If you're looking to ring in the new year with a bang, the City of Toronto has got you covered. The Toronto waterfront will be hosting two fireworks shows this New Year's Eve, bringing a colourful start to 2023.
"I am delighted to announce that we will once again be coming together as a city to ring in the New Year in-person with waterfront fireworks to celebrate the resiliency of Torontonians throughout the pandemic," said Mayor John Tory.
The two synchronized, high-altitude fireworks displays will be visible from anywhere with views of Toronto's inner harbour, the City says, with viewing areas available along the downtown waterfront. But for those who don't feel like starting the new year outdoors in the cold, there will be a livestream of the fireworks available on the City's CultureTO YouTube channel to watch from the comfort (and warmth) of home.
The fireworks start at midnight and are scheduled to last 15 minutes.
“New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time to reflect on the many ways Toronto residents came together this past year, and to look ahead to the bright future of our city," said City Councillor and Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee Shelley Carroll. "I hope you enjoy the fireworks, whether from a scenic viewpoint or by watching the livestream, and celebrate the incoming year with friends and family.”
Although Nathan Phillips Square has played host to New Year's Eve fireworks in the past, it won't be doing so this year. But, it will still have holiday light displays, and public skating on the outdoor rink will be available until 10 pm, the City says.
If you're not able to make it down to the waterfront but really want to watch some dazzling colours take over the sky at midnight, there will be other firework shows happening in and around the city. The Distillery Winter Village is hosting its own New Year's Eve party with fireworks, and the surrounding cities of Brampton, Mississauga, Markham, and Newmarket will all have their own New Year's Eve fireworks displays.
And if you're looking for other ways to fill your New Year's Eve weekend, here's a list of enticing events happening around Toronto to enjoy.