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Christmas in Toronto

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Christmas in Toronto

My sister & I are interested in going to Niagara Falls or Toronto on 12/24-12/31 of this year. We are also planning on taking my nieces that are 7 & 14, this will be my nieces first time going to Canada. I want to make it fun! We live in PA and were considering driving there and just getting a hotel or B&B while on the trip. I really need some help with getting this in order. If you have any good ideas that won't break the bank ($1500) they will be greatly appreciated. I want to go to some museums, malls shows etc, but I also want to stay in a nice hotel or B&B. Links are welcomed!

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One suggestion would be to get a hotel or as you mentioned B&B in Toronto, and then take a day trip to Niagara Falls.

However, the children may enjoy seeing the falls at night (and grown ups too for that matter) so If you do decide to stay in Niagara Falls, the Villa Gardenia B & B has pretty good reviews and is reasonably priced.


As far as B & B's and hotels in Toronto, there are so many to choose from, it really depends what you are looking for. Your best bet would be to study the hotel and B & B reviews on the T/A site then come back with questions on any that interest you. Some hotels offer packages to the theatres, so you may want to check into that as well. Here are a few links that have information on hotel/theatre packages.




There are many activities in Toronto for children. The Science Centre and the Toronto Zoo are two very popular attractions . The Christmas Treat Walk at the Zoo looks like great fun. There is detailed information in regards to the Science Centre and the Toronto Zoo at the follwowing links.



You mentioned wanting to go to malls while in the city, the following link has a list of pretty much every mall in Toronto.


On the next link, you may find activities in Toronto geared towards children.


Also this link on the T/A site, has information on many museums in Toronto and so much more information about the city.


If you get a chance it is worthwhile to check out the gorgeous Christmas displays in the Hudson's Bay Store (The Bay) windows. The store is at Yonge and Queen.

Hope this helps a little.

Best wishes.


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I grew up in the falls, now live in Toronto and have a few recommendations. First, if you're trying to do a budget trip, there are a lot of deals for hotels in the Falls available - do a google and you could find some. The thing with the falls to remember is that you are pretty much only about a $10 cab ride away from the attractions, no matter where you are in the city. Avoid the hotels on Lundy's Lane between Montrose Rd and Kalar (they can get a bit seedy) but anything on Lundy's Lane (which turns into Ferry St, turns into Victoria Ave taking you right to Clifton Hill and the falls) between Montrose and east is good. Stanley Ave between the highway and McLeod Road is also a great bet. Just ask the hotels when you call where they are located. honestly though, even the worst areas of the city are nothing compared to the better ones in a big city.

There are a lot of BBs available on Niagara River Parkway (street running parallel to the falls themselves) but this is a pricey time of year. The Festival of lights - huge display at the falls starts at the end of Nov and NYE is a big deal. There's a huge party in the park, usually with a pretty big-named band, and it's free. We all used to go there in high school - your 14 year old niece might really like it.

Tip if you're driving - there are alot of "off site" casino parking lots, where you can park and a shuttle takes you for free to the casino. All that's required to go back to your car is what's called a "player's advantage card" which you get for free at one of the desks when you first enter the casino. It's totally worth "faking it" if you have to, parking in the lot, getting off at the casino since it's right in the heart of everything and then just going back in to get your "players advantage" card and taking the shuttle back to your car. Parking can be hard to find and very expensive. People who live near the falls charge $20+ to park in their driveways.

Good luck - you'll have a ball! Make sure you hit the outlet mall on Lundy's Lane - they've got Guess, Escada, Nine West, Nike and a ton others at great prices!

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Usually Casa Loma in Toronto has some sort of Christmas exhibit or show and the girls might like the Bata show museum. I wonder if you might be better off in a hotel with a swimming pool for the kids in Toronto than a bed and breakfast. Check the theatre for plays as well. I think there is a magazine called kids toronto that would list all the happenings- not sure if they have a website.

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Quito meant the Bata SHOE Museum of course.

Here's a website that you might find useful: travelforkids.com/Funtodo/Ontario/toronto.htm

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