The lovely thing about living in a city such as Toronto is that the city is always trying to outdo itself. On one of the biggest nights of the year - New Year's Eve - party planners and restaurateurs pull out all the stops to try to guarantee a memorable evening. Even if you have your New Year's formula down to a science (Good friends plus booze is pretty solid math that works out most of the time.), you may want to mix it up a little. If you are still searching for a way to put the "new" into New Year's night, try one of these three unique Toronto opportunities:
Toronto Midnight Run
Good Times Running Inc. has organized a 5K for those who want to get started on their New Year's resolutions earlier than anyone else. A mixture of health nuts (emphasis on the word "nut") supporting the Fort York Food Bank, there is a whole lot of fun to balance out the exercise. Word on the street (by organizer Peter Donato) is that a big beer sponsor has a "big, cool prize for anyone who sticks around until 2am." Costumes are encouraged, and the post race party is rumoured to be epic. Toronto Midnight Run Costumes are encouraged . . . especially the warm ones — Photo courtesy of Peter Donato, Founder of All Sports Marketing
Party at the Castle
If you need a little more elegance in your life, consider joining the "European splendour" on offer at Castle Loma.Not a bad place to have a party — Photo courtesy of Casa Loma The event is planned by West of Contra and owner James Blackburn says "Casa Loma is a Canadian landmark and, in my opinion Toronto's most beautiful building, inside and out. It's a rare opportunity to dance the night away in this world famous castle." Time to dust off your black tie. Not every New Year's will offer a side of castle with your champagne. Party at the Castle.
The Big Top New Year's Eve
This two floor party "needs a big top to keep it all in." The Gladstone Hotel is the place to let your inner child come out come January 13.New Year's is a circus anyway — Photo courtesy of Gladstone Hotel As you dance and schmooze, you will be inundated with circus eye candy from jugglers to acrobats and "other festive performers." Get yourself a big cone of cotton candy and try not to smile. If you want to splurge, the "ring side seats" offer bottle service. The Big Top New Year's Eve.
What's it going be? Healthy? Elegant? Playful? Your choices are legendary in Toronto.