In our latest Culture Check-in, explore some of the fun and amazing things you and your family can do this winter in and around the Greater Toronto Area.
Disney Animation: Immersive Experience (Open Till March 19, 2023)
If you are looking for a fun and magical family outing, then the Disney Animation Immersive Experience by Lighthouse Immersive Studio is the place to go!
Disney Animation: Immersive Experience is an innovative celebration that takes you inside the greatest films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, from their very earliest, groundbreaking features to the beloved hit movies of today.
Imagine stepping into the Casita with Mirabel from Encanto, being at Pride Rock as Rafiki presents Simba – surrounded by the animal kingdom as the sun rises. Imagine hopping on a train with Judy Hopps and going into Zootopia or taking a magic carpet ride with Aladdin and Jasmine, and so much more….
Now you can! Step into the art and legacy of Walt Disney Animation Studios and celebrate the music, artistry and animation from the creators of Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Big Hero 6 and many more.
Bring your family and Step Inside the Magic, Music, and Wonder in Toronto at Lighthouse Artspace at 1 Yonge St Toronto, Ontario.
For more information, visit: https://lighthouseimmersive.com/disney/toronto/
Tastes of South East Asia (January 13 – 15, 2023)
Inspired by Winterlicious and the ever-growing Asian population in the Greater Toronto Area, and recognizing the need for a spectacular and united showcase of South, East, and South East Asian art, culture and cuisine, Tastes of SEA (South East Asia) is born.
It is an annual celebration of the best and finest of Asia in GTA where art enthusiasts, culture buffs, and food lovers can find themselves emerging in South, East, and South East Asia: for the first time ever in GTA, Canadians and international guests can explore all of South, East, and South East Asia right here in Canada!
Hosted at the International Centre at 6900 Airport Road, there will be plenty of family fun activities for everyone from Authentic Cuisine, Kids Entertainment, a Live Concert, a Multi-Cultural Parade, a Fashion Show, a Cultural Decoration Competition, an Art Exhibition, Raffle Drawings and more
For more information, visit: https://www.tastesofsea.com/
Winter Skating in the New Year Around Toronto
As the home country of ice hockey, it is not a surprise that Canada is home to some of the best ice for all kinds of ice skating including picturesque figure skating rinks and trails in the city’s beautiful parks.
The Bentway Skate Trail, Toronto – Open Until February 20, 2023
Open daily from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, The Bentway, located underneath the Gardiner Expressway, transforms into a unique urban winter wonderland with a 220-meter skate trail.
The initial phase, a 1.1km trail and series of public spaces, knits together seven local neighbourhoods with over 70,000 residents, becoming a gateway to the waterfront while providing access to important attractions and destinations – from Fort York National Historic Site, Ontario Place and Exhibition Place to Harbourfront Centre and the CN Tower.
The Bentway offers year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skating rink, recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances and more.
The Bentway was created to bring residents and visitors together in a public space and to connect outdoors year-round.
Starting January 9th, enjoy free hot chocolate from 5 pm-9 pm each Monday courtesy of CityPlace Fort York BIA.
Then on Fridays starting January 13, The Bentway will be offering free skate rentals from 5 pm-9 pm.
For more information, visit: https://www.thebentway.ca/
Skate on the Square, Mississauga – Open Until March 19, 2023
Mississauga’s Celebration Square is home to hundreds of free festivals, concerts, and exciting outdoor events.
Located at the heart of downtown Mississauga, Celebration Square is open for skating on the City’s largest outdoor ice rink, twinkling holiday lights, and one-of-a-kind glowing installations are waiting for you to explore.
To confirm the rink is open, call 905-615-3200 ext. R-I-N-K (7465). To see how busy the ice rink is, view the live webcam.
For more information, visit: https://www.mississauga.ca/arts-and-culture/locations/celebration-square/
Terra Lumina – Open Until January 14, 2023
Hosted by the Toronto Zoo, Terra Lumina is an immersive experience along a 1.5 km walking path that travels into the future and back.
Step through a portal of light into 2099, a time when the world glows with possibility. Humans have learned to live in harmony with nature and wildlife, filling the planet with enchantment. Explore the bright wonders of a thriving future, where hope blossoms all around. Then return to the present with the inspiring secrets of tomorrow.
Created specifically for the Toronto Zoo, Terra Lumina creates positive moments of connection. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, animated projections, inspiring storytelling, and an original score conjure an immersive future world that shares a message of hope for a brighter tomorrow.
The symbol of Terra Lumina draws together the narrative threads of the experience to illustrate its storytelling arc and themes. It features the twilight portal people pass through to access the adventure, and what they will find there — the metaphorical seeds of change, the wisdom of future wildlife — and two stylized markings that express the change of perspective that happens during their passage through this enchanted world.
For more information, visit: https://www.torontozoo.com/terralumina
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