Non-festive things to do on Christmas Day

The whole city doesn't shut down on Xmas

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there’s lots of stuff going on in the city this Friday to make the most of your holiday. You could pick one of these, suggest something that we might have missed in the comments, or make a list and do them all Ferris Bueller-style. No matter what you decide, be safe this week!
 

JUMP INTO A CINEMATIC ADVENTURE


A long-time non-festive tradition is to hit the theatre. There are plenty of options opening at your local theatre this Friday: Tarantino’s (always) controversial Hateful Eight, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are still together in JOY, Michael Moore’s expansive documentary Where To Invade Next or you can settle for Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s return in Daddy’s Home. Also, the TIFF Bell Lightbox will be screening Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey. Popcorn is the new turkey.
 

HANG WITH SOME AQUATIC ANIMALS

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While most attractions shut down on Michael Buble Awareness day, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It features North America’s longest viewing tunnel, more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 16,000 animals. All of those numbers and you’re still reading this suggestion? Lock it down!
 

GET YOUR LEBOWSKI ON!

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Bathurst Bowlerama will be open until 2 a.m. Grab some friends, pour yourself some sweet White Russians, and get lifted!
 

WATCH THE FULL MOON

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Step out into that brisk, pre-dawn air in the morning of December 25 and face the western horizon to see something that hasn’t happened since 1977. It’s hard to believe the mere coincidence that that same year is when Star Wars first hit theatres. The exact moment to experience peak moon will be 6:12 a.m. EST.
 

PLAY THE LOTTO MAX

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OLG says that the December 25th Lotto Max jackpot is an estimated $60 million with 35 additional $1 million prizes. That’s what this time of year is all about. Clear them debts, feed the hungry, and get yourself a vintage pinball machine!
 

GO SKATING

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(Photo by Michael Muraz via Flickr)

Nathan Phillips Square is open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.! You don’t have to believe in the baby Jesus to enjoy some hot cocoa. Check out our list of Toronto’s coolest places to skate.
 

VOLUNTEER

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St. Paul’s Bloor Street hosts a lunch for 150 people in the community that have nowhere to go on Christmas Day. Christie Ossington Neighbourhood House hosts a Christmas lunch and dinner and they’re always looking for volunteers to help out in the kitchen.
 
(Main photo by Rodrigo Tejeda via Flickr)