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The Most Exciting Winter Events in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Published: Dec 1, 2023

Updated: Jan 30, 2024

Snowflakes, sleigh bells, scarves, and cider! Winter is here, but you don’t need to go into hibernation because there are exciting events happening throughout the frosty season. Whether you love to bundle up and head out into the chilly air, or you prefer to stay cozy inside, you’ll find wintry fun that’s just your style all around the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Driving through blowy snow and on icy roads ISN’T fun though, so choose safe and stress-free travel with GO Transit. You’ll stay toasty warm on our trains and buses and enjoy a relaxing ride with affordable fares!

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Friday Harbour Winter Adventure Getaway

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Winter doesn’t need to be a season for staying indoors! GO Transit can take you on a snowy escape to discover the joy of outdoor winter activities. Friday Harbour Resort in Innisfil is a winter wonderland where you can experience a day filled with adventure. Take to the ice for the Skate Escape and enjoy skating, treats, and live entertainment. Explore the trails on cross-country skis, snowshoes, or fat bikes and then cozy up in the warming lounges. Equipment rentals are available for all activities so there’s no reason to miss out on any of the wintery fun! For those who are missing golf weather already, visit the Indoor Golf Simulator powered by TrackMan, and play your choice of over 200 courses. Then wind down at Lake Club Restaurant with signature cocktails, weekly features, and elevated everyday dining.

  • When: January 18 to March 17
  • Where: Friday Harbour Resort, Innisfil
  • Cost: Varies
  • Get There With GO: Take the Barrie line to Barrie GO South station and then take Innisfil Transit (provided by Uber) to Friday Harbour.
Learn more about Friday Harbour

2024 Rogers NHL All-Star

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The ultimate event weekend for every NHL fan is taking place from Feb 1 - 4!

At Scotiabank Arena, you can attend NHL All-Star Thursday to see the Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Player Draft, the NHL Alumni Man of the Year, Honouring the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Canadian Tire PWHL 3-on-3 Showcase. Check out the competition at the All-Star Skills presented by DraftKings Sportsbook on Friday, and watch the puck drop for the 2024 Rogers NHL All-Star Game on Saturday.

The 2024 Hyundai NHL Fan Fair takes over the South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Thursday through Sunday, and it’s the place for family-friendly interactive games, meet & greets, watch parties, mascots & more!

  • Where: Scotiabank Arena & Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building)
  • When: February 1 - 4, 2024
  • Cost: Buy your 2024 Rogers NHL® All-Star tickets here! And your 2024 Hyundai NHL Fan Fair™ Tickets Here!
    • NHL® All-Star Thursday: Tickets start at $44
    • NHL® All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Tickets start at $215.39
    • 2024 Rogers NHL® All-Star Game: Tickets start at $322.49
    • Hyundai NHL Fan Fair™: Adult Tickets start at $20 and youth tickets start at $16.
    • *Additional fees will apply.
    • PRESTO Perk: From January 8, 2024 – January 31, 2024, use code GOAS24 to save $4 off adult Hyundai NHL Fan Fair™ tickets on Thursday and Sunday, and $5 on adult Hyundai NHL Fan Fair™ tickets on Friday and Saturday! Please visit NHL.com/FanFair to purchase discounted tickets or to learn more about the event. From January 8, 2024 – February 29, 2024, save 15% off at NHLShop.ca with code GOAS24.
  • Get There With GO: Take GO to Union Station and then walk. Follow the signs inside Union Station to walk right into Scotiabank Arena. To get to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, proceed to the upper level of Union Station and use the SkyWalk.

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Learn more about 2024 Rogers NHL® All-Star

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

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Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved movies. Walk through the Jurassic World iconic gates as an honored guest and gaze in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus Rex. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring journey and remember, if something chases you… run! Located across from Square One Shopping Centre, it’s an easy GO bus ride to get to Jurassic World: The Exhibition and discover the dinosaurs!

