I'm a winter person and embrace everything the season has to offer. This winter is expected to be harsh, and similar to the one we had a couple years ago, but don't let that get you down. There is much the city has to offer this winter and below is just a few of my suggestions:
1. Go for a late night skate at one of many outdoor rinks
The City of Toronto has 50 outdoor ice rinks in addition to ones run by other institutions such as the Harbourfront Centre. So wherever you are in the city, it's guaranteed that there is a place for you to skate. Rinks such as the Natrel rink at the Harbourfront Centre have DJ nights and are open late.
Winterlicious is a great opportunity to experience some of the best restaurants in Toronto. Participating restaurants offer three-course prix fixe menus at various rates. There are also special events that all foodie lovers will enjoy! Winterlicious runs from January 27 to February 9, 2017. Reservations begin January 12th.
3. Watch a hockey game
Photo Credit: Toronto Marlies
Going to see the Toronto Maple Leafs will cost you an arm, leg, and selling your kidney on the black market. But that shouldn't stop you from viewing Canada's favourite sport. The Toronto Marlies are a professional hockey team for the American Hockey League (AHL) and an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. For as low as $10 per person you can watch future Leafs play and not pay a hefty price for it.
4. Disney On Ice - Dream Big
This is perfect for Disney lovers of all ages. I went to my first Disney on Ice a couple years ago and surprisingly really enjoyed it. This winter, Disney on Ice will be at the Rogers Centre from December 23, 2016 - January 1, 2017. Characters featured include Tinkerbell, Ariel, Anna and Elsa, Jasmine, and more.
5. Visit a Christmas/Holiday Market
Photo Credit: Toronto Christmas Market
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, visiting a Christmas market will guarantee a fun outing. this ear there are many popping up all over the city and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). As always, there is the Distillery District's Toronto Christmas Market (Tuesday to Sundays until December 22nd), but if you are looking for something new or close to you, check out these top picks: Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village (December 9-23), Holiday Fair Nathan Philips Square, and Mississauga's Holiday Market.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is holding a large New Years Eve party, filled with music, food, drinks, and dancing. It's like a Friday Night Live, but even better. Tickets are sold out unfortunately, but you might have a chance to score some at the door. If you got tickets, well lucky you! Enjoy your night :)