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How to Spend the Holidays in Toronto

With a dusting of snow and the sounds of carols in the background, Toronto takes on a particularly magical quality during the holidays. If you’re spending this festive season in the city, among Toronto’s apartments for rent, then we’ve got some great suggestions for you!

Toronto Christmas Market

For a full-on immersion into the spirit of the season, head to the Toronto Christmas Market. This iconic event transforms Distillery District’s heritage buildings and cobblestoned streets into a charming European-style holiday market. With twinkling lights overhead, vendors in wooden cabins and a towering, decorated tree, there’s no better place in the city to get into the Christmas spirit. Visit on a weekday to avoid the crowds (and a $12 admission fee on weekends). If you’re heading from Yorkville’s rental apartments, take the subway to King or St Andrews station and hop on the 504A King eastbound. The market runs until December 22.

[Image credit: Toronto Christmas Market]

Aurora Winter Festival

A growing trend in Toronto is the emergence of holiday light festivals. Now in its second year, the Aurora Winter Festival transforms Exhibition Place into a sparkling wonderland of lights and experiences. Since it’s hosted on the CNE grounds, you can expect some fun rides and even winter tubing here, along with a skating pond and a holiday market. From Hollyburn’s Annex apartment rentals, head to Bathurst Station and hop on the 511 streetcar. You can visit the Aurora Winter Festival until January 5.

[Image credit: Aurora Winter Festival]

Tobogganing and Skating

If we’re blessed with a white Christmas in Toronto, then one of the best ways to spend the holidays is to head to the hills! Several of Toronto’s parks offer a variety of backdrops and inclines that range from gentle and kid-friendly to more thrilling and adventurous. Pick up a sled (try Canadian Tire or Home Hardware), wait for a decent snowfall and make your way to Riverdale Park East or the north end of Christie Pits Park for some of the best tobogganing in the city. Those living in Etobicoke’s rental apartments can try Rennie Park while Forest Hill apartment residents should head to Sir Winston Churchill Park for a thrilling slide.

Even if it isn’t snowing, sub-zero temperatures are all you’ll need for prime skating conditions at one of Toronto’s many outdoor rinks. There are over 50 city-operated rinks in the city which are all free to use. Just bring your skates or visit a rink that offers rentals, like the Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront or Nathan Phillips Square. For a more unique experience outside of the traditional oval rink, try the Bentway, which is shaped in a figure 8 or the brand-new Barbara Ann Scott trail in College Park which just opened this December.

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