Winter break is just around the corner, and while it’s nice to cuddle up inside, drinking hot cocoa by the fireplace, it’s also a magical time to get out of the house and see what the city has to offer. Whether you need activities to do with your kids, have family visiting over the break, or simply want to be a tourist in your own city, here are 5 awesome things to do this upcoming winter break!
1. Toronto’s Aurora Winter Festival
From November 22 to January 5, you can head to Ontario Place to experience Toronto’s Aurora Winter Festival, equipped with a beautiful skating rink,tube park, massive lights displays, holiday market, amusement rides, food gardens and more. It’s Canada’s largest winter festival, boasting activities for all ages, including rides, games, live music and theatrical performances. This magical festival is one you don’t want to miss!
2. Allan Gardens Conservatory Winter Flower Show
Each winter, Allan Gardens Conservatory transforms for the Winter Flower Show, where the entire conservatory is decorated with thousands of flowering plants, over 30 varieties of poinsettia, and seasonal topiary masterpieces made of plant material. The winter indoor botanical garden consists of six greenhouses, and runs from December 2 to January 9 from 10 am to 5 pm. Wander through the conservatory’s winding pathways, taking in the gorgeous greenery and florals.
3. Holiday Fair in the Square
If you’re enamoured by European holiday markets, head to Nathan Phillips Square for Toronto’s own holiday fair, with artisan crafts, gourmet snacks, a holiday midway, and the heated Polar Point Bar stocked with festive drinks. Combining the charm of holiday markets with the excitement of a winter carnival, it’s the perfect place to stop by for a quick lunch and some seasonal treats or enjoy an evening drink. The fair is built around the square’s skating rink, so don’t forget to head over for a skate. Take a trip down and enjoy the holiday fair from December 7 to 23.
4. ROM For The Holidays
Looking for a fun adventure to take with family and friends this winter break? Head to the Royal Ontario Museum for ROM for the Holidays! The museum is open from 10 am to 5:30 pm from December 23 to January 5, but take note that it’s closed on December 25. The featured exhibitions for ROM for The Holidays are “Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches”, “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection” and “Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019”. If any of these suit your fancy, the ROM is the perfect place to spend a snowy, chilly day.
5. Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail
Located in South Etobicoke, treat yourself to a truly special skating experience at Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail this winter break. The figure-8 outdoor trail is 250 metres long, and runs along a stretch of wooded shoreline. It’s home to various plants, trees, birds and other wildlife, and offers a beautiful scenic view at any time of day. It’s the perfect spot for a family skate or a romantic date night. Note that there is no skate rental, so you have to bring your own skates.
Getting excited? Make sure to check out all these activities and have your best winter break yet!