Fun Things to do over Winter Break

Few places rival Toronto & the GTA for winter holiday activities, and the school break offers families plenty of free time to sample them all. We’ve rounded up some of the best Holiday break fun to keep your family busy!

Go to Bloodsuckers: Legends To Leeches at The ROM
Discover the fascinating science lurking beneath the surface of history's most enduring legends at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) with Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches. Ongoing. More

Get your Passport to Play at Nottawasaga
The resort is offering its value filled Passport to Play promotion to make the most of the holiday break. Book a 1 or 2 night stay in a deluxe resort room from December 25, 2019 to January 3, 2020 and receive admission for up to two children to the pay-as-you-go kid's programs for FREE! That's up to $258 in value! More

Go to DJ Skate Night At Harbourfront
Set alongside beautiful Lake Ontario in the open fresh air, Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink will allow you to show off your moves away from the downtown bustle. This season, a lineup of DJs that represent Toronto will keep you ice dancing on the waterfront all night long. More

Go to Black Creek Pioneer Village for Family Christmas Weekends
Step into a Christmas wonderland as your senses come alive with the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas. With special Christmas activities every weekend, your family will discover old traditions and perhaps start some new ones. Until December 23. More

Go to Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
It's North America’s largest Indoor Waterpark & Resort with 3 acres of indoor family fun, just a 2 minute walk from Niagara Falls! Features 16 Thrilling Waterslides, a massive indoor wave pool, hot springs & outdoor sundeck with pool and more. Take advantage of their Holiday Magic Package and get $300 in free attractions and dining. More

Go to MindWorks At The Ontario Science Centre
Take an unforgettable journey through your own mind and question how you think, feel, and react to the world around you at MindWorks, a new exhibition researched, designed and fabricated by the Ontario Science Centre. Ongoing. More

Go to WinterFest at Canada's Wonderland
During WinterFest, the park will be transformed into an enchanted winter wonderland complete with uniquely themed areas, dozens of Christmas trees, millions of spectacular lights, ice-skating, live entertainment, savoury treats, crafts and hands-on family activities. Until December 31. More

See the Nutcracker By National Ballet Of Canada
It's Toronto’s favourite holiday tradition! With non-stop dancing and magnificent sets and costumes from Santo Loquasto, The Nutcracker is an unforgettable tribute to the imagination. Don't miss the Nutcracker Storytime 45 mins before the show. Until January 4. More

Get a Winter Break EPIC PASS At Area51 Lasertag - Planet Play
The pass gives you UNLIMITED play access to Area51 during the Winter break, a 5000 Sq. Ft. arena with state of the art equipment. Only $20 with in & out privileges. Until January 6. More

See 9 & 99: The Howe - Gretzky Exhibition At The Hockey Hall Of Fame
An exhibition unlike any other, paying homage to the most prolific scorers of our generations. Witness the greatest compilation of milestone artifacts and rare personal memorabilia from the Howe and Gretzky family collections. Hurry and catch this exhibition before it closes. More

Go to Playdium
Playdium is the place to dream bigger, act boldly and play without limits. From state-of-the-art games and rope courses to food and prizes as unique as you, Playdium unlocks your potential to let go and live wild. There are state-of-the-art games, new attractions, fresh eats and a whole new level of fun. Locations in Mississauga & Brampton. More

Go Snow Tubing at Chicopee Tube Park
Chicopee Tube Park boasts a magnificent 9,500 sq. ft. log chalet in addition to a raised 2,500 sq. ft. outdoor deck overlooking a multi-lane snow tube park and the picturesque Chicopee hills. The park is open every day during the winter break, except for December 25. More

Go to Holiday Fair in the Square
In the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, Holiday Fair in the Square combines the charm and elegance of a Christmas market with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival! Admission is Free. Until December 23. More

Skate on the New Rink at Union Station
Celebrate the holiday season with this year’s Union Holiday! In a first, Union Station’s Sir John A. McDonald Plaza on Front Street is home to a free outdoor skating rink, approximately half of the size of an NHL ice rink. Until January 4. More

Experience the Excitement of Archery Tag at Archery Circuit
Archery Circuit in Toronto is part of the Archery Tag phenomenon. This action-packed recreational sport offers the ultimate family-friendly experience! More

See Playmobil: The Movie
It's an epic comedy adventure through a sprawling imaginative universe in the first-ever feature film inspired by the beloved, award-winning PLAYMOBIL® role-play toys. Opens in theatres on December 6, 2019. More 

See Ross Petty's Lil’ Red Robin Hood
Robin Hood, Maid Marion, and Friar Tuck join Lil’ Red in defeating the evil Sheriff of Naughtyham. With their pop tunes, ad libs and raucous audience participation, Ross Petty shows have introduced the magic of live theatre to thousands of delighted children. Until January 4. More

Take part in Nutcracker Activities at Spadina Museum
Experience this stately home dressed for the holiday season. Nutcracker Ballet-themed activities include a scavenger hunt, take-home crafts based on the Nutcracker, and enjoy 1940s-era ballet costumes on loan from Dance Collection Danse. Until January 5. More

