Explore the city this season

The Third Annual Toronto Etsy Street Team Christmas Marketplace

If you’re like me and completely obsessed with handmade crafts, the Etsy Street Team Christmas marketplace is for you. It’s the perfect spot to do some last-minute Christmas shopping and meet local artists.

The Market is on December 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Church of Saint Stephens-in-the-Field in the Kensington Market neighbourhood.

The first 50 guests will receive a “swag bag” with treats and special offers for the vendors.

Outdoor Skating

The ice rink is now open at Mississauga’s Celebration Square. Between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. They offer rentals: $10 for adults, and $5 for kids. Make sure you check their website beforehand to read their polices and holiday hours.If you’re downtown, you can also enjoy outdoor skating at Nathan Phillips Square or the Harbourfront Centre (which is one of the most scenic spots to skate, in my opinion). Both locations offer skate rentals, with the same prices as Celebration Square.

New Year’s Eve party

If you’re looking for a way to spend New Year’s Eve, look no further than Celebration Square. The central Mississauga location is hosting a New Year’s Eve party in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The night will host several exciting events ranging from DJs as well as a live performance from special guest Coleman Hell.

Guests are welcome to skate, grab some food, and watch the fireworks  show at midnight

Toronto Christmas Market

The Toronto Christmas Market is one of the most popular locations in Toronto during the holidays. Located in the Distillery District, the Market features local vendors, live music, walking tours, and other family-friendly activities.

The Market runs until December 22. If you have time during the week, I’d recommend going then, because admission is free and the crowds are significantly smaller.

The Edge Holiday Rock Series

Are you a fan of Tokyo Police Club? If the answer to that question is a hearty yes, then you’re in luck because you can see them live at The Mod Club for three nights in a row as part of The Edge’s Holiday Rock Series.

The band will be performing from December 8 through to the 10th. If that isn’t good enough news, the tickets will only cost you $15. Make haste!

Photography workshop

On December 11, photograher Joe Balderston is giving a free workshop at Downsview Park that will teach you how to take professional-looking photos with your iPhone.

The worskhop runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During his workshop, he’ll teach you to get the most out of your iPhone camera. He recommends that you RSVP in advance. Not a bad idea if you’re looking to improve your instagram skills this holiday season. And it’s free, so why not?