Here comes another eventful week in our city. Art and design enthusiasts will have no shortage of things to do in Toronto this week. Plus, the Lunar New Year festivities are starting early. Round up your favourite humans and partake in some well-deserved fun.

Here are 10 of the best events and activities to check out in Toronto this week.

DesignTO Festival

Canada’s leading and largest annual design festival returns this Friday with over 100 exhibitions to check out around the city.

“DesignTO Festival brings people together to design a better future, one that is more sustainable, just, and joyful,” says the description.

The best part is that most of the exhibitions are free to visit!

When: January 20th to 29th, 2023
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Disney Animation: Immersive Experience

A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view! An exhibit called Disney Animation: Immersive Experience has arrived in Toronto and it’s every bit as magical as it sounds.

You’ll get to see Disney films old and new come to life all around you, including Encanto, Zootopia, FrozenThe Lion King, Peter Pan, and Pinocchio.

Prepare to be immersed in the music and artistry that made these beloved animations as iconic as they are today.

When: Until March 19th, 2023
Where: Lighthouse Immersive Inc, 1 Yonge Street

Interior Design Show Toronto

IDS Toronto is back! The annual interior design showcase returns this week with a brand new theme — MOVING PARTS: Design for a complex world.

You can look forward to unique showcases and thought-provoking panel discussions around the topic of adapting interior design to meet the needs of today’s world.

When: January 19th to 22nd, 2023
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

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Free Third Tuesdays at The ROM 

Bring your friends and fam to The ROM on the third Tuesday night of each month for a free museum visit! This monthly offer icludes free access to all galleries, including Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, Kent Monkman: Being Legendary, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Advanced tickets are not required and it’s first come, first served, so be sure to arrive on time for a guaranteed spot!

Where: Royal Ontario Museum
When: January 17th, 2023 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea at St. Regis Toronto

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with some delectable sips and bites at the elegant Astor Lounge at St. Regis Toronto.

This esteemed tea service is a perfect celebration of new beginnings with an opulent menu featuring sweet and savoury bites infused with classic Chinese flavours.

You’ll get to pair the delicious bites with a selection of tea from the beloved, local purveyor Sloane Fine Tea Merchants along with a glass of champagne.

Where: Astor Lounge, St. Regis Toronto, 325 Bay Street
When: January 13th to 29th, 2023

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Winnipeg Jets

The Leafs will be facing off against Canadian rivals the Winnipeg Jets this week. If you haven’t been to a game yet this season, this is your chance to do it. Whether you’re a hardcore fan or a casual viewer, this action-packed game will definitely have you cheering.

When: January 19th, 2023
Where: Scotiabank Arena

CF Lunar New Year 2023 Live Performances 

Shopping centres around Toronto will come alive for Lunar New Year this week. Prepare for a dazzling display of spectacular decor, live performances, and exclusive promotions to commemorate the Year of the Rabbit.

Visitors will be treated to lion dances, a God of Fortune appearance, traditional music and dance performances, as well as brilliant new decorations.

Where:  CF Markville, CF Fairview Mall, and CF Toronto Eaton Centre
When: Beginning January 14th, 2023

TD Union Winter

Toronto’s busiest transit hub has transformed for the winter season, inviting all to enjoy free outdoor skating, live music, and more.

The skating rink comes with free skate rentals and is located right on Front Street. Hit the rink for a fun and magical winter experience and be sure to register ahead of time as walk-in spots are limited.

When: Until January 29th, 2023
Where: Union Station, 55 Front Street West


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Niagara Icewine Festival

Wine country is just as fun in the wintertime during the annual Niagara Icewine Festival.

Take a trip out to the Niagara region for a weekend and experience the many icewine experiences at local wineries, which include live music, culinary delights, and sparkling ice sculptures.

When: January 20th to 22nd & January 27th to 29th, 2023
WhereSee festival schedule

Free hot chocolate and skate rentals at The Bentway

Winter skating under the Gardiner is back for the fifth year in a row!

Until February 20th, skate rentals will available for free every Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM.

On Monday evenings, you can warm up with a cup of free hot chocolate. Free skate lessons for all ages will be offered by registration on Tuesday evenings.

When: Until February 20th, 2023
Where: The Bentway Skate Trail, 250 Fort York Blvd