Even before winter arrives, Toronto gets into the festive spirit by hosting the annual Santa Claus Parade on the third Sunday each November, then the city continues with a series of events in defiance of the frigid temperatures.
Catch a hockey game
When the National Hockey League season is in full swing (October to April), join the locals and watch a game at one of the many bars across the city. For a great atmosphere, good food, excellent beer and 200 giant screens, Real Sports Bar & Grill is the place to be. If you can’t get enough of ice hockey, visit the Hockey Hall of Fame for an impressive display of NHL artefacts and collections.
Brighten the night at Toronto Light Fest
Part artistic celebration and part laser show, Light Fest (January to March) at the Distillery Historic District is all about painting with light instead of acrylic, with the darkened winter skies as a canvas. Expect light sculptures, interactive installations and maybe some glowing drinks.
Indulge in Winterlicious
What once started as a way of bringing business during the slow months of winter (late January to early February) has become a mecca for foodies. Over 200 restaurants cook up fixed price set menus, with some even combining art and creative themed events. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Enjoy retail therapy along the PATH
Originally a simple tunnel connecting two stores, it has grown into the largest underground shopping complex in the world. With over 30km (18 miles) of tunnels, it’s home to a myriad of shops, as well as links to major attractions like the Hockey Hall of fame.
Skate at Nathan Philips Square
No visit to Toronto is complete without a skate around one of the city’s most famous attractions. The square’s reflecting pool transforms in winter to become a massive ice rink that’s frequented by locals and tourists alike.
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