A holiday fun guide for George Brown College students

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Bust out your mitts and scarves, grab some hot chocolate and cookies and get out and enjoy the festive season on campus and around the city. 🍪☕ If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of the holidays, we’ve got you covered. 

Food 

  • Chef School students showed off off their gingerbread house baking, designing and building skills on the main floor at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (300 Adelaide St. E.) on Friday, November 22. Learn about the winner, Lexi Orbanski, and her amazing creation.

  • Craving something sweet? Check out what Chef on the Run has to offer. This is where our Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Management students showcase their talents. You can buy items they’ve prepared in class, including pies, cakes, chocolates, cookies and more. 

  • Want to experience the traditional tastes of Christmas? Every holiday season culinary students at the Café prepare and serve up yummy turkey takeaway meals with all the trimmings. Keep your eye on the menu in December.

Shopping 

Short on time and cash? You can find great gift ideas at affordable prices on campus. 

There are great holiday shopping events close to our campuses and around downtown Toronto. 

Get outside! 

The snow is beautiful, the cold temperatures are...refreshing! Bundle up and check out these options around campus: 

Sightseeing 

The Cavalcade of Lights happens on November 30. This is when the 15-metre tree at Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall is lit for the season. There are also fireworks and performances. 

Come back to Nathan Phillips Square to ring in the new year. The city hosts a New Year’s Eve party with DJs, skating and performers.  

If you’re around the Eaton Centre, check out the holiday window displays at The Bay on Queen Street, just west of Yonge Street. 

The Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District runs to December 22. You’ll find great food, drinks, performances and vendors. 

Black Creek Pioneer Village is a great spot to visit over the holidays. Yes, it’s far from downtown, but the subway goes up there now. 

Skating 

There are skating rinks around our campuses and across the downtown core. You can find a full list of city outdoor rinks at toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/skating-winter-sports/public-leisure-skating/

Tobogganing

There are great spots around the city for sledding. Slip into your snow pants and head over to one of the spots listed at toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/skating-winter-sports/tobogganing/

Skiing 

You don’t have to leave the city to enjoy downhill skiing. Find information about ski hills run by the City of Toronto that are accessible by public transit at toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/skating-winter-sports/downhill-skiing-snowboarding-centres/