While Canadian winters can be brutal, typically seeing sub-zero temperatures and high-wind chills, there is still quite a draw for snow-loving travelers. Toronto in January can be the ultimate time to visit for snow lovers and families seeking fun.
Toronto is already a great shopping city, but, being after the holiday season and with tourism on the lower side, there will be plenty of deals in the downtown shopping centers. The Toronto Eaton Center, Bloor-Yorkville, China Town and Queen Street tend to be the more popular destinations for great shopping. The kids enjoy the post-holiday decorations, which are still up and glittering off the snow, while popping in stores, taking hot chocolate breaks and feeling like a local.
Each year, the Niagara Falls Icewine festival sees award-winning wines paired with lavish events and views. Take in the stunning falls with a fine wine, hit the casino with the older kids or just take advantage of the fun festival activities with the kids. Typically hosted mid-January, the event draws an all-ages crowd, despite the wine-centric fun.
While a bit early for any set details, Winterlicious in Toronto is a beloved foodie festival for all ages. Bring the older kids and indulge in the finer things and fixed price menus, or start the little ones young — just bundle up! Typically over the last week in January or in early February, more than 220 top-tier restaurants will participate in the winter foodie festival. This winter-fest brings out unique and artful cuisine by top chefs, showing off Canada’s finest culinary creations.
Whether you’re a sports family, or not so much, hockey is a must for tourists looking to immerse themselves in Canadian — it’s genuinely just a good time. Cheer on the Maple Leafs in their home venue, or keep warm and enjoy a game from afar in Wayne Gretzky’s sports bar.
Head to the Distillery District for the Toronto Light Fest, and dining and shopping. While the days may be cold and nights may be dark, locals and tourists enjoy the light and creativity of Toronoto Light Fest, Jan. 19–March 3, 2019. The event seeks to inspire, entertain and bring indoor-dwellers out for an artistic and fun festival.
Are your kids astronaut wannabes? Or maybe a holiday tradition in your family is to re-watch Macauley Culkin’s Home Alone every year. Either way, the brand new, dual-branded 342-room Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop and the historic 1928 Whitehall Hotel have packages designed for the little ones in your family.
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.
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.
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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.