9 distanced things to do in Toronto this week: December 14 to 20

Dec 14 2020, 6:46 am

Christmas is just over a week away, making it the perfect time to enjoy fun, festive activities in and around Toronto or from the comfort of your home.

As always, Toronto has a number of activities to enjoy in a safe manner just before the holidays.

Here’s a list of ideas that might catch your eye as you head into the week.

Journey To Save Christmas

A new interactive drive-thru escape game has come to the GTA. A festive event for this Christmas season, Journey To Save Christmas welcomes guests to enjoy the event from their car at Square One. Those who are willing to embark on this holiday journey will journey through 13 Christmas rooms with riddles and games that you must solve in a limited amount of time.

When: December 3 to 27
Where: Square One – Parking Lot 5
Tickets: Online

Sweaters n’ Snowflakes Pop-Up

This cozy winter pop-up in Toronto was set to open before lockdown measures changed its course. Now Sweaters n’ Snowflakes has come up with a new plan for this Christmas. The holiday pop-up is transforming into an outdoor to-go food market with all the treats and goodies to enjoy.

When: December 10 to 27, Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 9 pm,
Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 9 pm
Where: 621 Richmond Street West

The Bentway Skate Trail

The Bentway Skate Trail is set to open under the Gardiner next week for some winter fun and free skating this season. On December 18, the skating trail will be opened with a fixed capacity of 25 people. You can pre-register for entry via Eventbrite starting December 12 at 10 am.

When: Starting December 18
Where: 250 Fort York Boulevard

Toronto outdoor spots to get you in the holiday spirit

Even though the pandemic has cancelled many of our beloved holiday traditions in Toronto this year, there are still festive areas in the city to see while physically distanced.

Where: Across Toronto

Polar Holiday Drive Through

The Polar Holiday Drive-Through brings six dazzling levels of holiday décor to Toronto’s Pearson Airport, and even the photos will make you feel festive. Running from November 27, 2020, to January 3, 2021, the Polar drive-through features three festive worlds, each connected by 300-foot-long light tunnels.

When:​ November 27, 2020, to January 3, 2021
Where:​ Toronto, Pearson Parkade, 6145 Viscount Road, Mississauga

Build an IKEA Gingerbread house 

If you’ve ever sweat, swore, and struggled with assembling IKEA furniture, you can now add “putting together gingerbread houses” to your frustration resume. The Swedish furniture retail company has launched Gingerbread Höme, a new project for families to scream at do together, just in time for the holidays.

When: Just in time for the holidays
Where: Download the free templates online

Order booze from local Toronto bars and restaurants

With the pandemic putting financial pressure on Toronto’s restaurants and bars, supporting local can’t be stressed enough. Offering more than just food, some spots are now selling alcohol for takeout, pick-up, or delivery.

When: Locations and hours vary.
Where: Several Toronto restaurants and bars.

Check out outdoor activities in Toronto

With winter around the corner, the City of Toronto has launched a program to get residents outside during the colder months and amid the pandemic. From skating to tobogganing, the city has it all – but be sure to book ahead!

Where: Across Toronto

Winter Wonders at the Royal Botanical Gardens

A new outdoor light experience is bringing festive cheer to the Royal Botanical Gardens for the final month of 2020. Winter Wonders will illuminate the garden’s Hendrie Park from Wednesdays to Sundays until January 3, 2021. The experience takes visitors through a 1.5-kilometre path decorated with mistletoe, reindeer, and nearly 10,000 twinkling lights. Seven displays throughout the pathway tell stories of “unique winter wonders,” and explore the origins of popular holiday traditions.

When:​ Wednesdays to Sundays from November 18 to December 23, 2020, December 27 to 30, 2020, and January 2 and 3, 2021
Where:​ Hendrie Park at the Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington


Note: While local parks, some shops, and distanced events are reopened, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the six-foot physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask.