Canada is famous for winter. The world over, we’re known as a country that finds ways to stay healthy, happy, and entertained through six months of freezing temperatures. How? Because we know that a little snow on the ground only adds to winter cheer. Because we know that, on a cold day, there’s nothing that a cup of hot chocolate can’t fix. Because we know that winter means snowmen, tobogganing, sparkling lights, mulled wine, roaring fires, and a remarkable lineup of cold weather events. Here are some of the best ones coming to Markham this season. Cheers to winter!

Ice Skating

Markham offers endless options to hit the rink. From the Civic Centre ice rink to almost a dozen skating programs designed for beginners and enthusiasts alike, Toronto’s neighbour to the north is a great place to lace up.


Markham boasts four of the top spots for best places to toboggan in the GTA according to Start slip sliding at Mint Leaf Park, Milliken Mills Park, Milne Park, or Paramount Park. Just remember to get the lay of the land before bombing downhill and always use common sense. Putting safety first will help make sure you can enjoy winter activities all season long.

New Year’s Eve in Downtown Markham

December 31st may mark the end of the year, but come January, winter is just getting started. Ring in the new year in downtown Markham with live music and a fireworks display.

Winter Recreation Programs

If you prefer to stay cozy and watch the snow fall from the comfort of the indoors, why not sign up for one of the city’s winter recreation programs? Take a photography course. Shoot some hoops. Become an expert cake decorator. Learn French. There’s something to suit every taste.

Beer Tasting

Toast winter with a visit to the Rouge River Brewing Company. Markham’s first craft brewery offers tastings and special events throughout the year.


Cheer on a local team at a Markham Waxers game or watching the Unionville Jets. Bundle up and put on your best game face for Canada’s unofficial national sport.

Winter Movie Night

Mark your calendars – on select Tuesdays in January, February, and March you can head to the Flato Markham Theatre for Markham at the Movies, and catch current cinema favourites on the big screen.