Cheers to another year of fun, love, and prosperity! Start the new year right with your favourite things to do whether that’s hanging out with friends or going out to eat. On New Year’s Day, there are a handful of things to do in Toronto that you’ll definitely want to be a part of.

Take it easy, enjoy your day before we had back to work. From skating adventures to museum dates and more.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto on New Year’s Day:

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Polar bear plunge

Dare to take a dip? The annual Polar Bear Plunge is taking place at Toronto’s Sunnyside Beach. Sign up as an individual or as part of a team, this fundraiser event is not one you want to miss.

When: Event begins at 10:30 A.M. Dip at 12:00 P.M.
Where: Sunnyside Beach

Visit the Aga Khan Museum

Not yet over the holidays? You can still experience the festive season at the Aga Khan Museum. Though they do have holiday family activities until January 8, you can still explore the museum and all it has to offer.

When: January 1 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 P.M
Where: 77 Wynford Dr, North York

Take a stroll through the Toronto Zoo

The Zoo doesn’t only have to be a summer activity, pay the cute, furry Zoo animals a visit. Though some areas of the Toronto Zoo like the African Savanna may be closed due to the temperature, there are still adorable animals to see and maybe get a few pics of.

When: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Where: 2000 Meadowvale Road

Check out the Ontario Science Centre

Just another fun-filled day at the Ontario Science Centre. Spend your day with science, catching hair-raise demos and educational IMAX films. Feel like a kid again or bring your own children for a family day adventure.

When: January 1, 2023 – 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Where: 770 Don Mills Road

Go on an art date at the AGO

Enjoy a day of art on your won, with a boo or a group of friends, at the AGO. There are a few exhibitions on the go so you can explore and learn something new. And remember, if you’re 12 years old or younger, you can get a full year of unlimited access to the AGO and all special exhibitions for absolutely free. Make sure to sign up online.

When: January 1, 2023 – 10:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Where: 317 Dundas Street W

Go for a New Year’s Day brunch

Several restaurants in Toronto will be offering delicious New Year’s Day brunch. It’s the best way to celebrate the new year! Here are a few restaurants offering mouthwatering eats on Janaury 1, 2023:

… and many more.

When: January 1, 2023
Where: Select restaurants around Toronto

Go skating around Toronto

When it comes to outdoor skating rinks, Toronto has no shortage of fantastic options. From ice trails through the city to DJ skate nights in the heart of downtown, these rinks will make you want to lace up your skates all season long.

Where: Select skating rinks

Spend time at the Cavalcade of Lights

Bask in the glory of winter at Nathan Philips Square! “Inspired by international lantern, fire and light festivals, this year’s festivities will transform City Hall and its surrounds into a dazzling wonderland each night until 10:00 P.M.,” according to the city. Enjoy the beauty of the glittering tree, skate on the rink and feel the glow of thousands of lights as they light up downtown Toronto.

When: Until January 7th, 2023
Where: Nathan Philips Square

Northern Lights TO

The “most immersive outdoor holiday experience” in the city, Northern Lights will transport you to a world filled with the cheerful lights, sights, sounds, and feelings of the holidays. It has over 80,000 square feet of breathtaking installations and uniquely immersive experiences. Some of the features include art installations, dazzling décor, a 25-foot illuminated Christmas tree, fun-for-all-ages games and activities, a holiday vendor market, and much more.

When: Until January 8th, 2022
Where: Grand Bizarre at Exhibition Place
Cost: $22.95 per ticket, $17.95 for children ages 3-12

Enjoy a dome dining experience

Treat yourself this winter and enjoy an intimate, heated, dome dining experience in Toronto courtesy of Selva. You can get the best views of the CN Tower while you indulge in a special drink menu made especially for this foodie adventure. Selvierno at Selva offers a fun dining experience and provides all the comforts of private dining inside individually heated domes with plush pillows, blankets, and cozy seating even at sub-zero temperatures!

When: Evening
Where: Selva – 221 Richmond Street W

Happy New Year!!!