For many, Christmas Day means unwrapping presents and sipping on eggnog. But what if you don’t celebrate, or you’re itching to get outside? Many shops and businesses are closed on December 25th, but with this handy guide you can find some fun things to do in and around Toronto on Christmas Day.
EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH CHINA TOWN
Got a taste for dim-sum or maybe some Peking duck? Cruise the strip of restaurants up and down Spadina Ave for your favourite East-Asian cuisine. If you’ve got the appetite, try tackling the buffet at The Mandarin or Dragon Pearl. See our full list here.
HIT THE SLOPES
December 25th may be the perfect time to plan that ski-chalet getaway. Within a comfortable 2-3 hour drive you could spend your day at Blue Mountain, Horseshoe Resort, or Mount St. Louis Moonstone. Head south towards Buffalo and you can hit the slopes at Kissing Bridge or Hidden Valley.
CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH
Many chain restaurant locations will be open on Christmas Day, but you’ll have to call ahead to confirm your local neighbourhood brunch spot. You could also experience the Christmas Day brunch buffet at The Old Mill, the epitome of old-school WASP dining. Seating begins at 10am.
If you’ve struggled to stay nice all season, you can let off some pent-up steam at Club M4, Etobicoke’s swingers club. It’s open 7 days a week, 365 days a year including Christmas Day. Find a new use for that Santa suit.
All Cineplex Odeon theatres across the GTA will be open December 25th. You could also see a documentary at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, or catch some rep/second-run flicks at the Kingsway Theatre. The TIFF Bell Lightbox downtown is another great place to catch a flick.
Meals-on-Wheels is looking for volunteers to help run food to those in need on Christmas Day. If you have a vehicle and time to spare, this is something you can do with the younger ones in your clan and teach them a little something about giving back. Check out Volunteer Toronto’s website for more opportunities.
Speed downhill with a toboggan, crazy-carpet or antique GT Snow Racer at one of Toronto’s beloved tobogganing hills. Weather permitting, the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre will be open from 10am to 10pm, ditto the skating rink at Nathan Phillips Sqaure (10am to 9pm). See where the coolest places to skate in Toronto are here.
BE A TOURIST
Gawk at the sea creatures at Ripley’s Aquarium (open 9am to 9pm), or take your favourite Frozen fan to see Disney On Ice at the Rogers Centre. You could take a stroll through Holiday Magic put on by the Bloor-Yorkville BIA and then take in the Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens – both of which are free.