15 things to do on New Year’s Eve in Toronto

Ring in 2020 in style!

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and there are so many fun activities to take part in to celebrate in Toronto!

From the renowned New Year’s Eve event at Nathan Phillips Square to a prom themed party, it’s going to be tough to decide just what to do. Luckily, one thing we can count on is that the TTC will be free all night long thanks to Corby Spirit and Wine. No matter what you decide to do this New Year’s Eve, make sure to get home safe. Check out 15 things to do on New Year’s Eve in Toronto below.

This Indie88 feature is presented with Corby Spirit and Wine.


New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan Phillips Square | 8:00 PM | Free

Nathan Phillips Square is the go-to spot for Torontonians this New Year’s Eve. Say goodbye to 2019 in style with DJ skating parties, live musical performances, and some unbelievable fireworks. There is no admission to this all-ages event. This year, Zaki Ibrahim will be headlining the night with a set at 11:05 p.m.


CN Tower New Year’s Eve Party 2019

CN Tower | 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Tickets

Ring in your New Year at the top of the CN Tower this year! The event will feature delicious local cuisine, party favours, midnight poutine, a dessert buffet, and a DJ spinning Top 40 hits. Head to this party if you want to dance your night away on the CN Tower’s quintessential glass floor. Tickets include access to the LookOut and Glass Floor levels, food stations, and hors d’oeuvres.

New Year’s Eve Future Glam 2020

The Gladstone Hotel | | Tickets

Get ready for another legendary New Year’s Eve hosted by the Gladstone. This year, they’re throwing a future-glam party featuring DJs, bands, drag queens, a planet mars dance party, prix fixe dinner options, and more. Tickets for the event include full party access with live music, pop-up drag performances, a photobooth, and a midnight toast.

Dwayne Gretzky

Danforth Music Hall | 9:00 PM | Tickets

Indie88 proudly welcomes Dwayne Gretzky: New Year’s Eve 2020 on Tuesday, December 31st 2019 at The Danforth Music Hall! The event will see the Toronto band performing some unbelievable covers, from ABBA’s “S.O.S.” to Queens of the Stone Age’s “Make It Wit Chu.” Ring in the New Year with some killer tunes!

New Year’s Eve at Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada | 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Tickets

Head under the sea this New Year’s Eve at Ripley’s Aquarium’s 3rd annual 19+ “shell-ebration.” The event is set to feature live entertainment from DJ Shamz and The Lonely Hearts, fully-loaded cash bars, New Year’s decor, catered hors d’oeuvres and food stations, and admission to the galleries.

New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise

Mariposa Cruises | 8:00 pm – 1:00 am | Tickets

Why not ring in 2020 on the water? Mariposa Cruises is hosting a 3.5-hour cocktail cruise along Toronto’s harbour. The event is set to feature hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, a sparkling wine toast at midnight, and a fully licensed cash bar.

Lavender x 2020

Glad Day Bookshop | 10:30 PM | Tickets or $20 at door

Lavender is hosting their own New Year’s Eve event, bringing in the roaring 20’s to Church Street’s Glad Day Bookshop. The event is a party for LGBTQ+ women, trans, and nonbinary people, but everyone is welcome. Hosted by Anasimone George, this New Year’s party is sure to be a hit, with music by DJ Prestige and DJ Xeynamay.

Beam Me Up: New Year’s Eve Disco!

The Annex Hotel | 9:00 PM – 3:00 AM | $15.00 at the door

Beam Me Up is looking back at Disco this New Year’s Eve. This event will play tons of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, and proto-house tunes. If you’re looking to dance, this is definitely the party for you, so head to The Annex Hotel this New Year’s Eve.


Chronologic New Year’s Eve 2020

The Garrison | 9:30 PM – 3:00 AM | Tickets

The Garrison will see Goin’ Steady DJs returning for Chronologic New Year’s Eve. The event will be a dance party through the ages, playing pop and antipop from 1899 to 2020, all played in chronological order. The DJs will play the best dance tracks from every single era!

New Year’s Eve at Buddies

Buddies in Bad Times | 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Tickets or $15 at the door

Head to Buddies to ring in the new year in style! This party is set to boast some unbelievable beats from DJs Mark Falco and Sofia Fly, so you’re sure to be dancing all night. There will also be some amazing performances from drag queens like Katinka Kature, Imarra, and Heaven Lee Hytes.

The ’80s Versus The ’90s – NYE Video Dance Party

Handlebar | 9:00 PM – 3:00 AM | Tickets or $20 at the door

Handlebar is hosting a New Year’s Eve video dance party that is pitting 80’s music and 90’s music against each other. “Are you an ‘All Star’ or are you ‘Never Going to Give It Up,'” the event asks. “Who was the greatest diva? Whitney or Mariah?” Settle it on the dance floor this New Year’s Eve!

Free NYE Prom Night Party

Paupers Pub | 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Free

Head to Paupers Pub to take part in their free Prom Night New Year’s Eve. The fun-loving event is 80’s and 90’s themed, so ring in the New Year 2020 while turning back time. There will be happy hour all night, food specials, prizes, and even a crowned prom king and queen.

NYE 2020 Silent Disco

The Gym Pub | 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Tickets

Head to The Gym Pub to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a silent disco! Your headphones will be playing three channels all night long, including the green channel with rock and 80’s and 90’s throwbacks, the red with top 40, and the blue with hip hop and R&B. Throughout the event, there will be DJs spinning live music, and you get to choose which one to listen to.

New Year’s Eve Bash at The Rec Room

The Rec Room | 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM | Tickets

Head to The Rec Room for a game-filled New Year’s Eve. Your tickets to the event feature unlimited games, live entertainment, and a midnight toast. DJ Mensa will be playing decade-spanning dancefloor hits all night long.

New Year’s Eve at Valentino’s Masquerade Party

The Baby G | 9:00 PM – 3:00 AM | Tickets

Head to the second annual Valentino’s Masquerade Party to take part in some high fashion fun. This end-of-year soiree is all about fashion, beauty, and dance, but it will also feature some unbelievable performances from up-and-coming R&B artists. While there will be some complimentary masks available at the door, guests are encouraged to bring their own.