Things to Do this New Year’s Eve Weekend in Toronto

A list of things to do during the weekend of December 29, 2017 to January 1, 2018.

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I. Live Music & Concerts

 

Jurassic Park

One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation and became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1993, winning three Academy Awards®. Details

December 28 & 29, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts & 1 Front St. E., Toronto

$49 – $99 + charges

Salute to Vienna

This holiday season, the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet will waltz you into a triumphant New Year. Inspired by Vienna’s beloved New Year’s Concert, this charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with full symphony orchestra for a rich cultural experience that will leave your toes tapping. A Toronto tradition for 24 years, experience Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert: a toast to life itself!  Details

Monday, January 1, 2018 | 2:30 PM

Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., Toronto

 $65–$155

Other Concerts

II. Live Theatre

 

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater

There are two kinds of people in the world, those with holiday cheer and those with . . . out. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater will make fun of all the washed up, broken down traditions that tend to plague the holiday season. Details

November 23, 2017 to January 5, 2018

The Second City Toronto, 51 Mercer Street, Toronto

$26+

A Christmas Carol

Everyone’s favourite Christmas curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, has discarded his humbug credo for some new big plans to own the holiday season. Scrooge, Cratchit, Marley and the Ghosts (of Plumbum) are joined by Jane Cratchit, Jack the Rapper, a girl group, a boy band, and a bunch of ghostdusters on Christmas Eve, 1850s London (Ontario), to teach Scrooge the real meaning of Christmas with hit songs, high-energy dancing, silly jokes, up-to-the-minute topical references, and hilarious ad-libs! Details

November 24 – December 31, 2017

Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto

$27-$99

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Faced with a life of dreams deferred, George Bailey sets out to throw himself from a bridge — until a dotty angel-in-waiting shows him what might have been. Don’t miss this beloved holiday classic, brought to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast!
Revisit Bedford Falls, fall in love again with George and Mary, and discover the magic of an angel named Clarence! It’s Christmas Eve in 1947, and inside a radio studio, a live broadcast brings to life Frank Capra’s timeless film in all of its feel-good glory!  Details

Fridays to Sundays, December 1 to 30, 2017

 Lower Ossington Theatre 100 Ossington Avenue
Toronto

$54.99 to $64.99

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles – and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?  Details

December 2, 2017 to January 6, 2018

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill

$18

The Wizard of Oz

Experience the beloved family tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home! This classic story has entertained audiences for generations, and now you can share the magic with your family!  Details

 December 2 to February 4, 2018

Lower Ossington Theatre 100 Ossington Avenue
Toronto

$54.99 to $64.99

Peter Pan

Pirates. Lost Boys. A ticking crocodile. J. M. Barrie’s classic story about the boy who would never grow up is given a lively musical reimagining for kids and kids-at-heart. Details

December 8 to 31, 2017

Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane

$25 to $45 + charges

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax

This classic story has been brilliantly adapted for the stage by David Greig, with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink, and directed by Max Webster, in a dazzling new show direct from London’s acclaimed Old Vic theatre. This funny, moving, and inspiring show that The Independent calls “terrifically inventive”, is a riot of eye-popping colour, gorgeous puppetry and infectious original music. You won’t want to miss it! Details

December 9 to January 21, 2018

Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King Street West, Toronto

$45 – $165

The Story

With hope and humour, THE STORY imagines the nativity as a parable for modern times. The audience follows three wise men as they navigate a complicated world of existential shepherds, imperial soldiers, charming thieves, a bumbling angel, a deranged tyrant, and a lost choir. They are all in search of a headstrong young woman, and her baby born in a trash heap, hiding out in Christie Pits. Details

December 11-30, 2017

Christie Pits Park
Toronto

By Donation

The Illusionists – Live From Broadway

This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Details

December 12 to January 7, 2018

Princess of Wales Theatre – 300 King St W, Toronto

$59 to $175

Million Dollar Quartet

On December 4, 1956, history was made when an extraordinary twist of fate brought together then-rising star Johnny Cash, unknown Jerry Lee Lewis, veteran musician Carl Perkins, and chart-topper Elvis Presley for the first and only time at Sun Records in Memphis, the studios of legendary record producer Sam Phillips, for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Who Do You Love?, Matchbox, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many more. Details

December 12 to January 7, 2018

Panasonic Theatre
651 Yonge Street, Toronto

$59 to $89

Miracle on Mercer Street

The Second City Family Company performs holiday favourite Miracle on Mercer Street! Featuring The Second City’s adorable puppet troupe and their funny human friends, Miracle on Mercer Street tells the story of a 13 year old girl who spends the winter holiday visiting her grandmother in the town of Hollydale. Details

December 16, 2017 to January 5, 2018

The Second City, 51 Mercer Street, Toronto

$12+

Cinderella in Muddy York

The much loved story of Cinderella is reset in 1830’s Upper Canada, just as “Muddy” York is to be renamed Toronto, and where the very Canadian Cinderella is expected to cater to every whim of her recently immigrated stepmother and sisters. Cinderella in Muddy York is a whimsical but informative take on Toronto history that tickles the funny bones of children and adults alike.  Details

December 26 – 31, 2017

Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto

$20

The Nutcracker

The National Ballet of Canada. This Nutcracker creates a fresh context for the E.T.A. Hoffmann children’s classic that has formed the basis for so many adaptations. Mr. Kudelka situates the story in 19th century Russia, where the idyllic, natural rhythms of farm life provide the backdrop to the fantastic dream journey of Misha and Marie, the brother and sister at the centre of the narrative. Details

December 9 – 30, 2017

The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto

$39 & up

RaPUNzel The Classic tale of a Cat, a girl and her disappointed hare.

