While it doesn’t sound like it is going to be a white Christmas here in Toronto, it does look like it is going to be a great holiday season. Any native Torontonian knows that the city is filled with hustle and bustle at this time of year. With people to see and events to attend, it is easy to miss some of the best things Toronto has to offer at this time of year. We’ve picked five of the things we are most excited to do this year.
While most of our picks are great for babies and kids, there is nothing wrong with the kids-at-heart going without little ones in tow!
1. Tunnel of Glam
Have you heard of this yet? It looks amazing and like it is so much fun! An 80ft tunnel lined with over 14,000 reversible sequins. An entire tunnel like the pillows we can’t put down. Not only is this a fun and quirky art instalment that is bringing more attention to the Toronto art scene, but it was also created by a local art and design studio, Studio F Minus. This would be so much fun to bring little ones to as well!
It is only on until December 31, 2018, though, so don’t wait if you want to go and see it!
2. The Toronto Christmas Market
The Christmas Market in the Distillery District is a great tradition for the whole family. Every year the lights and decorations turn the area into a holiday wonderland with plenty for both adults and kids to do. Parents can do some shopping from all of the fantastic vendors while the little ones visit Santa and the giant gingerbread house. It ends on December 23 though, so hurry over this weekend if you want to go!
3. Conservatory by Candlelight
Did you know that two of Toronto’s Conservatories, Centennial Park Conservatory and Allen Gardens Conservatory, put on an incredible winter flower show? Hundreds of plants and blooms, including huge poinsettia displays. On the weekends, they stay open late until 7 pm and light the rooms with candles all around the flowers. What a great date night idea, especially if followed by a great meal!
While the winter flower show runs until mid-January, December 22 and 23 are the last nights for the candlelight experience this year.
4. The Toronto Zoo 12 Days of Enrichment
This 12-day event starts on Boxing Day and is the perfect antidote to “bored” school aged kids! Each day has a different theme or event with many of the zookeepers and other staff on hand to teach, demonstrate, and get help from volunteers. Don’t forget to dress warmly!
And if you need to drop off some old electronics because Santa brought new ones, there is an electronics disposal bin outside the entrance for the entire twelve days!
5. ROM for the Holidays
The Royal Ontario Museum is always a good bet for great exhibits and an afternoon spent lost in amazing information and history. But they also have a thriving educational program for kids and their holiday plans look perfect for just about any family!
There are three special exhibits still ongoing and a number of kid-friendly special activities planned for the twelve days after Christmas. You can be sure the museum will be a busy place this season!
No matter what your plans are this holiday, we want you to remember to take care of yourself too! So whether our holiday suggestions are just your thing, or something on this list catches your eye, make sure you do something for you!