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10 free events on New Year's Eve in Toronto

Free events on New Year's Eve are for those of us who don't feel like breaking the bank. They range from massive outdoor parties for big groups, to house party-style celebrations inside bars with no cover and cheap drinks.

  • Free events you don't want to miss
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • December 31
      Count down to the new year by the lake while skating to jams from DJ P-Plus. Bring your own skates or rent them and hit the ice until 2017 strikes!
      Harbourfront Centre
    • December 31
      This is Toronto's biggest skating and dance party, complete with fireworks and shows.The fun begins around 8 p.m., with DJs, performers, hot chocolate and of course, a countdown to 2017 just before midnight.
      Nathan Phillips Square
    • December 31
      In celebration of 2016 coming to and end, Dundas Video is throwing a wild party with cheap drinks, free games, music from Pop Lobster, 3 a.m. last call and no cover.
    • December 31
      No cover charges, lineups, noisemakers or champagne here, just some of the best beers available from local breweries. This is the spot for Junction Triangle folks who want a no fuss night of cheers-ing.
    • December 31
      Recently voted one of the best new pubs in the city, this Annex pub focuses on craft beer and is open for NYE, no reservations and no cover. 
      Crafty Coyote
    • December 31
      Celebrate the new year with a countdown and midnight performance from drag queen Sofonda Cox at this gay cowboy-themed NYE party in the village. There will be eight broncin' buck bartenders to serve y'all as well as DJ Chris Steinbach.
      Woody's
    • December 31
      College Street's ultimate arcade bar and cool hang out celebrates NYE in a laid back way. They're open the usual hours starting at 6 p.m. until everyone is done kissing, and also as per usual, there's no cover.
      Nightowl
    • December 31
      This is the spot if you're in the east and don't want to venture downtown. Farside is ushering oin 2016 properly with a performance from DJ JD playing mutant disco, electro and Italo with no cover! Cheap drinks are available for your convenience.
    • December 31
      Have an old-school diner-style NYE at Parkdale's new fave diner spot. They're open for the big night starting at 5 p.m. and it'll cost you nothing to walk in and have a drink.
      The Skyline
    • December 31
      Locals Only celebrates not celebrating with anything huge for NYE. Open regular hours starting at 5 p.m. There are half price bottles of wine and buck a shuck oysters until 8 p.m., then it's bar business as usual until 2017.
      Locals Only
    Lead photo by

    Felix Mo

Lead photo by

Felix Mo


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