You’re Invited: Canadian New Year’s Eve Celebrations + City of Toronto’s Holiday Hours Dec.2012-Jan.2013

This video presents “NEW YEARS EVE TORONTO 2011 – CityTV New Years Eve 2011”:

  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks – City Hall, Toronto – 2011

Above, The Montreal Tower in Olympic Park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Above, The Montreal Tower in Olympic Park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Here are some New Year’s Eve 2012 celebrations in Canada:

Olympic Park Celebrates Passage to the Year 2013 In Style!

31 December 2012, from 10 pm to 12:05 am, 1 January 2013


In the area of ​​600 Esplanade Sun Life Financial, above the Pie-IX metro station (shown as number 6 on the Olympic Park Site map)

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • Toboggan slides and Ice-skating trail: December 31, 4 pm to 12 pm (midnight)
  • For the first time in history, fireworks will light up the sky above the Montreal Tower of the Olympic Park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to mark the transition to the new year 2013 at midnight, which will kick off  in the night of 31 December 2012 and continue into the first January 2013
  • For five minutes, the fireworks will provide an unforgettable image for Montrealers, which constitutes a single shot of the Montreal Tower, the international symbol of Montreal
  • There will be Entertainment and fireworks to celebrate the new year
    • From 10 pm to 12 pm (midnight):
      • Animation of fire

      • Three Kings clairvoyant

      • Modern dance

      • Alan Prater and his Orchestra Soul

    • From 12 pm (midnight) 2012 to 12:05 am 2013:
      • Fireworks at the top of the Tower of Montreal

        • Fireworks last 5 minutes

Esplanade Financière Sun Life

FREE outdoor activities

  • From mid-December to mid-March, the Olympic Park will be offering loads of FREE outdoor activities for you to enjoy at the Esplanade Financial Sun Life!
  • For the occasion, many of the Park`s concrete surfaces have been transformed into vast, white playgrounds offering slides and ice trails to visitors
    • “Grab your crazy carpets and skates then come out to have a bit of family fun!”

Olympic Park Contact Info:

Olympic Park
General Management
4141, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Montréal, Québec
H1V 3N7

Telephone : 514 252-4141
E-mail :

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Ottawa

  • “Fireworks will light up the downtown sky on New Year’s Eve!
    • Bursting from the roof top of Ottawa City Hall, fireworks will celebrate the end of 2012 and the New Year upon us”
  • Here are two FREE fantastic  street parties to help you ring in the New Year in Ottawa:

This video presents ” Sparks NYE Ad on CTV”:

  • CTV Presents New Year’s Eve, A Times Square Experience on Historic Sparks Street in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

On the Sparks Street Mall

Presented by: Sparks Street BIA/Mall Authority

December 31, 2012, 8 pm to January 1, 2013, 1 am

Free Event

Sparks Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Getting There By Bus: OC Transpo


  • Come enjoy New Year’s Eve celebration on Ottawa’s historic street, Sparks Street!
    •  Sparks Street is a pedestrian mall one block south of Parliament Hill

  • The best street party Ottawa has ever seen
  • Come for:
    • great food and drink on the street
    • amazing prizes
    • live music
    • DJs
    • a Times-Square-style ball-drop at midnight

TD Hogmanay Party 2012

Ottawa City Hall (Outside at Marion Dewar Park)

Dec. 31, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013

FREE Admission

  • The Scottish Society of Ottawa’s inaugural event is set for New Year’s Eve 2012 – a Hogmanay street party at Ottawa City Hall that aims to replicate the excitement of Edinburgh’s world famous Royal Mile as the clock strikes midnight and we enter the New Year
  • a FREE, Edinburgh-style party that will have:
    • fireworks

    • Celtic bands

    • ice-skating on the outdoor Rink of Dreams

    • ice-sculpting

    • Highland dancing

    • Scotch-tasting

    • there will be bagpipes

    • music will come from:

      • local folkies Ecosse (Bobby Watt, one of Canada’s finest traditional singers)

      • Celtic fusion Cape Breton-style from Sprag Session

    • surprise special guest headline act, whose identity they will release closer to the big night

    • the Sons of Scotland, Glengarry, and Kemptville Legion pipe bands

    • the Celtic Cross Dancers (choreography and highland)

    • the Katharine Robinson Dancers

    • Scottish Country Dance Demonstration by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

    • The Barra MacNeils

    • MIDNIGHT –  singing Auld Lang Syne

      • and watch the fireworks bring in the New Year

  • The hope is that this event grows to become an Ottawa institution
  • Contact by E-mail:
    • John Ivison:

    • or Andrew Balfour:

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton


  • FREE outdoor concert, hosted by Citytv personalities:
    • Gord Martineau
    • Kevin Frankish
    • Dina Pugliese
    • Tracy Moore
  • Watch live online and on your mobile:
    • Starting at 10pm ET, watch a live video stream of City New Year’s Bash 2013 online here or on the Citytv Video App for AndroidiPhone & iPad

    • Toronto’s KiSS 92.5 will broadcast highlights from the event live on-air

  • Also, join the conversation online:

City of Toronto holiday hours

City of Toronto offices will be closed on:

  • Tuesday, December 25
  • Wednesday, December 26
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2013

However, all City emergency services and 24-hour operations will be provided during the holiday season.

