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.

Toronto Raptors Mascot waves We The North flag.
See the Toronto Raptors @ Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre)

Get Sporty

Nab major league tickets to a Raptors or Maple Leafs game at Scotiabank Arena (formerly 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.

Soup in bowl with hot peppers.
Winterlicious /
January 25 to February 7, 2019

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 25 to February 7, 2019), the perfect opportunity to indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value. Don’t forget to feed the ‘Gram with your favourite meals using #SeeTorontoNow!

Pyramid-shaped sculpture covered in artificial glass gummy bears.
Toronto Light Festival /
January 18 to March 3, 2019

Art Indoors and Out

Toronto has multiple spectacular outdoor winter displays starting with the Winter Light Exhibition at Ontario Place. The display is just one aspect of “Winter at Ontario Place” which includes various winter-themed activities. The festival is free to attend from November 23, 2018 to March 17, 2019. The Toronto Light Fest artfully illuminates the Distillery Historic District from January 18 to March 3, 2019 and features works by Canadian and international light artists.

Enlivening the Toronto waterfront starting January 19, 2019, and running for five weeks, Ice Breakers is a series of large installations along the stretch of lakeside west of Yonge Street. It’s the offshoot of the original Toronto winter artistic display Winter Stations which turns lifeguard stations along the eastern Beaches area into imaginative works. It runs February 18 to April 1, 2019.

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

Interior Design Show exhibit booth.
Interior Design Show /
January 17 to 20, 2019

Take in a Tradeshow

Whether it’s the high style of the Interior Design Show or its sister event DesignTO, the latest in motoring at the Auto Show or getting an early 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 International Centre for the one that fits your niche.