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Winter’s chill can’t keep Canadians from seeking adventure and creating memories to last for years to come. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite family-friendly seasonal activities below.

Outdoor Activities

Dog Sledding at North Ridge Ranch 

Embark on a snowy ride through hills and forests on the back of a cozy dog sled for an unforgettable experience. You’ll fall in love with the adorable pups and can enjoy a steamy cup of hot chocolate to warm up after the ride.

Niagara Festival of Lights

Experience the spectacular light displays, Light Art, interactive illuminations, fireworks, festive events and over three million lights displayed along an eight kilometre route on the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and Niagara Falls.

Winter Glamping at Alabaster Acres

Spend the night in your own frosty forest paradise with a glamping getaway at Alabaster Acres. Take a farm tour, have an animal meet and greet and wrap up the night by cozying up by the fire with s’mores.

Explore Hamilton’s Frozen Waterfalls

One of Hamilton’s claims to fame is its many waterfalls (no wonder it’s earned the title of Waterfall Capital of the World!) You don’t want to miss a chance to see some of the 100 plus waterfalls in the area freeze over, offering stunning glassy views.

Build a Snowman Challenge 

Frozen’s young Anna captured the spirit of this snowman-building challenge, so bundle up and get ready for an outdoor adventure right in your own yard. Get creative to encourage outrageous designs, anything from best snow-superhero to most colourful snowman. Give out prizes for the most creative and best-looking snow person around.

Indoor Activities

Snuggle Up to a Movie Marathon

Dim the lights, grab some popcorn and hit play on your favourite holiday flicks for a cozy day well spent. Pro tip: for a little extra movie magic, use a projector and white bed sheet to transform your living room or basement into the ultimate theatre.

Host an Epic Game Night

Nothing says indoor fun like a good old-fashioned game night. Divide yourselves into teams and prepare for a little friendly competition with a combination of card games, board games and cult classics like charades. For the little ones looking to join in on the game night fun, set up an indoor scavenger hunt complete with winter-themed clues.

Set Up a DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

Grab your favourite hot chocolate mix along with a few traditional and not-so-traditional toppings for a winter treat with a DIY twist. Whether it’s a quick set up for the family to enjoy on a cold winter’s night or a way to incorporate the idea at your next holiday gathering, this sweet and simple activity is guaranteed fun for all ages.

Try Your Hand at Embroidery

If you’re looking for an easy and relaxing activity while enjoying the warmth of the indoors, embroidery could be it. With a number of online resources to get started, you’ll be an embroidery expert in no time. Bonus: your creations can be the perfect handmade holiday gift.

Make Pasta from Scratch

You may not be able to travel to Italy this year, but you can bring a taste of la bella Italia to your kitchen. It may seem a little intimidating at first, but making homemade pasta is a lot easier (and tastier) than you think. You’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment when you see what a delicious dish you can create with a few simple ingredients.

Plan a Cookie Swap

Spread a little holiday cheer by organizing an intimate cookie swap. You’ll get to test and exchange your best recipes and go home with a wealth of yummy treats to enjoy. Take note of what each guest is bringing to avoid duplicates and set up a little packing station to ensure the swap is a sweet success.

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