Holidays are almost here and with December, our city transforms into a magical winter fairytale with winter markets, Santa Claus workshops and streets full of Christmas lights. Come celebrate with the rest of the Toronto, see one of the many holiday-themed performances and enjoy the atmosphere to the fullest.
Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade
When: December 1st
Where: Lakeshore Blvd West
Want to see Santa come to Toronto this Christmas? Better yet, want to skate with him? Come to Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade that runs along Lakeshore Blvd East. Afterwards, you can head to Colonel Samuel Smith Skate Park and experience some magical skating with the big man himself. Too cold for sports? There will be some cookie decorating workshops available, a silent auction, play zone and much more, so be sure to come and experience Santa's arrival the Etobicoke way!
Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village
When: Running all December
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village
Come experience Christmas as Canadians did back in 1867. Step back to Canada's Confederation times and learn more about customs and lifestyle of the time. Did they have Christmas trees? Did they give gifts during the Holidays? All will be revealed to you at Black Creek Pioneer Village during your December visit.
Aurora Winter Festival
When: All December
Where: Toronto Ontario Place
This December, Toronto Ontario Place will be transformed into a magical wonderland near the North Pole. This new Toronto attraction promises captivating light displays, magical rides and many more activities that will be accompanies by many new Christmas characters you might or might not know. And who knows, maybe Santa will come too.
Venus Winter Market
When: December 16
Where: Lula Lounge
Venus Fest, the music festival celebrating feminism in music, is organizing its first Winter Market. Women and non-binary run businesses will be proudly displaying their hand-crafted goods. Since this Winter Market is organized by a music festival, you can expect great concerts following the market and even a game of bingo at the end to unwind a little after the hard day of shopping.
When: December 8 - 23
Where: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
The National Ballet of Canada is proud to present once more its version of the classical Christmas story The Nutcracker. The beloved classic will come alive in stage from December 8, but we recommend you buy your ticket sooner rather than later, since it's a very popular Christmas tradition, to see the dancers elegant as snow itself, perform their magical journey to the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Home Alone in Concert
When: December 6-8
Where: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Holiday classic Home Alone with its delightful score by John Williams is playing in concert at Toronto Symphony Orchestra this December. TSO accompanied by Resonance Youth Choir will perform the well-known melodies from the beloved film and if you close your eyes, it's probable you will be able to see the entire movie play in your head during the performance. After all, it's a holiday staple everybody knows by heart.
Christmas at Casa Loma
When: All December
Where: Casa Loma
This December, Casa Loma will be once more dressed in Christmas lights and celebrating with style. 2018 holidays will be Nutcracker themed. Come and enjoy various activities and performances, including a magic show from the illusionist Professor Wick and ice skating performances by Glisse on Ice. And for the younger visitors, the ever-popular Paw Patrol might just make an appearance too.