5 Places to go for New Year’s Eve Outside of Halton

Published December 22, 2017 at 6:22 pm

So, you’re ready to wipe your hands clean of 2017 and gear up for a fresh start in 2018. New Year, new you, right?

This year, New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday, and while there are incredible celebrations that are worthy of your New Year’s Eve plans happening right here in Halton, there’s a lot going on in other cities, too. If you’re willing to make the trip, brave the crowds, and scrounge together some last-minute planning, that is!

For those of you who want to leave our region for New Year’s Eve, all the power to you — there are an abundance of other cities you can visit to celebrate. 

Choose wisely! 

5) Montreal 

Grab a group of friends, book a train ticket (warning: the seats left are at pretty random hours) or hop in someone’s car for six hours (more feasible at this point), and head over to Montreal for the entire weekend! There are parties happening all over the city all weekend, and on NYE, head over to Old Montreal for a fun time outdoors. Merry Montreal is throwing a free NYE party complete with a DJ, street artists, food, bands, and fireworks at midnight, and even with a dance party until 2 a.m. This adventure is for those devoted to getting far out of the city.

4) Niagara Falls

Mariana’s Trench, Simple Plan, James Barker Band, and Jess Moskaluke will be hyping up the crowds in Niagara Falls at Queen Victoria Park this year starting at 8 p.m.! A massive fireworks display is scheduled over a classic Canadian landscape at midnight — when you go to Niagara Falls for NYE, you can catch fireworks over the Niagara Gorge. Not feeling an outdoor concert? Book a romantic dinner at the Rainbow Room (you’ll likely still be able to see the fireworks) or have dinner, countdown, and dance the night away at Sheraton on the Falls.

3) New York City

If you’ve never seen the ball drop in person in NYC (no, TV doesn’t count), perhaps it’s time you dropped some cash and some time and made the trip! Energy, lights, and a big crowd are guaranteed at Times Square this year if you’re looking for a classic NYE experience. A full schedule has yet to be posted, but with millions watching all over the world, it’s almost guaranteed to be a fun night. Not feeling that crowd? There are events happening all around Times Square — whether you’re looking for a nice dinner, a club, or something else.

2) Toronto

Did you forget that we live very close to Toronto? There is so. Much. Happening. In downtown Toronto this year. If you’re looking for a classic NYE party, definitely head to Nathan Phillips Square for the night. There, you’ll find DJs, site animations, food trucks, a skating party of course, and a lively fireworks display when the clock strikes midnight. You really don’t have to go too far from here to have a memorable NYE. Thinking more in favour of drinking and dancing indoors? Toronto’s club scene has a lot going on for NYE, too.

1) Ottawa

There is hardly a more Canadian way of celebrating NYE than by making a trip to our nation’s capital for the festivities. Events are ongoing all-day Sunday at Parliament Hill — you can enjoy skating, music, dancing, First Nations culture and Christmas lights, followed by a DJ party with Kardinal Offishall, pyrotechnics, and a laser show just before midnight. Of course, there will be a wild fireworks display when the clock strikes midnight, too. Not feeling that party? There’s a Scottish NYE festival happening at Lansdowne, a craft beer dinner, and balls and dances across the city.

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