Things to Do New Year’s Eve 2018 in Toronto

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Massey Hall is one of the new buildings at Doors Open Toronto 2017
Massey Hall in Toronto

By Lori Bosworth

New Year’s Eve 2018 is quickly approaching. If you have not booked dinner at a Toronto restaurants or are attending a New Year’s Eve party, check out our favourite events on New Year’s Eve 2018 in Toronto.

Massey Hall is one of the new buildings at Doors Open Toronto 2017
Massey Hall in Toronto

New Year’s Eve 2018 Comedy Extravaganza

If you want to bring in 2018 with a laugh, the New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza at Massey Hall takes place on Sat., Dec. 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Robert Klein, the headliner is Peter Johansson with Rob Bebenek, Kyle Brownrigg, Massie Cassella, Shannon Laverty, Tyler Morrison and Michael Moses and Alex Wood. Tickets are $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 and $69.50 and can be purchased online.

Skating at Nathan Phillips Square during Christmas Tree lighting, credit City of TorontoNew Year’s Eve 2018 at Nathan Phillips Square

Enjoy New Year’s Eve 2018 at Nathan Phillips Square including live music performances, a DJ skating party sponsored by Tim Hortons and fireworks at midnight. Here is the schedule for New Year’s Eve 2018 at Nathan Phillips Square. REVISED: Due to the extreme cold, all live performances are cancelled; the event will start at 11:30 p.m.

8 p.m. – OBUXUM performs
8:45 p.m. – Classic Roots & Nimku Osawamick perform
9:40 p.m. – Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all)
10:30 p.m. – Jessy Lanza (DJ Set)
11:15 p.m. – Bonjay
Midnight – Fireworks by GFA Pyro
8 p.m. to Midnight – Visuals by Roxanne Luchak

TIFF Bell Lightbox New Year’s Eve 2018

If you are looking for things to do New Year’s Eve 2018 in Toronto that are low key, why not check out one of the films at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Films being shown on Sunday, December 31, 2017 include:

6:30 p.m. E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial by Steven Spielberg
6:45 p.m. Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino
7 p.m. The Square by Ruben Ostlund
7:45 p.m. Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino
8:45 p.m. Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino
9:15 p.m. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick
9:45 p.m. Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino
10:10 p.m. The Other Side of Hope by Aki Kaurismaki

Midnite Run and Party 2018

Ring in 2018 in a healthy way with a 5K run/walk at midnight in Liberty Village. Celebrate 2018 after the race at a party at Brazen Head Pub. You can skip the race and just buy a party ticket. The evening schedule is as follows:

10:30 p.m. – Doors open, Race kit pickup
11:30 p.m. – Costume Contest
12 a.m. sharp – 5K run / walk starts
12:15 a.m. – 3 a.m. Dancing and party at the Brazen Head, 165 East Liberty Street
1 a.m. – Awards for Top Overall Finishers
2 a.m. – Special Large Prize Giveaways!

All registered runners and party attendees receive:

– a $25 swag bag (choose from Runners gloves or a Toque)
– hot food and one beer and one glass of champagne
– chance to win prizes

Tickets are Run and Party $95; Party only $40; Run only $70 and can be purchased online.

Miracle on Mercer Street

Bring the family to the Second City Family Company’s holiday show, Miracle on Mercer Street! Featuring The Second City’s adorable puppet troupe and their funny human friends, Miracle on Mercer Street tells the story of a 13 year old girl who spends the winter holiday visiting her grandmother in the town of Hollydale. But the town is being torn apart as the residents clash over their different traditions, and a dastardly mayor’s plan to chop down the town’s oldest tree! Performance times on Sunday, December 31, 2017 are 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Second City is located at 51 Mercer Street. Tickets are Adult $15, Child $12 and can be purchased online.

Dwayne Gretzky The Infinity Ball New Year’s Eve 2018

Toronto’s party band kicks off 2018 in an infinite palace built for New Year’s Eve 2018. Dwayne Gretzky celebrates the greatest songs of all time. This group of Toronto musicians covers a wide range of artists including David Bowie, The Supremes, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, The Strokes, and Britney Spears. Tier 1 tickets are $75 while supplies last, Tier 2 tickets are $85. Dwayne Gretzky The Infinity Ball takes plae at Enercare Centre, Heritage Court Entrance, 100 Princes’ Boulevard. Purchase tickets for The Infinity Ball online.

New Year’s Eve 2018 at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

If you’re looking for something different for New Year’s Eve 2018, you can attend Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for their 19+ event. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres by Daniel et Daniel, music by DJ Shamz and full bars located near the galleries. Enjoy a countdown to midnight and keep partying until 2 a.m. Event starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $90 plus HST and include general admission, 1 drink token, hors d’oeuvres, coat check and a photo at the Ripley’s Photo Port. Purchase tickets online. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is located at 288 Bremner Boulevard.

If you know of any other events on New Year’s Eve 2018 in Toronto, please mention them in the comments.