When it comes time to ring in the New Year in Toronto, clubs and restaurants aren't your only options for getting out on the town. Instead you can take in a show - especially comedy - and combine toasting the new year with great entertainment. Tickets for all New Year's Eve performances go fast, so be sure to book early.
Toronto Operetta Theatre New Year's Eve Gala
Every year the Toronto Operetta Theatre makes a gala evening out of their current show by adding a pre- and post- performance party. You can still buy tickets to the performance only, but either way this New Year's Eve tradition is usually a sold-out affair.
- 2012 Operetta - The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár
Opera's Greatest Hits - New Year's Eve 2012
Beginning at 7pm, this concert at Roy Thomson Hall isn't likely to get you to the countdown but instead offers a nice way to wrap up this year. Tickets range from $55 - $145.
Famous PEOPLE Players' New Year's Eve Gala
Enjoy an evening with hors d'oeurves, dinner, dancing, a champagne toast and of course a black light performance by the Famous PEOPLE Players. If you're looking for something to do early in the day with younger children, there's also an afternoon performance that doesn't include a meal (See the "Special Events" section of the website for details).
Mysteriously Yours... New Year's Eve Mystery Gala
On December 31st the Mysteriously Yours... Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will be serving up dinner, an interactive murder-mystery, an after-party with dancing and a midnight toast.
- 2012 Show - The Fine Art of Murder (A Sherlock Holmes Mystery)
New Year's Eve Comedy in Toronto
Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Second City
Second City has two performances on December 31st, plus a countdown and champagne toast with the cast. As always, you can buy the "Dinner Theatre Package" and combine your evening of sketch comedy with a meal at Wayne Gretzky's Restaurant.
- 2012 - We've Totally (probably) Got This
New Year's Eve Comedy Extravaganza
Although it won't actually take you right through to midnight, this large comedy show at Massey Hall will make your New Year's Eve memorable.
- 2012 - Harland Williams (host), Nikki Payne and more
Yuk Yuk's New Year's Eve Bash
The downtown Toronto Yuk Yuk's location (224 Richmond Street West) presents a comedy show that wraps up with a champagne toast. You can opt to include a full dinner, which will also get you preferred seating.
New Year's Eve at Absolute Comedy
Absolute is offering a buffet dinner starting at 8pm with the show at 10:15pm, and you can buy tickets for both or just for the show.
- 2012 - Host Ward Anderson, featuring headliner Mike Dambra, with MJ Taks.