Looking to soak up some holiday cheer this festive season? Our guide has you covered! From free family fun to evening outings with your loved one, there’s so much to see & do around Toronto during the most wonderful time of the year…
Like being transported straight into a Christmas storybook, holiday-lovers of all ages can delight in the joys of the season without commuting to the North Pole.
At Canada’s premium indoor Christmas festival, you and your loved ones are invited to savour delicious food, sip on holiday inspired drinks, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, enjoy story time with Santa’s helpers and then visit with Santa himself —all beneath the glow of a million twinkling lights.
Christmas at the Castle
Visitors will be surrounded by magic
throughout the castle interior, resplendent with festive décor including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall, and a stunning collection of other signature holiday trees decorated by renowned Canadian designers. Younger guests will thrill to visit Santa in his castle workshop, visit with holiday mascots, and explore the light displays and live shows in the upper Gardens.
Canada's Wonderland Winterfest
Canada’s Wonderland transforms into a magical, winter wonderland for WinterFest – an immersive holiday experience for the whole family. This event features ice-skating on Snow Flake Lake, more than a dozen live shows and holiday entertainment, millions of spectacular lights, and hundreds of beautiful Christmas trees throughout the park, including two 50-foot Christmas trees on International Street.
Distillery District Winter Village
The quintessential winter holiday event! The annual holiday market typically attracts thousands of visitors every year to explore the market under the twinkly lights, snack on some festive treats, grab a cup of hot chocolate to warm up and shop for gifts from local vendors.
Skating at Nathan Phillips Square
Take in the downtown sites while pleasure skating at City Hall
Enjoy a quick bite beside the rink or take a leisurely stroll around the Eaton Centre Shopping Centre. Visit City Hall, walk Yonge Street or check out nearby Dundas Square. This hot spot is a great place to add to your destination must see list.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Ballet companies all over the world perform The Nutcracker during the holiday season, each with a special take on Marius Petipa’s beloved classic.
The National Ballet of Canada has one of the finest versions in James Kudelka’s staging from 1995, which opens at a Christmas Eve party in rural 19th century Russia. With non-stop dancing and magnificent sets and costumes from Santo Loquasto, with lighting by Jennifer Tipton, The Nutcracker is an unforgettable tribute to the imagination.