Our city glows with twinkling lights, resounds with good cheer and offers countless ways to enjoy a magical family vacation. Here are our top 10 ideas for exploring Toronto’s winter wonders with your crew.

Pet a stingray….

…at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Budding marine biologists can learn about sea animals and habitats during an interactive, educator-led dive show.

Take a selfie…

…with the Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame! Don’t miss Stanley’s Game Seven; an innovative 3D film that combines archival footage with live action and 3D animation.

Find a secret underground tunnel….

… at Toronto’s historic castle, Casa Loma. Bring your camera: the castle is a feast for the eyes with its sumptuous holiday decorating.

Hike a winter wonderland…

…at High Park. Stroll the paved walkways or march along a woodland trail. Check out the zoo: the bison, deer and highland cattle love the snow as much as you do!

Go hoarse…

…cheering your knight on to a rousing victory! Medieval Times is an all-ages hit with its combination of horsemanship, falconry, jousting, and a delicious, four-course meal served to your ringside seats.

Boo Captain Hook…

…but give an ovation to local actor-producer Ross Petty. For 20 years, Petty’s annual holiday pantomime has been a Toronto tradition. After his final dastardly turn in Peter Pan, Petty is leaving the stage to focus on producing.

Pull on your long johns…

…and linger over the ice-carving competitions at Icefest. Bloor-Yorkville becomes a frozen gallery as ice meisters showcase work inspired by this year’s theme: Frozen in Time (Ancient Egypt).

Groove to a Latin beat…

…at Lula Lounge’s all-ages Sunday brunch. Live dance music and beginner salsa lessons will get you sweating on even the chilliest winter afternoon!

Skate up a storm…

…at an iconic outdoor rink. Harbourfront’s Natrel Rink boasts DJ Skate Nights, while Mississauga’s Celebration Square is one of the Greater Toronto Area’s largest. Toronto City Hall’s rink at Nathan Phillips Square is the busiest: consider visiting at 9 p.m., as the crowds thin out.

Slide 11: Hang out with polar bears and pandas…

…at the Toronto Zoo. Pop by on Boxing Day to see the animals feast on seasonal treats. The mix of outdoor and heated indoor pavilions ensures you can explore comfortably all day.

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