There’s a chill in the air and the snow flurries have begun, which means that a winter wonderland is not too far away from arriving in the GTA. But don’t stay bundled up inside … get out there and enjoy some of the excitement that the season brings!
One of the first things that comes to mind when winter’s in the air is the arrival of Santa Claus, and the jolly old elf has several appearances scheduled. The biggest and most well-known is the world-renowned Toronto Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, November 15, 2015. Celebrating its 111th year, musicians, marchers, floats, costumed characters and Santa Claus himself usher in the holiday season in the city.
Other parades and events to mark the arrival of Santa Claus include SantaFest in Maple on Sunday, November 22, The Brampton Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, November 21, and the Kinsmen Club of Bolton's Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5.
The Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto has been one of the city’s ice skating destinations for 30 years. Set against the shoreline of Lake Ontario, the rink includes a heated indoor change room, a rink-side bar and grill, and DJ skate nights. Best of all, skating is free!
Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights on Saturday, November 28 will get the holiday season started with a bang! Fun for families, friends and couples alike, the evening at Nathan Phillips Square includes the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by top Canadian talent, a spectacular fireworks display and a DJ skating party.
Friday Night Liveat the Royal Ontario Museum continues through the end of November and is a 19+ event where you can experience the museum in a whole new light. Dress up, have some cocktails, sample some food truck fare, and dance in the shadow of dinosaurs as Djs spin and live ensembles play. #FNLROM
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada also has a 19+ Friday Night Jazz on the second Friday of each month. It's an unforgettable night of live jazz music, drinks and appetizers as you explore galleries featuring sharks, jellyfish, stingrays and exotic tropical fish.
This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, where a world tour of wines, spirits and gourmet food comes to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year features the return of their popular tutored tastings, entertainment, cooking demonstrations and more from November 19 to 22.
If you're looking for a fun day out shopping for unique, hand-made holiday gifts, then The One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale is a must. Over 800 artisans from across Canada gather at the Direct Energy Centre for the two-week event.
For a fun family road trip, escape to Niagara Falls for their Winter Festival of Lights. Walk or drive the 5 kilometre illumination route and marvel at over a million lights creating stunning displays. The festival kicks off with opening ceremonies on November 21, featuring circus performers and a fireworks display over the Falls. If you can't make it for opening night, the festival continues until January 31.
The City of Vaughan's Winterfest celebrates its 26th anniversary on Sunday, February 21, 2016. This day of fun features an outdoor stage with entertainment for the whole family, a midway, gaming zone, horse drawn wagon rides, face painting and more.
Caledon hosts its third annual SnowFest at the Caledon Fairgrounds on Family Day, February 17. Promoting healthy and active winter fun for the family, activities include snowshoeing, skating, horse-drawn wagon rides, chainsaw wood carvings, a snow castle competition, and the Firefighters Challenge.