Photo source: Todd Trapani

Xenia Kobori, Writer

As the semester comes to a close and UofT enjoys a winter break, students now have new-found time to get into the holiday spirit. Around the city there are numerous activities for students to get involved with and explore the holiday season in Toronto. 

Perhaps the most popular event to do in the Holiday season is to go out with friends to the Christmas Market. The market, found in the distillery district, features vendors selling holiday themed goods, lit up streets, and dance performances. Entrance costs $8 per person to experience the sights the market offers its visitors.

Another popular holiday event is to go ice skating under the lights at Nathan Phillips Square. Each night until January 7th, the city hall at the square will be decked out in holiday lights from 5 to 11 PM. Once at the square, one can go ice skating under the gorgeous light displays or through tunnels showing off ice sculptures. 

If you’re big on watching holiday lights, head out to Casa Loma to see their various Christmas trees, their light show, or both! The castle opens at 9:30 am and is open until 4 for you to explore while viewing the Christmas trees. To experience the Christmas lights, the castle is open from 5 to 10 pm. For both of these events, prices vary depending on the week. This opportunity will be accessible until December 30th, so go out and experience what Casa Loma offers before it closes for the season! 

For those over the age of 19, there are also several bars featuring holiday themed drinks in a decked out holiday bar. There are several pop ups around the city of this nature, and the most popular are located on Bloor Street West at Miracle Toronto and Sippin’ Santa. These bars offer holiday drinks with fun names such as the Christmapolitan and the Bad Santa. 

There are numerous activities you could do around the city, and there are also lots of smaller ways to get into the holiday spirit. I suggest making gingerbread houses, eating holiday flavors, listening to holiday themed music or even just playing in the snow. Have a Happy Holidays Trinity!

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