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11 things you need to do in Toronto this winter

Published On 12/24/2014 Published On 12/24/2014
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Dec 24-28

100 Years of Christmas Toronto boasts the only full-size castle in North America and during the holiday season, Casa Loma is celebrating 100 years of Christmas. Through December 28th, visitors to the castle can enjoy seasonal events like carolers, a 100 Years of Christmas Tree retrospective, cookie decorating, and of course, visits with the jolly bearded guy himself.

Casa Loma

100 Years of Christmas Casa Loma Toronto boasts the only full-size castle in North America and during the holiday season, Casa Loma is celebrating 100 years of Christmas. Through December 28th, visitors to the castle can enjoy seasonal events like carolers, a 100 Years of Christmas Tree retrospective, cookie decorating, and of course, visits with the jolly bearded guy himself.

Harbourfront Centre

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Dec 24 Wed

DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront Centre Strap on some skates and glide (or careen around, arms flailing) to the beat of a DJ on Saturdays through to February 21st. DJs from Toronto and beyond will do their best to get skaters moving during the only DJ nights on ice in the city.

Harbourfront Centre

DJ Skate Nights at Harbourfront Centre Harbourfront Centre Strap on some skates and glide (or careen around, arms flailing) to the beat of a DJ on Saturdays through to February 21st. DJs from Toronto and beyond will do their best to get skaters moving during the only DJ nights on ice in the city.

Flickr/Benson Kua

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Dec 31 Wed

New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square This year’s annual countdown to the new year at Nathan Philips Square is free and for all ages, as usual. Revelers will enjoy live performances (acts TBD), skating, a DJ, food trucks, and fireworks at midnight. The festivities start at 8pm.

Nathan Phillips Square

New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square Nathan Phillips Square This year’s annual countdown to the new year at Nathan Philips Square is free and for all ages, as usual. Revelers will enjoy live performances (acts TBD), skating, a DJ, food trucks, and fireworks at midnight. The festivities start at 8pm.

Toronto Midnite New Year's Eve 5K Run & Party

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Dec 31 Wed

Toronto Midnite New Year's Eve Run Anyone wanting to get a head start on their New Year’s resolution to start up a running regimen can register for this five km race that starts at midnight. You can toast the New Year with some bubbly once you cross the finish line.

Liberty Village

Toronto Midnite New Year's Eve Run Liberty Village Anyone wanting to get a head start on their New Year’s resolution to start up a running regimen can register for this five km race that starts at midnight. You can toast the New Year with some bubbly once you cross the finish line.

Flickr/Doug

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Jan 17 Sat

Travel Expo 2015 Feed your winter wanderlust with a visit to the Travel Expo where you can get inspired to book a trip, or at the very least get motivated to save up for one.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Travel Expo 2015 Metro Toronto Convention Centre Feed your winter wanderlust with a visit to the Travel Expo where you can get inspired to book a trip, or at the very least get motivated to save up for one.

Winter/Summerlicious

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Jan 30 Fri

Winterlicious Get your appetite in gear for the popular program that sees restaurants across the city offering prix fixe menus at affordable prices. This is your shot to have a three-course meal at some of the swankier joints in town -- without paying swanky prices.

All over Toronto

Winterlicious All over Toronto Get your appetite in gear for the popular program that sees restaurants across the city offering prix fixe menus at affordable prices. This is your shot to have a three-course meal at some of the swankier joints in town -- without paying swanky prices.

Flickr/Quentin Stafford-Fraser

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Jan 31 Sat

The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival Since not much motivates people to leave the house like the prospect of booze, if you do one thing this winter outside of your blanket fort, make it the Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival. The outdoor event is all about sampling some of Ontario’s best craft brews (which should help keep you warm).

Roundhouse Park

The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival Roundhouse Park Since not much motivates people to leave the house like the prospect of booze, if you do one thing this winter outside of your blanket fort, make it the Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival. The outdoor event is all about sampling some of Ontario’s best craft brews (which should help keep you warm).

Flickr/Jon Campbell

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Feb 1-7

La Poutine Week Montreal is not the only place to get poutine (despite what a Montrealer might tell you). For a few glorious days in February, the humble French-fry-cheese-curd-gravy combo is highlighted with a festival devoted to its glory. More than 20 eateries are showcasing their take on the carb-laden dish, so get ready to dig in.

Restaurants across Toronto

La Poutine Week Restaurants across Toronto Montreal is not the only place to get poutine (despite what a Montrealer might tell you). For a few glorious days in February, the humble French-fry-cheese-curd-gravy combo is highlighted with a festival devoted to its glory. More than 20 eateries are showcasing their take on the carb-laden dish, so get ready to dig in.

Winterfolk & A Better World

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Feb 13-15

Winterfolk XIII Come out of hibernation and brave the elements for music. Over three days, 150 artists will be performing at five venues in a series of paid and free events. This years’ artists are TBD but keep an eye on the website for more details. Expect a good mix of folk, roots, rock, jazz, and country.

Various venues

Winterfolk XIII Various venues Come out of hibernation and brave the elements for music. Over three days, 150 artists will be performing at five venues in a series of paid and free events. This years’ artists are TBD but keep an eye on the website for more details. Expect a good mix of folk, roots, rock, jazz, and country.

Flickr/Michael Gil

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Feb 13-22

Canadian International Auto Show Once again, Canada’s largest auto show makes its way to Toronto for the annual event dedicated to all things car-related. Get up close and personal with your dream set of wheels, and learn about the newest cars to add to your wish list.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Canadian International Auto Show Metro Toronto Convention Centre Once again, Canada’s largest auto show makes its way to Toronto for the annual event dedicated to all things car-related. Get up close and personal with your dream set of wheels, and learn about the newest cars to add to your wish list.

LunarFest

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Feb 28 Sat

LunarFest Ring in the Lunar New Year with this three-day festival that puts the focus on Asian arts and culture. Dishes inspired by Lunar New Year traditions, lion dancers, a lantern jungle, and skating, among other activities and events are all on offer.

Harbourfront Centre

LunarFest Harbourfront Centre Ring in the Lunar New Year with this three-day festival that puts the focus on Asian arts and culture. Dishes inspired by Lunar New Year traditions, lion dancers, a lantern jungle, and skating, among other activities and events are all on offer.