Can we talk New Year’s Eve fashion for a quick sec? From sequins to fringe and all black everything, it’s safe to say we’re kind of obsessed. And whatever your NYE style is, there’s probs an event for that. A bundled snow-proof look for enjoying the festivities at Nathan Phillips Square? Yes ma’am. A fashion-forward ensemble for dinner and dancing alongside the Christian Dior exhibit at the ROM? Sign us up, please! Here are the best New Year’s Eve events in Toronto. Click here if you’re looking to continue the festivities in another major city from coast to coast.
NYE at the ROM
Find it: 100 Queen’s Park, rom.on.ca
The low-down: Fashion enthusiasts, take note: this New Year’s Eve celebration at the Royal Ontario Museum’s featured exhibition is Christian Dior, in celebration for the fashion house’s 70th anniversary. Enjoy the live performances, sip on some champagne and peruse the jaw-dropping vintage gowns in the covetable Dior collection.
When: December 31, 2017 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Prices: $90 to $100 per person
Dress code: A fashion-forward, trendy and glitzy look fit for a swanky celebration that would make even Mr. Dior proud
NYE at Nathan Phillips Square
Find it: 100 Queen St. W, toronto.ca
The low-down: Arguably the most jam-packed event for New Year’s Eve, the festivities at Nathan Phillips Square offer a wide range of evening activities depending on your mood. Whether you want to skate under the lit-up arches, break it down with the hottest DJs in #the6ix or watch the breathtaking firework display, this bumpin’ event is an iconic way to say sayonara to 2017.
When: December 31, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Dress code: A versatile, bundled ensemble that will keep you cozy through ice skating, dancing and counting down the clock all while breathing in the crisp winter air
NYE Comedy Extravaganza
Find it: 178 Victoria St., Massey Hall, masseyhall.com
The low-down: Hosted by Tony Award-winning comedian Robert Klein, this comedy extravaganza has an entertaining line-up of stand-up talent (including the always hilarious Maggie Cassella and Shannon Laverty to name a few) that will have you roaring all night long. Who needs a New Year’s workout regime? Laughing burns calories.
When: December 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Prices: $39.50 to $69.50 per person, depending on the seat
Dress code: Anything that allows you to cry-laugh for the whole night with ease
Dwayne Gretzky Infinity Ball
Find it: 100 Princes’ Blvd #1, Enercare Centre, dwaynegretzkynye.com
The low-down: With wall-to-wall mirrors, an expansive dance floor and plenty of Insta-worthy art instillations, this annual celebratory dance party is just begging to be snapped. But you’ll def want to put your phone away while you dance to the tracks from the live performances and countdown the clock to 2018.
When: December 31, 2017 at 9 p.m.
Prices: $75 per person for regular tickets, $250 per person for VIP tickets
Dress code: You’ll see everything from skinny jeans and a festive top to a full-on ballgown, so it totes depends on your personal style (whatever is the most comf for dancing the night away)
Find it: 60 Simcoe St., Roy Thompson Hall, roythompsonhall.com
The low-down: This extravagant opera performance has been ending each year on a high (note) for over 10 years. Featuring five world-renowned opera singers and the Opera Canada Symphony and Chorus singing the greatest hits of the genre, you’ll be transfixed by the musical talent all before the clock strikes midnight.
When: December 31, 2017 at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Prices: $55 to $145 per person, depending on the seat
Dress code: Semi-formal attire, like a simple, elegant cocktail dress with playful pumps and a sparkly clutch