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The holidays are here, so you must have hung up your mistletoe by now! That might be a little old-fashioned, so fortunately, we’ve found some of the best spots to take your date this December! Whether it’s a romantic encounter or just getting to know somebody, there’s lots to do this holiday season.
Take a Stroll Through the Distillery District
The World Famous Winter Village of the Distillery District is back for another year of holiday fun! Be there for the 65+ local merchants, restaurants, and cafés, plus additional seasonal vendors and food cabins! Head there before 4 p.m. and you can get in for free to check out their beautiful sculptures and adorable photo ops!
Where: 55 Mill St, Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4.
When: Until Saturday, December 31st.
Spend New Year’s Eve at the Hockley Valley Resort
Ring in the new year with a kiss and a toast at the Hockley Valley Resort, and their famous New Year's Eve Masquerade Gala! This gala features party masks, noisemakers, a live DJ, and canapes, but that's not all! There will also be a party balloon drop, late-night station, and a midnight bubbly toast for what promises to be one of the most extravagant galas of the year!
Where: 793522 Mono 3rd Line, Mono, ON, L9W 5X7.
When: Saturday, December 31st.
Dance Into the New Year at the Liberty Grand
Presented by Italiano Vero, New Year’s Eve at the Liberty Grand will be the ultimate send-off to 2022! All three rooms of this historic venue will feature local DJs spinning the hottest hits, and bottle service is available to make this New Year’s Eve one you and that special someone will never forget!
Where: 25 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3.
When: Saturday, December 31st from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Price: $$-$$$ (get tickets now to get Early Bird prices!)
Say Cheers and Clink Drinks at Miracle on Bloor St.
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 has a menu full of whimsical, Christmas-themed cocktails, including the Christmapolitan, Santa’s Little Helper, and the Snowball Old Fashioned!
Where: 875 Bloor St W Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6G 1M
When: Until Saturday, December 31st.
Grab a Drink at The Thirsty Elf in the Fairmont Royal York
You only have a little over a week left to check out The Thirsty Elf at Fairmont Royal York! With Christmas sweaters, kitschy décor and cheerful, festive cocktails, the Thirsty Elf has everything you need for a romantic evening! Get ready to Gin-gle all the Way, and this time, it’s okay if you find yourself on the Naughty List; it’s made with cranberry, cinnamon, lime, ginger beer, Northern Keep Vodka, and mint!
Where: 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON, M5J 1E3.
When: Open Thursday through Saturday until Saturday, December 17th.
Go Skating Underneath the Cavalcade of Lights
Cavalcade of Lights is back, and Nathan Phillips Square will come to life with a glittering tree, gorgeous lights that will illuminate the city, and of course, ice skating on one of the city’s most beautiful rinks! Will you skate and hold hands, or will you compete to see who is the best on the blades?
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N1.
When: Until Sunday, March 19th.
Price: it’s free!
Lace Up for the Union Holiday Public Skating Rink
Part of Union Holiday, there will be a free outdoor skating rink at Union Station! Enjoy one of Canada’s most romantic activities with beautiful views, and do it on one of the Union Beats Skate Nights where local DJ’s will be mixing live from rinkside to amplify your skating experience (see if they can take requests)!
Where: 65 Front St W, Toronto, ON, M5J 1E3.
When: Until Monday, January 2nd.
Price: it’s free!
Take the Holiday Light Tour at Casa Loma
Experience the magic of the season at Casa Loma’s spectacular Holiday Lights Tour! Wander through a dazzling lighting display in the gardens and tunnels, all decorated for the festive season, as you and your date take in everything this castle has to offer!
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON, M5R 1X8.
When: Until Sunday, January 8th.
Try One of Toronto’s Best New Restaurants, Highlighted by Air Canada
Toronto has received extensive acclaim for their dining scene this year, with the city’s first-ever Michelin Guide being published back in September. Air Canada has brought back their highly popular Best New Restaurants list, and Toronto has 3 spots in the top 10, including Restaurant 20 Victoria, Osteria Giulia, and Mimi Chinese pictured above)! Impress your date with a meal from one of the city’s best restaurants!
Where: various locations, click here for their locations!
Book a Staycation at Horseshoe Resort
An hour north of Toronto, you’ll find the Horseshoe Valley Resort! This is one of the province’s best places to go skiing and snowboarding, but they also have an exquisite spa and luxurious accommodations for that romantic getaway this month!
Where: 1101 Horseshoe Valley Rd W, Barrie, ON, L4M 4Y8.
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