Fresh menus, bright new fashions, and the elusive and short-lived cherry blossoms are here.
Things to Do in Toronto in Winter
Cozy nights, twinkling lights and an abundance of natural spaces make for a warm welcome this holiday season.
Now is the time of longer nights and brighter lights in Toronto. After an exhilarating day of shopping or urban skating, watch the lights set the city aglow as evening sets in. There’s extra time now to celebrate with your nearest and dearest people, taking comfort in a delicious meal or cocktail and safely exploring Toronto’s unique neighbourhoods and winter landscapes.
Celebrate the holidays
The twinkling lights make the holidays in Toronto oh-so-bright. There is a magical cheer in the air, as we celebrate connecting with loved ones and enjoying all the holiday experiences that Toronto is known for. From light shows to local markets, ice skating to international cuisine, you’re sure to find something to get you in the holiday spirit in the 6ix.
Enjoy the great outdoors
Toronto doesn’t show signs of stopping when snow hits the ground. The frosty foliage and sparkling snowflakes make the perfect backdrop for quintessential winter activities like tobogganing, ice skating and snowshoeing. Bundle up, grab a cup of hot chocolate and explore the great outdoors, Toronto-style.
- Catch the ferry to Toronto Islands—snowshoeing and cross-country skiing await!
- Skate up a storm at Nathan Phillips Square, or any of Toronto’s skating rinks
- Bundle up and explore the snowy trails of Rouge National Urban Park or Evergreen Brickworks
- Capture the wintery relics in Guild Park & Gardens, or take your camera to the Waterfront for more winter views
- Get some fresh air with a brisk open-air workout
Explore Toronto's neighbourhoods
As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto has over 140 neighbourhoods, each with its own unique style and vibe. And if you think you’ve seen it all, think again—each neighbourhood completely transforms in the winter, bringing a new, magical feel to the city.
- Wander the quaint cobblestone streets of the Distillery Winter Village
- Have a quintessential Toronto experience in the South Core
- Feel the winter magic in family-friendly Cabbagetown
- Take a winter workcation in the Financial District
- Treat that special someone to a romantic date night in Chinatown
- Bundle up for a day of indoor and outdoor fun on Yonge Street
Eat, drink and be merry
Toronto’s culinary scene is hot, no matter the time of year. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and indulge in comfort foods that warm you up from the inside. Whether you’re in the mood for Eastern European eats or a taste of Tibet, you’re sure to find a dish to satisfy any palette in the 6ix.
- Embark on a sweet trip with a waffle tour of Koreatown
- Brunch with your besties in Toronto’s locally-loved neighbourhoods: Liberty Village, Cabbagetown, Riverside, or Bloor West Village
- Cheers to the winter season with a cool-weather cocktail
- Explore the iconic eats of Kensington Market
- Dine in style with those you love by booking a private dinner in Ossington Village
Winter experiences you won't want to miss.
Toronto is not a city that hibernates. When the temperatures drop, the city gets innovative and finds new ways to celebrate all it has to offer. Whether you're bundling up for a winter festival or staying cozy in a museum or world-class attraction, you'll find something to surprise and delight you every day, around every corner, in Toronto.
- Marvel at the dazzling light displays at Casa Loma — North America’s only castle
- Spend an evening at the AGO (admission is free on Wednesday)
- Take in the sparkling lights of the Distillery Historic District at the Toronto Light Festival
- Explore what's going on in Toronto's arts and culture scene with NowPlayingTO