Things to do in Toronto during the Holidays
Missed the Santa Claus Parade? Don’t know what is available now that Holiday Cheer is in full swing everywhere? Here is a couple of places to go and enjoy the Holidays.
1. Union Station Christmas Market
This little pop up market is filled with artisans and unique gifts for that someone that is hard to buy for. You know, maybe even something for yourself. You can just stroll along and just window shop but there are some pretty neat stuff at this place. Check it out for yourself
2. Toronto Christmas Market at Distillery District
Every year in Distillery District there is the Toronto Christmas Market that is the talk of town. Filled with pop up shops and the most amazing history (did you know that Front Street used to be lakefront?). There is the Beer Gardens as well for visitors to relax in and enjoy mulled wine, beer and European Christmas cocktails (including Hot Toddies). Please note that admission is free from Tuesdays to Fridays from 12 pm – 9 pm and on Fridays from 12 pm – 10 pm. However on Saturday and Sunday admission does cost $5 and the hours are 10 am – 10 pm on Saturday, and 10 am – 9 pm on Sunday.
3. Eaton Centre
As soon as holiday music is playing throughout the mall you can see the beautiful decorations go up and shimmer from miles away. As you go throughout the mall you will see the painstaking hours it took to put up the decorations however, most people will take photos. Check them out, especially during the evening.
4. Ice Skating
Ice Skating rinks are now opened in the city and also the GTA, so what are you waiting for? Lace up a pair of skates and just go skating. What, don’t skate? At Nathan Phillips Square, sit by the side and drink hot chocolate while you cozy up under the night sky. Also there is the Christmas Tree at Nathan Phillips Square and that is an amazing tree (usually anywhere from 15-18 metres in height).
5. Gingerbread Make and Bake at Fort York
Your kids can make Gingerbread? What at Fort York? Yup, from December 27 to December 31, The City of Toronto Historic Sites and Fort York allow children and their parents to sign up and be apart to make gingerbread cookies the old fashioned way. In the Mess Kitchen, your kids can prepare an 1800’s gingerbread recipe. These workshops are limited to 15 participants and are included with regular admission. You’ll come home with some tasty treats, if they even last that long. Cost Information: Adults: $7.96, Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 , Children 5 and under are Free., Prices do not include tax.
6. A Roaring Twenties Christmas
At Spadina experience a 1920’s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina. Not cool enough, in the kitchen you will sample holiday treats made from the original recipes and sip mulled cider from the art deco gas range. Holiday admissions do apply and this continues until January 3rd. Hours include as follows: Tuesday to Friday: 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, Dec. 25 & 26 and Jan. 1
Adults $8.85,Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $7.08, Children (6-12 yrs.) $5.75 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free.
7. Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts
Each week during the Holiday break, the wonderful people at Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts, create a scavenger hunt at the Royal Ontario Museum. If you want to attend one of these, act fast since most of the games are sold out. These games happen mostly on Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Prices are $34.99 per person and if you think you can solve and mystery in the world, try this one. It is not recommended for children, but some 16+ teenagers have been involved. If you think you can’t be stumped, this game is for you.
8. Toronto Christmas Concerts
On December 24, 2015 there is the City of Toronto Christmas Concert as well. This is free and it is at the Toronto City Hall. It is for everyone and the Toronto City Hall Rotunda presents performances by: All the King’s Voices Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus Toronto Mass Choir Accompanied by the Tower Brass and James Bourne, Organist. The concert concludes with a visit from Santa Claus. This concert is from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Get into the festive spirit.
So still don’t know what to do and how to get into the festive spirit? Check out the city of Toronto website or find your own path. You might just discover something cool while going to some of these events. Happy Holidays.