Celebrate the Holidays Like a True Torontonian: A Guide to December Festivities and Drinks

Hello Toronto! The holiday season is upon us, and the city is buzzing with excitement and festive cheer. From the enchanting Glow Christmas Market to our iconic Santa Claus Parade, there’s no shortage of holiday festivities to enjoy. And what better way to enhance the celebrations than with some delightful drinks from Drink Ink, Toronto’s original after-hours alcohol delivery service? Let’s dive into the ultimate guide to December festivities and drinks in the 6ix!

Glow Christmas Market (November 30th – December 31st):

Step into a winter wonderland at the Toronto Congress Centre with the Glow Christmas Market. Explore themed exhibits, indulge in seasonal eats, and shop for unique gifts at the Merry Makers’ Market.

Drink Suggestion: Warm up with a Spiced Rum Hot Chocolate, made with Bacardi Gold Rum, rich cocoa, and topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

The Original Santa Claus Parade (November 26th):

Experience the magic of the 119th Santa Claus Parade, a Toronto tradition since 1905. Marvel at the floats, enjoy the performances and feel the festive spirit in the air.

Drink Suggestion: Celebrate this historic event with a Classic Rye Whisky Eggnog, made with Canadian Club 100% Rye, creamy eggnog, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Cavalcade of Lights (November 25th – January 7th):

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at the Cavalcade of Lights, featuring mesmerizing lighting installations and the grand illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree.

Drink Suggestion: Sip on a Hot Apple Cider, made with Bacardi Gold Rum, fresh apple cider, a cinnamon stick, and a slice of orange, while enjoying the lights and festivities.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Toronto (December 31st):

Toronto is the place to be when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. The city comes alive with celebrations, parties, and events to ring in the new year in style. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect:

Nathan Phillips Square:

Join thousands of Torontonians and visitors at Nathan Phillips Square, the city’s premier spot for New Year’s Eve festivities. The square transforms into a grand celebration with live music performances, DJ sets, and interactive installations. The highlight of the night is the spectacular fireworks display that lights up the sky as the new year begins.

Drink Suggestion: Toast to the new year with a Toronto Icewine Martini, made with local icewine, vodka, and a splash of white cranberry juice, capturing the essence of Toronto’s winter and the joy of celebration.

Other Celebrations Across the City

Rebel: Dance the night away at one of Toronto’s largest entertainment complexes, offering stunning views of the city and lake.

Toronto Beach Club: Enjoy a luxurious celebration with a beachfront view, complete with live entertainment and gourmet food.

El Mocambo: Experience a unique celebration at this iconic music venue, known for its rich history and vibrant atmosphere.

Various Bars and Clubs: Explore the city’s diverse nightlife with celebrations happening in every neighborhood, from the trendy bars in King West to the lively clubs in the Entertainment District.

Drink Suggestion for Citywide Celebrations: Toast to the new year with a Vodka Cranberry, made with Finlandia Vodka and cranberry juice, garnished with a lime wedge.

Private New Year’s Eve Parties:

For those preferring a more intimate setting to welcome 2023, hosting a private New Year’s Eve party is a fantastic option. Gather your closest friends and family, create a cozy atmosphere, and celebrate the new year in style.

Drink Suggestion: Shake up a ‘Toronto Midnight Mix’ – a blend of Canadian Club 100% Rye, simple syrup, and bitters, garnished with an orange twist.

Toronto comes alive during the holiday season, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by indulging in festive drinks and partaking in the city’s vibrant festivities. Drink Ink is here to supply all your holiday drink needs, ensuring your celebrations are merry, bright, and full of cheer. Cheers to a fantastic holiday season in the 6ix!

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