Pause the holiday flicks and add these to your itinerary.

As the weather begins to drop and snow fills our streets, that only means one thing: the holidays are coming.

Ah, yes, the holidays. Our well-deserved break from the everyday hassle of school and work. A time where we can spend time with loved ones and indulge in all the hot cocoa our stomachs can handle.

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But, admittedly, our winter break looks a little different this year. Our gatherings will be limited to our household, our gift shopping experience is likely limited to online or curbside pick up orders, and we’re probably struggling to find a fun and safe way to enjoy ourselves during this difficult time.

Well, just because things are different, doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of ways to celebrate the end of the year – the sweet, sweet, end to 2020. We’ve learned, we’ve laughed, we’ve grown and we deserve to celebrate in style.

This year, switch things up and check out these spectacular holiday events that will have you feeling the holiday cheer in no time.

Bluffs Winter Wonderland

Date: Nov. 27 – Dec. 20, 2020

Location: Eglinton Go South Parking Lot | 2995 Eglinton Ave. E.,  Scarborough M1M 2E4

Price: $25 per vehicle

🎶 Driving through a winter wonderland 🎶. That’s how the song goes, right? Well, nonetheless, head over to the Scarborough Bluffs for your very own winter wonderland experience! Along with the beautiful Christmas light displays, you’ll also be supporting Feed Scarborough with your donation! Get your tickets now!

TRCA Christmas Cheer

Date: Family Workshop: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, 19, 22, 23 Adult Workshop (19+): 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

Location: Zoom

Price: $24

The TRCA, or Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, is hosting a variety of online workshops and events that are sure to keep you busy and smiling. This virtual workshop will teach you the ins and outs of holiday drinks to impress your family. The family workshop will feature delicious virgin drinks, whereas the 19+ workshop will teach you how to become a bartender at home!

Winter Festival of Lights

Date: Nov. 14, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021

Location: 6345 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8

Price: FREE

Niagara Falls is mesmerizing during the summer, and even more mesmerizing during the winter. Bundle up and bask in nature’s wonders, while also snapping some Insta-worthy shots. With over 3 million lights set up for the festival, you’re sure to get the perfect pic to add to your feed!

Andrea Bocelli Believe in Christmas

Date: Dec. 12, 2020

Location: ONLINE

Price: $25

Have you ever dreamed of visiting an opera house in Italy? A drink in one hand, your ticket in the other. No? Well, I sure have. Luckily, you don’t have to break the bank and hop on a plane to get the same experience. Andrea Bocelli will be performing an extravagant virtual Christmas concert at Teatro Reggio, with creative direction by Franco Dragone. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out on this.

Seriously, if you want to see talent beforehand, PLEASE watch Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli’s Perfect Symphony – thank me later.


Date: Nov. 27, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

Location: 6145 Viscount Road, Mississauga, Ontario.

Price: Monday-Thursday, $55 per car | Friday-Sunday, $65 per car

Located at the Toronto Pearson International Airport, this new drive-through experience is a must-see for all holiday lovers. From LED light tunnels to gold displays and the real Santa, there’s something for everyone to marvel at! Buy your tickets here before it’s too late.

Virtual Black Christmas Expo

Date: Dec. 11 – 13, 2020

Location: ONLINE

Price: FREE

Searching for the perfect gifts for the special people in your life? Well, search no further! The Virtual Black Christmas Expo is an online marketplace experience in which you’ll be able to support over 100 Black small businesses AND find the perfect present for everyone on your Christmas list.

Lang Lang & Friends: Reaching Dreams Through Music

Date: Dec. 12, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Location: YouTube

Price: FREE

Join the Lang Lang International Music Fund on Dec. 12 for a virtual concert to remember. Along with famous pianist, Lang Lang and his wife Gina Alice, this lineup is stacked with artists like Sam SmithRon HowardJon BatisteMisty Copeland, Diana KrallWyclef Jean, and Renée Fleming. You’ll get the chance to listen to the meaningful stories behind these amazing artists and hear great music while at it. Talk about a win-win.

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Whether you choose to celebrate this holiday season making drinks, selling lights, or jamming out to music with your loved ones, remember to stay safe and make the most of it!

Happy holidays, from IGNITE, to you.

Still have a few people to check off of your Christmas list? Check out our student-run business gift-giving guide to satisfy every shopper!

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