Dating on a Budget Holiday Reminder: Weekend Date Ideas!
Dating on a Budget: The University Guide to Dating in Toronto
Holiday Dating Guide 2013
Bit Bazaar Winter Market
Where: Bento Miso (862 Richmond St. West)
When: December 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free, but if you want to buy gifts you’ll need some money.
Type of Couple: The comic/ video game lover. It could also be a good date for you to expose your significant other to this culture or a great gift idea if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend who loves this sort of stuff.
Why: This event, in support of local indie game makers, is a video game and comic market. This event not only allows you to find the most unique one-of-a-kind gifts from limited edition goods, zines, games, shirts and posters, just to name a few, but it is sure to be one of the most interesting dates you’ll have all year. If I was still dating my ex then I would have for sure suggested this as a date! You can play games in the Arcade of the Bazaar, partake in a game by Damian Sommer which requires you to collect cards from vendors or just have a bite to eat and meet some talent.
I always say you need to find the date that will give you hours of conversation, because the worst thing is running out of stuff to say. However, anything that involves comics and videos games could work to your advantage. Whether you understand the art or are exposing someone to this culture for the first time, the conversation will never die because these events are sure to be bizarre and have many wtf moments that will have questioning whether you just saw that or not.
Gladstone Holiday Flea
Where: The Gladstone Hotel
When: December 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free entry, but bring some cash for flea purchases
Type of Couple: The fashion and vintage lovers.
Why: Spend the day together searching for fabulous finds. Find each other the most unique gift and maybe even your friends and family in the process. If you live together this could be the perfect opportunity to find that perfect holiday decoration for your home. I’m sure this event will spark plenty of conversation, plus it’s in the Gladstone Hotel, so why not grab a drink after in the Melody Bar?
Santa in The Junction
Where: The Junction
When: December 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free for the most part, some events and treats will cost you.
Type of Couple: The couple who loves Christmas, cooking, food, dancing, yoga and just trying new things!
Why: This is a day filled with holiday activities. Come meet Santa and his elves, listen to Mrs. Claus read holiday tales, shop for gifts for your date, partake in a Reindeer Scavenger Hunt and have holiday themed drinks and food. There will be carolers and live music all throughout The Junction.
The highlight may be Santa’s Workshops where you can partake in cooking demonstrations, interior design consultation, silk screening, make chicken lollipops, learn how to cut a chicken, take an intro to belly dancing class, make a piñata or a Christmas card! Imagine giving her/ him a piñata for Christmas and filling it with something exciting inside!
This is probably the coolest date ever because where else can you experience cooking and belly dancing together in one date?
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.