Evaluating Toronto as a holiday destination: it stacks up well

Friday, November 25th, 2016

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We went to Toronto in search of the perfect Christmas city. We have spent some time looking for this city over the past few years, Toronto being one of the best we have come across so far (New York being another obvious one).

In addition to the Santa Claus parade we also wanted to check out one of the many Christmas trees they have lit up in their commonly visited areas. This year was no different. The main purpose of our visit was once again the parade. I do not think there is a bigger one in Canada.

But there are also many other things that make a city a great holiday city. There are Christmas tree lightings, storefront window decorations, public skating rinks, and theatre performances. You can check out the full list of Christmas Events and Experiences to help you plan your own trip.

In our time, we experienced a few of these things. And I definitely have some highlights:

Toronto Christmas Market

The Toronto Christmas Market ended up being the highlight, second highlight, third highlight etc of our time in Toronto.

It was filled with: food, drinks, music, decorations, shopping, chocolate (which, let’s be honest, is more than just food), candy (also different from food and chocolate, and SANTA.

The look of this market cannot be matched—the Distillery District is a perfect place for it. This includes New York.

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Bloor Street walks

Because well-done windows are an underrated part of a great Christmas city.

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Santa Claus Parade

It is what it is. And what it is is an excellent Santa Claus parade. The best of all the ones we’ve been to.

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 And what if the weather sucks?!

Well there’s always Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the CN Tower, and the Royal Ontario Museum. Oh, and you can use Yo Toronto, a kid-friendly planning tool to get your kids involved in the process and learning about these places as you sit in your hotel room trying to figure out what to do.

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