Are you considering an urban vacation this year? Here are some suggestions about how you can enjoy the holiday season in Toronto. You could stroll around the Toronto Christmas Market. Or enjoy a theater matinee performance. Be awed and inspired by the beauty of the aquatic world at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. No matter what you choose, Toronto has something that everyone will enjoy.
Enjoy the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery Historic District
Running from Friday November 20th to Sunday December 20th (except Mondays). Visitors will enjoy a street festival where city residents gather with friends and family to celebrate the tradition and romance of Christmas. Visitors to the Toronto Christmas Market will be immersed in a unique atmosphere that brings Ontario’s best and most unique craftspeople, artists and artisans. There is also an international roster of world class vendors.
There will be over 320 performances on the main stage including choirs, carolers, brass bands and dance groups. There are daily themes including Friday Night Holiday Jazz an Saturday’s Emerging Artists (pop, rock, jazz and more). Several heated hospitality lounges will be set up for visitors to relax in and enjoy an authentic Christmas Market beverage. These will include the traditional and famous Glühwein (mulled wine), many varieties of beer, and European Christmas cocktails including Hot Toddies.
Take the whole family to a matinee theater performance
There are a variety of productions to entertain you in Toronto during your urban vacation. For laughs, check out Peter Pan, the 20th Anniversary Family Musical, PANto-monium that runs from November 27th to January 3rd at the Elgin Theatre. Or for a more grown-up comedy, The Second City’s, Unwrapped, promises to cut through all the tinsel and get to the hilarious un-frosted truths about the holiday season. Matinee and evening performances run through January 1, 2016.
If you prefer something more classical, then Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre from December 1st to January 10th. It may be just the ticket to entertain your little princes and princesses as it delights audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.
Learn and be inspired at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Located in downtown Toronto, just next to the CN Tower, is Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. The Aquarium is a perfect escape from the cold during your urban vacation. It will let you and your family discover your own underwater adventure and see 16,000 aquatic animals. It showcases the beauty and significance of the aquatic world and the animals within it. You’ll find it entertaining and inspiring as it encourages its visitors to respect and protect the waters of the world.
The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million liters of water and over 100 interactive opportunities. There are three touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, and rays. There are daily dive shows every two hours. This attraction consists of nine carefully curated galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world. It starts with species from Toronto’s backyard, the Great Lakes basin.