‘Tis the season for celebration, and we’re heading to our favourite Toronto neighbourhoods to get into the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our top spots.
Break out the sleds, toques, and mittens—snow has arrived. It’s too soon to know whether we’ll hold onto it for a white Christmas, but we’re hitting all of our favourite hillsides for tobogganing while we can. We’re especially fond of Eglinton Park (which also offers ice skating) near our headquarters, Blantyre Park off Kingston Road, and Lithuania Park near the Junction Triangle.
Up at Downsview Park, across the street from our newest project, The Keeley, it’s a winter wonderland just steps from the city. Give cross country skiing a try, join one of the park’s free nature programs, like the Christmas Bird Count for Kids, or take a tour of the light displays after dark.
If it’s more night-time magic you’re after, stroll the boardwalk for Light up the Beach, or check out the brand new Winter at Ontario Place by the water. Both festivals are free, and continue well into the new year.
Although Santa has unfortunately already come and gone in the Junction (we hope you caught him), when it’s time to warm up in this neighbourhood, Hale Coffee has our all-time favourite cup of hot chocolate. While you’re in the neighbourhood, check out the brand new LCBO that just opened on the first floor of our DUKE Condos—just in time for holiday cocktail parties.
At the other end of our fair city, we’ll be grabbing Beaches Bake Shop‘s famous Swedish cinnamon buns as our Christmas morning breakfast (perhaps we’ll leave one out for Santa too—cookies are overrated). Another great neighbour near Kingston&Co is Courage Foods, a wonderful grocer that carries all the local produce you’ll need for Christmas dinner. Pick up some of their chocolate-covered coffee beans to slip into your own stocking.
Still have a few friends and family to cross off your gifting list? The Leslieville Holiday Market runs December 16th & 17th, featuring food vendors and vintage and craft sellers. Uptown this weekend, Artscape Wychwood Barns hosts the Solid Colour Holiday Show and Sale, as well as Makeology Holiday Fair 2017—both are great opportunities to get your mitts on local art.
What are your favourite spots in the city during the holidays? Let us know in the comments section.