11 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, January 5

Jan 3 2020, 6:50 pm

It’s the last day of the weekend and the last day to have some fun (before tomorrow, of course). There are so many great events going on in the city, along with many great seasonal events that are coming to an end today, Sunday, January 5.

Skating at Harbourfront Centre

What: When the temperature starts to drop, it means it’s officially time to go skating. And it just so happens that the city’s most scenic rink is open for the winter season. The Natrel Rink is complete with heated indoor change rooms and its own rink-side bar and grill for those interested in getting a snack post-skate. The best part? Skating at the Harbourfront rink is totally free. 

When: Now until spring
Time: Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 10 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre — 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Skating is free

Toronto Scavenger Hunt

What: The hunt is on. You and your team will work together to wander throughout Toronto, racking up points and laughs along the way. It’s the perfect small group activity for anyone looking to spend an enjoyable afternoon in Toronto. Some of the more memorable landmarks you’ll see include city hall, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and Art Gallery of Ontario.

When: Saturday, January 5
Time: 10 am
Where: 100 Queen Street West
Admission: $39 to $79.99, available online

North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2020

What: North America’s Largest Motorcycle show, the 44th Annual North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, is back with thousands of bikes. Check out new, used, vintage, racing, scooter, custom, choppers, touring, cruising, performance and motocross bikes from across the country.

When: Saturday, January 5
Where: The International Centre — 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Admission: $20, available online

Aurora Winter Festival

What: For its last weekend, the Aurora Winter Festival will transform Toronto’s Ontario Place into a hidden village with enchanting elements inspired by the North Pole including magical characters, captivating light displays, endless fun, games, and activities.

When: Saturday, January 5
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: Ontario Place — 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: $17.99, available online


What: See the live version without any CGI. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. It’s the production’s last day in Toronto.

When: Saturday, January 5
Time: Times vary
Where: Princess of Wales Theatre — 300 King Street West
Admission: Tickets start at $39, available online

Tunnel of Glam

What: The celebrated Tunnel of Glam returns for its second year. Members of the public can visit this outdoor, 80 ft. pedestrian tunnel lined with 14 million reversible sequins for a delightfully festive and immersive wintertime destination.

When: Now until January 6
Where: 1501 Yonge Street
Admission: Free

A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle

What: Toronto’s only castle will host a wide range of activities and thrilling performances that will be fun for the whole family. Enjoy new shows by famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick and ice skating performers Glisse on Ice. Guests will be surrounded by holiday magic throughout the castle which will be resplendent with holiday décor. It’s another last chance to see this one, as it’ll be leaving the city after today.

When: Sunday, January 5
Time: Daily, December 1 to January 5, 9.30 am to 5 pm; nightly, December 15 to December 30, 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: Casa Loma — 1 Austin Terrace
Admission: $30, available online

“Highlarious” Standup Comedy Show

What: Come watch Just For Laughs Comedian, Hisham Kelati, host a cannabis-infused comedy show. Each week Hisham brings out some of Canada’s top comedy talent and you can expect to see familiar faces from Just For Laughs, Sirius XM, and CBC.

When: Sunday, January 5
Time: 12 am
Where: Vapor Central — 667 Yonge Street
Admission: $10, available online

Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids

What: The Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids is a fundraising event that offers fans the opportunity to skate with Toronto Maple Leafs players and alumni in support of Ontario’s kids with physical disabilities.

When: Sunday, January 5
Time: Noon
Where: Ford Performance Centre — 400 Kipling Ave
Admission: $250 minimum fundraising, register online

Drag Brunch at Glad Day with Erin Brockobić

What: Every Sunday Erin Brockobić serves you more than you can handle. With a different guest each week, delicious all you can eat brunch buffet brunch, and a vibe you won’t get anywhere else, it’s truly a brunch like no other, complete with gluten-free and vegan options.

When: Sunday, January 5
Time: First show 11:30 am, second show 12:15 pm
Where: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street
Admission: $29.90, available online

The Great Muppet Caper

What: When intrepid investigative reporters Kermit and Fozzie travel to Britain to cover a high profile theft, they become embroiled in a complicated criminal enterprise involving double-crosses and nefarious goings-on. Jim Henson wanted this film, his first as director, to pay tribute to the musicals of Hollywood’s golden age, and the fantastic choreography and great tunes bare that out. (It’s also got muppets.)

When: Sunday, January 5
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Paradise — 1006 Bloor Street West
Admission: $14, available online

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