The festive season kicks off this weekend in Toronto and there is no shortage of fun things to do to put you and yours in a holly jolly spirit!
12 Trees | Nov 18 to Jan 8
The Gardiner Museum gets all decked out with their signature fundraising exhibition and its central gala event, the G Party. $15
Holiday Magic in Yorkville | Nov 19
Don’t miss this spectacular lighting ceremony and free, open-air concert with Shawn Desmond.
Toronto Christmas Market @ The Distillery | Nov 19 to Dec 22
This market is ranked one of the top in the world! Sip on mulled wine, sample a Hot Toddie, take a ride on the ferris wheel, visit Santa and enjoy all the sights and sounds of a traditional 1940’s Christmas. Free weekdays, $6 weekends.
Holly Jolly Fun Run | Nov 20
A holiday tradition, this festive 5k takes you along the same route as the Santa Claus Parade. $50
The Great Hall Christmas Market | Nov 20
This event is back for its 3rd year! Shop 90+ vendors, take a break at the cash bar and check out the live art demos. Don’t forget to donate a toy/food! Stroller parking available. $5-8
HoHoTo | Dec 1
Party with the finest folks from Toronto’s digital community at The Mod Club while raising money for YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre. Starting at $25.
Evergreen’s Winter Village | Dec 10-31
Find unique gifts at the Makers Market and take home fresh groceries from the Farmers Market. Hike, skate and play outdoors all throughout December.
The Nutcracker | Dec 10-31
Presented by the National Ballet of Canada, plan a date night with your sugar plum fairy and celebrate the magic and wonder of the festive season together. Tickets start at $89.
For Kids & Families
Christmas in the Pioneer Village | Nov 19 to Dec 23
Go back in time with Victorian Christmas traditions and take part in a lamplight dinner, taste flaming puddings of yesteryear, carolling, horse-drawn wagon rides and DIY workshops. Starting at $11.
Downtown Santa Parade | Nov 20
Be part of the annual family tradition celebrating it’s 112th year!
Santa’s Log Cabin | Nov 26 to Dec 24
Book your visit with the man in red at the authentic Log Cabin at Eaton Centre. Enjoy a holiday-themed story and grab a photo. $10 with proceeds going to charity.
Santa Train | Nov 26 to Dec 18
We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be riding the heritage trains departing from Uxbridge station. There will be on-board entertainment and Santa will visit each child in their seat. $23
Holiday Train | Dec 3 & 10
All aboard! Ride the Halton County historical train through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air and of course, a special visit from Santa! (Free for 3 and under.) $14
What The Elf?!? | Dec 17 to Jan 1
Bring all your little elves & Elsas down to the Second City Mainstage for a fun & interactive musical holiday extravaganza. Tickets start at $12.
Gingerbread Make and Bake | Dec 27 to 31
Take a tour of Fort York while your kids join the cooks in the Officers’ Mess kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookies.
NYE Party at Glama Gal | Dec 31
Toast the new year with sparkly drinks, confetti manicures, little fancies and a dance party with a pink balloon drop at noon! $39
Know of other winter events? Add them in the comments below!