Top 5 Things to Do on Christmas Day
If you celebrate Christmas on Dec 24 like so many people, you will have a lot of spare time on Christmas Day in Mississauga. So here is a quick list -- based on years of experience -- of what to do on Christmas Day in Mississauga:
Walk around Port Credit
If there was ever a Christmas to walk around this would be it! Not many things will be open today because of the holiday and the COVID-19 pandemic, but the sheer beauty of this area will keep you moving. Grab your significant other and hold their hand and take them along the paths and streets of PC. Start off by parking your car at the Port Credit Library and start walking south. Go on the path that goes south under the Lakeshore bridge that follows the Credit River and take a walk around Snug Harbour and make your way to JJ Plaus Park to the tip of the path so you can see Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline on a clear day. Port Credit is one of the nicest places to walk around in Mississauga.
Streetsville and the Credit River
Another place that's nice to enjoy on foot is Streetsville. It might not have the beauty of a lake but it has a lot of hidden charms that you can explore on Christmas Day. I would start on Queen Street, and if you are lucky enough, you will find a place that's open to serve you coffee (takeout only) for the walk. Go south on Church Street and make your way down to Streetsville Memorial Park. There is a path that follows the Credit River north and it makes its way up to Main Street. Once you hit Main Street, make your way back up to Queen Street so you can explore historical Streetsville.
Even if you are not an ice skater (or just never go anymore), if there was a day to do it, it's Christmas Day! Grab someone in your household bubble and head down to one of the largest sheets of ice in the GTA -- Celebration Square. With Square One closed you will have no problem finding parking. The ice rink will be open from 10 am to 9 pm and if you don't have skates you can rent a pair. Keep in mind that due to physical distancing restrictions, you will need to make a reservation.
Watch a movie at home
Normally, we would recommend heading to your local theatre to check out a big Christmas release, but since movie theatres are closed in Peel, you might have to stream a flick or two at home. If you watch Netflix (and who doesn’t?), you can check out a brand new release, including A Dog’s Way Home, Holmes and Watson, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (which features late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman’s final performance) or The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. If you have Disney+, Pixar’s latest movie Soul will be available for streaming. Disney+ subscribers can also marathon the latest season of The Mandalorian in its entirety, because what Christmas Day isn’t improved by Grogu (nee Baby Yoda)?
Do some reading
You might not be able to read or study inside a library, but you can still support Mississauga’s library system by checking out an eBook! The library offers customers 24/7 access to eBooks and Audiobooks through the Libby App by OverDrive. Reader interest and usage have increased each year, with more than 4.4 million eBooks and Audiobooks checked out since 2010. In fact, the Mississauga Library surpassed one million digital book checkouts in November 2020, two months earlier than anticipated. Fun fact: The highest-circulating eBook borrowed in 2020 at Mississauga Library is Walk the Wire by David Baldacci.
The cover photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
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