holiday festivities

1. Check out the brand new "Holiday Fair in the Square" market and carnival at Nathan Phillips Square featuring skating, gourmet foods, ice bar and artisan crafts.

2. Support the Leafs in their game against Colorado at the ACC Sunday night.

3. Start ticking off your holiday bucketlist with bae.

4. Browse the annual pop-up Union Station Holiday Market.

5. Watch Tokyo Police Club perform live at Mod Club Friday or Saturday night.

6. Check out Baro, a brand new Latin restaurant on King St with a lot of buzz surrounding its opening this week!

7. Look back on both the good and the bad of 2016 with The Second City's hilarious Come What Mayhem! live comedy show.

8. Take the Etsy lover in your life to the Evergreen Brick Works Maker Market, a collaboration with Etsy Canada.

9. Get your drag on with the Christmas Queens show at Danforth Music Hall, hosted by Michelle Visage.

10. See if you can manage to score tickets going on sale this weekend to Justin Bieber's Toronto show next August!

11. Grab a friend or two and go skating by the waterfront at Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront Centre

12. Get your arts and culture fix on the opening night of the holiday favourite The Nutcracker performed by The National Ballet of Canada.

13. Venture outside of the city to check an item or two off our Ontario winter bucketlist.

14. UFC fan? Grab last minute tickets for UFC 206 at the ACC this Saturday night.

15. Eat your way through all the best chicken wings across the city.

16. Start planning your winter getaway with the squad at these top Canadian ski villages.

17. Whether you're finished the semester or still have an exam or two left to go, we've got you covered for all the bars you'll be hitting up the moment you're done. Cheers!

18. Catch Toronto FC facing off against Seattle in the MLS final at BMO Field Saturday night!

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If there's one winter activity the majority of us can all get behind, it would probably be skating. It's fun, it's festive, and it's undeniably much cheaper than other winter sports (skiing, snowboarding, hockey, to name a few). It's also such a multipurpose activity - it's great for a cute date night, it's super family-friendly, and it makes for the perfect holiday Instagram post for a girls' night out.

Below we've compiled a list of ice rink recommendations that by no means cover all the hidden little gems in your local neighborhood, but nevertheless have garnered quite a reputation across the city for delighting skaters year after year with either twinkling holiday lights, fun DJ dance parties, great views of the city skyline, or delicious hot food and beverages available on-site for warming up after your skating sesh. Have fun!

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Wow, can you believe we're heading into the final few days of November? I don't know about you, but this month (and this whole year, if we're being honest) seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, it'll be December, aka the "most wonderful time of the year" - if you don't mind the cold and snow, that is...

But back to the topic at hand: you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, either with family, for a date, or for girls' night out. No worries, we've got you covered. Skim through our list of recommendations below and, as always, have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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After eating, drinking, and being merry during the holidays, there’s nothing like a good New Years Eve party to let off some steam and start the new year right with your squad! We all know there’s a lot happening on New Years in the Six, but if you’re anything like us and aren’t feeling the NYE club scene, a quick getaway to MTL for a trendy New Years Eve party is the perfect way to switch things up.

The New Year’s Eve Party is a massive event and a part of Merry Montreal (or Montreal en Fêtes), which is hosting a ton of awesome festivities and outdoor activities like Holiday Film Screenings and Christmas Karaoke. The awesome NYE Party this year promises to be unforgettable, kicking off with a large firework display over the Saint-Lawrence river followed by an outdoor dance party and performances by artists like Scott Helman and Son Real.

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