Well, we may have just lost an hour of daylight but in return, we have a whole bunch of exciting events to keep our winter blues at bay. The nights are getting longer and colder, but hey, anything’s better than lockdown. We’re just happy to be enjoying our vibrant city to the fullest — until it’s -20 C, that is. With a Scandinavian Christmas market, holiday drive-thru light show, and packed concerts to look forward to this week, it’s safe to say that it’ll be another eventful week in the GTA.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this week!
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: Opens November 12, 2021
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 sure to be 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 8th at 7:30 PM
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
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Joining the ranks of Monet and Van Gogh is Pablo Picasso, with a landmark celebration of his iconic modernist masterpieces. The Picasso exhibit now running at the AGO takes visitors through the early projects from his signature Blue Period with over 100 works sourced from 15 countries. You’ll get to experience the world as he interpreted it as a young artist in the early 1900s.
Where: 317 Dundas St W
When: Until January 16, 2022
Drake’s new music venue History Toronto has finally opened and hosted its debut concert this past Sunday, November 7th. This week, Thundercat will hit the stage at the east end concert hall, one of many major headliners to perform at History before the end of this year.
Where: 1663 Queen Street E
When: Thursday, November 11th
Take a trip outside the city for the opening night of this dreamy outdoor Christmas market. Stroll among the lights and Scandinavian decor, treat yourself to apple cider and a Finnish baked treat and do a little handmade gift shopping too. And if you’ve already set your sights on festive decor, you can even pick up an Ontario-grown Christmas tree.
Where: 18463 ON-48, Mount Albert
When: Opens Friday, November 12th
This breathtaking exhibit is now open for the first time in the world — here’s a sneak peek so you know exactly what to expect. Over 400 of Claude Monet’s works come alive before your eyes through vivid 360-degree displays that swirl all around you, enhanced by sound effects and music. Forget the world and get lost the mind and masterpieces of this great painter.
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W
When: Hours vary
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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Toronto’s popular dining domes have returned for the season. You’ll find them just steps from Bloor in the heart of Yorkville at Proof Bar. You’ll get to stay cozy while still enjoying the outdoors in your very own transparent bubble. You can choose between the white, red, purple or blue dome depending on your vibe. There are still plenty of spots open throughout the week and now that it’s getting colder out there, it could be worth it!
Where: 220 Bloor St W
When: Various times
Think you have what it takes to become the next winner of Squid Game? Pretty soon, you’ll be able to put your skills to the test in a series of challenges inspired by the show, hosted by Fit Factory Fitness in Toronto. The games will begin on November 6th and will run over 6 weekends at both the downtown and midtown locations. Get ready to give it all you’ve got because these challenges “will put you through the ultimate test.”
Where: 161 Eglinton Ave E & 373 King St W
When: November 6th — December 12th