The holiday season is here just for a short time so that means it’s time to go exploring and enjoy all the things to do in Toronto before it’s over. We’re here for a great week full of cheer and festive fun. Let’s dive right in.
The city is FILLED with a ton of things to do from the most festive bars and markets to more low-key experiences.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this week.
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Colder weather is setting in, so why not step out of the icy chill and into a cozy world of enchantment at Christmas Glow Toronto?
Known as Canada’s premier indoor Christmas festival, Christmas Glow is a massive indoor experience with millions of twinkling lights, an artisan market, a whimsical train ride, and delicious treats.
The indoor experience will take visitors on an illuminated journey to six different countries. No passport required!
Where: Toronto Congress Centre, 1020 Martin Grove Road
When: November 30th, 2023 – December 31st, 2023
Cost: Weekdays $30 & Weekends $32 (General Admission)
To keep you entertained this holiday season, Union Station has transformed its newly opened TD West Carriageway into a fun and free roller skating hub – Roller Express.
Strap on those rollerskates and glide across the 5,500 sq ft rink that includes a skating trail, carriageway tunnel, and retro vibe.
When: Until February 4th – Sunday to Wednesday from 11 AM to 8 PM, Thursday and Friday from 11 AM to 10 PM, Sat from 11 AM to 11 PM
Where: TD West Carriageway – Union Station
Nothing says holiday season in the city like a festive cocktail bar, and this year, Toronto’s iconic Miracle pop-up bar is making a comeback. If you’ve never been, Miracle is more than a holiday-themed pop-up cocktail bar — it’s basically a Christmas fever dream in real life.
When: Until December 30th, 2023
Where: 875 Bloor Street West
Get ready to lace up your skates!
There are tons of City-run public rinks opening for the season in November. In past years, that has included Christie Pits, College Park, High Park, Kew Gardens, and Mel Lastman Square, Nathan Phillips Square.
So, grab your favourite people and glide the day away at the rink.
When: November 2023 to March 2024 (select rinks)
Where: See all locations
Every year, the Cavalcade of Lights takes over Nathan Phillips Square with a dazzling array of holiday lights and offerings.
Stop by for some ice skating, lighting displays, and more until January 7th.
When: Until January 7th, 2024
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Project Gigglewater’s holiday-themed bar is back with its festive cocktails and special menu. And a dollar from every cocktail will go to Toys for Tots Canada. They’re open daily from 6 PM to 2 AM. Check out their delicious holiday offerings here.
When: Until December 31st, 2023
Where: 1369 Dundas Street W
Yonge-Dundas Square is getting a fun holiday carnival event with a 45-foot-tall Ferris Wheel and massive carousel, along with many more midway games and carnival treats. Here’s what to know.
Winter Glow will kick off on December 14th and run until December 23rd.
According to the press release, visitors can treat themselves to a number of carnival treats like cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, churros, hot chocolate, and more.
Along with all the carnival fun, the Rotary Club of Toronto will have a 40-foot-tall Tree of Remembrance that will have hearts aglow.
When: Until December 23
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Get your holiday plans in order because the iconic Distillery Winter Village is back.
This iconic festive village welcomes all to experience the joys of the holidays through delicious food, drinks, gift shopping, carols, cozy fires, and all the jolly vibes.
When: Until December 31st, 2023
Where: 55 Mill Street, Toronto
Cost: $15 General Admission, $18 Flex Ticket, $30 Express Gate Entry
According to the skating trail, its winter programming begins this weekend on December 16, and this year, skaters are invited back to cruise the 220m figure-eight skate trail under the Gardiner Expressway. New will be the soaring art installation above the trail, which they say is and “inspired by the glowing hues of the northern lights.”
When: Until January 7, every day from 12 PM to 9 PM
Where: 250 Fort York, under the Gardiner
It’s starting to get a bit chilly out there, Toronto. And if you’re looking for ways to stay warm while still enjoying the outdoors this holiday season, we recommend some hot chocolate.
This is also the best way to uncover new cafes in your city, instead of resorting to the big-name brands. You can support local this season AND stay warm.
When: Whenever you want
Where: Across Toronto