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8 Things To Do Before Christmas

Ali Ashraf, BBA 2021 & Brittany Rossi, BBA 2021

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After weeks of exam preparations and studying, open your horizons and tis’ the season to be jolly! In between the hustle and bustle of shopping, parties and family get togethers, take time to enjoy the holiday happenings taking place in Toronto while cuffing season resumes. It’s always a great time, whether you celebrate a particular tradition or just get sentimental when you see people ice skating to classical music at Nathan Phillips Square. Whatever it may be, this is a time of year when we can all stop being cynical and cherish the holidays. Here is a list of 8 things to do this winter season.

Christmas Market – Distillery District

  1. Every year, the Christmas Market at Toronto’s Distillery District hosts thousands of people who come out to see the European inspired extravagance. With one of the city’s largest real Christmas trees, magical lighting and seasonal decor, more than 350 stage performances, unique and locally handcrafted products and, of course, Santa and his elves, the Christmas Market has something for everyone. Holiday cheer greets you wherever your feet take you, but your cheer budget will go a bit further on weekdays, when admission is free. Admission is $6 on weekends while express passes are available for $20. But the fun only lasts till December 23rd, so make sure to not miss out!

Skating – Natrel Skating Rink

  1. What’s better than skating in the winter time? The Natrel skating rink is located near the shorelines of Lake Ontario at Harbourfront Centre, providing scenic views of the Toronto nightlife. Skating at this rink is free and it also comes with heated indoor change rooms. Don’t have skates? No need to stress. The rink provides skate rentals at affordable prices, allowing fun for everyone!

Snakes & Lattes – Downtown Toronto

  1. If you’re looking to relax with board games and hot beverages, then Snakes & Lattes is the place to be. Home to an endless supply of board games, from ultimate classics to the latest new favourites, the fun never ends. So, go down to Snakes & Lattes, grab a couple of their delicious desserts and hot drinks, and let out your competitive side out in these entertaining games.

Winter Festival – Ontario Place

  1. Come out to take part in tons of winter-themed activities. From skating rinks, to movie screenings in their Cinesphere, there’s no shortage of fun activities to keep you busy. The festival also features a Winter Light Exhibition, displaying 12 illuminated projects created by local artists that will be sure to leave you amazed.

Toronto Light Festival – Distillery District

  1. Also coming to the Distillery District this winter is the Toronto Light Festival. An annual occurring event, the festival will brighten up the dark nights of winter. Featuring local and international artists, the pieces will undoubtedly be a fantastic sight. Displaying projects where light is manipulated with a multitude of colours and shadows, you’ll be sure to end off the night feeling inspired.

Toronto Design Offsite FestivalQueen St.

  1. If you’re a fan of art, the Toronto Offsite Festival is returning for its eighth year. Featuring over 100 exhibitions and heartwarming events throughout the week, Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design is the place to be to witness some of the most amazing art you’ll lay your eyes on. End off the event by taking home a rare piece of art for yourself. Don’t miss out, the event is going on from January 15th-21st.

Shopping – CF Toronto Eaton Centre

  1. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to check off Santa’s wish lists. “Ho…ho…ho” your way through the Toronto Eaton Centre while embracing the classic holiday tree, candle-lit reindeers, among other decorations set up by the mall. Whether you’re window shopping or looking for the right gift for your special someone, The Toronto Eaton Centre is a fun attraction for everyone! Trying to go easy on your wallet? Shop the last week before Christmas to get the most bang for your buck!  

Grand River Cruise – Harbourfront Centre

  1. Always wondered how it would feel like to go on a cruise? Well the Grand River Cruise has got you covered. Providing an onsite DJ, 3 course meals and a phenomenal balcony for photo shoots, this 4 hour cruise is nothing but exceptional. Prices start at just $24.99 and include a  night tour of the shorelines of Toronto. Bring your squad and let your dreams come to life, this is an experience you won’t want to miss!
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