Canadian winters can be brutal, typically seeing sub-zero temperatures and high-wind chills. Cold weather aside, Toronto in January can be the ultimate time to visit for snow lovers and for cold-weather fun for the whole family. After the holidays die down with some time left on winter break and away from work, bundle up the kids and make the most of the cold-weather season.
Toronto is already a great shopping city, but after the holiday season with tourism on the lower side, there will be plenty of deals in the downtown shopping centers. Put those holiday gift cards and exchanges to good use and head to the Toronto Eaton Center, Bloor-Yorkville, China Town and Queen Street for some shopping, sightseeing and dining. The area is popular with tourists and locals and offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages.
Details for the annual and beloved winter festival Winterlicious are on the horizon, so foodie families should stay tuned. The annual event typically entails hundreds of top-tier restaurants participating in the culinary event over the last week of January and first week of February. This winterfest brings out unique and artful cuisine by top chefs, showing off Canada’s finest culinary offerings.
Jan. 12–18, 2018, enjoy lavish gala events and award-winning wines all with the gorgeous views of Niagara Falls during the Icewine Festival. Celebrate the 23rd annual event with more than 35 wineries, unique food pairings and authentic Canadian cuisine. Hit the streets and enjoy street festivals and family-friendly events all over town. Check out the full event itinerary and plan your stay.
Head to the Distillery District for the Toronto Light Fest for art, dining and shopping. See international light artists’ work displayed Jan. 19–March 4, 2018, for an illuminated view of the dark Canadian winter nights. Check out the unique lineup of events and attractions for guests of all ages from theater and dining to shopping and local events in Toronto’s Distillery District.
Get sporty and watch the Maple Leaf’s compete in their hometown. A trip to Canada wouldn’t be complete without a good, old-fashioned game of ice hockey, and maybe a Molson or two. If a live game isn’t your speed, head indoors to Wayne Gretzky’s sports bar, cheering with fans and locals from the warmth of your seat.
Traveling the countryside without adding miles to your car may sound like a riddle, but it’s really just a clever family travel plan offering the best of both worlds. Enjoy quality time with the family and view rolling scenery without having eyes on the road with train travel.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.
No matter how old your kids are, having a mother-daughter spa day is probably one of the most relaxing things a mother-daughter duo can do together. With Waldorf Astoria properties all over the world, making a special trip to one of its world-class spas is a great way to spend a day with your daughter.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.