Non-Festive Things to Do On Christmas

Put down the Michael Buble Christmas Album

For myself and thousands of other Torontonians who don’t celebrate Christmas, December 25th is for the most part just another day of the year — that everything happens to be closed on. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun. Here are the best non-festive things to do Christmas Day.

Catch A Flick

One of the first times I was old enough to go out on Christmas day I went and caught a movie by myself, and ever since it’s been my favourite way to go. Treat yourself to some popcorn and a huge fountain drink, sit back and have the most relaxing 2-3 hours of your life. In Toronto, most major movie theatres are open, as well as TIFF.



There’s lots of ways to give back around this time. Christie Ossington Neighbourhood House hosts a Christmas lunch and dinner and they’re always looking for volunteers to help out in the kitchen. As well, The Neighbourhood Group always need people to help deliver gifts. Check out the Toronto community wishlist for full charitable organizations you can help out at.

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Go Skating

If weather permits, spend a couple hours practicing your triple axels! For the downtown folk, both Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront Centre and the rink at Nathan Phillips Square will be open on Christmas day. Check out our list of awesome places to skate in Toronto here.

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Swim With The Fishes

While most attractions shut down on Christmas, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. It features North America’s longest viewing tunnel, more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 16,000 animals. It’s a really fun and unique experience you have to try.

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Get Your Lebowski On

If you will it, there is no dream! Bathurst Bowlarama will be open until 2 a.m so grab some friends, pour yourself some sweet White Russians, and enter a world of pain!

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