Reading week is Monday, Feb 18 until Friday, Feb 22.

Yes, reading week is finally here! After enduring the entire month of January, on top of last semester’s cruel joke known as “fall study days”, I think we’ve earned it. I know many of you will be tempted by the siren call of Netflix and naps—that’s cool! I’m gonna catch plenty of z’s myself. But once you’ve recharged, get out there and make the most of your time off!


Here are 4 fun things to do in Toronto during reading week:


1. Have dinner in a private igloo at Proof Bar

Two outdoor dining domes on the Proof Bar's patio in Toronto.

Proof Bar, located inside the InterContinental Hotel in Yorkville, has two igloo-shaped domes you can dine in throughout the winter season. Located on their private patio away from the busy neighbourhood, the domes are warm, comfortable and highly photogenic.

The dinner is a prix fixe menu with a seasonal theme. For $50 per person, you’ll get:

  • Cup of mulled wine or warm spiced cider
  • Your choice of bread bowl: butter chicken or mushroom & leek ragout
  • House-made truffle and chocolate dipped strawberries

The igloos are available for reservations every day, from 4-10 pm, until the end of March. Keep in mind there’s a two-hour seating limit due to popular demand.


2. Catch a free concert at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

An audience watches a pianist perform at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in Toronto.

The Canadian Opera Company has been hosting free concerts at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre since September and will continue until May. Artists from around the world are featured in six different series: vocal, piano, jazz, dance, chamber, and world music.

Each series will include performances in a variety of genres from artists that are both new and well known in their careers. Most concerts take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, with some exceptions. Admission is first-come, first-served and seats are limited. Be sure to show up early for your dose of culture and refinement.


3. Take in the sights at the Toronto Light Festival

Art installation at the Toronto Light Festival in Toronto's Distillery District.

The Toronto Light Festival is a free art event that takes place in one of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods. This is the festival’s third year operating in the city and it will be running until March. Presented as a “visual journey and playful adventure throughout the walking streets of the Distillery District”, the festival hopes to give you a reason to head out into the evening cold and have some fun.

The bright colourful installations are the work of both local and international light artists. Spread across 13 acres and 44 buildings, there’s no shortage of eye candy for you to snap pictures of. Visit the area’s shops on weekends between 2 and 5 pm for an extra special treat of live music, free alcohol sampling, and drink specials.


4. Go ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square

People ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.

Out of all 54 outdoor ice skating rinks in the city, the one at Nathan Phillips Square is the most iconic. Located in the heart of Downtown, the rink is a special place to skate as you’re surrounded by Toronto City Hall, Old City Hall, Osgoode Hall, the Eaton Centre, the 3D Toronto sign and so much more.

Skating is absolutely free and the rink is open from 9am to 10pm. Don’t have your own skates? No problem! You can rent a pair for $10. There’s also a changing area with lockers and washrooms. Also, when you’re ready to take a break from skating don’t forget to head up to the nearby rooftop terrace to snap some pics of the Square.

Want more ideas for things to do in your spare time? Check out 5 ways to brighten your day this winter.

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