The beginning of 2022 may be looking like 2021 all over again, with Covid restrictions in place due to the Omicron variant. In-person indoor events are being postponed, but there is still fun to be had, so we have put together a list of family-friendly ways to celebrate New Years in Toronto.
As always, please be safe and considerate of your fellow Torontonians, and Happy New Year!
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Click onto the City of Toronto Culture’s YouTube page, starting at 10:15pm, for a free New Year’s Eve concert featuring local artists performing live from the CN Tower. Also, there will be a countdown to midnight, leading up to the firework display launching simultaneously across Toronto’s waterfront.
Watch a virtual hour-long show at 8:00pm with songs by Electric Moon Theatre Company, a LED show by Dr. Draw and the Spin Starlets, and a performance by rising R&B talent NOA.
The City of Ajax, east of Toronto, has online activities like colouring pages, and is also holding a photo contest.
Note: Fireworks displays in Mississauga and Newmarket have been cancelled.
The TVOkids New Year’s Eve Family Fun Night lets your littlest revellers celebrate, with special programs such as The Gruffalo from 5:30pm until 8:00pm.
Canadian comedy icon Rick Mercer hosts a nationwide celebration on all CBC TV stations, featuring musical performances from across the country starting at 11:00pm.
Have a Family Party
Dress up in a fancy outfit, put on some party music and dance around, make a special dinner (our family is planning an old-school fondue!), drink a “mock”-tail or three and do your own countdown (it doesn’t even have to be at midnight).
New Year’s Eve Events Out of Town
Along with fireworks that take place each night at 10:30pm from Boxing Day to January 1, there will be concerts and activities throughout the tourist district. Plus, the Seasky International Light Show and the free Niagara Winter Festival of Lights continue into the new year.
Located in Aurora, north of Toronto, music, fire juggling and magical lights are included in a program of family entertainment geared to all ages. The exciting entertainment in Town Park from 6:30 – 8:30 pm with prior registration. There is also a livestreaming option and extra virtual activities.
Events Ending This Weekend
The downtown neighbourhood of Bloor-Yorkville, famous for its upscale shopping, entertainment and dining, toasts the festive season with the Holiday Magic festival of lights and music. The festival ends on New Year’s Eve.
Canada’s Wonderland transforms into a magical, winter wonderland for WinterFest. It’s an immersive holiday experience for the whole family, ending at 9:00pm on New Year’s Eve.
The Distillery Winter Village is a new holiday tradition of Toronto Enjoy a curated selection of Toronto’s finest craftspeople, local shops, restaurants and cafés, ending at 9:00pm on New Year’s Eve.
This dino-centric indoor theme park at Markham Fairgrounds ends on Sunday, January 2.
Try out a game of crokicurl (a curling-crokinole hybrid) and stroll through this downtown outdoor market and event space made out of shipping containers. New Year’s Eve is your last chance to check out the festival.
As is the case every holiday season, there are various family-friendly films playing right now, such as “Spider Man: No Way Home”, “Encanto”, “Sing 2”, “The Matrix Resurrections” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”.
The Raps are on their way back out of “health and safety protocols” thankfully, in time for the return of former teammate Serge Ibaka (but not Kawhi Leonard, who is injured). Click here to read our story about attending games while adhering to Scotiabank Arena’s Covid safety regulations.
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