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The holidays are right around the corner, and starting in November, there’s going to be a lot of new events and activities popping up in the city. This means that for those fortunate enough to have their birthday in the next month or so, there are even more ways to celebrate your big day! This might be a bit overwhelming, but fortunately for you, the team here at Todotoronto has combed through the calendar and picked the best spots for a birthday bash!
Enjoy Winterfest at Canada’s Wonderland
While Halloween Haunt is still going on, many are looking ahead to Winterfest, the holiday festival hosted by Canada’s Wonderland! Open Friday to Sunday from November 18th to the end of the year, the event features skating on Snow Flake Lake, live performances, millions of spectacular lights, and beautiful Christmas trees throughout the park! Make your birthday celebration a grandiose one at Wonderland!
Where: 1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON, L6A 1S6.
Head Downtown for the Cavalcade of Lights
Cavalcade of Lights is back, and for many, marks the official start to the holiday season in Toronto! Nathan Phillips Square will come to life on Saturday, November 26th at 6:00 p.m. with a glittering tree, ice skating, and of course, gorgeous lights that will immuniate the city! See who stands out as the best skater among you and your crew!
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N1.
Price: it’s free!
Make Your Way to the Distillery District for their Tree Lighting Ceremony
Toronto’s most charming holiday market is back, and is kicking off with the Winter Village Tree Lighting Ceremony! Make your way to the Distillery District on Thursday, November 17th at 5:00 p.m., there will be live entertainment, and the tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m.! Why not celebrate your birthday for free!
Where: 55 Mill St, Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4.
Price: it’s free!
Enjoy a Scenic Heated Patio at El Catrin
One of the most popular and scenic heated patios in the city can be found at El Catrin! Tacos and tequila are abound, but they’ve also got a myriad of authentic dishes and cocktails to enjoy including adobo shrimp, margaritas, sangria, and more! Grab some friends and celebrate your birthday while staying warm as the weather cools down!
Where: 18 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4.
Celebrate the Return of the Thirsty Elf at the Fairmont Royal York
The Thirsty Elf is one of the more sophisticated celebration spots this holiday season, and will be opening on November 16th! With Christmas sweaters, kitschy décor and cheerful, and festive cocktails, the Thirsty Elf has everything you need to get into the spirit of Christmas, and is a great little stop on your birthday!
Where: 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON, M5J 1E3.
Escape to a Virtual Reality with Levelup
With over eighty different games to choose from, Levelup Virtual Reality Arcade is one of Toronto’s best and most futuristic arcades! They’ve got great birthday packages offering immersive and inclusive experiences that everyone can enjoy, and games where you can work with your friends or test your might by competing against them!
Where: 124 Church St 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 2G8
Make Your Way to Miracle on Bloor St. In Their New Home!
Grab a drink for a good cause at Miracle on Bloor St.; $1 of every drink sold is donated to Nellie's Shelter, an organization providing shelter, education and advocacy for women and children in the GTA! This holiday “fever dream” bar opens on November 18th, and has a menu full of whimsical, Christmas-themed cocktails for you and your friends to enjoy!
Where: 875 Bloor St W Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6G 1M4
Get Tipsy and Full at The Pancakes and Booze Art Show
All you can eat pancakes; need we say more? Okay, we will! The Pancakes and Booze Art Show will take place at the Revival Venue on Friday, November 25th at 8:00 p.m., so grab your friends and marvel at over 300 art pieces from more than 75 local artists as you stuff your face with pancakes for next to nothing! (seriously, this is the most inexpensive option on this list and has some major bang for your buck)
Where: 783 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C5
Dance, Dine, and Drink at Pizza Wine Disco
The name doesn’t leave much to the imagination, does it? Pizza Wine Disco is a restaurant with great options for pies, pastas, and more to compliment their drink list of classic and innovative cocktails, and a discothèque that will have you dancing the night away with your friends on your birthday!
Where: 788 King St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 1N4.
Go to Pasta Cartl, Eats by Betty, or Both at SIMPL THINGS!
If you and your friends are looking for a retro spot that has both Italian food and Taiwanese options, then make your way to SIMPL THINGS! From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Pasta Cartl and Chef Cody Wilkes run this joint with Italian comfort food, and from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Chef Betty Chia is serving up Taiwanese Eats By Betty!
Where: 269 Dunn Ave, Toronto, ON, M6K 2S1.
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