Though the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the last bit of cheer before it’s gone. Head out on an adventure and enjoy all the things to do in Toronto this week. We’re here for a great week full of cheer and outdoor fun. Let’s dive right in.
The city is FILLED with a ton of things to do from winter experiences to pop ups and more low-key experiences.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this week.
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Have you ever thought of what it would be like visiting Willy Wonka’s factory? Well, now you can finally explore the world of the famous fictional chocolatier at this new immersive Wonka experience in Toronto. And you don’t need a golden ticket for this sweet adventure.
Visitors will have the chance to tap into the candy maker’s imagination and experience the magic firsthand through visual content displays and even replica props.
When: Until January 2nd, 2024
Where: Yorkdale Mall
The holiday magic is coming back to Toronto’s Casa Loma for the festive season, transforming the castle grounds into a winter wonderland. Christmas at the Castle and Holiday Lights Tour experiences will take over Casa Loma this December.
Get ready to experience a holiday event like no other starting December 1st. Embark on a Christmas journey as you wander outdoors, through dazzling light displays in the gardens and throughout the castle grounds and tunnels.
Holiday Lights is a self-guided walk that will delight guests as they encounter the almost endless holiday decorations, lights, and live performances. There will be a magic show, a fire performer, roaming mime artists, mascots, and silt walkers. We can’t for the Christmas carolers and of course, Santa.
When: Until January 6th
Where: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace
Cost: Starting at $45+tax
Ready for an immersive walk-through experience like no other? Holiday Nights of Lights will soon feature over 1.5 million LED lights animated & synchronized to your favourite holiday tunes, and it all takes place in Scarborough this year.
According to organizers, the event, which is back for the fourth year, will be bigger and brighter with new displays and interactive activities kicking off on December 1st.
Where: Scarborough Town Centre, 500 Progress Ave.
When: Untuk January 7, 2024
It’s time to sharpen up those skates and get your warmest gear out. Toronto’s outdoor skating season kicks off this weekend as outdoor artificial ice rinks will officially open for all to enjoy, this Saturday.
From local parks to the city’s popular outdoor skating rinks, Toronto offers great skating options – east to west. According to the city, Toronto’s outdoor rinks typically open in late November and last up until March. So that means you have plenty of time to hit the ice and practice those skills.
When: Until end of season in March (depending on rink)
Where: Outdoor skating rinks across the city
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
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
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
If you’re planning a night out with friends or even a date night, why not elevate the evening and stop in somewhere you can grab a drink and catch some live tunes?
When: Check each bars schedule
Where: Select bars across Toronto
The annual WinterFest has taken over Canada’s Wonderland with fun and festive activities, including ice skating on Snow Flake Lake, live shows, millions of spectacular lights, and hundreds of sparkling trees throughout the park.
This one-of-a-kind event transports you to a new world, full of stunning luminous displays, ambient holiday lights and festive tunes.
When: Until January 6th, 2024 (Select nights)
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
Cost: From $29.99 per person
Toronto’s restaurant scene has experienced great success last year, especially when it comes to new openings. And there’s more to come.
From luxury dining destinations to authentic cuisine, Toronto has become the destination for all things food-related.
When: Whenever you want
Where: Across Toronto