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Celebrate the first weekend of the new year: Toronto events

The skating rink at Evergreen Brick Works opens on Dec. 5, 2014. EVERGREEN

Happy first weekend of the new year!

Although the holiday season has come to an end for some, Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar celebrate Christmas on Monday. Those who follow the Gregorian calendar will officially mark the end of the Christmas season with Epiphany on Sunday — the day when God is revealed through Baby Jesus to the Three Wise Kings.

So whether you are still celebrating the holidays or not, below are some events to help plan your weekend.


Time to skate
If part of your New Year’s resolution was to get active outside, several rinks across the city will allow you to skate your calories away. There is free skating at Nathan Phillips Square from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. all weekend. You can also lace up your skates at Evergreen Brick Works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Head down to the Bentway for some ice time until February 18. The rink will be open starting at noon. If you prefer more of a lake view, skate away at Ontario Place. The rinks opens at 3 p.m. Skating at all venues is free but there is a cost to rent the skates.

Zoo babies
This is the last weekend to enjoy the 12 Days of Enrichment at the Toronto Zoo. Take a vacation from the stress of the holidays, or hold on to the season as long as you can by going gaga over adorable baby animals, and checking out the various indoor pavilions and walking trails.

Winter lights
Just because it is winter doesn’t mean you have to hibernate for three months. Enjoy the bright and lively side of the season at Ontario Place, with its twinkly lights and ice sculptures created by various artists. The Winter Light Exhibition takes place daily from 4 p.m. to midnight and runs until March 17.

Cute pugs
They are adorable and have a face you will never forget. Pugs are cuddly and just have a way of looking at you that makes your heart melt. Get a sneak preview of Pugly – A Pug’s Life at the Hot Docs Ted Cinema this Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickers are free with a maximum of two tickets per person. The film follows the lives of three rescue pugs over a year. The preview will be followed by a panel chat on dog rescue.