Now that the rush toward Christmas Day has passed, we’re hoping our readers can take some time over the next few days to enjoy their community with family and friends.
For many, that enjoyment means hitting the stores today and over the next few days for the sales that come with Boxing Day. Have a great time and we hope you find some bargains.
Once the shopping is done, take a breath and try and take part in some of the many other fun events going on this week.
The kids are out of school, many parents are taking time off from work, college and university students are home for the holidays and it’s a wonderful chance for families and extended families to reconnect with each other.
Traffic is lighter on the roads, it’s easier to get around and there’s lots of events scheduled over the holidays – many of them with a family focus.
In the Beach, there’s no shortage of family fun activities to take part in be it a stroll along the boardwalk or a skate at one of the city’s many outdoor rinks including Kew Gardens, Jimmie Simpson and Greenwood Park. For details on local rinks, visit http://bit.ly/URhzOK
In Bloor West, Colborne Lodge in High Park is decorated in a manner in which the Victorians of the late 1800s would celebrate the holidays. Visitors can also enjoy the scenic park with family and friends. Bring the skates for the outdoor rink. Unlike Victorian times, it won’t be cold enough to skate on Grenadier pond this holiday. Visit http://bit.ly/UMPO8O
In the City Centre area, Mackenzie House on Bond Street is decorated in a Victorian style for the holidays. A visit would also be a great chance for the family to learn about Toronto’s first mayor in 1834, William Lyon Mackenzie – the man who led the failed Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. More info is available at the City of Toronto’s website at www.toronto.ca
In East York, a visit to Todmorden Mills will give the family a glimpse back to how the holidays were spent in the Regency era of the late 1700s and early 1800s, a time before Canada was even a country. More info is available at the City of Toronto’s website www.toronto.ca
In Etobicoke, the Humber Arboretum has 250 acres for residents to explore and learn about local wildlife. For details, visit http://humberarboretum.on.ca
In North York, Gibson House, in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area, is offering Hogmanay Family Fun over the holidays. Hogmanay is the Scottish word for last day of the year. For details, visit the City of Toronto’s website www.toronto.ca
In Parkdale, this would be the perfect time for a visit to Fort York given Canada is marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. A visit would be a great educational experience for kids and adults alike. For details, visit the City of Toronto’s website www.toronto.ca
In Scarborough, the Scarborough Museum in Thomson Park is hosting holiday events and visitors can even sample baked treats in the 1800s style. For details, visit the City of Toronto’s website www.toronto.ca
In York, Cedarvale Park is always a fun place to visit and enjoy a skate on the outdoor rink. For details, visit http://bit.ly/Wp7edT
If you are sports fans or participants, the next few days can be busy ones. The holidays are the traditional time for high-level hockey tournaments in Toronto including the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic, which brings in some of North America’s top teams from bantam through midget. For details on the tournament, visit http://torontomarlboros.com/
Also, there will be lots of indoor soccer action for local fans and players alike as Downsview Park’s The Hangar hosts its Youth Holiday Classic Tournament today until Jan. 4 for both boys and girls teams.
The holidays are also when people can slow down and savour the special things. Take some time to meet and talk with the neighbours, visit a relative who may live alone or renew an old friendship.
We hope all our readers are able to take some time over the next few days to focus on what is important to them, enjoy themselves and reflect on the wonderful city we live in.