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Top 10 Events of the Week – December 29 – January 4

1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert

Featuring the Motion Picture Symphony Orchestra. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial follows the story of a lost alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. Experience the unforgettable adventure in a unique way, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra while the film projected on a huge HD screen. Tickets range from $49 to $99.

Thursday, December 29, 2016 and Friday, December 30, 2016

Time: 7:30 PM, with pre-show talk at 6:30 PM

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto

For tickets click HERE

2. Chanukah Café

Join the Jewish Russian Community Centre for an adults Chanukah party including a Menorah lighting, a dairy buffet dinner, and latkes and sufganiyot. RSVP to [email protected]. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. $20 at the door.
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

JRCC East Thornhill, 7608 Yonge Street, Unit 3, Thornhill

Event Facebook page click HERE

3. Ring In the New Year and Kick Off Canada 150 at Celebration Square
Haven’t decided where to spend New Year’s Eve? Ring in 2017 at Mississauga Celebration Square This year’s event features an impressive lineup of Canadian talent including Juno award-winning and double-platinum artist Coleman Hell, Canadian pop trio DiRTY RADiO and Much Music Creator SICKICK. Come and enjoy DJ mix sets, a late night skate party, fireworks and food trucks. Presented by Pizza Pizza and hosted by Scott Willats and’s Khaled Iwamura.

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM – MIDNIGHT

Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

4. A Very Bowie New Year’s Eve

Head to the Danforth to celebrate the New Year and the music of David Bowie at The Old Nick pub. Party favours all night and champagne at midnight.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time: 9:00 PM – Midnight

The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

For more information click HERE

5. New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square

The 32nd annual New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square is a variety show with musical and interactive exhibits. More than 50,000 people will converge at the square for a night of skating and dancing with DJs Starting From Scratch and Mel Boogie, Zero Gravity Circus, Jasmine Denham, and Ivan Wanis Ruiz, followed by fireworks at midnight. A fleet of food trucks will be on hand to feed the crowds.

Saturday, December 31, 8:00 PM – January 1. 1:00 AM

Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West

For more information click HERE

6. The Drake Hotel NYE 2017

Spend time with the delightfully curious Hendrick’s Gin and start the night with indulgent Drake eats and gin cocktails. Then bring your inner ringmaster to life in our Digital Fabrik photobooth, see into the future with tarot readings to get your year in check, and slay the night with host Champagna Enemea counting it down. Early General Admission $45, 3-Course First Seating Dinner $75 per person; Strolling Underground Cocktail Party $75 per person; 4-Course Second Seating Dinner $125 per person; After-Midnight Admission $25.

To book your table, call 416.531.5042 x1 or email [email protected]

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto

Event page click HERE

7. New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza

A New Year’s Eve tradition for 16 years, the New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza closes out the year with laughs. The evening is hosted by well-known stand-up comic Caroline Rhea, headlined by veteran comedian Mike MacDonald and features a flock of funnyfolk hand-picked by Yuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin, including Steve Dylan, Julia Hladkowicz, Marito Lopez, Aisha Brown, Ted Morris, Dom Pare and Nigel Grinstead. Tickets: $39.50-$69.50.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time: 7:30 PM – 11:59 AM

Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, Toronto

Event page click HERE

8. New Year’s Day Buffet at the Old Mill

Executive Chef Martin Buehner features traditional favourites like Carved Ontario Turkey with Mount Scion Savoury stuffing, giblet gravy and mulled cranberry sauce, an array of seafood specialties, mosaics of domestic and international cheeses; a cornucopia of flavour abundant salads. Delicious pastas & fish dishes, baked ham, carved beef and lamb complemented by potatoes, rice pilaff, garden fresh medley of vegetables. Decadent cakes, tortes, mousses, pastries & other sweet temptations. Kids can enjoy yummy nuggets and fries. This and much, much more.

Brunch Buffet $39.95* per person Children 6 – 11 years $21.95*
children 5 and under Free

Dinner Buffet $43.95* per person Children 6 – 11 years $23.95*
Children 5 and under Free

For reservations call 416-207-2020

Sunday, January 1, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Brunch); 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Dinner)

Event website click HERE

9. New Year’s Eve parties in York region

Including Vaughan, Woodbridge, Unionville, Newmarket and more

Click HERE

10. Simple Truths – Where Pleasure Meets Purpose

It is only natural to want to enjoy life’s pleasures. At the same time, all the pleasures on earth cannot satisfy our inner craving for deeper meaning and purpose. How are we to balance our inner tug toward all things pleasurable with our human need for meaning and spirituality? Are these desires mutually exclusive? Can they ever align in pursuit of a common goal? This lesson explores the intersection of these two potent human needs, to extract secrets to wholesome living from the wellsprings of Jewish teaching. For more information contact Mushky Blau: [email protected]

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

At the Home of Orit Hartman 41 Dundurn Crescent (off Atkinson), Thornhill

Event page click HERE

For free events in Toronto click HERE.

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