  • When: Now until April 30, 2024
  • Where: Across Square One Shopping Centre (199 Rathburn Rd West, Mississauga)
  • Cost: Tickets start at $21.49 Buy your tickets online!
  • PRESTO Perk: Use code PRESTOJWE at checkout to save 20% off admission, and, PRESTOJWE30 to get a 30% discount on Family & Group bundle tickets. For all available sessions, subject to availability. Offer ends April 30, 2024.
  • Get There With GO: Take GO to Square One GO Bus Terminal.
Learn more about Jurassic World: The Exhibition

Royal Botanical Garden – Winter Tide

Photo credit Tourism Hamilton

Photo credit: Tourism Hamilton

Winter Tide at Royal Botanical Garden is a captivating seasonal event that transforms the lush landscapes into a winter wonderland, offering enchanting light displays, festive activities, and a magical ambiance for visitors to enjoy. This is a 19+ event. I.D. required at the door.

  • When: February 8 to March 16, 2024 from 5:30 to 10 p.m., last admission at 9 p.m.
  • Where: Royal Botanical Garden - Rock Garden
  • Cost: Check back soon for more details
  • How to get there with GO: Take the GO to Aldershot GO and connect to Hamilton Street Railway or Burlington GO and connect with Burlington Transit
Learn more about Royal Botanical Garden – Winter Tide

Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest 2024

The party doesn’t have to be inside just because it’s snowy! Bundle up in your best retro ski gear and celebrate winter at the Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest. Enjoy games, a live DJ and après ski dance party, awesome food truck fare, and of course plenty of craft brews, along with wines, spirits, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages. Embrace the cold weather at the hottest après ski party of the season!

  • When: February 10, 2024 12 pm - 6 pm
  • Where: Roundhouse Park
  • Cost: General Admission - $44.95 + taxes and fees. Buy your tickets online!
    • PRESTO Perk: Use code PRESTO20 at checkout when you buy your tickets online and save 20% off admission. (Limited to the first 500 tickets
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO bus or GO train to Union Station, then walk west on Front St. and turn south down Simcoe St. to Roundhouse Park.
Learn more about Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest 2024

Winterfest Festival

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As winter wraps its snowy arms around the landscape, Hamilton transforms into a wonderland of festivities and merriment. From dazzling light displays to heartwarming community events, Winterfest is a celebration that captures the spirit of the season. Join us as we embark on a journey through a snowy spectacle of joy and discovery, where the warmth of community and the sparkle of winter create unforgettable moments for all to enjoy.

  • When: February 2 - 19, 2024
  • Where: Winterfest Hub – The rooftop of Jackson Square and various locations
  • Cost: Buy your tickets online!
  • Get There With GO: Take GO to Hamilton GO Centre then take Burlington Transit.
Learn more about the Winterfest Festival

Because Beer (Brrr) Craft Beer Festival

Over two days, Saturday and Sunday, sip and sample brews from 30+ breweries, including many local and Ontario craft beers and some international selections as well.

  • When: February 16 – 17, 2024
  • Where: Bridgeworks event space (200 Caroline St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 0A6)
  • Cost: Buy your tickets online!
  • Get There With GO: Take GO to Hamilton GO Centre then take Burlington Transit.
Learn more about the Because Beer (Brrr) Craft Beer Festival

AutoShow 2024

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The largest automotive expo in Canada returns with all your favourite features. Make your way to the Auto Exotica exhibit to see supercars and hypercars, or if rare collectables are more your model, head to the Cobble Beach Classics exhibit. Have an off-road experience indoors at Camp Jeep, learn about and test drive electric vehicles, check out the tribute to Indycar, and more. Bring the kids to see the life sized Barbie and Hot Wheels Garage of Legends display in the Mattel exhibit as well as play, build, and get photo ops at The LEGO Group exhibit! There’s something for every auto enthusiast, but leave your own car at home and use GO Transit for the easy and affordable way to get to the Canadian International AutoShow.

  • When: February 16 - 25, 2024
  • Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Cost: Buy your tickets online!
    • Adult - $26
    • Senior (age 65+) - $17
    • Youth (ages 12-16) - $16.50
    • Child (ages 7-11) - $7.50
    • Child (6 & under) – FREE
    • Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children ages 7-11) - $53
    • Get the best deal with GO + AutoShow Combo Tickets! Includes Admission to the AutoShow + round trip GO fare to and from Union Station from any other GO Station.
      • Adult Combo Ticket - $35
      • Family Combo Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) - $73
      • GO Adult Super Tuesday Ticket - $30
  • Get There With GO: Take GO to Union Station. Proceed to the upper level of the station and use the SkyWalk. Follow the signs for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Learn more about AutoShow 2024

Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame Festival

The Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame Festival celebrates the rich legacy of humor in Canada, showcasing iconic comedians and emerging talents through a diverse array of performances, events, and programs aimed at fostering the appreciation and evolution of Canadian comedy.

