TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2022 – The build-up to the Holidays is already in full swing in Toronto as the city embraces the excitement of the season and magic of Christmas and the Holidays. There are so many Holiday themed events going on in the Toronto area over the coming week. From Christmas markets to concerts, crafts and shows, here we have highlighted several ways to get you and your family into that magical Holiday state of mind.
When: Nov. 17 to Dec. 31, 2022
Where: The Distillery Historic District
Price: Tickets are required on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays after 4:00 p.m., and December 27-31 after 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $11 + HST each. Kids 9 and under are FREE of charge.
The Distillery Winter Village (formerly known as the Toronto Christmas Market) brings together 65+ local Christmas market merchants, restaurants and cafés, live entertainment, Christmas carols, heated patios, lights and more in one of the oldest and most charming parts of Toronto. Click here for detailed event hours.
When: Nov. 12 to Dec. 23, 2022
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village
Price: The cost per vehicle is $25.00 + HST. All proceeds will be donated to Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. Tickets will be released on Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online and all sales are final. There are NO onsite ticket sales.
In celebration of Canadian Tire’s 100th birthday, The Canadian Tire Christmas Trail is a 1.5km drive-along experience through thousands of twinkling lights, interactive displays, live entertainment and a photo opp with Santa. Celebrate the holidays from the comfort of your own vehicle, click here for route details.
When: Nov. 26, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland St. and Bellair St.)
Experience the moment Yorkville comes to life this season with festive lights starting on Nov. 26. Donate $2 to the event’s sponsor, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, and get a maple taffy on a stick. There will be a musical performance by Chantal Kreviazuk with special guest Jeremie Albino and Etalk’s Traci Melchor will host the event. Yorkville will remain lit up through Dec. 31, with carolers singing and strolling throughout the neighbourhood in December.
When: Nov. 26, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
City Hall will transform into a dazzling wonderland every night from Nov. 26 – Jan. 7 this holiday season with the Cavalcade of Lights. The opening night celebration on Saturday, Nov. 26 will feature an array of music and dance performances by Toronto artists, and the tree-lighting will take place at 8:30 p.m.
When: Dec. 1 to Jan. 8
Where: Exhibition Place
Price: Tickets start at $22.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids 12 and under. Kids 2 and under are FREE.
A new immersive experience is taking over the Grand Bizarre at Exhibition Place this holiday season. With over 80,000 square feet of breathtaking installations, Northern Lights welcomes guests of all ages to step away from the city and into an unparalleled winter wonderland filled with the cheerful lights, sights, sounds, and feelings of the holidays. Read more about Northern Lights TO.
When: Select dates from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
Price: Tickets start at $29.99
Winterfest is an immersive holiday experience for the whole family, including ice-skating on Snow Flake Lake, ive shows and holiday entertainment, spectacular lights, seasonal shopping, and hundreds of beautiful Christmas trees throughout the park, including two 50-foot Christmas trees on International Street. Click here for the event calendar and hours.
When: Nov. 30 to Dec. 31
Where: Toronto Congress Centre
Price: $30 on weekdays, $32 on weekends, discounted tickets for children and seniors
Glow Christmas is Canada’s premium indoor Christmas festival, offering food and drinks, shopping, cookie decorating, story time, Santa visits, and of course, twinkling lights. This year’s theme is ‘Around the World’, a light display that is inspired by six different countries.
When: Nov. 16 to Jan. 8
Where: North Mississauga (Hurontario St. and Derry Rd)
Price: Tickets start at $19.95
Cavalia presents ‘A Dazzling World of Lights’: 20 million brilliant lights in 13 magical universes on a 600,000 square foot site, the equivalent of 10 football fields. illumi’s hallmark is the majestic Tree of Lights, standing 47 metres high – that’s as tall as the Statue of Liberty. The experience takes around 60-90 minutes to complete, and there are food and drink trucks onsite.
When: Select dates from Dec. 2 to Jan. 2
Where: Casa Loma
Price: Tickets start at $45
Casa Loma welcomes Christmas with a range of activities and performances that are sure to be fun for the whole family. Prepare for top notch holiday décor, including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall and eight other signature trees by talented Canadian designers. Kids can visit Santa in his castle workshop and participate in festive arts and crafts, visit with wintery holiday mascots, and more.
When: Nov. 24 to Dec. 4
Where: The Enercare Centre
Price: Tickets start at $18
The One of a Kind Show is back this winter with locally-made gifts for every person on your list. Aside from the 600+ artisans swelling and showcasing their work, there will be food, giveaways, and special events. Click here for more details.
When: Dec. 9 and 10
Where: Roy Thompson Hall
Price: Tickets start at $55
John Debney conducts his festive score as the full classic Christmas film plays on the big screen in TSO’s upcoming production.
When: Dec. 10 to 31
Where: Four Seasons Centre
Price: Tickets start at $150
The National Ballet to Canada presents the familiar favourite The Nutcracker, with beautiful costumes and sets, talented dancers and a live orchestra. Choreographed by Canadian choreographer James Kudelka, the production is filled to the brim with whimsy, fantasy, charm and humour.
When: Dec. 23
Where: Roy Thompson Hall
Price: Tickets start at $100
The Tenors are back with their annual holiday concert featuring both classical music and contemporary pop. Clifton Murray, Albert Urso, Mark Masari and Victor Micallef will take the stage and get you in the festive spirit.
When: Dec. 2 to Jan. 7
Where: Elgin Theatre
Price: Tickets start at $29
Ross Petty Productions has announced that after 25 years, their annual family musical pantomime will be their final performance. The farewell production in association with Crow’s Theatre turns the popular tale of Peter Pan into a unique audience-participatory experience. Read more about Peter’s Final Flight! The PAN-Tastical Family Musical.
More events, concerts and shows being added shortly…
by Daisy Lankstead