While staying in and watching Netflix with bae can be cozy and cute, doing it all winter long can quickly turn your relationship into a total snoozefest. We get it – sometimes it’s hard to put on a jacket and brave all the snow, but there are a ton of fun activities in Toronto that will have you both feeling warm and toasty inside. Take a look at 10 cheap winter date ideas below:
Take a Brewery Tour (December 20 + Various days)
If you and your love share a common interest in beer, then why not kick back and get a little boozy on a brewery tour? Amsterdam Brewery has tours for free (sign up here) on various days of the week or take a tour of Mill Street Brew Pub on December 20 ($10).
Go to the Toronto Christmas Market (Until December 22)
If you haven’t been to the Toronto Christmas Market yet, you’ll soon learn why it’s one of Toronto’s favourite Holiday traditions. Cozy up in one of the heated wine and beer gardens, do some Holiday shopping and take in all the pretty twinkling lights. The market is free Monday to Friday until 5pm, which is ultimately the best time to go because the crowds are smaller and you’ll have more room to roam. For more details and a full list of Holiday Markets, head here.
Escape to a Winter Wonderland (Every Wednesday until January 4)
Talk about romantic! Casa Loma is being transformed into the magical winter wonderland Castle of your dreams. Every Wednesday until January 4, you can explore the dazzling light displays, festive decor, and stunning gardens, then share some s’mores and hot cocoa.
Warm up with some Tea (January 28 & 29)
Explore the world of tea and warm up from the cold at the Toronto Tea festival. Early bird tickets for a single day pass are only $12, which includes one free tasting cup, tasting from vendors, coupons and more. The two of you can pick out your favourites and build a stash to bring on more winter adventures.
Sing-a-long to Musical Bingo (Every Wednesday)
The next time you and bae go out for drinks, make things a little more interesting and play musical bingo at the Gladstone while you’re at it. What’s musical bingo you might ask? It’s like bingo, but instead of calling numbers they play songs. Trust us! You’ll have a blast.
Skate Under the Stars (Various days of the week)
Sharpen your skates and bundle up for a romantic time under the stars. Head out to the Harbourfront Centre, Nathan Phillips or Evergreen Brick Works for some outdoor skating. Not good at skating? Who cares… falling is half the fun. For a full list of outdoor rinks in Toronto head here.
Shop a Winter Farmer’s Market (Various days)
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean farmer’s markets are out of the picture! There are still some markets that stay open over the snowy months like the St. Lawrence Market, Evergreen Brick Works and The Sorauren Farmer’s Market. Shop around together, nibble on some tasty treats and stock up on locally sourced food for the week.
Play Some Board Games (Any day of the week)
Instead of watching Netflix, why not switch things up and have a good old-fashioned games night. Don’t have any board games? These games cafes and bars in Toronto have got you covered. Go just the two of you or invite another couple out for a hell of a good time.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – tobogganing has to be one of the best winter activities! Pack a flask and get a little tipsy or if you’re feeling competitive make it into a race to see who reaches the bottom first. For a list of hills in Toronto, head here.
Go Snowshoeing or Hiking
There are a ton of trails in Toronto perfect for a winter hike or snowshoeing! Bundle up, pack a lunch and some hot chocolate and get ready to explore. Snowshoe rentals from MEC King St. West and North York only cost $15 per day.