This is it – the last weekend before Christmas. Luckily, there are still a few chances to shop local if you still have gifts to pick up. Otherwise, festive events and activities going on offer a few more opportunities for a dose of festive fun before the holidays make their final descent. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here are six of the best options in the city.
Check out Silk Road Solstice
Aga Khan is the place to be this weekend to celebrate the solstice. The architectural gem of a museum is hosting Silk Road Solstice Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. which means live music at the formal gardens and terrace, food trucks and seating around a cozy fire. Visitors can also sign up on site for a guided tour of the Silk Road Exhibition if you want to mix a bit of culture with your solstice celebration.
Shop the Evergreen Holiday Market
Starting on Dec. 17 and running until Dec. 22, you can make your way to the Evergreen Brick Works for some festive holiday shopping. Browse and buy local craft goods from over 40 artisan and vintage vendors (from handmade jewellery and housewares to beauty products and original art). Once you’re shopped out, go for a skate on the outdoor skating rink, listen to live music and grab a snack from one of the food stalls.
See a Christmas classic
Is it even Christmas if you haven’t watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? If you’re a fan of the festive favourite you can catch a viewing at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Grab some popcorn, sit back and let the holiday spirit wash over you. The showing is free and don’t forget to bring a cash gift or non-perishable food item for The Stop.
Skate the Bentway
The Bentway Skate Trail’s 220-metre figure-eight loop will open for skating on Dec. 18 with skate rentals, hot drinks, special events, free skating lessons with expert instructors and more. Alongside skating this year, The Bentway will also present a winter art exhibition by Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben.
Head to a food fest
This weekend, Mississauga is the place to be for Frost Bites Food Fest happening Friday (3 to 10 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday (noon to 9 p.m.). Stop by for a bite (or three) from a selection of vendors including Donia’s Donair, Lemon Bar, Chen Chen’s Hot Chicken, Mustache Burger and more. There will also be a sparkling winter forest and a giant mailbox for dropping off letters to Santa.
Spend Sunday doing some shopping
Toronto Made Market is happening this Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. at The Great Hall giving you the perfect opportunity to finish your holiday shopping on a local note. There will be over 50 vendors to shop as well as free hot chocolate and candy canes to enjoy as you browse. Can’t make it in person? You can shop online until Dec. 31.