Residents can call 311, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for more information about City services.

Here is a list of which City services will be open and closed during the holidays:

  • Parks, Forestry and Recreation
    • will follow holiday hour scheduling for outdoor rinks, indoor skating, ski, snowboard and swim programs from December 24 to January 4, 2013

    • for specific program schedules, visit or call 311

  • Skating:
    • Skating programs at indoor arenas and outdoor artificial ice rinks are FREE for all ages and offer a variety of programs including leisure skate and shinny hockey

    • Schedules vary by location throughout the holidays

    • Visit to plan for your skating visit

  • Skiing:
    • The City’s two ski and snowboard centres, located at Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park, originally scheduled to open on December 15, are currently closed due to mild conditions and will open once weather conditions allow

    • Updated information is available at

  • Swimming:
    • A variety of leisure swim programs are available at pools throughout the city

    • Before making a splash at your local pool, check the schedule online at as schedules vary by location

  • Community centre operating hours
    • Operating schedules during the holiday season vary by location

    • Facility staff at each location can provide operating schedules or residents can call 311

    • General operating hours are as follows:

      • December 24 and 31 – Community centres close at 4 p.m. except for those with previously scheduled permits

      • December 25 and 26 – Community centres are closed, with the exception of those offering registered holiday camps or special holiday drop-in programs

      • January 1 – Community centres are closed

    • More information about local arenas, rinks, pools, ski and snowboard hills or community centres, including program schedules, is available at or call 311
  • Flower shows at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park:
    • The two Christmas flower shows at the park conservatories are a tradition marking the official start of the holiday season for many Torontonians and visitors

    • The Christmas flower shows operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until January 6

    • Admission to both conservatories is free; donations to the Food Bank are welcome

    • Please click here for more details

  • Toronto Public Library holiday hours:
    • December 24 and 31 – branches will open at 9 a.m. and close at 1 p.m.
    • December 25 and 26 – closed
    • January 1 – closed
    • Note: Library branches are open on December 27 and January 2
    • More information about the holiday hours for Toronto Public Library branches is available at
  • City child care centres
    • City child care centres will follow normal operating hours during the holidays.
  • Solid Waste Management
    • Residents should check their collection calendars for changes to their curbside collection schedules

    • One-page collection schedules are posted on

    • For more information, call 311

    • There is no curbside collection on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24 or New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31.

      • That means that everyone’s collection schedule moves forward by a day:
        • Monday night collection moves to Tuesday on December 25 and January 1.

        • Tuesday collection moves to Wednesday on December 26 and January 2.

        • Wednesday collection moves to Thursday on December 27 and January 3

        • Thursday collection moves to Friday on December 28 and January 4

        • Friday collection moves to Saturday on December 29 and January 5

    • All Drop-off Depots and related services are closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
    • Christmas tree collection begins the week of December 31
      • Please remember to remove all decorations, tinsel, stands and nails

      • The City will not collect Christmas trees set out in plastic or tree bags

      • Trees should be clear of snow and ice and easily accessible

      • The 100,000 Christmas trees collected annually are ground and mixed with leaf and yard waste to make compost

        • Christmas trees diverted from landfill each year help toward achieving Toronto’s goal of 70 per cent diversion

    • The City now accepts more plastic items for recycling (e.g. clear takeout containers, moulded bakery trays, disposable plastic plates and cups), “so fill up your Blue Bin, not the landfill”

  • Toronto Water
    • Toronto Water’s customer service counter located at the North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., 2nd floor will be closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1

    • There will be no water meter readings by City staff on December 25 and 26, and January 1

    • Customers may still submit water meter readings to the City’s website at by clicking on “Enter your water meter reading online” or by using the automated telephone service at 416-397-READ (7323)

  • Toronto Animal Services
    • Holiday hours for the City’s Animal Services shelters:
      • December 24 and 31 – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (adoptions until 4 p.m.)
      • December 25 and 26 – closed
      • December 27 to 30 – 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      • January 1 – closed
  • Toronto Court Services
    • Toronto Court Services (Provincial Offences Offices) will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1
  • Long-Term Care Homes and Services
    • The adult day programs at Bendale Acres, Cummer Lodge, Kipling Acres and Wesburn Manor will be closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1
  • City of Toronto Museums
    • The City of Toronto’s museums are open during some of the holiday period

    • All museums are closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1

    • The City’s museums offer a mixture of special programming and site tours for all ages to enjoy

    • Site admission and event details for all the museums can be accessed at

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.

Enjoy and May You Have A Better, Happier and Healthier New Year!


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