The weekend is finally here.
And to ensure you celebrate the first Saturday of the new year in style, we recommend checking out the top events happening in the city today.
From the official opening of the Bentway Skate Trail to a number of outdoor winter festivals, here are your top Toronto events for Saturday, January 6.
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What: Now in its 27th year, 12 Trees is a beloved holiday tradition in Toronto that features unique installations from Canada’s leading designers and artists where they will have the chance to re-imagine the traditional Christmas tree. Remember, this is the final weekend to check out this year’s exhibit, so head to the Gardiner Museum ASAP!
When: Now until January 7
Where: Gardiner Museum, 11 Queen’s Park
What: The Burlington Festival of Lights is the city’s longest-running festival, which lights up the waterfront from dusk to dawn over the holiday season. Now in its 22nd year, the festival will feature 60 festive displays that can be viewed up close or from the warmth of your car.
When: Now until January 8
Where: Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario
What: This winter, Toronto’s most iconic musical assets will be on display as Myseum of Toronto(a nonprofit museum dedicated to all things Toronto) presents Music from People City – a professionally curated event series that invites locals, visitors and travellers to experience the city’s world-class music scenes, sounds and stories firsthand.
When: Now until January 12
Where: Venues throughout the city
What: Come explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic designs that revived the Paris haute couture industry following the Second World War at the ROM’s latest exhibit Christian Dior which officially begins this Saturday.
When: Now until March 18
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
What: The annual Winter Festival of Lights stretches over 8 kilometers in Niagara and will run through to the end of January. Attracting over 1 million visitors annually, this incredible spectacle is Canada’s largest lights festival. Just imagine a breathtaking, colourful scene with millions of sparkling lights and animated displays that extends to Dufferin Islands. And yes, it’s completely free to attend!
When: Now until the end of January
Where: Niagara Falls
What: Now in its 10th year, Light Up the Beach features more than 80,000 twinkling Christmas lights along the Toronto Beaches boardwalk to support The Michael Garron Hospital Foundation. The light display is truly a sight to see and a holiday tradition that every Torontonian should enjoy.
When: Now until mid-February
Where: At the foot of Leuty Avenue, The Beach
What: Ontario Place will be welcoming a new festival this December: Winter at Ontario Place. The new festival features various winter-themed activities including the Winter Light Exhibition, skating on the new synthetic skating rink and film screenings at the newly re-opened Cinesphere.
When: Now until March 18
Where: Ontario Place
What: In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 60th Anniversary of “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, Toronto’s Liss Gallery is hosting a specially curated exhibition called The Art of Dr. Seuss. Reminder: today is the final day to enjoy the exhibit!
When: January 6
Where: Liss Gallery, 112 Cumberland Street
What: Whether you’re looking to clear up some space in your closet or find some new one-of-a-kind treasures, the Really Really Free Market is the place to be. Everything is free, no money is required, and there’s no swapping involved. Remember, if you bring items to share, you must bring them before 3 pm and please make sure they are in clean and working condition.
When: January 6, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
What: This Saturday, the highly anticipated Bentway Skate Trail located under the Gardiner Expressway will officially open to the public and will host a series of special family-friendly events all weekend long.
When: January 6, 11 am
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd
What: Phancy Food & Catering kicks off 2018 with a pop-up at Henderson Brewing. On the menu, $5 snack foods including chili cheese nachos, Reuben fries, buffalo chicken nuggets and a triple-decker grilled cheese sandwich.
When: January 6, 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: Henderson Brewing Co., 128A Sterling Road
What: Come and experience this epic performance showcasing the best music from the silver screen from China to Hollywood. This live performance will be put on by the internationally renowned China Broadcasting Film Orchestra and will feature timeless scores and soundtracks from both corners of the world that will be brought to life as films play on a massive LED screen in the backdrop.
When: January 6, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
What: Sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. This Saturday you can expect another stellar DJ lineup for Soul On Ice to heat up your Saturday night.
When: January 6, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West