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Winter market and festivals, Blue Jays fun, among weekend events

Last Updated Jan 16, 2020 at 9:04 am EDT

Toronto Blue Jays fans cheering during a game. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Paul Sancya

It may be winter but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun. Below are some events to consider as you make your plans this weekend.

Keep in mind that there is also a partial subway closure this weekend for TTC and Metrolinx work. Have a good weekend!


Celebrating all things Blue Jays
The countdown has begun for the return of the boys of summer with spring training around the corner. The Blue Jays Winter Fest, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the Rogers Centre, celebrates the Blue Jays and its ardent fans with some fun activities. Fans will have access to the Blue Jays and Rogers Centre with select players and alumni making appearances, autograph sessions, as well as live entertainment, ballpark tours, rides, games, and so much more. Tickets prices range from $20 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors, and season ticket members have added benefits as well.

Distillery District is all set to be ‘lit’
Here’s another visual treat for the people of Toronto during the short winter days. Toronto Light Festival is all set to take off on Friday at the Distillery District. This festival showcases many light installations from artists who not only want to warm your hearts but also educate people through their pieces of art. This festival is back with its fourth season as the people of Toronto seem to be loving the idea of bundling up and clicking some breath-taking pictures with these stunning lights. Entry to this event is free to all.

Toronto’s design festival is back
Canada’s leading design festival Design TO is celebrating its 10th year of collaborating with artists and designers while also bringing communities together. This festival starts on Friday and runs until Jan. 26. Each day showcases a different set of themes that include spiritual experiences, culture, human connections/relationships with the environment, and so many more.

Skate your winter blues away
The popular haunt Evergreen Brick Works wants you to make the most of the dropping temperatures with its Winter Fridays. Every Friday until Feb.14 skate under the stars on their skating rink, warm your heart with some hot chocolate and scrumptious food. This could be just an evening with family and friends or a cozy evening with crafts and activities. You could bring your own skates or rent them for $5 at the venue.

Take a trip back in time
Imagine yourself taking a trip back to the early 19th century, where the local winter market was a place to socialize with music and food. This Friday and Saturday, the City of Toronto is hosting the Frost Fair winter market, where you can stroll through Canada’s original War of 1812-era buildings and the new Fort York Visitor Centre during a special lantern tour. It gives visitors an opportunity to walk through these buildings while having treats from the kitchen hearth dating back to 1826. Meet and greet with local artisans who create, heritage-inspired jewellery and holiday greenery. Explore the intermingling of the past, present and future of the City by skating your way through the Bentway Skate Trail, which is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Partial Line 1 closure
Subway service on Line 1 between Sheppard-Yonge and St. Clair stations on Saturday and Sunday will be closed for Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction. The TTC will perform maintenance work as well. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans service will be running.