ones! – on a cruise ship on New Year’s Eve is a great experience.

It also offers a dynamic view of the fireworks on the waterfront, so make sure you capture those moments. 

Pro tip:

  • Bring medications to combat motion sickness if you or your friends are prone to vomiting. Remember these cruise ship parties have alcohol and dancing on them. 

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