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Old and New Winter Traditions

The holidays are around the corner. Many traditions this year have been altered due to the new normal.  But some of the staple events of the season are still taking place. This year, event organizers have been getting pretty creative with festive celebrations. So even though the pandemic has put a lot of plans up in the air, there are still a few activities you can do within the Toronto and the greater Toronto area that are safe and fun for the entire family. Here is your guide for holiday fun in 2020.

Let’s Go Skating

Many of city’s outdoor skating rinks are scheduled to open early December. Evergreen Brick Works’ skating rink is planning to open in mid-December. The rink at the Brickworks has a unique appeal. The space has an open roof with evergreen trees right in the middle of the rink. Tickets are based on time and must be purchased in advance.

Farmer’s Market

Evergreen Brick Works also has a farmer’s market taking place throughout the winter. The market is open Saturday mornings. Check to see if there are year round markets in your area, so you can purchase locally grown food to use for your holiday meals.

Light Shows

A big trend during the new normal has been drive-thru versions of our favourite celebrations. There are a few Christmas light shows in the city for all to enjoy this December. The Scarborough Bluffs is hosting the Bluffs Winter Wonderland that allows guests to cruise their way through a twinkling wonderland this holiday season. The experience is set to include an entire kilometre of more than 50,000 wintry lights around the iconic natural attraction. 

Another drive-thru experience is called Polar near Pearson International Airport. Operating every day, rain or shine, from on November 27 to January 3. The experience is roughly a 30-minute long drive and will deliver guests a multi-storyphoto extravaganza. 

The best part about drive thru experiences is you can enjoy them in your car, which makes it safe but also comfortable. Play some of your favourite holiday music while driving and let the good times begin.

Take a Road Trip to a Nearby Town in the Province

Many of the smaller towns in Ontario have historic downtown cores which are decorated for the holiday season. Towns like Niagara-On-the-Lake, Kingston, and Blue Mountain Village are not only picturesque but have little shops and café to enjoy. But there are more places in the province to enjoy. Please remember to do research before traveling to another municipalities as experiences may change and shops may alter hours during the new normal.