Dating on a Budget Holiday Reminder: Weekend Date Ideas!
12 Beers of Christmas
Where: The Gladstone Hotel
Cost: $5 beer tasting, but you’ll need to make an ugly Christmas sweater.
Type of Couple: The beer drinking couple who like to experiment.
Why: An ugly Christmas sweater is not mandatory, but get into the spirit Grinch! Plus this could be the best two part date ever! Part one will involve you going to Value Village to find cheap sweater you’ll want to ruin and then to the Dollar Store to get tinsel, decorations and any other Christmas paraphernalia. Then go to his or her place and make your Christmas sweater together! The design process can be fun and romantic.
Part two is this event. Cover is $5 and once you get in you can taste all the free beer you want while listening to holiday music. Have a conversation with each other and get cozy and warm in the historic Gladstone Hotel. Plus free Karaoke follows!
Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market
Where: Distillery District
When: Now until December 15
Cost: Free entry, but will have to pay for drinks, food and goods.
Type of Couple: Any couple
Why: I went to the market opening weekend and the amount of couples roaming around, making out and cuddling in each other’s warm embrace made me feel like it was Valentine’s Day. This is truly a great market. The Distillery is all lit up, the Christmas Tree is outstanding, there is live music, carollers, food vendors, hot drink vendors, chocolate vendors and Christmas related vendors all in these little huts. Near the Mill Street Brewery, you can enjoy a drink by the fire and close to Balzac’s you can go on the Ferris Wheel (which I think is romantic for a kiss) or the merry-go-round.
There are events every day and I encourage you to check out their website. The event runs until the 15th.
Outdoor Winter Market
Where: Evergreen Brickworks
When: December 15, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $2 for the Junction Flea and renting skates is $5 per pair.
Type of Couple: The shopping couple, the skating couple, the hiking couple, the scenic couple.
Why: This event is sure to be jammed packed and full of conversation and romantic fun! The event starts at 10:00 a.m. with the official opening of the skating rink at the Evergreen Brickworks. From then until 4:00 p.m. you and your date can skate to the music of a live DJ who will be dropping tunes (that probably made me sound really old, even though I’m not) until the end of the day. You can rent skates at the venue, which is a plus.
This event is also in partnership with the Junction Flea. There will be crafts, antiques, clothing and jewelry among many other things sold throughout the day. This event will cost you $2, but once you’re in you can cozy around the fire pits. Plus that $2 is a donation the Evergreen Brickworks.
At 1:30 p.m. there is a Best Skate Costume Contest. Now this could be a good two part, similar to the 12 Beers of Christmas date, I mentioned yesterday. Plus you can win a gift basket worth $65.
Finally end the event at 2:00 p.m. with a hike from the Evergreen Brickworks to Davisville Station. You will get walk the Belt Line Trail which is very romantic and take a stroll through Mount Pleasant Cemetery before hopping on the TTC and calling the date a success. It is sure to be very a scenic affair for the Belt Line Trail is stunning and with the trees bare you can probably sneak a peek into the backyards of some of the city’s most stunning houses. Also Mount Pleasant Cemetery is an architectural wonder. If you do decide to do this hike make sure to say hi to Captain Fluke for me!
Where: Various locations across Toronto, but try Queen Street West from Dufferin to Yonge, Yonge Street from King to Bloor, Bloor Street from Yonge to Avenue.
When: Until Christmas
Cost: Free, but the window displays may draw you in to the stores.
Type of Couple: The couple who loves to shop or admires art.
Why: Window displays are an art. As soon as the Holt Renfrew window comes down this year the visual team will begin to plan next year’s window. As a Visual Lead for American Eagle years ago I can tell you that there is a lot of work that goes into these windows and they can take hours, if not days, to assemble and complete.
However, when they are done they are wonders to gaze at. Even the simplest windows are still pieces of art. They represent the holiday season and may even bring up some holiday memoires. Some of the most famous windows in Toronto are courtesy of Holt Renfrew on Bloor Street and Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street. However, when I walked along West Queen West to Queen West I noticed an array of marvellous windows. Yonge Street is sure to have windows decked out for the holiday season and your local neighbourhood stores are most likely to frost the glass of their windows and have a holiday display. Grab a hot chocolate or cider and do some window holiday shopping.
The Neighbourhood Stroll
Where: Various Neighbourhoods in Toronto
When: Now until Christmas
Type of Couple: The ones looking for a simple stroll where they can hold hands.
Why: Toronto’s neighbourhood’s always deck themselves out. It may be something as simple as putting lights on lamp posts or stringing lights to the trees along their main street. Stores get into the holiday spirit doing up their windows and even making Christmas related signs. Some areas have holiday events like The Junction (mentioned above). Take a stroll and see what light displays some of our most notable neighbourhoods have put to together.