Celebrate the Winter Season in Vaughan

There’s no better place to celebrate the season than in Vaughan

Welcome to winter!

Winter comes but once a year, and there’s no better place to celebrate the season than in Vaughan. Whether you’re anxious to hit the slopes, trails or rinks, seeking out holiday festivities, or just looking to relax by the fire and celebrate the warmth of the season with friends and family, there’s always something to tingle the senses in Vaughan. Looking for fun? We got it! Looking for adventure? Look no further! Looking for great cuisine and drink? Get ready for a lip-smacking good time. The variety of indoor and outdoor winter activities in Vaughan gets better every year. Once you dive in and explore all we have to offer, you’ll be setting yourself up for the most exciting and enjoyable winter you ever imagined. Just minutes north of Toronto — come for the day, the weekend, or a week. We’ve got you covered, and we guarantee you’ll never be bored.




Boutique Shopping Areas

Find curated boutiques in Kleinburg, Maple and Woodbridge villages. You’ll discover one-of-a-kind items for loved ones or yourself that are a perfect find all winter long! The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) and Vaughan Mills Village are home to an expansive list of retailers. You can also explore a vibrant selection of custom items in Vaughan’s Thornhill neighbourhood that will elevate the gifting experience during the holidays or any time of year.

 Family at Mall

Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre

Vaughan Mills is a shopping and entertainment destination like no other. As one of the largest enclosed shopping centres in Canada, it features over 250 premium fashion and outlet stores from around the world, with 19 anchor shops including Uniqlo, Nike Factory Store, Nordstrom Rack, Tommy Hilfiger and Kate Spade. It also is the home of LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre!




WinterFest at Canada’s Wonderland

If you’re in the mood for something truly spectacular, why not step into a world of holiday magic, featuring millions of sparkling lights, ice skating, live entertainment and more! From November 18th to December 31st, Canada’s Wonderland is again transforming into a magical winter wonderland for WinterFest – an immersive holiday experience for the whole family. Go ice-skating on Snow Flake Lake, take in holiday entertainment with over a dozen live shows, enjoy millions of spectacular lights, and hundreds of beautifully adorned Christmas trees throughout the park, including two gigantic 50-foot Christmas trees.

Visit WinterFest’s page here for details and then come out and enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience. Tickets are going fast, so book now!


Holiday Nights of Lights

Holiday Nights of Lights is an immersive walk-through experience like none other, featuring more than 1.5 million LED lights animated and synchronized to everyone’s favourite Holiday tunes. Back for the third year, the event will be bigger and brighter with new displays and interactive activities. Patrons will have the opportunity to experience walking through giant ornaments, animated tunnels, and much more. Upon exiting the light show, enter the Mistletoe Market featuring a winter fair and a nighttime hotspot all rolled into one distinct holiday tradition. Explore all the fun details here!

Family Walking at McMichael

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Surrounded by 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails, the McMichael’s permanent collection consists of more than 6,500 works by historic and present-day Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from the many diasporic communities. This December, discover the beauty of art with its new exhibition: Rajni Perera: Futures. Or you can join the McMichael ArtVenture Winter Camp!

More excitement for everyone: find all the amazing things to do in Vaughan with our Event Calendar.



To enjoy the winter season, why not strap on the blades, summon your inner Gretzky, and give yourself a whirl around one of Vaughan’s 5 indoor arenas or 5 outdoor ice rinks. Whether you enjoy a friendly hockey game with friends, some light shinny or a leisurely skate around the rink with the kids, Vaughan offers convenient drop-in activities and ice-skating options for all ages. Days like this is what hot chocolate was made for! Visit vaughan.ca/skate for all the details.



No wheels? No worries! Use any of the three public transit systems that connect Vaughan with surrounding regions to get here and get around.

  • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
  • York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva
  • GO Transit

There are frequent connections through the TTC’s Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) subway station and YRT’s Smart VMC Bus Terminal. You can even plan your trip using the YRT Trip Planner!



Plan your staycation now. Vaughan is a great one-day trip, but it’s an even better weekend getaway! With so much family fun and places to explore outdoors, 24 hours simply isn’t enough. There are fifteen wonderful accommodations in Vaughan – many of which are located so close to the very places you want to explore. Find your stay now!


As you explore all that Vaughan has to offer this winter, don’t forget to tag us at #VisitVaughan for a chance to be featured on Vaughan’s social media pages! Stay warm, stay healthy, and come out and have some fun in Vaughan this winter!


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