Thursday, December 19th, 2019...10:00 pm

My Recommendations for Activities in Toronto- Holiday Break 2020

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Are you staying on or near campus over the holidays? Is Toronto a newer city for you? Winter can be tough in Toronto, especially once the temperatures really drop and we get a lot of snow. I have grown up here, so I am used to it, but I understand some of you who are staying in the city for the holidays might not be!

Even if you are used to the cold and the snow, it isn’t always the most inviting weather. I thought I would put together some things happening both on and off campus that will be fun ways to get out and about during the break. Even though it is tempting to stay cozy inside it can help the winter blues to get outside and have destinations to go to. Here are a couple of things to do that I recommend, many of which will keep you nice and warm!

Walk Through A Real Life Gingerbread House

The Fairmont Royal York hotel on front street (across from Union Station) has a two storey gingerbread house that you can walk through, and it is made of around 5,000 real gingerbread bricks and took a total of thirteen days to complete. The gingerbread bricks are attached to the walls with actual icing and also decorated with marshmallows and gumdrops. 

International Student Caucus Holiday Potluck Party 

The UTGSU and the International Students’ Caucus (ISC) invites all graduate students at the University of Toronto for an evening full of food and drinks to celebrate the holiday season and also the longest night of the year! This is a great way to connect with other grad students who are around for the holidays.
Date & Time: December 21st at 6 P.M.
Location: Grad Room (66 Harbord St).

RSVP (required):

Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Exhibition at the ROM 

This is the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world! It returned to the ROM this November for the 7th time. The competition has categories such as Animal Portraits, Urban Wildlife, Behaviour of Birds, and Under Water. They also have submissions and winners from all age groups. I went to this exhibition last year and was not disappointed. They had some amazing photographs and it is a great way to spend a cold afternoon! Don’t forget your T-card for a student discount!

Bulldog Coffee

I recently went to this cafe and loved their drinks! My favourite part was their rainbow latte art. This place is located in Assembly Chef’s Hall  and also has a couple of food places inside as well. Below are a couple of my favourites: the Rainbow Latte and the Marshmallow Latte. A great way to warm up in a fun and delicious way!









I am hoping that you all take time over the holidays to treat yourself and give yourself a well -deserved rest. I will be back in the New Year with some more blog posts and Gradlife news and events. Until then, Happy Holidays!



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