The Panto Player’s 7th annual Holiday Pantomime, this year brings everyone’s favourite Pink Cat on sabbatical to Italy! Boo when you Meet the villainous Gardener Monsanto who as PUN -ishment for eating his Lettuce locks up the RaPUNzel the daughter of the now Widowed Twankey into a tower! Hilarity insues, with singing and dancing and fun for the whole family! Don’t let down our Hare! Be there! Details

 December 26 to January 7, 2018

Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East, Toronto

Child: $15
Adult:$25

Your Hood’s A Joke

Presented by Toronto Comedy All Stars, the 70-minute show features comedians representing their country of origin, city or local neighbourhood. The stand-up comics roast each other’s territories in this roast battle style show, similar to rap battle style shows that have picked up in popularity in recent years.. Details

December 31, 2017 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, Toronto

$52.45

Pinocchio-A Merry Magical Pantomime

A fantastic holiday treat for the entire family. Pinocchio-A Merry Magical Pantomime is packed with action and zingers with a couple of magical surprises tossed in for good measure.. Details

December 22 to 31, 2017

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 1/42 – 243 Coxwell Ave, Toronto

$25 to $35

III. Sports

 

Toronto Marlies

vs. Rochester Americans – Friday, December 29, 2017 | 07:00 PM
vs. Belleville Senators – Sunday, December 31, 2017 | 03:00 PM

Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto

Tickets

Toronto Raptors

vs. Atlanta Hawks – Friday, December 29, 2017 | 07:30 PM
vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Monday, January, 2018 | 07:30 PM

Air Canada Centre, Toronto

Tickets

Toronto Rock

vs. Buffalo Bandits – Saturday, December 30, 2017 | 07:00 PM

Air Canada Centre, Toronto

Tickets

WWE Live Holiday Tour

 Saturday, December 30, 2017 | 07:30 PM

Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto

Tickets

Raptors 905

 vs. Windy City Bulls – Saturday, December 30, 2017 | 02:00 PM
vs. Austin Spurs – Sunday, December 31, 2017 | 02:00 PM

Hershey Centre, Mississauga

Tickets

Mississauga Steelheads

vs. Windsor Spitfires – Friday, December 29, 2017 | 07:00 PM

Hershey Centre, Mississauga

Tickets

IV. Other Events

 

Disney On Ice

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars. Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.” Life is the bubbles when Sebastian strikes up his hot crustacean band and the Daughters of Triton make a splash as they introduce Ariel in an ’80s pop montage.  Details

December 22 to January 1, 2018

Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto

$28 & up

A Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner

Gather at the historic Gibson House for a special evening inspired by the Scottish traditions of Hogmanay. Share a scrumptious dinner with familiar and new friends. Be lulled by the fire and moved by the music.  Details

December 28 & 29, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Gibson House Museum – 5172 Yonge Street, Toronto

$65

Hogmanay

Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight. Musicians Gin Lane will perform.  Details

December 29 & 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mackenzie House
82 Bond St, Toronto

$25

A Roaring Twenties Christmas

Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina. Holly wreaths, garlands of evergreens and mistletoe festoon the house based on the memories of the Austin family grandchildren. In the kitchen visitors will enjoy holiday treats made from original recipes and sip mulled cider.  Details

November 21, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd, Toronto

$5.75 – $8.85; Under 5: Free

Scottish Holiday Traditions

Enjoy the simple and elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season at Gibson House Museum. Learn how the Gibson family celebrated the season in the nineteenth century and sample some tasty treats by the open hearth. See the Victorian-era home decorated in natural greenery and take a guided tour with our knowledgeable staff.  Details

November 15, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Gibson House Museum
5172 Yonge St, North York

$3.76 – $7.08

Christmas in the Valley

Experience two different eras of Christmas at Todmorden Mills as we explore the holiday traditions of the 1890s and the 1940s. Sample festive treats in our historic homes, create a take-home craft, and take a winter stroll in the Wildflower Preserve.  Details

December 2 to January 7, 2018

Todmorden Mills
67 Pottery Rd, Toronto

 $3.76 – $7.08

More Things to Do

Watch Christmas Lights in Toronto
Enjoy Outdoor Skating (Weather Permitting)
Go Snow Tubing (Weather Permitting)
Go Skiing (Weather Permitting)
Visit Niagara Falls to enjoy Winter Festival of Lights

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