The cold winter months have arrived, but Toronto is well-equipped with a festival that offers something for everyone. Toronto WinterCity festival is a 14-day, city-wide celebration of Toronto’s winter culture. Along with free events, shows, culinary demonstrations, workshops and tastings are a multitude of cultural and family attractions offering special discount-pricing.
Although much of the excitement takes place at Nathan Phillips Square and Yonge-Dundas Square, the festival expands to all corners of the city with special highlights that include the city’s famous restaurant promotion Winterlicious and the Toronto Showcase which spotlights special activities and events taking place at various attractions throughout the GTA.
So forget the weather, you’ll be too busy enjoying our cool city.
Special Events & Highlights:
Nathan Phillips Square, Friday January 30, 7 p.m.
Get outside to launch the city’s newest winter tradition, featuring trampoline artists and fire performers from Zero Gravity Circus, the sounds of beating drums from France’s Commandos Percu, and fireworks. This incredible night will set the stage for 14-days of big-city excitement.
Wild On Winter Series
Six fantastic outdoor shows featuring electrifying musical fireworks and magical airborne theatrics suspended at dizzying heights.
Le Concert de Feu – The Concert of Fire
Nathan Phillips Square, January 30, 31 & February 1 (7 p.m.)
Mobile Homme – The Human Mobile
Yonge-Dundas Square, February 5, 6, & 7 (7 p.m.)
Warm Up Series at The Toronto Eaton Centre
Enhance your shopping and dining experiences with dazzling acrobatic artistry and a chance to hone your culinary skills.
Table for Two with host Joanne Meral
Toronto Eaton Centre, January 31 (2 & 4 pm)
Hearty Winter Soups with Ken Kostick
Toronto Eaton Centre, February 1 (2 & 4 pm)
Tips, Treats and Tablescapes with Nik Manojlovich
Toronto Eaton Centre, February 2 (2 & 4 pm)
Inversion – high-flying acrobatic feats and gravity-defying artistry from these Nevada performers
Toronto Eaton Centre, February 3 – 6 (2 & 6:30 pm), February 7 & 8 (1 & 5 pm)
Cool Kids Series
Bundle up the kids and celebrate winter in Toronto at these incredible outdoor shows featuring a stellar line-up of popular kid-approved superstar entertainers.
Creature Trail Adventures with the Kratt Brothers
Yonge-Dundas Square, February 1 (11 am & 1 pm)
Sesame Street Sing-Along
Yonge-Dundas Square, February 8 (11 am & 1 pm)
Babar and The Museum of Art
Mel Lastman Square, January 31 (11 am & 2:30 pm)
Strawberry Shortcake & Friends
Mel Lastman Square, February 7 (11 am & 2:30 pm)
Warm Up With Enbridge
Mel Lastman Square, January 31 & February 7 (12 – 1:30 pm)
(Get a free hot dog and hot chocolate while quantities last.)
Skating Parties & Marketplace at Nathan Phillips Square
Hit the ice and groove to live music on Toronto’s famous outdoor rink, in the heart of the city, for 10 days of celebration. Take a break at the Marketplace for tempting treats to warm you from head to toe.
January 30 & 31 (6 – 10 pm)
Downstroke – Motown and Funk classics.
February 1 & 2 (6 – 10 pm)
Naked Brunch – Top 40 hits
February 3 (6 – 10 pm)
Who’s Your Daddy – Disco/Funk
February 4 & 7 (6 – 10 pm)
Dave Murphy Band – Classic Rock and Top 40 favourites
February 5 & 6 (6 – 10 pm)
McKenna – Celtic rock and Top 40 tunes
February 8 (12 – 6 pm)
Winterlicious BBQ – live music at the skating rink and international sizzling food from the grill
For more information and discount coupons for various city attractions visit www.toronto.ca/special_events/