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Canada Day Party Games

Looking to crank up the patriotic fun with some games to go with your Canada Day celebrations? Whether you’ve got kids, teens, adults, or even adults who could qualify as kids, we’ve got some suggestions for you. Here are some Canada Day party games to get your party going for the whole family!

For the Kids

Collective Flag Creations

If you’ve got a party full of kids to keep entertained and pre-occupied, this is a great activity for them to get involved with and explore their craftier side with the Canadian flag. All you need is enough pieces of square white square fabric for each person (or you can just use paper if you prefer). And with a variety of different materials (markers, stickers, glue-on shapes) ask the kids to re-create their version of the Canadian flag and what it means to them. They can draw moose, the maple leaf, even a Beaver Tail – anything to get them thinking about what they love most about Canada. Then put them up somewhere on display for the day.

Canadian Piñata

Who doesn’t love taking a swing at a piñata? Even if this is the only activity you have during your Canada celebration – it’s a winner. Everyone loves to watch as each person takes their turn flailing their arms around in anticipation for the candy. So hop online and check out places that sell them in your area. Or, you can make it a DIY project that you can make with the kids with a Canada theme to go along with. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this one!

Scavenger Hunt

Who says scavenger hunts have to be left for Easter? Kids absolutely love to go on the hunt for little treasures hidden around your yard or home. You can pick up a few items at the dollar store or candies and tell them to start hunting!

For the Grown-ups

Canada Trivia

The grown-ups need a little entertainment too. If you’re looking to test your knowledge of Canadian fun facts and things-that-you-should-know-but-don’t, then Canadian trivia is the perfect game to stimulate your mind while relaxing with a beverage in hand.

Bocci Ball

So this may have Italian roots, but Bocci Ball is a classic that you can’t go wrong with. It celebrates our diversity while getting the grown-ups out of their chairs and into the competition.

Wii Dance Party

Finally, if you have a Wii game system, throwing down a Dance Party addition at your Canada Day party will get both adults and kids pumped up and moving!

Throw some excitement into the mix at your Canada Day celebration this year. These games are guaranteed to crank up the fun factor and get the whole crew having a good time.

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Toronto’s Best Christmas Sights

New York gets all the credit in the movies and on television as the ultimate Christmas city. Well, we Toronto residents know the real truth – that we have New York beat. Not only is Canada home to Santa’s workshop way up north, we also boast the best big city in which to celebrate the Christmas season. Here are some of our favourite must-see Christmas sights in Toronto:

Nathan Phillips Square

Located at the heart of downtown Toronto, the seat of the city’s government is also the centre of holiday action in our nation’s biggest city. Nathan Phillips Square is illuminated with the holiday spirit, and it’s the perfect place to introduce kids to the magic of Christmas or even share a romantic night with a date. The large Christmas tree shines bright, and the outdoor skating rink is a great place to observe the special combination of shining Christmas lights and glowing office towers at night.

Bloor-Yorkville

This trendy shopping district is a perfect place to enjoy an evening stroll, looking at the beautiful Christmas lights and impressive window displays and artwork while sipping a hot chocolate or warm cider from one of the great vendors in the neighbourhood. Bloor-Yorkville is a great place to pick up Christmas gifts for friends and family, or just enjoy some holiday magic as you see the trees glow with seasonal colours.

The Nutcracker

Presented by the National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre, The Nutcracker is a must-see event for all Canadians and Christmas lovers. Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas story set in Imperial Russia is so elegantly performed by Canada’s best ballerinas and ballet dancers, your jaw will drop just like a nutcracker. With iconic music, a timeless story, and gorgeous choreography, The Nutcracker will get any Torontonian into the holiday spirit.

Toronto Christmas Market

The Distillery District is host to this annual holiday street market that features some of the best and most creative vendors in Canada. It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique and memorable Christmas gift while enjoying great entertainment, food, and cider and beer in the beer gardens. The kids will love shopping here, with a life-sized gingerbread house, carousel, and visits from Santa and his reindeer. You can get a taste of European Christmas tradition without leaving Toronto.

These are just some of the incredible events and sights that offer a hint of holiday magic to Toronto residents and visitors during the most festive time of year.

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Celebrate the Holiday Season in Style

Now that December is in full swing, so is the holiday party season. You may even be planning on hosting a festive party of your own. While the task may seem overwhelming, don’t fear – keep these easy tips in mind, and you’ll throw a party that has all the jingle bells rocking!

Guest List

Plan your list in advance rather than playing it by ear. Even if you plan inviting people in person or by email/evite, make sure you get a good feel for the expected number of guests. Make it clear whether plus ones or children are welcome. Requesting RSVPs can make this easier, but some guests don’t RSVP and show up anyway! If it is a casual party with finger food, you can easily prepare to feed an extra mouth or two, but if it is a small, intimate dinner party, making sure the number of expected dinners is known in advance.

Shopping and Advanced Preparation

Especially at a time of year when things are hectic enough already, make things easy on yourself by shopping well in advance. Decorations, beverages, non-perishable snack foods, and items like napkins and paper plates can be purchased well in advance. Many food items can be prepared and frozen until the day of the party. When you do go shopping for fresh items like baguettes and produce, make sure you bring a list! In the chaos, it can be easy to forget simple things like lemons. Plan and prepare!

Festive Touches

While we understandably focus on the drinks and food at holiday parties, other special touches can be added to impress your guests and make this party one to remember. Consider adding seasonal decorations in places you might overlook, like the foyer or bathroom. Some holiday tunes cranking on the stereo system or even tuning to the fireplace channel can add that extra touch to any holiday party. Seasonal scents like peppermint and cinnamon can make any home feel like holiday heaven.

Enjoy Yourself

In all the excitement of making sure your guests are comfortable, don’t forget to enjoy yourself as the host. The holiday season is about sharing time with family and friends, some of whom you may not get to see very often. Take a moment to relax and enjoy their company. Also don’t forget to savour the food you spent so much time preparing. Your guests will have an even better time knowing their host is having fun as well and enjoying their company.

With great food, friends, and holiday decorations, you’re sure to throw a holiday party for the ages. And these simple reminders can help you avoid the stress, impress your guests, and focus on the joy of the season.