Toronto has seen its first snowfall, which means the onset of winter is inevitable and closer than most of us may like. However, anyone feeling less than stellar about this seasonal shift can take solace in the fact the city is filled with fun ways to embrace the weather. Be it through winter-themed festivals, scenic skating rinks, or holiday markets, here are some of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.
Stop by Sweaters n’ Snowflakes
Starting Dec. 3 and running through Dec. 26 (including Christmas Day) is a fun food and wine popup taking place at the southwest corner of Bathurst and Richmond. The area has been totally transformed into a seasonal wonderland, complete with a twinkling tunnel of lights (perfect for those festive selfies), partially heated patio, fires and a cozy forest vibe. There will be holiday inspired pizzas, wok fried noodles, desserts and soups, as well a smulled wine, spiked hot chocolate, apple cider and holiday inspired cocktails.
Check out the holiday market at the Toronto Botanical Gardens
If you’re in search of some eco-friendly holiday gifts with a botanical twist, the Toronto Botanical Gardens are hosting their annual Holiday Market and Open House on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artisans will showcase their nature-inspired, eco-friendly and botanical-themed products. Shop a wide selection of holiday home décor, seasonal fresh greens and poinsettias, along with an Amaryllis Potting Bar and a variety of local honey (including Toronto Botanical Garden’s own honey).
Explore Pape Village
Tasttlig’s Taste of Pape Village Winter Festival began on Dec. 1 and runs until Dec. 31, and it’s offering a chance to discover (or rediscover) Pape Village, albeit with a festive twist.
Admission to the festival is free, but if you purchase a passport, you get to enjoy food tastings from top restaurants in the area, representing over 11 countries. This is also a good chance to shop local as there will be deals to score from over 50 neighbourhood businesses.
Experience WinterIN The Port
Make your way to Port Credit for a winter themed fest running from Dec. 4 to Jan. 29.
There will be uniquely decorated sites, festive lights throughout the neighbourhood and Santa Clause will be strolling down Lakeshore at various points during the festival. Festivities begin on Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. with the lighting of the area’s iconic Lighthouse as well as hot chocolate and carollers.
Celebrate Christmas on High Street
Christmas on High Street at Black Creek Pioneer Village begins on Dec 4 and runs until Dec. 23, offering a chance to go back in time and experience some historical holiday cheer. You can grab tickets for either daytime or evening visits and also add on a Christmas dinner if you’re feeling particularly festive. Expect decorated buildings, bonfires, holiday lights and much more.
Go for a festive skate
Ice skating is an easy way to get active outdoors in the winter and just in time, Union Station has brought a skating rink back to Front Street as part of Union Holiday. Ice skates and helmets are available for free and skating slots are available for 45-minute periods. The slots have been programmed with 15 minutes between groups in order to provide time for sanitizing. In addition, Union Beats Skate Nights are taking place on Friday and Saturdays from 4 to 9 p.m.