Winter Wonderland, Close to Home: Your Ultimate Guide to Vaughan


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There’s a chill in the air and frost on the grass—winter is coming!

Whether you’re planning for the holidays or diving straight into outdoor activities, Vaughan is the place to be this winter. Between holiday festivities, family-friendly activities, and indoor and outdoor attractions, Vaughan has everything you need for an enjoyable winter vacation just north of Toronto.

Plan Your Holidays with Ease

One of the key advantages of choosing Vaughan as your winter destination is the abundance of accommodations tailored to suit every need. Plus, these accommodations are conveniently located near some of the city’s most captivating attractions.

These must-see highlights are fun for the whole family

Canada’s Wonderland:

Prepare to be dazzled at WinterFest, a spectacular holiday event at one of Canada’s most beloved theme parks. It’s an immersive holiday experience for the whole family, complete with ice-skating on Snow Flake Lake, live shows and holiday entertainment, millions of spectacular lights and hundreds of beautiful Christmas trees throughout the park, including two 50-foot trees.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection:

Immerse yourself in the world of Canadian art at this renowned gallery. Discover exclusive exhibitions showcasing the finest works by Canadian artists, providing a unique perspective on the country’s rich artistic heritage, and stroll through lush outdoor trails.

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre:

Unleash your inner builder at this interactive indoor attraction. Build epic creations, play alongside your favourite characters and check out Miniland, a miniature replica of Toronto made entirely from LEGO! From exciting rides to hands-on LEGO experiences, it’s a paradise for both kids and adults alike.


Delve into the fascinating world of reptiles at this educational and entertaining facility, home to more than 250 reptiles, arachnids and amphibians from all over the world. Travel through jungles, deserts, and even the wilds of Canada, meeting some of the Earth’s most elusive and mysterious residents along your adventure. It’s a unique learning experience that’s fun for all ages.

Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre:

No winter getaway is complete without some holiday shopping, and Vaughan delivers on this front as well. Vaughan Mills, a premier shopping destination, is a haven for those seeking the perfect gifts for their loved ones. With a vast array of stores offering everything from fashion to home goods, you’re bound to find that special something.

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Embrace the Outdoors:

Who says winter has to be spent inside? Vaughan is home to countless family-friendly activities and local businesses to make your winter great. Whether it’s skating, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, bundle up and head outdoors!

Enjoy the crisp winter air with a visit to Sugarbush Heritage Park. This tranquil oasis offers beautiful outdoor walks amidst picturesque landscapes, providing a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Winter is the perfect time to get on the ice, whether you prefer a friendly hockey game or a leisurely skate around the rink. Vaughan’s arenas and outdoor rinks offer drop-in activities and ice skating for all ages, while skating trails offer a fun and adventurous way to enjoy the ice.

If you prefer snow to ice, swap the skates for winter boots and hit the trails. The Kortright Centre for Conservation offers more than 16 kilometres of hiking trails—the perfect opportunity for winter exercise with a view. Throughout December, Kortright is transformed into the Magical Christmas Forest, decked out with holiday lights and wintry cheer.

Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Plan your perfect holiday escape in Vaughan and discover a world of excitement, culture and fun. For more information and to begin your journey, head to

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