City Living: NYE parties

Two things happen once people stop trick-or-treating: Christmas lights go up and the question, “what are you doing for New Year’s?” is asked. Planning your night on December 31 can be stressful for some. That’s why we’re here to help shed some light on what is going on in and around the city on the last night of 2011. Here is where you’re most likely to find us at midnight on New Years Eve.

Dubbed “2012 DOOMSDAY”, the ping-pong club is letting folks hunker down for the catastrophic apocalypse. Their “survival guide” includes two bottles of sparkling wine, a shooter bottle of tequila, Jaegermeister or Jameson, a vat of punch, a case of beer and of course, a ping-pong table for the night. Gather 10 friends and shell out $1000/table (before Wednesday, December 21; after that it’s upped to $1250). Bookings can be made by emailing jessica@toronto.spingalactic.com.
Cottage Living
If you’re more of an escapee, we love getting a group of friends or family together and heading for the hills – you know, those big Ontario ones…

Prices can be steep at this time of the year, but a fire, board games and snow angels make it worth it. An awesome alternative to renting a hotel room is renting a chalet with a big group. Blue Mountain is a favourite of ours, because it also gives the option of hanging out in the village, a cozy area in the middle of the town, full of pubs, live music and yummy restaurants.

Drake Hotel’s Stardust New Year’s Eve

Go to Value Village, find some disco sparkle and platforms and head to Drake for their Stardust New Year’s Eve party. Whether you want to start your night there with a feast, head over to toast in the new year at midnight or stumble up to a room post=festivities, various tickets options give you free reign to choose. Make sure to choose a ticket that lets you sample some of their tasty fare – it’s worth it. Package details here



Elliott BROOD at Lee’s Palace

A Toronto music scene staple, this country-inspired party lets one kick off your stilettos, throw on a loose tank top and sashay into Lee’s Palace for the fourth annual Elliott BROOD NYE show. Sold out year after year, this trio belts out alt-country hit again and again. Come get your honky tonk on.

Dinner/House Party

For the low-key night, gather your closest friends, choose a house and ring in 2012 with some champers, potluck eats and watching the ball drop in New York’s Times Square on the boob tube. An intimate night that allows for actual conversation and friendly banter, it will likely be a bit less sloppy and a bit more filling.
Wherever the night takes you this year, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy 2012!
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