Toronto ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve and 2016


Champagne corks flew and soon-to-be-broken resolutions were made in earnest as New Year’s Eve celebrations commenced across around the world. And we’re hours away from Toronto’s turn.

Whether you are already in pajamas, getting tucked into a decadent Japanese meal, watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, or venturing out to one of many downtown parties or staring at pyrotechnics in Nathan Phillips Square, the countdown to 2016 is coming to a close.

Samoa, a full 19 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, was one of the first places to welcome the New Year, quickly followed by New Zealand and Australia.

Festivities began, but for many major cities, the fear of a terror threat loomed heavy. Extra police crammed the streets of Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas, London, New Delhi, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.

Fires broke out near the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai, just hours before a fireworks display began.

In Canada, there will soon be no more time to debate , which champagne to buy and, most importantly for party-goers, where to bring in the New Year.

For those looking for budget options, Nathan Phillips Square and the Harbourfront Centre are both open from 8 p.m.

All-night yoga sessions are on offer if you want to go into 2016 with a clear mind, and if you don’t, Chronologic will blast through music from the 1890s to the present day.

Across the GTA, there are public celebrations in:

  • Brampton, headlined by the Sam Roberts Band.
  • Mississauga, where Lowell, Grandtheft and Trevor Guthrie will take to the stage in Celebration Square.
  • Richmond Hill’s First Night, taking place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., is catered to young families.
  • Lofty expectations more often than not end in disappointment or an excessive “holiday hangover,” but at least you will be able to ride the TTC for free from 7 p.m. on Friday to 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

    But don’t leave it too late to board the subway. The last trains on all four lines depart between 3:30 a.m. and 4:07 a.m. After that, the Blue Night line of buses and streetcars will continue running until the TTC begins again at 9 a.m.

    If you need to make a last-minute dash to the shops on New Year’s Day, the Eaton Centre and a few other malls will be open, as well as movie theatres and tourist attractions.

    31/12/2015 17:01  By: TORONTO STAR