Make the Most of Winter in Vaughan


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

Whether you’re planning your holidays or diving straight into outdoor activities, Vaughan is the place to be this winter. Between holiday festivities, time spent with family, and a host of both indoor and outdoor activities, Vaughan has everything you need for an enjoyable winter vacation just north of Toronto.

Making a List, Checking It Twice

Your perfect holiday gifts are waiting for you in Vaughan. Support local artisans and small businesses at This is Made, your one-stop merchant shop and the first collective boutique in Vaughan, or take a trip to the 200+ stores in Vaughan Mills. From fashion to makeup, home decor to sweet treats, and everything in between, Vaughan has something for everyone on your list.

Still figuring out which local shops to support? Keep an eye out for the Safe Travels Stamp, which recognizes businesses that follow standardized protocols for health and hygiene. This means their top priority is keeping you safe while you shop this season! Many Vaughan businesses have their Safe Travels Stamp, and you can find a list of them at

Family-Friendly Winter Adventures

Who says winter has to be boring? Vaughan is home to so many safe, 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!

In Kleinburg, explore beautiful trails like the William Granger Nature Walk, or take a day trip to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

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.

© Photo by Central Counties Tourism

If you prefer snow to ice, swap the skates for winter boots and hit the trails. The Kortright Centre for Conservation offers more than 16km 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.

The holiday excitement continues at WinterFest at Canada’s Wonderland, 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 Christmas trees. Between gift shopping at Vaughan Mills, stop into the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre to experience the Holiday Bricktacular event and build a LEGO ornament to decorate the tree.

A Cozy Staycation

From staycations to staying near family over the holidays, Vaughan has a variety of accommodations to suit whatever your needs are, all located right by unique attractions. All of Vaughan’s hotels have received the Safe Travels Stamp so that you can feel confident and safe throughout your stay.

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Just a short drive north of Toronto, Vaughan is the ideal destination for your next road trip adventure.


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