I can’t wait to get away for a winter break. As the colder nights draw in, it’s time for some rest and relaxation away from the stresses of work and general home life. That’s why I’m thinking of all the possible places I could go, and right now, I can’t get the wilds of Ontario out of my mind. Here are just a few of the reasons why…
- Visit the Christmas markets in Toronto
Toronto is a thriving city with a buzzing nightlife, so it’s no surprise that during the winter months, their busy streets turn into hubs of festive activity. Their Christmas markets in particular look to be some of the best in Canada, being held from 18th November through to the 22nd December. There are dozens of fine artisans, top artists and craftspeople selling all kinds of homemade treats, whether it’s carved wooden figurines, Canadian delicacies or unique Christmas cards.
For those looking for the entertainment side of the markets though, simply grab a festive tipple from the beer gardens before heading over to the central stage for award-winning singers, brass bands, cultural dancers, and of course, carolers.
- Take a carriage ride to an Elf Village in Ottawa
Ottawa is home to a very unique festive attraction, so if you’re looking for something different, head for Stanley’s Elf Village down on Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm. You’ll be able to see where Santa’s elves sort the mail, make the toys, and track children in the local area. This is a magical journey around the farm that the whole family can enjoy, and it’s well worth a look if you’re planning on heading to Ottawa.
Of course, you could also indulge in one of the other activities, such as sleigh rides, arts and crafts shows and Christmas concerts.
- Visit the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls
Without a doubt, Niagara Falls is the place to be this winter, with one of the most enchanting lighting displays in the whole of Canada on offer. The Festival of Lights is a hugely popular annual tradition, with over a million people flocking to see them every year, and there are so many events that make up this seasonal treat. You can start off by walking the 8km strip through the national park and neighbouring tourist districts, that include the Zimmerman Fountain, a Noah’s Ark, the world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American flag, 3D Canadian wildlife displays and over fifty wrapped trees in Dufferin Islands.
Then, head to Clifton Hill for a phenomenal laser light show, before heading to Queen Victoria Park for a view of fireworks over the famous Falls – or to watch it in comfort, check in to the best Niagara Falls hotel in town for a room with a view of the Horseshoe Falls. With a truly spectacular programme of events, anyone thinking of staying here should go ahead and book!
Will you be visiting Ontario this Christmas? Let me know where you’re planning on heading in the comments section below.