How to have a low-key New Year’s Eve in Toronto

December 19, 2017 / Toronto

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, but ringing in 2018 doesn’t have to include big crowds or expensive events. Toronto offers plenty of ways to enjoy a more relaxed celebration.

Where to go in Toronto for a chill NYE

Nathan Phillips Square

Bundle up and head downtown for the 33rd annual New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square. Ring in 2018 with concerts, a DJ skating party, and an impressive fireworks display. You don’t have to worry about spending too much cash at this family-friendly celebration, as admission is completely free. This event is also alcohol-free and will serve as a send-off to Canada’s yearlong 150th birthday celebration.

When: 8pm – 12am
Where: 100 Queen St W

Order in with Uber Eats

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at your own home can be a great option if you prefer to avoid big crowds. Uber Eats gives you the freedom to invite a few friends over without having to worry about cooking a big meal. Your favorite dishes can be delivered straight to your door, so you can focus on having a good time. Whether you’re craving chow mein or chimichangas, Uber Eats has you covered with the touch of an app.

When: anytime
Where: home

New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza

Get ready to laugh until you cry at this much-anticipated comedy show, hosted by Tony Award–winning actor and comedian Robert Klein. Eight other comedians will also grace the stage during the show, all of whom are guaranteed to make you chuckle. The event will be held at the stunning Massey Hall, which has been a Toronto institution for more than 120 years. This is a great time to experience the venue before it closes in July 2018 for a 2-year renovation project.

When: 7:30pm
Where: 178 Victoria St


This Toronto restaurant will be hosting a family-style meal on New Year’s Eve, with owner and chef Scott Vivian designing a special menu for the occasion. The restaurant has become a favorite over the years, particularly for its use of the “whole beast” in its meat dishes. It gained international notoriety when food connoisseur Anthony Bourdain raved about it on his television program The Layover.

When: 6:30pm
Where: 96 Tecumseth St

DJ Skate Night

Throw on a pair of skates and ring in the new year on Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre. A DJ will spin the hottest hits as you showcase your skills on the colorfully illuminated ice. A New Year’s Eve countdown will take place at midnight, adding to the party atmosphere. All ages are welcome at this free event, so bring the entire family. If you don’t have skates, you can rent them at the venue.

When: 8pm – 1am
Where: 235 Queens Quay W  

Although New Year’s Eve celebrations are often lavish and over the top, there are plenty of alternative ways to ring in 2018. From comedy to concerts, Toronto offers something for everyone on December 31.