Toronto Airport Reduces Seasonal Travel Stress

by Alyssa Daniells

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless you’re stranded at the airport thanks to a winter weather flight delay, or winding your way through holiday crowds. At Toronto Pearson International Airport however, there are lots of seasonal activities to make travel during this hectic season enjoyable.

From Dec 17 to 24, the airport is offering holiday programming to make your family’s travel wait fun and festive. Holiday hubs, found in both terminals, will feature pastimes like Christmas ornament-making and story time with Mrs. Claus.

ms claus at toronto pearson airport

Kids will also get the chance to speak to Santa live from the North Pole, at an interactive kiosk. (Not to be confused with an airline check-in kiosk, which could result in quite the surprise!) For the adults, last-minute gift shopping is a breeze thanks to complimentary gift wrapping at duty free.

If you’re flying from Toronto Airport’s Terminal 1, check out the changing art exhibits, curated by Canadian galleries and institutions. Family-friendly displays include Sports Hall of Fame memorabilia to towering dinosaurs from the Royal Ontario Museum, on currently.

Terminal 1 is also home to the Plaza Premium Lounge. Since it’s the holiday season, why not splurge on the $40 pass (kids under 2 years are free) to access large, comfy chairs, big screen TVs, hot meals, light snacks, soft and alcoholic drinks. Extra holiday indulgences you can enjoy at the airport are quick, pre-flight manicures and relaxing massages.

If the season is more about religion and reflection to you, the Aviation Interfaith Ministry offers a quiet place to pray or meditate in Terminals 1 and 3.

The festive spirit will be also in high gear at Vancouver International Airport, with a variety of classical and contemporary music performances, and more.

With so much holiday magic in the air, even grown-ups might be tempted to peer out the plane window to catch a glimpse a flying sleigh pulled by reindeer.

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