Meant to be an evening of clinking glasses and endless partying, making plans for New Year’s Eve always helps to set a party mood as we prepare to welcome the year ahead. Between navigating the inevitable traffic, crowds and overpriced tickets that so often accompany the night, there are always a few planning challenges to face, even before it’s time to pop open the champagne bottles and hit the dance floor! To help make your New Year’s Eve stress-free and most importantly fun, we’ve rounded up our top picks for parties and events taking place on the 31st. From classy affairs to unconventional activities, Toronto has no shortage of NYE events that will make the holiday as glittering and special as it should be. Whether you’re in the mood for glitz and glamour or mystery and intrigue, look no further than Real Style’s guide to celebrating New Year’s Eve like the cool kids in the 6ix.
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Majestic New Year’s Eve
Start off the new year in style at the Majestic NYE 2016. Held in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, which boasts soaring ceilings, crystal chandeliers and a full stage, this elegant party is sure to be a lavish event. For party goers looking to make it an all night event, the evening features an optional three course dinner as well as dancing start at $100. For those looking to skip the meal and hit the dance floor, dance-only tickets start at $50.
Midnite Run Party
If you’re looking to get a head start on one of your resolutions, you’ll love the premise of the Midnite Run Party. The event kicks off with a 5K run through Liberty Village, with champagne, beer and a hot meal awaiting runners at the finish line. Following the run is a night-long party in the Liberty Market Galleria with a live DJ and cash bar. Tickets for the run and party start at $85. If you’d rather skip the workout and head right for the party, tickets start at $45.
Bravissimo! New Year’s Eve
Classical music fans can ring in the new year with the sounds of the Opera Canada Symphony and Chorus at the Bravissimo! Operas Greatest Hits event. The evening’s festivities include opera highlights from works such as Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto performed by an all-star cast including baritone Lucio Gallo and soprano Donata D’Annuzio. Tickets range from $55-145.
Mysteriously Yours 30th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala
Play detective for a night at the Mysteriously Yours New Year’s Eve Mystery Gala. At this unconventional NYE party, guests must solve an interactive murder mystery for the chance to win a prize bag. The night’s festivities include a four course dinner and post-whodunit dancing until 2 a.m., with tickets that start at $149 each.