Mississauga’s Winter Pleasures

It’s getting to that time of year again- the time when most of us want nothing more than to curl up on our couches and drink hot beverages.

However, we should all try to stay active this season, and Mississauga has a ton of great things to do! Here are our all-time favourite winter activities to get you up and moving!

Ice Skating

Mississauga has a number of great skating rinks to get you into the wintry spirit.

Outdoor Rinks:

Celebration square has an ice rink with trees and lights, plus some tunes to skate to. It opens in late November. There is also a New Years Eve skating event every year under the stars!

Burnhamthorpe outdoor rink is another great option, and it’s open from December 4th to March 11th, with fun outdoor skating every day of the week.  You can check this schedule for dates and times.

Indoor Rinks:

Iceland is our favourite indoor skating arena. Check their schedules here to see times and details.

Cross Country Skiing

We recommend the going skiing at the beautiful Terra Cotta Conservation Area! It has gorgeous views, and it’s not a problem if you don’t have your own equipment. Ski equipment rental packages are around $27 per adult, and $17 for kids and seniors. More information can be found here.


According to Mississauga’s own website, the top 3 places for tobogganing are Brookmede Park, Birchwood Park, and Erindale Park. Don’t forget your snowsuit!

Santa Claus Parade and Christmas in the Village

A long standing holiday tradition for many families includes attending the Mississauga Santa Claus Parade. This year, it’s located in Erin Mills (Erin Mills Auto Centre) and will happen on December 3rd.

The Christmas in the Village Festival is a newer tradition located in Streetsville. It’s a free family friendly event that includes live music, delicious food, craft tents, craft beer, wintry snacks and more. It’s located at Queen and Main on November 25th and 26th.

Winter Museum Activities

Not feeling the cold? There are several cool historical locations that you can visit for a slightly warmer seasonal experience.

Bradley House:

1620 Orr Road, Mississauga | Phone: 905-615-4860

Come check out how early settlers lived around Christmastime- like cooking over a hearth!

Benares Historic House:

1507 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga | Phone: 905-615-4860

Benares is free to the public, but they do collect non-perishables for the local food bank. Be sure to call and check their operating hours before going!

And don’t forget!

The City of Mississauga supports many winter goodwill programs. Please consider helping any of these organizations meet their goals this season.

Mississauga News Santa Claus Fund: This organization provides gift boxes to children under 12 so that everyone can have an excellent holiday season. Each box contains warm weather gear, a book, a toy, candy, and more. 100% of donations go into these boxes!

Seasons Christmas Show: Entry to this show is a donation of a new unwrapped toy. All toys go to support Peel’s Children’s Aid foundation.

Toys for Tots: This organization accepts unwrapped presents, cash, and Canadian tire money which all goes to children in need.

You can find even more activities and events by visiting the official Mississauga Celebration Square page here.

Will you be participating in any of these activities? What’s your favourite thing to do in the winter? Let us know!

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