Distillery District Christmas Market-Toronto
Yes, it can get crowded. Yes, they are now charging $5 to get in on the weekends when it used to be free. BUT what is more adorable then a Christmas Market? I can already smell the hot toddy’s and poutine! Besides it being a great photo op, it will definitely get you into the holiday spirit with the Christmas carolers, lights and of course the massive tree in the middle of it all! Open daily until Christmas time- it is something that shouldn’t be missed!
Skating at Nathan Phillips Square-Toronto
Not a good skater? Neither am I. Don’t own skates? Neither do I. Good thing you can rent them there for the low, low price of $10. What is more romantic than swirling around under the stars with your sig. other while listening to holiday music? Of course it’s going to get cold, so warm up with a little help from the hot chocolate booth nearby!
Ugly Christmas Sweater Cruise-Toronto
This whole ugly sweater thing has really spiraled out of control lately, so why not embrace it?? Strap on you’re ugliest of sweaters and join Mariposa cruises for a night of food, drinks, dancing and holiday cheer on Friday December 18th. For $39, friends and lovers can dance to top 40 bangers, all while looking extra holiday chic! (Don’t come looking TOO chic though, there is a prize for most hideous sweater) Find Tickets at: https://mariposacruises.com/public-cruises/special-event-cruises/ugly-christmas-sweater-cocktail-cruise/
Skating at Gage Park-Brampton
Don’t want to make the trek downtown? Not a problem, head over to Gage Park in Brampton! Why skate on a rink when you cruise through a magical trail of lights and trees all for the low cost of FREE! Skate rentals are available as well for $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Open all day on weekends and in the evening throughout the week, this is a really unique place to go skating if you have never been!
Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront
If you are looking for a casual date night with a bit of holiday flair, take a walk down to the Harbor front on Queens Quay where events will be taking place each weekend during December. Have your picture taken with Santa, join Santa on board for the 10th annual Santa Cruise, Beavertails eating contest and Christmas Caroler concerts will keep everyone busy. To be extra prepared, check online before you head down! http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/winterfest/
Le Nordik Spa- Chelsea, Quebec
Not located in Ontario but if your looking to REALLY impress someone this winter- Treat. Yo. Self. with a day at Le Nordik Scandinavian Spa! Located just over the Quebec boarder about 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa, this winter wonderland is the largest spa in North America. With 7 outdoor baths, 8 different saunas, heated tee-pees, infinity pools, restaurant/lounges all while everyone wears white robes-this place is a frozen paradise!!! Either enjoy a spa treatment or simply come to soak in the baths; you will want to come back. There is even a room dedicated to sleeping, in case you get bored of all the relaxing.
Evergreen Brickworks- Toronto
I have been coming here for a few years and try to go at least once a year! This place is adorable for a half-day venture. You can skate, grab breakfast at café Belong, buy something at the gift shop (I LOVE gift shops!!) or peruse the graffiti in the historical brick firing area. If you enjoy the brisk cold, there are hiking trails around to enjoy the fresh air along the Don River!
Spencer Gorge/ Webster Falls Winter Hike-Dundas
If you hiked here in the fall, you will know how beautiful it is. Imagine the waterfalls frozen over; it is a pretty cool site to see. Located in Dundas, Ontario about 45 minutes out of the downtown core, you can get some fresh air and exercise while enjoying some pretty cool views. Plus, it is a great place to escape the crowds if ya wanna be alone!
The Rideau Canal- Ottawa
Downtown Ottawa sure knows how to make winter look fun! Strap on some skates and enjoy a leisurely day on the 4.8-mile long canal skate way. Get your chocolate fix with some Beavertail’s or some hot chocolate at a nearby snack station. Can’t skate? You can also rent a sleigh- if someone likes you that much they may offer to push you around! If you are planning a trip to Ottawa in January- look into planning a trip to Winterlude!
Winter Festival of lights- Niagara Falls
Over 3 million lights will light up Niagara Falls during the Festival of lights this winter. Bundle up and take a stroll by the falls and enjoy the bright colors on your way to the casino, the club, the restaurant or your hotel room. If your feeling adventurous, bare the cold and walk the 5 km route that is light up into a winter wonderland. OR I mean, you could drive it to spare yourself the frostbite!
Skiing/Snowboarding at your local hill
Show off your snow-plowing skills at one of a numerous hills southern Ontario has to offer. A day on the slopes followed by some après ski in the chalet sounds like a fab day to me! Skiing or snowboarding to risky for ya? Most hills offer tubing hills where you pay per ride. Take your pick at www.skicentral.com
Jingles and Joy- Blue Mountain
If you are headed to Collingwood for the weekend, head over to the Blue Mountain Village for the Jingles and Joy festival on December 14th in between winter activities. This village has a Christmas-y vibe all year ‘round, but adding Christmas Trees, fire works and wagon rides could get anyone in the holiday spirit! www.bluemountainvillage.ca/jingles/
12 bars of Christmas-Toronto
There is nothing wrong with getting a little tipsy now and again, and what better excuse then the 12 bars of Christmas? Named “Canada’s largest pub crawl”- help raise money for Hunger Task Force and enjoy some cocktails while you are doing it. Get your tickets soon; the event takes place on December 12th! You know what they say, the couple that drinks together, stays together!! (And if they DON’T say that, then they should!!) www.12barz.com
Holiday Magic- Yorkville
Beginning November 14th stretching into December, Yorkville is transformed into a “Magical Holiday Wonderland”. Throughout December, you are able to partake in numerous events such as the “Santa Speedo Run” on December 12th, (which looks hilarious) OR the 12 trees of Christmas. Check online to see which events are being held each weekend at www.bloor-yorkville.com
Icewine festival –Niagara falls
OKAY so this event takes place after the holidays, so it may be somewhere you take your date with the Christmas money your grandma gave you! An event dedicated to WINE? Who can complain about that? Visit the Niagara Region the last 3 weekend in January to sample wine and food pairings from participating wineries. Tickets are available online. If you are really looking to impress someone, grab them a ticket to the Icewine Gala at the Fallsview Casino on January 15th for live music, Niagara Cuisine and of course the main event-WINE, and lots of it! www.niagaraicewinefestival.com