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Toronto in January

by Angelique Platas

Dec 17, 2017

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Destinations / North America

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.

Toronto Shopping Center

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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.


Niagara Falls Icewine Festival

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.

Distillery District, Toronto

Distillery District, Toronto. Photo: Manon Ringuette | Dreamstime


Toronto Light Fest

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.


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