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How to Ring in 2023 on a Budget in the GTA!

TORONTO – New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and there are tons of ways to ring in the new year in Toronto and around the GTA. We’ve taken compiled a list of some ways to celebrate the end of 2022, and the beginning of 2023, on a budget this year!

The Toronto Distillery District

For the first time ever, the Distillery District is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. So if you haven’t had a chance to check it out so far this winter, on December 31st you can head over to The Distillery Winter Village are enjoy live DJs and dancing! There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, and there will also be a fireworks display at midnight! 

Cost: You can enter the market for free before 4 p.m. on December 31st. Tickets are available for purchase online for $11 between 4 and 9 P.M., after 9 they go up to $20! 

Toronto Harbour Fireworks

The City of Toronto has planned a fireworks display for midnight on New Year’s Eve! It will go down at Toronto’s inner harbour, and city officials recommend checking out the show from the following areas:

  • Ireland Park
  • Toronto Music Garden
  • HTO Park
  • HTO Park W.
  • Harbourfront Centre grounds 
  • Harbour Square Park
  • Sugar Beach Park
  • Water’s Edge Promenade

If you want to hang out at home – we’ve got you! If you live downtown, you should be able to enjoy the fireworks from anywhere with views of downtown Toronto’s inner harbour. You can also watch the show online!

Cost: Totally free!

This year there won’t be a New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square. However, skaters can still hit the rink and enjoy the lights until 10 o’clock in the evening. 

Getting Around Toronto

Heads up drivers, the following road closures will be in effect between 10 p.m. December 31st and 1 a.m. January 1st:

  • Queens Quay W. – eastbound between Bathurst St. & Yonge St.
  • Queens Quay E. – eastbound between Yonge St. & Lower Sherbourne St.

Make sure to double-check the city website before you head out for any additional closures.

If you plan to take public transit, you’re in for a treat! The TTC will be offering free service from 7 P.M. on December 31st until 8 A.M. on January 1st!

New Year’s Eve in Mississauga

If you’re hanging out in Mississauga this New Year’s Eve, there is a party happening at Celebration Square! You can dance the night away with live music from Banx & Ranx, Rêve, and Preston Pablo. Attendees can grab something to eat at one of the vendors or food trucks, skate on the outdoor rink, and enjoy fireworks at midnight!

Cost: Entry to this event is free!

New Year’s Eve in Brampton

If you’re spending the evening in Brampton, Garden Square has tons of stuff going on! There will be skating in Gage Park, as well as live music from DJ Roshanie, Jane’s Party, and The Beaches! There are plenty of places that will be open for dinner, and there will also be a fireworks display to ring in 2023.

Cost: Attending this event is also free!

New Year’s Eve in Markham

If you’re hanging out in Markham, you can celebrate at the square, located at 169 Enterprise Blvd. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, with live music, and a midnight countdown with a fireworks display! 

Cost: Admission is free

New Year’s Eve in Ajax

If you’re spending the night in the east end, Ajax is hosting a big party for the whole family. The night includes activities and games for the kids, live music and entertainment, ice skating, and more at the Ajax Community Centre! There’s an early countdown with a balloon drop planned for 9 P.M., so if you want to get a babysitter and tuck the kids in early, it’s a great way to celebrate as a family before you head out. 

 Cost: Totally free!

These are just some of the dozens of events going on this New Year’s Eve across the G.T.A.! Let us know in the comments, how are you ringing in 2023?



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