It wasn’t easy, but we did it – we’ve officially reached 2022! This New Years Eve might not be shaping up the way we thought it would be, but that doesn’t mean we should cancel the celebrations altogether. There are still plenty of ways to safely ring the New Year in the city and enjoy the first weekend in January. From waterfront fireworks to sparkling nature trails and stunning immersive art, there are plenty of activities to fill your long weekend and keep those post-vacation blues at bay.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Toronto this weekend.
NEW YEAR’S FIREWORKS
What better way to welcome the New Year than with fireworks? The city will host a dazzling fireworks display for the first time since the pandemic at midnight on New Years Eve. The high altitude exhibit will be held at several locations along the waterfront and here are the best places to see the show. .
When: January 1 at 12 p.m.
A new immersive art experience has officially opened in Toronto. Immersive Klimt, a colorful new exhibition curated by ‘world-renowned master of digital art’, Italian Massimiliano Siccardi, joins the ranks of Immersive Van Gogh and Beyond Monet. Through 360-degree projections, the groundbreaking works of Gustav Klimt come to life all around you. Klimt is described as a “rebel, genius and legend” of a painter, and now you can be swept away in his electrifying world.
Or: 1 Yonge Street
When: Until March 13
THE FOREST OF HIKARI
This New Years Eve, Chotto Matte transports guests to a Japanese light festival merged with the Peruvian rainforest. The opulent dinner will see the restaurant as it has never been before. As you savor your Fuji Flower Cocktail and dine on the deluxe sharing menu, you’ll be treated to “immersive live entertainment,” DJs, and a special souvenir to take home with you. An all-you-can-eat mimosa brunch will also be offered on the 31st for $ 65 per person.
Or: 161 Bay Street
When: Friday December 31
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This breathtaking exhibition is now open to the world for the first time. Here’s a rundown so you know exactly what to expect. Over 400 works by Claude Monet come to life before your eyes with vivid 360-degree displays that swirl all around you, enhanced by sound effects and music. Forget the world and lose yourself in the mind and masterpieces of this great painter.
Or: Toronto Metro Convention Center, 255 Front Street West
When: Until February 27
PICASSO: PAINTING THE BLUE PERIOD
Joining the ranks of Monet and Van Gogh is Pablo Picasso, with a historic celebration of his iconic Modernist masterpieces. The Picasso exhibition currently underway at AGO takes visitors through the first projects of his signature Blue Period with more than 100 works from 15 countries. You will experience the world as he interpreted it as a young artist in the early 1900s.
Or: 317 Dundas Street West
When: Until January 16
SKY SKATE TORONTO
Another skating season in the skies over Toronto is about to begin. The Porch’s popular Sky Skate rooftop ice rink opens in early December and it’s one of the most scenic places in town to glide under the stars. There are heaters all around the rink to make your skate a bit more comfortable, but you’ll definitely still want to dress for a typical Canadian winter night. You can also warm up with a drink at the bar afterwards!
Or: 250 Adelaide Street West
When: Until March 2022
Take a dreamy winter walk under the stars and by the glow of twinkling lights and campfires. This special experience is a great excuse to take in the fresh air and nature and take adorable photos while you’re at it. Enjoy the art installations on display along the trail, live artists, food and drink, and of course, the breathtaking scenery.
Or: Mountsberg Conservation Area, 2259 Milburough Line
When: Until February 20
Something magical has happened at Ontario Place and it’s like a snow globe coming to life! Snow Magic invites you to “explore an adventure full of wonders inspired by fire, ice and light”. Travel 1.7 km of magical sites, including 18 art installations, crystal-clear caverns, awe-inspiring creatures and “mysterious sites of which only dreams are made”.
Or: 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West
When: Until January 16
PATH OF LIGHTS
Stroll a sparkling trail through the woods this weekend at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham. Pets are welcome to use the 1 km trail every Sunday of this month. The walk takes about 45 minutes, so be sure to dress warmly. There are also plenty of places to take photos along the trail. If you haven’t had enough of the sparkling lights and magical moods in December, this is definitely the place to go!
Or: 10080 Kennedy Road
When: Until January 30
THE BENTWAY SKATING TRACK
Toronto’s iconic skating rink under the Gardiner Freeway is open for the winter season. The 220-meter 8-loop offers skating lessons, rentals, sharpening services, special events and art installations throughout the season. You can also warm up with a free hot chocolate every Thursday evening, but drinks are available for purchase on site every day of the week.
Or: 250 Fort York Blvd
When: Until February 21
Have a great weekend and a happy new year, Toronto!