5 Things To Do in York Region — December 7 to 11, 2020
By: Valeria Nunziato // 12.07.2020
Winter can move you in different ways! York Region is host to a number of amazing activities to get you into a joyful spirit, while keeping COVID-19 safety protocols in mind. We compiled a list of some of the best events happening in York Region this week from great eats to interactive arts to special events and everything in between.
1. Celebrate light and life at City of Vaughan's Virtual Menorah Lighting Festival
City of Vaughan is ensuring we still spend time together as a community with several online virtual ceremonies for the holidays. Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council invite everyone to the virtual Menorah lighting festival from the comfort of your own space. Kick off the 8 days of Chanukah with this very special ceremony that is centred around the very symbol of light and life, the Menorah.
When: Thursday, December 10, 4:30 PM
2. Become an advocate for change at Write for Rights
The Aurora and Newmarket Write for Rights event presented in partnership with Amnesty International is being held virtually this year. Assist in being an advocate for change—all you have to do is get your pen to paper this December! Write for Rights is one of the world’s biggest human rights event with the sole purpose of shining a light on injustice. Participants are involved in life-changing action, because there is power in words, and in numbers. Join this mighty cause and get to writing!
When: Thursday, December 10, 7 to 8 PM
3. Enjoy a skate at Newmarket's Riverwalk Commons Outdoor Rink
Participate in a classic Canadian holiday tradition and join an outdoor skate at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons. It’s the perfect family activity to enjoy this December, and you can enjoy your first skate as early as December 11th (weather permitting)! All participants are required to book a skating timeslot in advance in order to provide a safe and fun environment for all skaters.
When: Monday to Friday, 5 PM to 10 PM / Saturday to Sunday, 9 AM to 10 PM
Where: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, 200 Doug Duncan Drive
4. Try out a new flavours at Street Eats Market at Hillcrest Mall
Go out for a new and fun culinary experience at Street Eats Market, Ontario’s first Curbside Pickup Food Festival! Enjoy a range of worldly foods from Thai to Cuban cuisine with the six participating vendors: 6 Spice Rack, El Bosco, Food from East Express, The Basil Box, The Cuban Thing, and The Smoke Stop. The Street Eats Market offers walk-up and curbside pickup orders and will soon be offering online ordering too! With safety protocols in check, you can enjoy the Street Eats Market all this week and until end of December.
When: Monday to Friday, 11 AM to 7 PM / Saturday to Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM
Where: Hillcrest Mall, 9350 Yonge St (at 16th Avenue)
5. Learn more about Canada's deep Indigenous histories at the McMichael Gallery
Early Days: Indigenous Art at the McMichael showcases the gallery’s impressive collection of over 1,500 creations by Indigenous artists including Robert Houle and Carl Beam, and contemporary artists including Kent Monkman and Rebecca Belmore. Included are Inuit drawings, prints, textiles and sculptures dating as early as the eighteenth century. This collection celebrates the powerful legacies and promotes the vitality of Indigenous art in Canada. As the cold weather moves approved social gatherings indoors, take advantage of this opportunity to appreciate the deep Indigenous histories of Canada right in York Region.
When: Mondays to Wednesdays: Grounds Only / Thursdays to Sundays: 10 AM to 5 PM
Where: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave
Cost: Free for members / $5 to $18 for non-members