It’s the last long weekend of the year, let’s make the most of it! From outdoor festivals, thrilling concerts and shows, to the zoo! There’s no shortage of holiday fun to choose from this weekend, your only issue will be squeezing everything in.

Here are 11 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.

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Skating at Nathan Phillip Square 

If you didn’t get out to skate before Christmas, now is the perfect time!

The holiday spirit is still high, and Nathan Phillip Square’s outdoor skating rink is still open. Right in the heart of downtown, this rink is the perfect place to take family, a date or friends. No skates? No problem! While skating is free, there are rental skates available for a price meaning there’s no reason not to spend the day here.

When: December 29th – January 1st
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W

See Travis Scott at Scotiabank Arena 

Want to stay indoors? Head to Scotiabank Arena for an unforgettable concert.

Travis Scott is bringing his Utopia Tour to Toronto and you can catch him live on December 29th. If you miss out on this show Travis is back in the new year with another show at Scotiabank Arena on January 6th, 2024.

When: December 29th
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay St

Sponsored Pick: Chez Paul Crêperie

Try a taste of Brittany, France this weekend – right here in Toronto! Chez Paul Crêperie brings the authentic Breton tradition of crêpes and galettes to its restaurant using original recipes from Brittany. The result? Flavour combinations that hit just right. 

Where: 833 Queen Street West, Toronto

Champions of Magic at Meridian Hall

Experience an evening of mind-boggling illusions and spectacular special effects!

According to their website, Champions of Magic brings an impossible escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction that has to be seen to be believed, levitation high above the stage and a finale beyond explanation.

When: December 29th, 30th, 31st
Where: Meridian Hall, 1 Front St E

Go to a Toronto Maple Leafs game 

A Leafs game is always a good time!

The Maple Leafs are at Scotiabank Arena on December 30th taking on the Carolina Hurricanes. Cheer on the home team and have a great night, go Leafs go!

When: December 30th
Where: Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay St

Visit the Holiday Street Market

A holiday street market with an exciting line-up of rotating international street food vendors and artisan makers? Count us in.

The Holiday Market by Street Eats Market will still be running this weekend open all day on the 30th and 31st from 12 PM – 9 PM on Saturday and 12 PM – 7 PM on Sunday at the CN Tower Plaza!

When: December 30th and 31st
Where: CN Tower Plaza, 290 Bremner Blvd

New Year’s Eve at the ROM 

The legendary annual event is back!

The Royal Ontario Museum is bringing back one of their biggest events of the year for ROM After Dark – their New Year’s Eve bash. According to their website, they’ll be “rocking around the clock with amazing live music, thrilling DJs, epic performances and so much more.”

When: December 31st
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park

Watch the Harbourfront fireworks 

End the year with a bang!

The City of Toronto is setting off fireworks to end the year, with a midnight show along the inner harbour! Check out our list of the best spots to view the fireworks here.

When: December 31st
Where: Toronto’s inner Harbourfront

Attend a Taylor Swift-themed dance party 

Time to shake it off!

This one is for all the Swifties! Say hello to 2024 at this Taylor Swift-themed dance party happening at The Opera House. The event runs all night long including a midnight countdown – we can’t think of a better way to start the year!

When: December 31st
Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East

 

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New Year’s Day brunch at Joni 

New year, same love for a delicious brunch!

Start 2024 the best way we can think of, with a delicious brunch at Joni. This family-style brunch has everything you could possibly want, just make your reservation and enjoy your first day of 2024!

When: January 1st
Where: Joni Restaurant, inside Park Hyatt Toronto, 4 Avenue Rd

Spend the day at the AGO

This classic Toronto destination is open on New Year’s Day!

Spend the day taking in the art and exhibits, the Art Gallery of Ontario will be running their regular hours of 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM on New Year’s Day. If you’re hungry pop in to the AGO Bistro which will be serving up a New Year’s Day brunch!

When: January 1st
Where: The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W

So much to do, so little time! Get planning and enjoy the long weekend, Toronto!