  • When: February 21 – 24, 2024
  • Where: FirstOntario Concert Hall (1 Summers Ln) or The Studio (1 Summers Ln)
  • Cost: Varies
  • How to get there with GO: Take the GO to Hamilton GO Centre or West Harbour GO and walk
Learn more about the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame Festival

St. Patrick’s Parade 2024

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 17th, 2024, when the streets of Toronto will transform into a sea of green, laughter, and Irish cheer. GO Transit is the easiest way to get to the end of the rainbow (otherwise known as downtown Toronto), and for much less than a pot of gold.

  • Date: March 17th, 2024
  • Cost: Free
  • Where: Downtown Toronto (Feel free to watch the parade from anywhere along the Parade Route!)
  • Get there with GO: Take GO Transit to Union Station, and from there, make your way to your preferred location on the parade route!
Learn more about the St. Patrick's Parade

Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey is Canada’s official national winter sport, so it’s the perfect season for a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame! Hockey fans of all ages will love the hockey artifacts, interactive simulation games, replica NHL dressing room, and up-close look at the original Stanley Cup. Pay tribute to the greats and put your own stick skills to the test. It’s everything you love about Canada’s favourite sport — all in one place!

  • When: Year round
  • Where: Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street (Yonge & Front)
  • Cost:
    • General admission (age 14-64) - $25
    • Senior (65+) - $20
    • Youth (age 4-13) - $15
    • Children 3 & under - free
    • PRESTO Perk: Show your PRESTO card to save 20% on admission when you buy your tickets in person.
  • Get There With GO: Take the GO train or GO bus to Union Station, and then it’s just a 5 minute walk east along Front Street.
Learn more about the Hockey Hall of Fame

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre

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Thanks for riding with us to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre!

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre has two fantastic shows running during December so you can make a trip to the theatre part of your holiday plans! .

Chris, Mrs. - A New Holiday Musical

The musical stage show for anyone who loves a heartwarming holiday story, Chris, Mrs. is full of laughs, surprises, and plenty of festive cheer. If you’re looking for something new to do with loved ones over the holidays, this family-friendly musical is the perfect theatre outing for everyone!

  • When: December 5 - 31, 2023
  • Where: Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St, Toronto
  • Cost: Tickets start at $51. Buy your tickets online!
  • Get There With GO: Take GO to Union Station and then take the TTC to Queen Station.

Slava’s Snowshow

Leave the stress of the everyday at the theatre doors and allow yourself some time to be silly this season. This Olivier® award-winning and Tony®-nominated production has dazzled and delighted audiences and critics in 12,000 showings across 40 countries since its 1993 premier. Experience the true art of clowning — it’s sure to leave you smiling!

This show is recommended for ages 8 and up.

  • When: December 22 - December 31, 2023
  • Where: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St, Toronto
  • Cost: Tickets start at $56.90. Buy your tickets online!
  • Get There With GO: Take GO to Union Station and then take the TTC to Queen Station.
Learn more about the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre

Toronto New Year’s Eve Fireworks

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Thanks for riding with us to the Toronto New Year’s Eve Fireworks!

Ring in the New Year in downtown Toronto! Fun activities will take place along Toronto’s waterfront, as well as recommended viewing areas for the midnight fireworks. Local DJs will be supplying the music to help you dance your way into 2024. Pop up performances and food trucks will keep you fueled up and entertained. Be sure to bundle up for this outdoor celebration, and use GO Transit for safe travel to and from the festivities!

  • When: December 31, 2023
    • 10:00 p.m. | Music begins
    • 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. | Pop-up performances
    • 11:30 p.m. – 12:15 a.m. | Webcast (if you’d rather celebrate from home)
    • 12:00 a.m. - 12:10 am | Fireworks display
    • 12:10 a.m. | Program ends, farewell announcement
  • Where: Downtown Toronto Waterfront
    • Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 1B6**
    • Sugar Beach Park, 11 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 1B6*
    • Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3M8**
    • Little Norway Park, 659 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3N2
    • HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 1A2*
    • Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto ON M5J 2G8**

*indicates an official viewing area which is has live audio as well as surprise pop-up performances

**indicates an official viewing area which has a live viewing screen, audio and as well as surprise pop-up performances

  • Cost: FREE!
  • Get There With GO: Take GO to Union Station and then walk down to the waterfront.
Learn more about New Year’s Eve in Toronto

The Distillery Winter Village

The Distillery Village

Thanks for riding with us to the Distillery Winter Village!

