Union Winter – presented by TD, returns this holiday season with new indoor Roller Express
Union Station becomes ultimate destination for your holiday and winter needs
TORONTO, December 1, 2023 – This season, Toronto Union will once again be the go-to spot for your holiday and winter needs. For shopping, dinner, family outings or music, check out the return of Union Winter – presented by TD! This year, we’re featuring a new and exciting concept – Roller Express, an indoor roller-skating experience.
Taking place in the TD West Carriageway, the Roller Express provides 5,500 square feet of skating surface, plus a skating trail that leads into the carriageway tunnel, animated with lights for a fun retro vibe. The rink will be open six days a week to the public, offering free skate and safety gear rentals, DJ skate nights, skating lessons and more! Featured activities include:
- Skate Nights with Union Beats – sponsored by TD: Fridays 5 to 9 p.m., with live DJs.
- Beats & Boogie 19+ Winter Mixer: Saturdays 7 to 11 p.m., with live DJs. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
- Drop-in roller-skating lessons: Tuesdays 3 to 5 p.m. and Sundays 6 to 8 p.m.
- New Year’s Eve Party (all ages): December 31 from 9 p.m. to 12:45 a.m., with live DJs and other performances. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
- A snack bar with tasty eats and drinks for purchase.
- Surprise roller skate/dance performances.
- A pop-up holiday shop by AriZona Hard Iced Tea on Saturdays (except December 23) with free sampling from 7 to 11 p.m.
The Roller Express will be open from December 1, 2023, to February 4, 2024, except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (from December 24 to 26). It will operate on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis.
Hours of Operation
Sun, Tues – Wed: 12pm – 8pm – last entry at 7:15pm
Thu: 12pm – 9pm – last entry at 8:15pm
- Fri: 2:00pm – 9pm – last entry at 8:15pm
Sat all ages: 12pm – 6pm – last entry at 5:15pm
Sat 19+: timed entry 7-8:45pm and 9pm-10:45pm time slots
- Mondays: closed
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Please note that children 12 and under must wear full protective gear (helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards) and must be supervised by an adult.
In addition to the Roller Express, other Union Winter activities include:
- Spirio Piano in the West Wing: Monday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- West Wing Live Programming Wednesdays: 5 to 6 p.m.
- Daily retailer pop-ups and giveaways.
“We’re so excited for the return of Union Winter and with the new twist of our indoor roller-skating rink,” said Lawrence Zucker, CEO of Osmington. “With free entry and complimentary skate and protective gear rentals, we are excited that this event is available for all Torontonians. Union will be the go-to destination this holiday and winter season and we can’t wait to welcome people to the station to explore all of the amazing things we have to offer, including brand new retailers and the Union Market. ”
The Roller Express rink can be found in the TD West Carriageway, a newly named space at Union Station, located on the lower level near the restaurants. This space was originally used as access for carriages for pickups and drop-offs and, as part of the Union Station Revitalization Project, has been enclosed in a glass roof that provides unique and stunning views of the surrounding area and CN Tower.
To help you find the TD West Carriageway and all of the other great spaces inside Union Station, TD will be installing an innovative, holographic concierge service in the Bay Street Promenade by mid-December. Simply use the menu to tell your hosts where you’d like to go and they’ll map your way for you and provide a QR code so you can take the directions with you.
“TD is excited to collaborate with the City of Toronto and Osmington to help bring Union Winter and the new roller-skating rink to life,” said Michael Armstrong, Vice President of Canadian Brand and Sponsorships at TD Bank Group. “The holidays are a special time to create memorable moments with friends and family, and this year we are thrilled to share this new experience with the community. We encourage people of all ages to come and check out all the various activities available at Union this season.”
In addition, AriZona is creating a cool retro activation booth within the space. The booth will be quirky and consist of arcade games, merchandise, and sample AriZona Hard beverages on some 19+ nights.
Union will be partnering with Amano and Union Chicken, who have restaurants at Union Station, to provide a snack and drink menu exclusive to the experience.
Union Shopping/Gift Guide:
With more than 100 individual shops and food vendors, Union has created an urban culinary and shopping destination experience through marquee restaurants, Union Market, and the Union Food Court. Retailers within Union Station include Sephora, Decathlon, LCBO, The Detox Market, My Olive, Nespresso and more. Union is the one-stop shop for your holiday shopping and activity needs this winter and has even developed a holiday gift guide to make shopping easier and efficient. From December 1 to 31, you can also earn two times the Base Aeroplan® points on eligible purchases at participating Union retailers when you use your TD® Aeroplan® credit card. Visit the Union Winter Holiday Gift Guide for more information.