We officially made it through the first week of 2023! How are we feelin’? If the post-holiday blues have got you down, these fun things to do in Toronto this weekend will cheer you right up.

From light displays to immersive experiences and so much more, here are the best things to do in and around our city this weekend.

Toronto Gingerbread Festival

When it comes to holiday treats, it doesn’t get more classic than gingerbread, and this year, the Toronto Gingerbread Festival is treating locals to a big dose of deliciousness.

The festival features a life-sized gingerbread display and gigantic installations, filling the streets with excitement and nostalgia. You can also enjoy all kinds of special deals and promos at local shops and restaurants.

When: Until January 11th, 2023
Where: Yonge and St. Clair, Life-sized display in the lobby at 2 St. Clair West

Northern Lights TO

Described as “an unparalleled winter wonderland,” Northern Lights is a sight worth seeing, and this weekend is your last chance!

It has over 80,000 square feet of breathtaking installations and uniquely immersive experiences.

Some of the features include art installations, dazzling décor, a 25-foot illuminated Christmas tree, fun-for-all-ages games and activities, a holiday vendor market, and much more.

When: Until January 8th, 2022
Where: Grand Bizarre at Exhibition Place

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Long Winter Toronto

Long Winter is an all-ages, pay-what-you-can art series that has been a tradition in our city for 11 years strong.

The space is transformed into a multi-level, interactive space where artists showcase their talents and locals mix, mingle and party the night away.

Long Winter has even been recognized by the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, who compared it to the “anarchic, circus-like atmosphere of first-wave Lollapalooza.”

When: January 7th, 2023 (Doors 7 PM)
Where: Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue

Cavalcade of Lights

The beloved event celebrates Toronto’s holiday season until well after Christmas, wrapping up this Saturday, January 7th.

This year’s festivities are inspired by international lantern, fire, and light festivals. It transforms City Hall into a spectacular wonderland every night.

When: Until January 7th, 2023
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

Casa Loma’s Christmas at the Castle

Step into a world of holiday magic at Casa Loma! The beloved Christmas at the Castle and Holiday Lights is a day-and-night experience that takes place at our beloved castle during and after the holidays.

Until January 8th, explore the castle grounds as it transforms into the ultimate winter wonderland, surrounded by holiday decor in every corner and draped in dazzling lights.

When: Until January 8th, 2023
Where: 1 Austin Terrace

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

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


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Le Musk Toronto

Escape to another world during this 37-minute “cinematic sensory experience,” directed by the Grammy and Oscar-winning composer, A.R. Rahman.

This unique virtual reality show “combines cinema, motion, and scent to offer a thrilling evolution of immersive entertainment,” according to the description. It’s truly spectacular.

When: Until January 29th, 2023
Where: Lighthouse Artspace, 1 Yonge Street

Try one of Toronto’s newest restaurants

It’s a new year and that means new restaurants to check out in Toronto this month. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you may have missed a few openings in the city but don’t worry, we got you covered.

The city has so much to offer when it comes to the culinary scene that it feels like new restaurants are opening almost every week. And we’re not complaining.

Where: See Toronto’s best new restaurants

Skating at Toronto’s outdoor rinks

The season of outdoor skating is well underway! When it comes to outdoor skating rinks, Toronto has no shortage of fantastic options.

From ice trails through the city to DJ skate nights in the heart of downtown, these rinks will make you want to lace up your skates all season long.

Where: See Toronto’s best outdoor rinks here
When: Until March 2023