Hey, Toronto! Here's where you can ring in 2016 for free

Nathan Phillips Square will once again be ground zero for ushering in the new year.

DJ's at Nathan Phillips Square and a Coyote Howl in Oakville make our list of free NYE events

Three of Toronto's top DJ's will be rocking Nathan Phillips Square's popular New Year's Eve celebrations tonight. The event will feature skating and a fireworks display after the stroke of midnight. (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press)

Nathan Phillips Square will once again be ground zero for ushering in the new year in Toronto.

Getting you moving and in the mood to ring in 2016 will be award-winning Toronto DJs MelBoogie and P-Plus, and a set by internationally known Toronto DJ Starting From Scratch who has toured with comedian Russell Peters, Usher and Santana.

The square will be animated by performances from Zero Gravity Circus,and the event will be hosted by singer Jasmine Denham and Ivan Wanis Ruiz. The celebrations will start at 8 p.m. with a DJ skating party. And if you have the munchies, the organizers have you covered. These food trucks will be on site: All Star, Heirlooms Food Truck, Original Chimneys, Prince Edward's Fries, and Randy's Roti and Doubles.

Some side streets around Nathan Phillips Square will be closed or will have traffic restrictions from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to accommodate the fireworks safety zone, so you're advised to take the TTC. 

Here are a few other family-friendly New Year's Eve celebrations worth checking:

  • If you're feeling sporty tonight, head on over to Liberty Village for the fifth annual 5K New Year's Eve Midnite Run. Organizers are promising participants "a great swag bag, beer and champagne."
  • Richmond Hill's First Night is a family-friendly New Year's Eve party geared to young families and features wagon rides, face painting and fireworks. 6 p.m. Richmond Green Sports Centre, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East. 
  • And here's an exciting way to bring in 2016.  Bronte Creek Provincial Park is hosting a  New Year's Eve Coyote Howl and is inviting you to "join a park ranger on a guided walk to learn about coyotes and hopefully get them to call back!" 6:30 p.m. 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville.

Getting around

For the third New Year's Eve in a row, the TTC is partnering with Corby Spirit and Wine to provide free rides on all its routes from 7 p.m. today to 7 a.m. on January 1, 2016. 

GO Transit is also offering free late-night rides after 7 p.m. and a special train service leaving Union Station after the countdown. More details can be found here.

Closed New Year's Day

  • Banks
  • Government services 
  • LCBO 
  • The Beer Store
  • Recreation centres
  • Libraries 
  • No City of Toronto garbage or recycling collection
  • Post offices


  • TTC subway service begins at 9 a.m.
  • GO Transit will run on its Sunday schedule on New Year's Day.


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