Photo cred – Andrew Anderson
The holidays are the best time for couples to show off their loving romance (and to make single people envious) but actually finding things you'll both love to do is a different story. We've got your back this holiday season, with a bunch of ideas to get a 'lil festive with your loved one. If you don’t have a significant other, you’re welcome to do all these things with a best friend or a FWB.
Toronto Christmas Market
Wander ’round this annual fair with some European flair. Celebrate the holidays at the Distillery Historic District, for the Toronto Christmas Market. This will definitely get you all jolly and cheerful for the holidays. The best thing about this is that it’s f-r-e-e!
A Massive Dance Party: HoHoTO
Mark yo’ calendar for December 11th, and get ready to dance the night away at the Mod Club. If dancing ain’t your cup of eggnog, there are drinks, raffles, and a photo booth for you and your S.O. to enjoy. All proceeds go towards the Daily Bread Food Bank.
12 Beers of Christmas
On the 13th day of December, my true love gave to me… Lots and lots of beer samples. Put on your ugliest sweater and your best karaoke voice, and pay a visit to the Gladstone Hotel. Cover is ten doll hairs (aka dollars), but you get to taste all the beer samples you could ever want for the price of free.
Photo cred – Joe Nickel
Cavalcade of Lights @ Nathan Phillips Square
Kick off the holiday season the right way. On November 29th, pay a visit to Nathan Phillips Square and watch live music, fireworks, and the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree. Perfect place to smooch with your S.O., if you’re into PDA and bustling crowds.
Toronto Neighborhoods as Xmas Trees @ 12 Trees of Christmas
Be dazzled by an exhibition of pretty Christmas trees at the Gardiner Museum. Interested in seeing Leslieville or Chinatown in the form of a Christmas tree? This year’s theme is favourite neighbourhoods, and each decorated tree is inspired by various Toronto neighbourhoods. $9 for student tickets and $15 for adult tickets.
102.1’s Edgefest Jingle Bell Concert Series
Two reasons to attend: $1 of every ticket purchase goes towards the Daily Bread Food Bank, and you can bring non-perishables to donate. Some artists include Death From Above 1979, Tokyo Police Club (nonexistent significant other, you better take me here), and July Talk. If you can’t think of a holiday gift to get your S.O., take them to see their favourite band. Just do it.
Fort York's Frost Fair
If you’ve never been inside historic Fort York, this is the perfect time to go. With the regular $9 admission, you get to experience the Frost Fair, a Christmas Market, in addition to Fort York itself. Cuddle up and stay warm by the bonfire, because baby, it’s cold outside.
#localTOmrkt @ Dundas Square
Take a stroll around Dundas Square with your S.O. and purchase some nice holiday gifts from various local vendors on-site. Everyday from November 29th to Christmas Eve, noon ’til 10pm. While you’re there, you can take a cute couple photo in front of the lit-up tree.
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A Ballet Show: The Nutcracker
Dress up in your fanciest attire and take your lovely date to see a holiday-themed ballet show. Tickets start at $26, which won’t be too hard on your wallet.
Go See Handel’s Messiah
Is classical music your kind of taste? Or your S.O.’s? Experience and enjoy as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs the joyous Messiah at the Roy Thompson Hall. Tickets start at $38.
Or Soulful Messiah Instead
If classical music isn’t your thing, try the Soulful Messiah, an African-Caribbean dance show. At the Harbourfront Centre, starting price of $24.
Hit Up A Holiday Cruise
’Tis the season to get the fuck out of here and bathe in the hot sun somewhere nice. Just kidding, too expensive. However, you can take a holiday dinner cruise with Mariposa Cruises on the Toronto Harbour. No hot sun, but you do get to enjoy the Toronto skyline, and a festive evening with your S.O.
See A Comedy Show: The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused
Add a ’lil humour to your holidays and see this collection of R-rated sketches and songs. Guaranteed to fill you with hahaha’s and hohoho’s.
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Stroll through Yorkville
Window shop (I love you, but I’m not buying you a Chanel bag for Christmas) and take a look at all the twinkling lighting displays everywhere.
Skating at an urban ice rink
What are the holidays without a day at the rink? Nothing says romance like holding hands and falling on your butt with your S.O. If Nathan Phillips Square is too busy for you, try the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront.
Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tobogganing at a Toronto park
Want to go skiing or snowboarding, but don’t want to travel far? Centennial Park near Pearson Airport and Earl Bales Park in North York offer both. Your S.O. not a sports person? Buy a sled and hit up High Park for some couply tobogganing fun.
Get All Old Timey @ Black Creek Pioneer Village
Reminisce memories of your grade three field trip here with each other. Also, learn about origins of Christmas traditions, and taste some homemade holiday foods.
Travel To The Past @ Mackenzie House
Ever wondered how 19th century Torontonians celebrated Christmas? For $7 a ticket, you can find out. Your history-fascinated S.O. will love you for taking them here.
Photo cred – ryersonian
A Holiday Drag Show: Snow Queen @ The Winter Garden Theatre
A night filled with drag queens and festive musical performances will be sure to enchant you. December 12th, tickets starting at $25.