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New Years Eve Toronto

One of the highlights of the holiday season is New Years Eve. Toronto celebrations are like the city itself; big, bold and embracing of all customs and cultures. This New Years Eve, Toronto is showcasing even more fabulous events than ever before! There is something for everyone – kids, families, singles or couples. Looking for some fun on New Years Eve? Toronto’s got it in spades. Here are a few fantastic events:

·         • Our New Years Eve Toronto cruise is a spectacular way to ring in the new year. The Toronto Harbour and city skyline are absolutely breathtaking in winter. We’ve got a fabulous DJ and offer a totally unique New Year’s Eve experience.

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·         Citytv’s New Years Eve bash is one of Toronto’s most popular New Year’s Eve events. Best of all, it’s absolutely family friendly. Kids are welcome as this is also an alcohol free event. Taking place at Nathan Phillips Square, the celebration is hosted by Citytv personalities and will feature an outdoor concert and dazzling midnight fireworks. Come out and join in on the fun this New Years Eve. Toronto will be rocking!

·         ET Canada’s Niagara Falls New Years Eve at Queen Victoria Park is Canada’s largest televised live New Year’s Eve event. It’s free and features an amazing roster of live musical talent. Arrive early to find a space for yourself; this is a widely attended event.

·         The Toronto Zoo is the ideal place for the young ones to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Toronto Zoo’s special Kid’s Countdown takes place at 8:00PM. Come early and visit the animals. There will be great entertainment too! You’ll have plenty of time to get the little ones tucked in and get on with the “big kids” celebrations.

·         Toronto Midnight New Years Eve Run in the Liberty Village is a cool way to ring in the New Year. Run or walk 5 kilometres and then celebrate at a post race party. There’s a free glass of bubbly to all who finish the course.

·         Gibson House is the scene of a truly Scottish celebration of New Years Eve. Toronto’s “Hogmanay” features traditional Scottish treats including haggis which is prepared onsite in the Gibson House’s historic kitchen. Raise a glass and sing “Auld Lang Syne” which is commonly believed to be a Scottish tradition.

·         Restaurants, Bars & Clubs in the Entertainment District will all be hopping on New Year’s Eve. Toronto’s nightlife is incomparable and your choices are endless for great food, fabulous parties and amazing entertainment. Check out the scene early and make reservations to avoid disappointment.

·         Toronto Hotels are known for more than a touch of class. If the club scene is not for you, check out some of the elegant galas on New Years Eve. Toronto hotels are offering dinner and dancing in addition to room specials so that you don’t have to concern yourself with transportation home. Turn New Year’s Eve into a mini “stay-cation”.

New Years Eve is almost universally celebrated. Stemming from the ways that ancient societies celebrated their new harvest seasons, the New Year symbolized the renewal of life. The tradition of fireworks on New Year’s Eve began with the ancient Chinese who invented fireworks. They believed that noise and fire got rid of evil spirits and brought good luck. Although the way we celebrate varies greatly from country to country and culture to culture, New Years Eve celebrations have remained an important and popular tradition. Here are 5 interesting New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world:

1.        Denmark: : Many broken dishes were a symbol that you have many friends so on New Year’s Eve it is fortuitous to find a big pile of broken dishes in front of your door.

2.         Wales: At the first stroke of midnight you are supposed to open the back door and then shut it to release the old year and lock out all of its bad luck. At the twelfth stroke of midnight you open the front door and welcome in the New Year with all of its luck.

3.       Spain: In Spain when the clock strikes midnight you eat 12 grapes, one with each toll to bring good luck for the 12 months ahead.

4.       Norway: Norwegians make rice pudding at New Year's and hide one whole almond in the rice pudding. The one who finds the lucky almond is supposed to have guaranteed wealth.

5.       Scotland: It is considered especially lucky if a tall, dark, and handsome man is the first to enter your house after the New Year is rung in.

Each one of these traditions can no doubt be found on New Years Eve in Toronto as we are the most multicultural city in the world. Torontonians hail from more than 200 distinct ethnic origins and over 140 languages and dialects are spoken here. Each of these cultures enriches all of us who call this magnificent city home. However you choose to celebrate we wish you a Happy New Year!