We’re halfway into November and we can hardly believe it! We’ll be putting presents under the tree before we know it. Until then, there are plenty of events and activities that’ll get you into the holiday spirit, including the Distillery District’s Winter Village that opens this week! Whether you want to stay warm and toasty indoors or enjoy that crisp November air, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re in the mood for this week.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Toronto this week.
The iconic annual tradition that takes place every holiday season in the historic Distillery District is officially coming back this year, with a brand new name, look, and feel. You’ll get to wander past festive stalls selling handmade gifts and delicious treats, marvel at the towering twinkling trees, and take in the sights and sounds of this special time of year. This year’s market is described as “Toronto’s most magical shopping and dining experience.” We can’t wait!
When: November 18th — December 31st
Where: The Distillery District
A new immersive art experience has officially opened its doors in Toronto. Joining the ranks of Immersive Van Gogh and Beyond Monet is Immersive Klimt, a colourful new exhibition curated by the “world-renowned master of digital art” Italy’s Massimiliano Siccardi. Through vivid 360 projections, the revolutionary works of Gustav Klimt come to life all around you. Klimt is described as a “rebel, genius and legend” of a painter, and now you can be swept up in his electrifying world.
Where: 1 Yonge St
When: Various times
A one-of-a-kind exhibition has arrived at the Ontario Science Centre! Wander through a surreal world filled with giant, ultra-realistic models of bugs while you learn about the profound impact that insects have on our lives. The exhibit is both a fascinating and beautiful experience suitable for all ages, so if it’s been a minute since you’ve paid a visit to the Science Centre, this is your excuse!
Where: 770 Don Mills Rd
When: Until April 2, 2022
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See the brand new award-winning works of the most famous wildlife photographers from around the world. The winners of this prestigious and longest-running photography competition will have their work on display at the ROM this month. These photos reveal the “striking wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and the remarkable beauty and rich multiplicity of our natural world.”
Where: 100 Queen’s Park
When: Until April 18, 2022
Something magical is coming to Ontario Place and it’s like a snow globe come to life! Beginning this November, Snow Magic will invite you to “explore a wonder-filled adventure inspired by fire, ice, and light.” Drive your way through 1.7 km of magical sights, including 18 art installations, crystalline caverns, awe-inspiring creatures and “mysterious sights that only dreams are made of.”
Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: November 12, 2021 — January 16, 2022
Ready for a road trip to the North Pole? Thankfully, you won’t have to travel too far because it’s coming right to us this year. The Canadian Tire Christmas Trail is returning for the holiday season and you’ll see Santa’s village come to life from the warmth of your car. In addition to thousands of twinkling lights, the 1.5 km trail will take you past bright interactive displays, carolers singing your favourite holiday songs, “magically curated Christmas vignettes,” including real elves making toys in Santa’s workshop.
Where: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy
When: November 13th — December 23rd
The drool-worthy pop-up experience is appropriately called Candyland and is gracing Bayview Village until December. You’ll be able to experience an eight-foot gumball walk-in photo-op, walls lined with gumball machines, and a rainbow road of colourful candy boxes. Talk about an Instagrammable pop-up!
Where: 2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON
When: Until December 2021
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The Harbourfront Centre’s revamped rink is set to open on November 19th and it’s one of the city’s most picturesque spots for an outdoor skate. The rink is nestled along the Lake Ontario shoreline, along with an ice loop in the “south orchard” that connects to the rest of the rink. And once you’re done, you can warm up with a hot drink from Boxcar Social right next door.
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
When: Opens November 19, 2021
Canada’s Wonderland is transforming into a holiday fairytale this November for its annual WinterFest event. Tickets are officially on sale for this year’s festival and from the sounds of it, we’re in for a real treat this holiday season. In addition to hundreds of twinkling trees and millions of spectacular lights strung throughout the amusement park, this season’s WinterFest will feature ice-skating on Snow Flake Lake, tons of live shows and entertainment, two 50-foot Christmas trees, and a brand new starlit trail!
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
When: Until December 31st
The Leafs are back on home ice and they’re inviting fans at full capacity to cheer in the stands. After missing out on live sports for 18 months straight, the energy this season is higher than ever. There’s nothing quite like the electrifying energy of a packed arena, especially when we take the W!
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay St
When: November 16th at 7:00 PM