I was lucky enough to see in 2015 in Toronto as my semester abroad was in Canada! Walking through Toronto on New Years Eve was a surreal experience, everybody was happy and dancing down the streets wishing everybody a happy new year and merry Christmas. The roads were packed and people were honking their horns in celebration and shouting out their windows. Despite the freezing -10 weather everybody seemed to be out to celebrate.
There are a few options of what you can do to celebrate NYE in Toronto such as going to Niagara Falls where they have a epic light show or going to one of the many bars in town; but the best place to celebrate is in Nathan Phillips Square.
Nathan Phillips Square is a vibrant, active space in the heart of the city. Located in-between two important streets i.e. Bay street and Queen Street West, it is one of the largest spaces for public exhibits, cultural shows, rock concerts and special public gatherings like on new year’s eve. It is easily accessible by public transport from Queen and Osgoode stations and it is free to travel on New Years Eve.
The event is free to attend and hosts a variety of local talented musical performances, street performances, an outdoor ice skating rink, a curling demonstration and delicious street food. It starts around 8 pm with the music starting at 10 pm, I recommend getting their slightly early as it gets pretty packed and the queues for street food soon get long.
You can ice skate at the square until 10pm.
It was a fantastic start to the year and it was lovely to be part of the enthusiastic count down which was led by the major and ended in one of the most fantastic firework displays! Toronto was an odd city to visit in the winter but I recommend it as a place to celebrate New Years Eve.