City of Toronto’s holiday activities and recreational options

The City of Toronto invites residents and visitors to take advantage of the City’s many activities, programs and attractions available during the holidays.

Holiday schedules for recreation facilities: Holiday hours for outdoor rinks, indoor skating, ski, snowboard and swim programs will be in effect from December 24 to January 1. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks.

Skating: The City of Toronto provides a variety of free leisure skate programs for all ages and abilities at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks. On December 25, indoor arenas will be closed and outdoor rinks unsupervised for use at your own risk. Schedules vary by location. More information is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/skate.

Swimming: A variety of leisure swim programs at pools throughout the city make it easy to make a splash this holiday season. Schedules vary by location and are available athttp://www.toronto.ca/swim.

Riverdale Farm: Residents can visit the cows, sheep, goats, ducks, rabbits and farm cats. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks or by calling 416-392-6794.

Playground Paradise: Located at Flemingdon Park Community Centre, Playground Paradise offers family fun for children ages 12 years and younger. Kids can play on a two-storey play structure, go down the spiral slide, swing on the track ride, climb the cargo elevator, talk to friends through the talk tube and play in a ball pit with more than 8,000 balls. The daily rate is $2.50 a child.  Holiday hours are available at http://bit.ly/1aZjJ4T or by calling 416-395-6014. The regular schedule resumes on Saturday, January 3.

Walk Toronto’s trails: The Shared Path, the newest of the City of Toronto’s Discovery Walks, includes 15 kilometres of trails through a series of park areas along the banks of the Humber River. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. More information and downloadable maps are available athttp://www.toronto.ca/parks/trails/discover.htm.

Holiday hours and schedule for community centres: December 24 and 31: Community recreation centres close at 4 p.m. except those with previously scheduled permits.
December 25 and 26: Community recreation centres are closed.
January 1: Community recreation centres are closed.

City staff at community recreation centres can also provide their centre’s holiday schedules. Some centres may be closed for annual maintenance.

More information and program schedules are available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks or by calling 311.

Historic Sites

Until January 4, eight of the City’s historic sites are offering numerous holiday-themed events and tours for families and adults. Most of the City’s historic sites are open daily (except Mondays) and on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Programming highlights for individual locations are listed below. Time and participant age details for activities will vary by day and by location. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/holidays.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.): Weekend visitors can sample hot chocolate and baked holiday goodies. On December 22 and 23, December 29 to 31 and on January 2, the museum offers holiday camps where children ages five to 12 can make 19th-century toys, cook over the open hearth, play games and enjoy lots of outdoor fun. Pre-registration is required.

Children’s Services

Toronto Early Learning and Child Care Centres, along with District Offices, will remain open during regular business hours and will be closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1.

Union Station Tourist Information Centre

Drop by the Union Station Tourist Information Centre for information on things to do in Toronto to help you plan your holiday. Open seven days a week in the west wing of Union Station just before the Skywalk. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/infotogo.

Solid Waste Management Services

There is no collection service on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day for garbage, recycling, organics, electronics or bulky items. All household hazardous waste and computer drop-off depots as well as container pickup locations will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. While Drop-off Depots are closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day, they re-open for business on Boxing Day, December 26. Check your collection calendar for residential schedule changes or see the detailed chart posted on the City’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/recycle.

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