No need to go into hi­ber­na­tion mode; there’s plenty to ex­plore in the city while stay­ing cozy.

even if the tem­per­a­ture has dropped and snow is swirling out­side, there’s no need to hi­ber­nate. there are plenty of ways to dis­cover the city while keep­ing nice and cozy.

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11 A.M.

Noth­ing beats a steam­ing cup of hot co­coa on a chilly win­ter’s day. While hot choco­late can be found at most cof­fee shops and cafés, we pre­fer the deca­dent con­coc­tions at Sweet Je­sus. There’s a trio of op­tions to choose from: the salted dark hot choco­late with choco­late whipped cream and an Oreo and choco­late rim; the s’mores hot choco­late with toasted marsh­mal­lows and a gra­ham crum­ble; or the cake bat­ter hot choco­late with cake bat­ter, vanilla whipped cream, cream cheese ic­ing, and red vel­vet crum­ble. 106 John St., sweet­je­sus4life.com

12:30 P.M.

A pip­ing-hot bowl of soup is a sure­fire way to warm up, and in this city that means a trip to Ravi Soups. Ths pop­u­lar “soup kitchen” is al­ways bustling thanks to tasty savoury op­tions like but­ter­nut squash purée, porcini mush­room wild rice bisque, cur­ried apri­cot and red len­til soup, and corn chow­der. 322 Ade­laide St. W., rav­i­soup.com

2 P.M.

Hid­ing from the cold in a dark­ened theatre with a movie and some pop­corn is a quin­tes­sen­tial win­ter ac­tiv­ity. If you’re look­ing to see some­thing other than Hol­ly­wood’s lat­est block­busters, try the TIFF Bell Light­box for Cana­dian and in­ter­na­tional screen­ings, as well as cinema-re­lated talks and work­shops. 350 King St. W., tiff.net

5 P.M.

If you can’t beat the cold, join it. While it might seem pre­pos­ter­ous to go some­where cold when it’s al­ready cold out­side, we prom­ise, Chill Ice House is an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed. At this frozen won­der­land, ev­ery­thing is made of ice, from the walls and the fur­ni­ture to the glassware and sculp­tures. The ice lounge is main­tained at -5°C de­grees, but don’t worry, in­su­lated jack­ets and gloves are pro­vided upon ar­rival. The space is fam­ily friendly un­til 8 p.m., af­ter which all guests are re­quired to be 19 years and older. 82 Bathurst St., chill­ice­house.com

7 P.M.

Head to Snakes & Lat­tes for an old-fash­ioned board game night. There are sev­eral lo­ca­tions in the city, each with hun­dreds of games rang­ing from clas­sics to new games. Whether you’re into trivia, strat­egy or party games, there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one here. While en­gag­ing in some friendly com­pe­ti­tion, sip on a craft beer or cider, milk­shakes, or their fa­mous Nutella latte, and nib­ble on sand­wiches, cook­ies, and muffins. 600 Bloor St. W., snake­sand­lat­tes.com

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