You’ll feel like you’re walking through a scene in a holiday movie as you stroll the cobblestone streets, surrounded by twinkling lights, festive sounds, and delicious smells. There are opportunities for Instagrammable moments around every corner (be sure to snap a pic in front of the stunning Christmas tree in Trinity Square), and cafés and outdoor bars that are perfect places to stop for a sip. Get your holiday shopping done at the quaint vendor cabins, where you’ll find unique gifts for everyone on your list!

Entry to the Winter Village requires a ticket at certain times. Check the full schedule so you can plan accordingly.

  • When: November 16 - January 7, 2024
  • Where: Distillery District in Toronto
  • Cost: Buy your tickets online!
    • General Admission - $15 (HST included)
    • Flex Ticket - $18 (HST included)
    • Express Gate Entry - $30 (HST included)
    • Combo Ticket (Winter Village + Illuminarium) - $45 (HST included
    • Children ages 9 and under are FREE for GA, Flex, and Express Gate.
    • Children ages 2 and under are also FREE for Combo Ticket.
    • Express Gate Entry - $30 (HST included)
    • Combo Ticket (Winter Village + Illuminarium) - $45 (HST included)

Note: Tickets must be purchased in advance. No on-site ticket sales.     

  • Get There With GO: Take GO to Union Station and then take a TTC bus to Front St East at Cherry St.
Learn more about The Distillery Winter Village

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls

Thanks for riding with us to the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights!

See Niagara Falls at its most magical during the Winter Festival of Lights where over 3 million lights and 75+ massive lighting displays transform the city into a twinkling winter wonderland! Don’t miss the stops on the Hot Chocolate Trail along the way, where you can warm up indoors with a delicious treat.

  • When: November 18, 2023 to January 7, 2024
  • Where: 8 km (5 mi) along the Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Canada
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Get there with GO: Take GO to Niagara Falls GO and then take the WEGO bus. Learn how you could travel to Niagara with GO
Learn more about the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse – Annual Poinsettia Show

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse

Thanks for riding with us to the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse – Annual Poinsettia Show!

The Floral Showhouse is an oasis of botanical beauty year round, and features several different floral shows throughout the year. During the holiday season, the Floral Showhouse is bursting with jolly colours and lights for the Annual Poinsettia Show. Take a break from the cold and step into a garden of festive warmth!

  • When: The Annual Poinsettia Show runs November 18, 2023 - January 7, 2024
  • Where: 7145 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
  • Cost:
    • Adults: $8
    • Child: $5
    • Infant (2 & under): FREE
  • Get there with GO: Take GO to Niagara Falls GO and then take the WEGO bus. Learn how you could travel to Niagara with GO
Learn more about the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse

Winter Wonders Event at Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Garden

Thanks for riding with us to the Winter Wonders Event at Royal Botanical Gardens!

Enjoy a magical evening experience at Royal Botanical Gardens (RGB)! Perfect for a date or evening out with friends, Winter Wonders at RBG is a lovely way to celebrate the season. Festive music will play as you stroll through the gardens and illuminated pathways, decorated with lights and interactive installations. You can warm up with a festive drink or admire the charming indoor Botanical Train display. Top off your evening with a stop in the Shop at the Gardens for some unique holiday gifts. Purchase a GO + Winter Wonders Combo Ticket, available for Saturday experiences, and your ticket will include return GO travel to Aldershot GO station, admission to Winter Wonders, and free shuttle transportation between Aldershot GO Station and Royal Botanical Gardens.

