You can choose from our favourite Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations going on around Toronto and just outside of town. Or, better yet, browse our little round up of homegrown ways we’ve made New Year’s Eve special for our families over the years.
Smash the Gingerbread House for treats and sparkling cider toasts at midnight (aka 9pm) this New Year’s.
Create a Fifty-Two Weeks Jar! Get everybody to contribute their ideas for a series of family challenges or activities written onto folded papers that you open and act on every week in 2019. Some we’ve loved: Go geo-caching, perform a random acts of kindness, write a letter to a grandparent, make caramels….
Never underestimate the appeal of Noisemakers! Pots & pans, kazoos, those screechy whirly-things… Noise never gets old on New Year’s Eve.
Write your 2019 Wishes on Paper Lanterns and then send them off (carefully) into the night at “midnight.” Pro-tip: BBQ lighters work best. And, if it’s a windy night, you might want to have an alternate plan in mind. How about tying strips of paper wishes to a fairy-lit backyard tree, for example. (We got our lanterns here.)
Skating! Head over to the neighbourhood park or community ice rink with headlamps, hot cider and sparklers. (Check out some of our favourite New Year’s Eve skating rinks here!) And if the outdoors is just too cold, here’s a handy map to the city’s Indoor Rinks.
Our Favourite! Have an impromptu neighbourhood party! Leave notes in your neighbour’s mailboxes or on your favourite social media group to Meet in the Laneway or the local park on New Year’s Eve. Bring sparklers, noise-makers, cookies & cocoa at “midnight” for a round of Auld Lang Syne – lyrics here.
(Still trying to figure out a way to safely “drop” a giant glitter ball from our garage roof through the basketball net at midnight but of course I can’t possibly recommend that to anybody else :-)