Scarborough, located in the eastern part of Toronto, Ontario, offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors during the holidays.
On a personal note, my mom lived in my childhood home for "52" years. It existed on a great street in a wonderful neighbourhood. We kids were either hanging out on the street or playing. Hide and seek was one of our games, and we did stuff in the creek. Yes, we were the generation that stayed outside until the lights came on or you heard your folks calling your name. "Danna Banana! It's dinner or bedtime!"
Here are some suggestions:
1. Scarborough has the best ethnic food suburb in the world! An influx of immigrants from Middle Eastern nations in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and more recently, Syria, has turned the Wexford Maryvale area of Scarborough into a prime destination for Middle Eastern dining. There is a strip along Lawrence Ave. lined with mom and pop Shawarma shops. I love Shawarma Empire!
This U.S. economist agrees and touts Scarborough...: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/u-s-economist-touts-scarborough-as-best-ethnic-food-suburb/article_7f6c8e9f-e35d-5c65-a975-813540455a63.html
2. Scarborough Bluffs: Take a winter hike at the Scarborough Bluffs. While it might be too cold for a swim, the bluffs offer stunning views of Lake Ontario, and the trails can be picturesque in the winter. I've walked that beach 100 billion times. It's worth a trip to Scarberia!
3. Toronto Zoo: Visit the Toronto Zoo for a festive experience. And you probably will see more animals out in about as they like cold air better then hot summer days.
4. Scarborough Town Centre: Explore Scarborough Town Centre for holiday shopping. The mall is likely to be adorned with festive decorations, and you can find a wide range of shops for your holiday shopping needs. I usually say, Deck the Halls, Avoid the Malls, but since I made the arcade manager a millionaire (Mrs. Pac Man, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, and Pinball) and got my first job there (Cojannas at $4.25/hour), I approve of this mall, but just this once. :)
5. Support Small Businesses: With a lot more businesses closing due our tough times, we need support small businesses.
6.Thomson Memorial Park: Check out Thomson Memorial Park for outdoor activities. Depending on the weather, you might be able to enjoy some winter sports like ice skating or tobogganing ( childhood memories).
7. Guild Inn Estate: Visit the Guild Inn Estate, a historic site with beautiful gardens. While the gardens might be covered in frost, the estate itself can be a charming place to explore during the holiday season. My new neighbours just got married there in October.
8. Scarborough Arts: Check out local art galleries and community arts events.