  • When: November 23, 2023 - January 7, 2024 (Thursdays to Sundays) 5 pm - 9 pm (timed ticket entry)
  • Where: Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Cost: Buy your tickets online!
    • Adult GO Event Combo Ticket* - $33.77 (available on Saturdays only - Includes: GO return ticket (to and from) Aldershot GO, a complimentary shuttle bus from Aldershot GO to RGB, and admission to the Winter Wonders)
    • Regular Adult Ticket - $23.60 (doesn’t include GO and shuttle from Aldershot to the event)
    • Child Ticket - $19.08 (Kids 12 and under ride free on the GO)
  • Get There With GO:

    • If you purchase a GO event combo ticket (available Saturday only), take GO to Aldershot GO and use the free shuttle to the event being provided by Royal Botanical Gardens.
    • For regular tickets, take the GO to Aldershot GO and connect to Hamilton Street Railway or Burlington GO and connect with Burlington Transit
Learn more about the Winter Wonders

Cavalcade of Lights

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Thanks for riding with us to the Cavalcade of Lights!

Downtown Toronto lights up during the holiday season! The Cavalcade of Lights is inspired by the many festivals around the world that are centred on light. The opening night celebration includes the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree and live performances.  The lighting installations will remain until January 7, however, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the Cavalcade of Lights.

  • When: November 25, 2023 - January 7, 2024, 5 pm - 11 pm
  • Where: Nathan Phillips Square
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Get There With GO: Travel by GO bus or train to Union Station. From Union Station, it’s a 14 minute walk north up Bay Street, or you can take the TTC to Queen Station or Osgoode Station.
Learn more about the Cavalcade of Lights

Ways To Save This Winter

Affordable fares and cool discounts will keep your winter travel plans from emptying your wallet.

PRESTO Perks

Make your winter outing extra merry with discounted admission to lots of popular attractions and events.

Weekend Pass

Winter weekend planning is easy with unlimited GO travel! Ride all day on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday for just $10 with a One-Day Weekend Pass.

Weekday Group Pass

A day off during the week is the perfect opportunity for a winter adventure with your friends! Use a Weekday Group Pass when you head out for Monday to Friday fun, and everyone can travel together for one low fare.

Kids GO Free

Keep winter boredom at bay with family outings that include a fun GO train ride! Kids aged 12 and under always ride free on GO so it’s easy to plan affordable fun all season long.

Fare Discounts

Teens and Post-Secondary Students can head out for wintry fun at an affordable price with GO Transit and UP Express! Youth PRESTO fare (age 13-19) and Post-Secondary Student save 40% off the standard adult fare with PRESTO. If your winter outing includes travel on local transit, you’ll be excited to hear that you can transfer for free when you’re connecting between GO and most local transit agencies.

Choose the GO fare that’s right for your trip!

Toronto International Boat Show

Toronto Boat Show

Thanks for riding with us to the Toronto International Boat Show!

North America’s Largest & Best Indoor Boat Show returns to the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place from January 19 - 28, 2024.

Prepare to Shop, Compare & Make Deals from over 450 exhibitors, AND attend over 440 Seminars, AND Take In the World’s Largest Indoor Lake for Boaters - We know its more than a one-day visit to the Show for so many!  

It’s everything you need to know about boating, all under one roof! And it’s just steps away from Exhibition GO Station so it’s easy and convenient to get there on the GO train. Use a GO Combo Ticket for round-trip GO travel + your Toronto Boat Show admission! 

    • Adult 1-Day (ages 17+) - $25
    • Adult 2-Day (ages 17+) - $33
    • Senior 1-Day (ages 65+) - $22
    • Senior 2-Day (ages 65+) - $30
    • Kids ages 16 & under attend for FREE!
  • Purchase a GO Combo Ticket for admission to the Toronto Boat Show + round-trip GO transportation to and from Exhibition GO Station:
    • Adult 1-Day + GO Transit Combo Ticket - $30
    • Adult 2-Day + GO Transit Combo Ticket - $48
    • Senior 1-Day + GO Transit Combo Ticket - $27
    • Senior 2-Day + GO Transit Combo Ticket - $45
  • PRESTO Perk: If you’re purchasing your tickets onsite, be sure to show your PRESTO card to save 20% on admission!
  • Get There With GO: Take the Lakeshore West train to Exhibition GO Station. It drops you right at Exhibition Place, just a short walk to the show’s entrance in Heritage Court.
Learn more about the Toronto International Boat Show

Save with PRESTO Perks

Find out how and where you can show your PRESTO card to get discounts on some of Ontario's top attractions, through the PRESTO Perks program.

There's No Season Like Snow Season!

Winter fun is waiting just around the snowbank. Ride GO Transit to all the events and activities this season — we’re much warmer than a one-horse open sleigh. 

Plan your trip now!