New Year’s traditionally has been a way to say goodbye to the old year and ushering a fresh start. It often involves overflowing champagne. BUT it doesn’t have to be overflowing in libations. A glass or none? We got you! Here are a few ways to celebrate right here in Toronto that won’t leave you with a hangover.

Polar Bear Skate at The Bentway:

On December 31 at noon, join other Torontonians and skate the trail right under the Gardiner Expressway. Wear your undies or bathing suits and skate outdoors for charity. The annual event is clothing drive with donations accepted on site. Clean and gently used or new warm winter clothing will be donated to the New Circles Community Services. Event is free to event. Bring your own skates. There will be rentals as well ($). Participants will received a complimentary Bentway toque and hot chocolate while supplies last. Register on The Bentway site.

ROM After Dark NYE Party:

December 31. Royal Ontario Museum. Join in this legendary bash with live music, DJs, epic performances and more. Brandon Ash-Mohammed: The mega-talented stand-up comedian, producer, and star of Amazon Prime’s Last One Laughing Canada, will ignite the night by hosting the jam-packed celebration  Yes, you will have access to the entire Museum including all current exhibitions. Tickets include food stations and a drink for your New Year’s Eve toast.

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Dwayne Gretzky at History:

December 31. Our favourite cover band returns with a blow out bash in support of MusicCounts. VIP Packages and general admission tickets available. You can also stream this at your own house party. Trust us, they are amazing!

Planet-Hop Party: NYE at Offworld Bar – Non-Alcohol Package:

If you don’t need to drink to have fun (or prefer not to have an alcohol filled night), Celebrate New Year’s Eve five times on different planets with Offworld Bar! The crew will be flying a special itinerary on December 31 bringing you to 5 unique worlds and offering a sample of mocktails & food representative of each planet’s culture and customs. Do something a little different this year, this galactic tour includes 5 sample-size mocktails (4 fl oz) with an amuse bouche pairing, narrated guide of the planets, and other live entertainment throughout the night. 19+ Event
Departure to the first alien planet at 9:30pm **Note this is a choreographed experience and late arrival may mean missing a part of the narrative aspects of the night.

101 Holiday Movie Moments at The Comedy Bar Danforth:

This one-act extravaganza reimagines the classic Hallmark Christmas Movie plot while hilariously attempting to pay homage to 101 beloved moments from your favourite holiday classics. From “Bah Humbug” to “Yippie-Ki-Yay,” this show promises an enchanting blend of nostalgia, laughter, audience interaction and festive cheer, making it a must-see holiday experience! Cast includes Ann Pornel, Andrew Bushell, Kirsten Rasmussan, Kris Siddiqi, Paul Bates. Directed by Carly Heffernan.

Record Breaker Plunge:

Woodbine Beach on January 1 at 2pm. Join hundreds as they embrace the cold waters of Lake Ontario in this community event supporting Jack.org. 100% of all donations support youth mental health programs across Canada. A great way to start the new year with a fresh mindset.

Othership Yorkville:

New Year’s Extravaganza! On this night, celebrate in Othership fashion the year that has past, and open up to the the infinite realm of possibility in the year that lies ahead. Open our hearts and minds to how a party may build deep sense of belonging, inspire awe, and radically shift state. Do it up in style with DJ’s (Roxy Boomba and Sweets), musicians, performers, dancers, and.. YOU. This event up as a GIVING party. Journey-ers are invited to bring their gifts to the party, to be expressive, to partake in the magic creation. Is it dance, costume, tarot reading, massage, music, magic, essential oils, POI? Whatever sparks your passion, bring it and let it light us all up on this night of nights. OR if you want to wind-down the year, book yourself in earlier n the day for a grounded experience.

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Roller Express at Union Station:

Yes, you heard that right! The new indoor roller skating rink downtown is a fun throw back with all the good vibes! Free rentals available and skate lessons also available. DJs on site to keep the groovy tunes going. First come first serve. Roller Express will be open daily until February 4. See site for details n NYE festivities.

*Lead in photo by Paul Zoetemeijer on Unsplash