8 Best Day Trips to Take Over Christmas Holidays
Even with all the merry and cheer, the holidays are stressful, and sometimes, you just need an escape. But with all the family obligations and holiday parties, it’s hard to get away for longer than a night. Luckily, we got your back. Whether you need some alone time to clear your head or are desperate to sneak in some actual quality time with your other half (away from your extended family), here are the best day trip to take this holiday season.
Downtown Oakville is an underrated winter oasis. The downtown strip is filled with local shops and a massive Christmas tree begging to be Instagrammed. I recommend grab a hot chocolate and take a walk along the lakeshore neighbourhood to check out the historic (and stunning) homes.
Niagara On The Lake
This 19th-century village is the perfect relaxing day trip destination. Spend the day stroll through the downtown core and perusing the charming local shops. At night, dine at quaint restaurants and buy yourself a bottle of wine from one of their famous wineries before you head home.
For the outdoorsy type, this is your winter haven. Grab some cross-country skis (or for the less athletic, snowshoes) and explore the stunning grounds. You might even see some incredible wildlife. A Rudolph spotting perhaps?
Blue Mountain is a perfect getaway to take with your best friend or partner. Get a day pass and tackle the ski hills together, then hit up the chalet for dinner and drinks and grab a beaver tail for dessert. Really, could a better winter’s day exist? You might even run into some wildlife!
The name may sound intimidating but Rattlesnake point is an awesome day date. They offer horse carriage rides, free hot chocolate (in exchange for a canned food item) and, not to mention, an incredible view.
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Whether it’s skating at the harbourfront, grabbing dinner at Drake’s restaurant, or heading into Chinatown to explore, there’s an endless amount of fun activities to do in Toronto. And if you’re a local, be a tourist in your own city. Don’t forget about all the holiday markets you can explore. You might be surprised just how different you look at it after the day’s done.
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Check out the 80-foot limestone cliffs that descend into the frozen Grand and Irvine Rivers. The perfect spot for adventure enthusiasts who want to take in the natural beauty of the area. It’s an especially stunning sight in the winter. The Elora village has an old world charm and century-old buildings that have been restored into gift shops, unique galleries, and adorable restaurants. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth checking out
Situated in the tiny town of Eugenia, the area encompasses 23 hectares of the Niagara Escarpment. The all-season trail wraps along the edge of ‘Cuckoo Valley’ with excellent views of the 30m high waterfall. If you’re feeling like a brisk hike, it’s a pretty stunning sight once everything is frozen. Beware of steep cliffs but enjoy the amazing views. Rent an Airbnb nearby and enjoy toasting smores by the fire.
What is your favourite day trip destination this season? Share with us in the comments.
Featured image: Queen’s University
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Isabel Chalmers is a freelance writer, currently residing in Toronto. She’s passionate about writing, long aimless walks around the city and her Nonna’s spaghetti.