Toronto is a fun place to be in December, as most large cities are. There are Christmas markets, lots of pretty lights, skating rinks, and lots of other fun Christmas-y things to do. So when a couple of Justine and I’s friends were going to be in Toronto on the same weekend mid December, it became a bit of a thing. And by ‘a bit of a thing,’ I mean we rented a 12 person AirBnb and had a huge friends Christmas in the City weekend.
Renting an AirBnb was not the initial thought. Obviously since Justine and I live in Toronto, it was assumed that people would stay at our place. But when it became clear that all 10 of our friends were going to be able to come for the weekend, we needed another plan. Luckily we were able to find an AirBnb that fit all of us, was a decent price, and was downtown.
Place #51: 631 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 2B7
On Friday night we played games and went out. Saturday morning we made breakfast at the AirBnb then went skating at Nathan Phillips Square. As Emily pointed out, I say this every time I go skating, but I really enjoy skating. And this winter I’m going to do something about it! Nathan Phillips Square is only a 10min walk away from my apartment, and now that I have skates in Toronto, I’m going to go on a regular basis. One of my goals in 2019 is to exercise more regularly, and skating is going to be a part of that until it gets too warm.
Saturday evening we went to Sneaky Dee’s for nacho before heading across the city to the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District. Much to our surprise, there was a huge line up to get in. I’ve never seen lines before in previous years. When we went to the ticket booth, the person there told us the line was taking about an hour to get in. With only an hour and a half until the market closed, it wasn’t worth paying and standing in the cold. So we ended up walking all the way back to the AirBnb and watching Krampus. Krampus is not your average Christmas movie. There are monsters and people die.
On Sunday, we went to Fran’s for brunch and then headed out to the Christmas Market again. This time, there wasn’t a line up to get in and was significantly less busy than the night before. We wandered around for a while and people got various food and hot drinks. Late afternoon we parted ways as the London crew needed to get back home.
It was a lot of fun to have everyone together and hang out in Toronto. But boy am I glad we didn’t try and fit everyone into our tiny apartment.