As winter slowly comes to an end here in Ontario, the promise of spring, warmer weather, and even some lifted COVID restrictions are on the horizon. Back in 2020, the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Toronto was the first major event to be cancelled due to the pandemic. However, two years later, the event is back on, along with other festivities!

St. Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March 17th, falling right in the middle of March Break. As a result, you may be wondering how to celebrate with your family. Well, look no further! We have a list of five family-friendly activities you can enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day at your family’s comfort level. 

1. Toronto St. Patrick’s Day parade

The biggest celebration will definitely be the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Toronto. This parade invites everyone to celebrate the luck of the Irish! Your whole family can dress up in green and head downtown on March 20th to join in the fun. The parade route begins at Bloor and St. George, and travels down Bloor, Yonge, and Queen Street. Plus, attendance is completely free! 

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2. Attend a traditional Irish Céilidh 

If you have older kids in your family, celebrate at a traditional Irish Céilidh (pronounced “Kaylee”). A Céilidh is a social gathering with live music and traditional Irish food and drink. For an authentic experience, visit Montgomery’s Inn, a museum straight out of 1840s Ireland located in Etobicoke. The Céilidh will be held on March 18th. Admission is $5, and an extra $5 to try some Irish stew. There is also a cash bar available for the parents! 

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3. Saint Patrick’s Day at Toronto Public Libraries

Take this holiday as a chance to learn about a new culture, or get closer to your family’s Irish heritage. Toronto Public Libraries are offering family-friendly activities this Saint Patrick’s Day, including music, crafts, and folk tales. Find your local branch and learn something new! These activities will be running from March 15th through March 17th.

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4. Do some Saint Patrick’s Day activities at home

If your family feels more comfortable staying in this year, have some fun and make some crafts inspired by the holiday. You can make lucky four-leaf clovers out of construction paper, bake some tasty treats, and even add green food colouring to your meals! Check out this article by Child’s Life for 15 fun St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas. 

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5. Don’t live in Toronto? Check out local Saint Patrick’s Day events!

If you don’t live in Toronto and still want to get out and celebrate with your family, do some research to see if any local events are being held. This is also a great option if you do live in Toronto, but don’t feel comfortable attending the big gatherings yet. For example, Brockville is hosting a Saint Patrick’s Day family celebration on March 17th from 2-4 pm at the Brockville Public Library. This fun event will feature traditional Irish song and dance, crafts, refreshments, and story time featuring Irish myths and legends. Admission is free! 

We hope this article gave you some ideas on how to celebrate safely with your family this year. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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