Things to Do in Toronto This Winter

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Winter is cool! And Toronto is an exciting place no matter what the season. Bundle up to enjoy the great outdoors then hunker down with a glass of something warming before taking in a big show or a thrilling game. Here are just a few of the myriad wintery activities that await.

Get Sporty

Nab major league tickets to a Raptors or Maple Leafs game at Air Canada Centre (40 Bay Street). Or get pumped up alongside hundreds of Toronto sports fans in Maple Leaf Square, the outdoor public square where games are broadcast live on the 80 x 50 foot screen.

For exciting pro hockey played in more intimate settings check out the Mississauga Steelheads, Brampton Beast or Toronto Marlies.

Savour the Town

When the weather gets chilly it’s time to fuel up and Toronto has some of the tastiest fuel going. The mac daddy of food events is Winterlicious (January to February 2018), the perfect opportunity to indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value. Don’t forget to Instagram your favourite meals with #SeeTorontoNow!

Running December 2017 to March 2018, the Winter Village at Evergreen Brick Works features a Street Food Market where you can nosh your way through a collection of street-inspired eateries from across the Toronto area. The farmer’s market continues, along with many other activities, all in a peaceful valley setting in the heart of the city.

Art Indoors and Out

Toronto has multiple spectacular outdoor winter displays! The Toronto Light Fest artfully illuminates the Distillery Historic District from January 19 to March 11, 2018 and features works by Canadian and international light artists. A new display enlivened the Toronto waterfront in 2017. Ice Breakers is a series of large art installations along the stretch of lakeside west of Yonge Street. Five dynamic and whimsical works will be on display January to February 2018. While you’re out there, be sure to visit the Sugar Shack in March. Located – appropriately – at Sugar Beach, the Shack will be dishing up traditional maple syrup treats, plus other fun stuff, all in the great outdoors.

Of course, indoor art is ever-present at major and niche galleries across the city. Find more art exhibitions.

Take in a Tradeshow

Whether it’s the high style of the Interior Design Show, the latest in motoring at the Auto Show or getting a taste of spring at Canada Blooms, there are dozens of huge public tradeshows held in Toronto each year where you can ogle that shiny new thing, get ideas for your next project or just while away the hours. Check the schedules at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Enercare Centre or the International Centre for the one that fits your niche.