Winter Break 2020 – How To Spend Your Holidays While In Lock Down

Winter Break 2020 – How To Spend Your Holidays While In Lock Down

Winter Break 2020

Winter break begins in just under a month. If you are in a region that is in lock down, you are probably wondering how you will entertain the kids during their two week break. I’m sure we are all on the same page about this going to be the longest Winter ever! With shutdowns and restrictions, this will be a Winter break like no other. And trying to keep the kids entertained and off the screens for two weeks will be a challenge for most parents. 

We have put together a list of ideas or suggestions on how you can still enjoy your Winter break despite the shut downs. 

Enjoy light displays from a distance

How to spend Winter break 2020

There are many cities and towns that have organized spectacular light displays that can be enjoyed from the safety of your car. You don’t have to worry about social distancing or walking around in the cold. Grab a coffee or hot chocolate, blast the Christmas tunes, drive through and enjoy the light displays.

Below are some drive through light displays that are in or around Toronto.

Canadian Tire Christmas Trail

A 1.5 kilometer drive through experience with interactive displays and a chance to take a picture with Santa at the end.

Dates: November 18th – January 2nd

Tickets: $25 + HST

Holiday Nights of Lights

A drive through experience with LED lights that are synchronized to some popular Christmas music. It is a 2.25 kilometer stretch of interactive light displays.

Dates: November 20th – January 7th

Tickets: $25 – $65

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

How to spend winter break in lock down

This is Canada’s largest free outdoor festival. You can enjoy light displays spread across the Niagara Parkway and Dufferin Islands. We have experienced it two years in a row and the kids really enjoyed the lit up ‘play area’ that was installed last year. It is hard to imagine a year ago we were swinging on big swings and having the time of our lives on teeter-totters that lit up and played music. This year like any other year you can enjoy it from your car or the displays are set up in large open spaces to allow for physical distancing. However, be mindful if you are from an area that is in lock down. 

Dates: November 14th – January 10th

Tickets: FREE

Glow Gardens

How to spend winter break 2020

Last year Glow Gardens was set up indoors in Toronto and the kids enjoyed the scavenger hunt to help Santa find his lost presents. This year the displays have moved outdoors to Safari Niagara and it is a drive through event. It is 3 kilometers of twinkling lights and larger than life displays. You can experience the same amazing displays, in the safety and warmth of your car. 

Date: November 18th – January 2nd

Tickets: $30 per car

Go out for some outdoor activity during your Winter break

If you are in lockdown the great outdoors will never fail. It is always a good idea to get everyone out of the house for some fresh air and exercise. Below are a few things you can consider doing with the family during the kids Winter break.


In Toronto, there will be 54 outdoor rinks that will be operating in reduced capacity. There will be space for 25 skaters and you will have to reserve a time slot online. So if skating is your thing, lace up and hit the ice. 


This is a fun activity in the absence of a pandemic. With 23 hills across the city, the kids will definitely enjoy sliding down the hills and you can easily maintain your distance.


We tried snowshoeing for the first time last year and it was exhausting but fun. If you love hiking and the snow does not stop you, then this will be the perfect way to get a winter hike in. 

Family bake off

If your kids are anything like ours, we don’t need an occasion to bake. However, baking during their Winter break has become a fun tradition. Family baking is always  a good way to get the kids into the kitchen and bake some delicious goodies. Having friendly family competitions is a great way to get the kids excited and doing things. Decorate a gingerbread house, sugar cookies or any other delicious treat. The best part is everyone is a winner and gets to dig into all the creations. 

Winter break family movie nights

Movie nights or days are a great way to spend the holidays. Get creative and make it fun for the kids. We can’t go to the movie theatres, so set up your own theatre. Create movie tickets and set up a concession stand for the kids to “buy” their goodies. We find these little things go a long way with kids and make things a little bit more fun for them.

We hope everyone can get outside and find something fun to do to keep the kids entertained, active and off the screens!

If you have any other suggestions or recommendations, feel free to leave it in the comments below.

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