The holidays in Toronto are always full of excitement and adventure. Whether planning a family get-together or just looking for something to do yourself, there is no shortage of activities to keep everyone entertained throughout the season.
From exciting outdoor activities to cozy indoor moments, here’s our list of the top 8 things to do in Toronto this holiday season.
1. Enjoy a Home-Cooked Meal at the Dining Table
From 300 Front St. West 2 Bedroom Suite
With the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s hard for us to make time for a sit-down meal, let alone a home-cooked one. The holidays are the perfect time to slow down and savour cooking a favourite old recipe or trying something new.
Whether roasted turkey, festive desserts, or a favourite side dish, there’s no better way to spend quality time with loved ones than around the dining table. Make sure the whole family is there, invite friends, or enjoy the fruits of your labour yourself. However you choose to enjoy it, there’s nothing cozier than home cooking and staying in.
2. Catch a Hockey Game
If you’re a fan of the great Canadian game, then catching a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey match is an absolute must during the holidays. The atmosphere inside Scotiabank Arena is always electric. Not only will you be able to experience some exciting, live hockey action, but you may just catch a glimpse of Santa Claus himself as he makes his rounds through the stadium!
There’s no better way to get yourself into the holiday spirit than by cheering on your favourite team with thousands of dedicated fans. While it’s a great event to take the whole family to, it’s always fun to go solo and find new friends through the camaraderie the game brings.
3. Have a Holiday Movie Night
From Ten York’s Building Amenities
What could be more cozy and festive than a holiday movie night? Toronto is home to plenty of movie theatres that show classic films like It’s A Wonderful Life or Home Alone. Or, if you don’t want to leave the house on a cold winter night, there are plenty of streaming services that offer up an array of holiday movies for your viewing pleasure.
Some buildings, like DelSuites’ Ten York property, even have movie theatres included in their amenities, as you can see in the picture above. While Braveheart may not be your top choice for this time of year, there are plenty of other movies you can see from the comfort of your building to get you in the holiday spirit.
4. Try Ice Skating
Ice skating is one of the most popular winter activities in Toronto. With multiple outdoor rinks, like Nathan Phillips Square, and several indoor arenas, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to getting your skates on. Most rinks either offer a free skating period or are open to the public most of the day, so check online to be sure when you can go.
You don’t have to be an experienced figure skater or hockey pro to enjoy the sport. Even if you’ve never stepped foot on ice before, it’s an activity that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or skill level. Just be prepared to fall a few times as you learn the ropes.
5. Host a Family Game Night
From the Games Room at The Livmore
Make competitive spirits and holiday spirits bright with a night of fun and games. No matter who you invite, you’re sure to feel like a family by the end of the night. Toronto has plenty of great board game cafes, where you can rent games and snacks to keep everyone entertained. Classic games like Monopoly even have holiday-themed editions to take your gaming to the next level.
If you’d rather stay in, you can always have a video game tournament or ask your guests to bring their favourite board games and snacks to share. The Livmore and buildings like it have game rooms that are perfect for gatherings like these, complete with additional game options.
6. Shop at a Holiday Market
One of the best experiences during the holidays is to visit one of Toronto’s many holiday markets. You can find unique gifts, decorations, and even handmade items from local artisans. It’s a great way to do some last-minute holiday shopping for yourself and others.
The St Lawrence Market is a great place to start, as it has been open since 1803 and offers an array of seasonal treats for all ages. Other popular holiday markets in the city include the Distillery District Holiday Market, Evergreen Brick Works Winter Village, and Union Station’s Christmas Market.
7. Visit Winter-Loving Friends at the Zoo
The Toronto Zoo is the perfect place to spend a winter day. With its cozy indoor spaces and outdoor animal enclosures, it’s an ideal spot for families or solo adventurers alike. And there are plenty of animals to visit and learn about who love the cold weather, like caribou and polar bears.
During the holidays, visitors can enjoy special events such as carousel rides, festive crafts, and holiday lights displays. The zoo also offers a variety of interactive educational activities which are sure to engage kids of all ages.
8. Venture Through Snow-Covered Trails
Toronto is home to some of the most beautiful snow-covered trails in the world. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely walk or an intense cross-country skiing session, there are plenty of trails available for exploration. With gorgeous scenery and crisp air, exploring these trails is the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature and feel holiday magic in the air.
The Scarborough Bluffs provide stunning views from their 2 km loop trail and are perfect for those looking to take in nature at its finest. For something more strenuous, head over to Don Valley where you can find miles upon miles of paths that wind through forested areas.