Nearly every bar, nightclub and restaurant will be open to celebrate New Year’s in Toronto. You can come simple or you can go elaborate. Here’s 6 suggestions for partying to help you decide.
Celebrate early with the kids
Gibson House Museum is offering a traditional Scottish Hogmanay with a holiday meal followed by music by the fire and storytelling. Food and drink will be made ready for the First-Footer, a dark-haired gentlemen who brings luck to the home by being the first to cross the threshold. December 29-30, 7 pm, 5172 Yonge Street just north of the North York Centre Subway Stop. 416-395-7432. Free admission.
The biggest party in town is free
Ring in the New Year at Nathan Phillips Square with the crowd that gathers for the Citytv free, annual outdoor New Year’s eve concert. This year Backstreet Boy Howie D, Karl Wolf, JRDN, Neverest, Aleesia, Anjulie and the cast of American Idiot will be there to entertain everyone. Starting at 10 p.m., the show is simultaneously broadcast on Citytv and New Year’s Eve event, with some of Canada’s top Canadian musical talent and midnight fireworks.
Affordable dance parties
Toronto dance clubs are offering a night of dancing. Most tickets are under $30 but there are strict dress codes in effect. DJ MRK and Tigerblood will be spinning that The Mod Club New Year’s Eve party, one of the best selling parties in town. Come and listen to DJs spinning indie, electro, dubstep and rock. NYE 2012 at City Nightclub will have three rooms spinning three different sounds with house, hip-hop, mash-ups and club anthems throughout the night. Wetbar New Year’s 2012 bash will have DJs Vesh and Flawless spinning party anthems all night, with hors d’ouerves and party favours. VIP and bottle service is available. Dress code is in effect.
Hip dinner and drinks
Love Triangle brings three parties to the Gladstone Hotel on New Year’s Eve. Have smart cocktails in the upstairs Champagne Gallery, listen to live music from iDRUM in the Melody Bar and performances from Jokers of the Scene and Soul Proprietor in The Ballroom. There is also a four course prix-fixe dinner from Executive chef Marc Breton available. It is an additional $50 and available between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Sail into the New Year
Jump on board the Jubilee Queen for its annual New Years Eve Celebration Cruise in the Toronto Harbour. Your tickets include a cocktail party, buffet dinner and champagne at midnight. Ring in the New Year while sailing past the Toronto skyline. $119.95 per person.
Viva Las Vegas
Feeling the need for some glitz and schmoozing for the New Year. Head over the Sheraton Centre Hotel for the Viva Las Vegas party inside the Grand Ballroom. The event is hosted by Fame Media and offers an explosive lightshow, Vegas showgirls, complimentary champagne and a midnight dessert station. The music will be House, Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae and Cover. Dress code in effect. $80 at the door.
Wherever you party, be sure not to drink and drive. Grab a cab after your party and get home safe and sound. Happy New Year!