Christmas is a time of wonder. The lights, the presents, and the music all add up to a season that fills our minds with memories and our hearts with delight. None of this is more evident than through the eyes of a child. Many of us have memories of leaving out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve and then waking up to gifts under the tree in the morning. Visiting Santa is a highlight of the season for many children as they sit on his lap and verbalize their gift list. Even though we as adults know that it’s just a kind soul donning a big belly and red suit, we still love seeing the awe in the eyes of the kids as they visit Santa himself.
If seeing Santa is on your list of things to do this holiday season, then we have suggestions for you on the best places to see Santa in Toronto. From attractions to stores, prepare that holiday list and get the kiddos ready to visit good ol’ Saint Nick.
Glow Christmas Toronto
If you are looking for a Christmas market, light show, and live entertainment, then Glow Christmas is the place to go! Not only are there visits with Santa, but the holiday theme this year is Around the World. Wander the grounds and take in the spectacular illuminated sculptures of famous global landmarks. Not only can kids tell their Christmas wishes to Santa, but they can also have fun on playgrounds, stroll through a light tunnel, and ride on Glen the Glow-comotive. Adults can peruse the market filled with local artisans and enjoy seasonal beverages. Glow Christmas truly has something for everyone, no matter his or her age. The best part? The entire event is indoors, so you can enjoy all of the activities regardless of the weather.
Holiday Fair at Nathan Phillips Square
Near the uniquely designed Toronto City Hall is Nathan Phillips Square, where you can also spot Santa this time of year. The family-friendly Holiday Fair returns this season and is always free. Visit Santa at The North Pole and take in the sights and sounds across the grounds. While you’re there, get some ice skating time in, and shop for gifts and other holiday treats at the Artisan Marketplace. There’s also the Holiday Midway, where you can ride the carousel and enjoy fairground games with the kids.
York-Durham Heritage Railway
There’s nothing like taking one of the York-Durham Heritage Railway’s holiday excursions to duplicate the feeling of riding the Polar Express. One option is to take a Santa Express Train Ride where guests are entertained as they ride and anticipate Santa’s arrival. The railway encourages kids to have their wish lists ready as St. Nick comes around and visits children of all ages in their train seats. Christmas decorations adorn the railcars, which gives this option an especially festive feel.
Santa at the Village
Many fun activities await when you visit Black Creek Pioneer Village this yuletide season. Make your way to Santa at the Village and fill your day out with the family with engaging holiday fun, like taking part in the School for Elves, watching a puppet show, making toys, ornaments, and cards, and of course, snapping photos with Father Christmas himself.
Santa’s Village at Muskoka’s Theme Park
If you’re in the mood to travel up north this holiday season, why not visit Santa’s Village at the Muskoka Theme Park? Kids will surely enjoy not only a visit with Santa, but a whole myriad of other attractions too, like plenty of rides, fun games, live entertainment, and petting zoos.
No matter where you choose to see Santa this season, it’s a great way to have a memorable photo while letting the children talk to the big guy about their Christmas list.
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