I went to the grocery store the other day to pick up some hot chocolate mix. On the walk there I noticed my breath forming little puffs of condensation when it met with the cold air.  It was barely six o’clock but the sun had already dropped below the horizon. And only the glowing orange light of several street lamps illuminated the road.  That’s when it hit me that winter is here. And with winter, hot chocolate, frosty breath, and loss of daylight comes Christmas.

Christmas is a time when the city comes alive. Trees twinkle with thousands of tiny lights and tinsel glistens from within window displays. Toronto becomes a winter wonderland full of little treasures to uncover.

This holiday season, take some time to discover Toronto’s holiday gems. Here are a few to check out:

1. DJ Skate Night

The scenic ice rink at Harbourfront is gearing up for the holidays with Saturday night skates complete with a DJ. As you look out at the waters of Lake Ontario you can get your groove on to hip-hop, reggae and maybe even some dub step.

2. Toronto Christmas Market

Take a trip down to the quaint distillery district for an urban revival of the Christmas Market that originated in Germany during the fifteenth century.  The cobbled streets will be packed with vendors and musicians all eager to spread some holiday cheer. The crowning glory of this event is its Ferris Wheel.


3. Winter Magic

Downtown Yonge Street is preparing to light up for the fifth year in a row during Winter Magic. A 40-foot tree, polar bears and Santa’s sleigh are sure to awe visitors. And on weekends buskers will fill the street with music and juggling as part of Toronto’s annual Buskertaiment.

Get into the spirit of the holidays and make a trip downtown. Festive cheer is catching.