Go to The Aurora Winter Festival
Toronto’s Ontario Place is transformed into a magical winter wonderland with a beautiful skating rink, a tube park, massive light displays, a Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters, and plenty of other exciting activities. Until January 5. More

Take the Kids to Glama Gal and Indulge in a Candy Cane You-Nicorn Spa
Kids will indulging in a super-secret cotton candy cloud drink, followed by a shimmer dusted mini manicure, sparkly hair, and candy cane face glitter. The unicorn theme fun doesn’t stop there. Visit the mini slime station and make your very own candy can scented unicorn poop. All of December. More

Go to Looking Glass Adventures
Looking Glass Adventures is Toronto’s #1 Escape Room as voted on TripAdvisor, and located on the Danforth, in a 4000 sq ft venue. This live puzzle game gives you 60 minutes to unravel a mystery. Try the Christmas Caper game! More

Go Skating for Free at these Outdoor Rinks and Trails
Time to bundle up and sharpen those ice skates: Many of the GTA's outdoor rinks are now open for winter fun. Best of all, these rinks and trails are Free! More

Scenic Caves Nordic Centre
Make tracks to Scenic Caves Nordic Centre for a cool adventure in a spectacular winter playground. Glide along a 27 km trail network by cross country ski, or hike by snowshoe. Trails are professionally groomed and track set daily, and include access to Southern Ontario's longest Suspension Footbridge! More

See Frozen II
Frozen has returned to dominate theatres once again. Winter Break is a good time to catch Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven as they travel to the enchanted forests and dark seas in order to save their kingdom. More

Play at Playtopia
Kids will have a blast at this 3 Storey Indoor Playground! There's a Trampoline Zone, Doughnut Adventure Slide, Ball-O-Topia Zone, an Interactive Arcade with Prizes, including a Spa Room, Café and over 15,000 square feet of Family Fun. More

See Pinocchio at Young People's Theatre
This rollicking new musical follows the much-loved marionette on his mischievous quest to become a real human being. Until January 5. More

Go to The Dr. Seuss Experience
This Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle takes guests on an awe-inspiring journey through nine different Dr. Seuss books, allowing each visitor a chance to magically step into the pages of each of the books. Until January 5. More

► Go to Bata Shoe Museum Family Weekends
Wondering what to do with the kids during winter break? Walk on down to Toronto's favourite shoebox in December for some shoe-inspired fun. Until January 5. More

Go to Holiday Bricktacular! At LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
Join the holly jolly fun as LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto transforms into a winter wonderland with magical builds and activities! Until December 31. More

Go to Toronto Zoo's Animal Enrichment Days
A much-loved annual event as animals get to participate in their very own seasonal celebration. This is a fun way to learn about the importance of the Zoo’s enrichment program while watching animals enjoy festive treats! December 26 to January 5. More

Make and Bake Gingerbread at Fort York
In this hands-on workshop, kids ages 4 and up will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800's gingerbread recipe in the Fort’s historic kitchen. December 27 to 31. More

Spend Winter Break at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Escape the cold and step into the tropics this holiday break! Take part in fun, self-guided programming for kids! WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Can you speak “bug”? This year’s theme is all about how insects communicate. Until January 5. More

See What The Elf?! At The Second City
WHAT THE ELF?! is a hilarious, musical extravaganza for kids, parents, grandparents, siblings and reindeer of all ages! Featuring brand new scenes for 2019, plus all the silly improv goodness that has made this show a hit. Until January 3. More

Go to Flight Of White At The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
This truly unique holiday exhibit transforms the tropical butterfly conservatory into a magical oasis featuring 1000’s of additional Rice Paper butterflies flying freely through the Conservatory. Until January 31. More

See Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga. Opens in theatres on December 20, 2019. More

Go to Terra Lumina At The Toronto Zoo
After nightfall at the Toronto Zoo this winter, you are invited to pursue an immersive experience where you will be transported by vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, breathtaking video projections and an original score, to an enchanted world. Now open. More

Go to Battle Sports for some Family Fun
Battle Sports is a recreational entertainment facility that combines novel game mechanics with unique equipment to bring you the best niche sports experience in Toronto. More

Go Snow Tubing
When it comes to winter activities, snow tubing is a family favourite! No experience is necessary, and you can tube alone or in groups. In fact, tubing is a lot like sledding, but a whole lot easier. Many local ski areas and winter attractions offer snow tubing... here's where to go during the Winter break. More

Save Christmas at Mysterious Minds
Good luck with your quest to save Christmas at this family-friendly escape room. This festive and challenging game makes for a great family outing. More

Spend Boxing Day At The Toronto Zoo
Guests receive 50% off zoo admission all day. Proceeds go towards supporting the Toronto Zoo’s Endangered Species Fund. December 26. More

Go to Splitsville 
Locations in Burlington & Vaughan
Splitsville is Woodbridge's and Vaughan's ultimate family entertainment centre, with 33,000 sq. ft. of amazing indoor activities for children and adults. Glow-in-the-dark bowling, state-of-the-art arcade and redemption store, private party rooms, full restaurant and lounge, and more. More

Want more fun during the Break? Check back on this page for updates throughout the break. You can also check our Calendar of Events.

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