Published on December 20th, 2017 | by Miriam Porter
A Guide to New Year’s Eve in Ontario.
It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2017 and ring in a brand new year!
Ontario is packed full of exciting ways to celebrate the start of 2018 whether you want to attend a family friendly event, a romantic getaway, a road trip to a winter wonderland, or sit back next to a roaring fire as the clock strikes midnight.
As Canada’s 150-birthday year comes to a close it’s time for one final celebration in Ottawa. There will be activities starting December 30 where you can party on Parliament Hill and celebrate the end of 2017 and all the joys of winter. There will be live performances, a rocking DJ, and skating for the whole family.
Save time to check out Christmas Lights Across Canada where thousands of sparkling colourful lights are lit up and on display in Ottawa’s downtown streets and some special monuments.
Prince Edward County.
Isaiah Tubbs Resort, located along the shores of West Lake in Prince Edward Count,y has a New Years Eve package with different price points depending on accommodation. Your one night stay on New Years Eve includes a buffet dinner, live band, party favours, champagne toast at midnight, and breakfast the next day. The County, as the area is often referred to, is a rural island community on the north shore of Lake Ontario with adorable cafes, shopping, and winter celebrations.
For something totally unique drive over to Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre in Alliston for their 80’s themed New Years Gala. Complete with throwback treats, their package includes a buffet, dessert, wine throughout dinner, party favours, champagne at midnight, and room accommodations so you don’t need to drive home. You will also have access to resort amenities, skating, and a New Years day brunch. Kids can attend the Neon Glow themed Junior Gala that includes crafts, music, and a movie.
Turn your New Years Eve celebrations into a weekend escape with a road trip to Niagara Falls. The Skylon Tower has a special New Year’s Eve dinner service and menu that you can reserve in advance. Toast the upcoming year 775 feet in the air with panoramic views of the falls. Then head over to a free concert in Queen Victoria Park with lively musical performances, beverages for purchase, and fireworks launched from the Niagara Gorge.
Pack up the car and the kids and drive to Blue Mountain for their New Years Eve Winter Solstice party. Kids will love the celebrations that include face painting, magic, laser tag, and many interactive games. There is also a buffet dinner, live entertainment with dancing, a DJ, and even hot cocoa stations. The night kicks off with family friendly fireworks at 9:30 p.m. early enough for the little ones to stay up and watch.
For a romantic New Years Eve with your significant other, drive over to Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka for their candlelit dinner package. This event is for resort guests only and you will need advance reservations for this five-course meal that includes dancing at an adult DJ dance party. There will be sparkling champagne at midnight and the party goes on until 2 a.m. The winter wonderland of Muskoka is a truly romantic destination to welcome in 2018.
On December 31, head over to Toronto (If you don’t already live there) for their annual family friendly, alcohol-free event at Nathan Phillips Square. Admission is free and there is live music, skating and fireworks at midnight. The energetic countdown features DJ’s, live music, animations, and entertainment. If you want to spend the night in Toronto there are several family friendly hotels within walking distance. Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West at Bay Street. You will know you have arrived by the glittering lights and Toronto’s famous sparkling tree.
Happy New Year!
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