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Best Things to Do in Toronto During Christmas Break

The kids are out of school, and you have a nice, healthy break if you’re a teacher. Although everyone wants to sleep in, relax, and enjoy their holiday gifts, don’t let time slip away without making plans. The best things to do in Toronto during Christmas break await! No matter the interests you or your children have, put some of these to-dos on your list.

Experience the wonder of Christmas.

Not all of our ideas are about the holidays, but definitely don’t miss out on stopping by Glow Christmas Toronto! A spirit of wonder fills the air as a million twinkling bulbs light up the atmosphere. Not only are there creative light installations, but you can also shop for holiday gifts, listen to live entertainment, and get something to eat and drink. It’s open for five weeks, so there’s no excuse not to head to Glow Christmas. 


Patronize a small museum.

Toronto has so many museums! You may have visited some larger ones, like the Royal Ontario Museum, but make time to go somewhere new. Learn about the history of footwear at the Bata Shoe Museum or test your knowledge of sports at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Plan to visit during the week to avoid the weekend rush. Go with an open mind and be ready to learn by diving deep into a museum.


Bundle up and head outside.

Yes, it’s frightfully cold, but we Canadians are prepared, right? Of course, you can play in the snow, but take it a step further by immersing yourself in an outdoor activity that will warm you up—although still wear layers and stay cozy. There are plenty of places to ice skate, such as Regent Park South Ice Rink or Nathan Phillips Square. You can also head out on a winter hike at one of the many parks like Scarlett Mills. Pack snacks and a drink to stay hydrated, even in the winter chill. 


See a live show. 

Whether you enjoy live music or theatrical entertainment, Toronto is filled with live entertainment. Watch dancers perform in a show by the National Ballet of Canada or see a play by the folks at the 4th Wall Theatre Company. Check Massey Hall’s schedule to see what live musicians are offering performances. If you need a laugh, head to The Corner Comedy Club, although it may be best to go without the kids. 


Take a festive train ride.

Train rides are especially festive during the holiday season. Not only can you look out the windows and see the wintery landscape pass by, but there are also plenty of activities on board. Although it isn’t in Toronto proper, the York-Durham Heritage Railway offers many exciting trips. Head out on a pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take the Santa Express train ride, or choose the classic Polar Express experience. No matter which one you go on, it will be a memorable experience. 

P.S. Glen the Glow-comotive will be at Glow Christmas for the kids to ride!


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