Its officially the holiday season, well technically it already started (you know it when the stores change their theme from Halloween to Christmas literally the next day). Although my Christmas celebrations are not until January 6th and 7th, I do like to decorate the house in time for the December 25th celebrations. Today I want to share with you 8 awesome winter activities to keep you busy during the holidays and to make sure that you are making use of everything Toronto and the GTA has to offer. From the Toronto Christmas Market down to pictures with your furry friend and Santa Claus, I got your back.
1.Toronto Christmas Market- this is perhaps my most coveted thing on the to-do list. I have been meaning to visit the Distillery District during the holidays for years now and I never get around to it because of exams. However, this time around, I will be making use of the mistletoe photo-booth, the Marshmallow Waffles, hot chocolate, the beautiful decor and the festive vibes, and of course all the goodies sold by vendors.
- Entry: FREE but $6 on weekends after 5pm
- Open: November 18th- December 18th
2.Winter Festival of Lights at Niagara Falls- This is another soon to be holiday tradition for me. Every year, Niagara Parks are decorated with 2 million lights and holiday decorations creating a truly illuminating show to capture those holiday feels. This is an 8km route, filled with fun activities along the way. Don’t forget to catch the light show of the falls themselves at night.
- Entry: FREE
- Open: November 19th- January 31st
3. Brampton skating ring of lights- although this is not a particular event, the Gage Park in Brampton is decorated every year much like the Nathan Phillips Square for outdoor skating. The cool thing about this particular location is that the skating rink wraps around the park, making loops between the trees. It sounds so magical to be skating under decorated trees outdoors.
4. 12 Trees of Christmas- the Gardiner Museum really feeds into my love for Christmas tree decorating with this event. Artists have been invited to take part in the holiday scene by designing Christmas trees. From modern to traditional styles, this event is so perfect for anyone interested in decor and unique design.
- Entry: $15
- Open: November 18th- January 8th
5.12 Beers of Christmas- quite on the contrary is this event which is perfect for all beer lovers. With a small admission fee, you get a chance to indulge in 12 beers to find the perfect one. Don’t forget to bring your ugly Christmas sweater to this event and taste away.
- Entry: $10
- Open: December 13th
6. Second City Holiday Comedy Show- I am a huge fan of Second City. I have been to two shows and both were some of my best and funniest experiences. Since its holiday season, Second City got your back with themed comedy shows. I am looking forward to checking out “Eat, Buy, Repeat: the Second City’s Guide to the Holidays” and “What the Elf.”
- Entry: $25 (if you are student, you have a discounted rate)
- Open: November 21st- January 1st
7. Cavalcade of Lights- the first lighting of the Christmas tree in the heart of Toronto at the Nathan Phillips Square. Enjoy the fireworks show but don’t forget to bring something or someone to snuggle up with because Toronto gets so cold this time of year. You can rent some skates too, enjoy a night of performances, the Spectacle of Lights, a skating party with a DJ, and of course try out the holiday photo booth.
- Entry: FREE
- Open: November 26th
8. Ugly X-Mas Sweater Party- as a bonus, why not host your own holiday party at home. Recently, I have been on the hunt for an “ugly Christmas sweater” but the price point is beyond what I want to pay for one time wear. So why not make your own with your friends? Take some old sweaters, pick up arts supplies from the dollar store and let your creativity soar. Here is a post I’ve written about hosting your own “ugly Christmas sweater party.”
I hope you enjoyed these ideas and will be trying out some of them. Let me know in the comments below what you are excited about for the holiday season.