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Top 8 Holiday Things to Do with Kids in Toronto

The holidays are upon us, and that means that there are a plethora of meals to plan, presents to buy, and charities to support. But wait! Before you get caught up in all of the “things to do” that accompany the season, be sure to plan a bit of fun–especially if you have children in your life. From festivals to Santa sightings, here is our list of the top 8 places to head with the young ones in Toronto at Christmastime.

Portage Flyer Christmas Train Ride to Santa

“Super-magicated” is how the folks at the Muskoka Heritage Place describe the Portage Flyer Christmas Train Ride to Santa event! If you’re ready to venture out of the city, hop aboard the locomotive decorated with a thousand lights, and take in the sights as you ride along the Muskoka River in Huntsville. The whole family can enjoy a cozy train ride complete with free chocolate and cookies. Don’t forget to bring your “good story” for Santa!

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is perfect for kids as the show is filled with imagination, wonder, and a fanciful cast of characters. In James Kudelka’s interpretation, audiences will enjoy some unique changes and additions, like a dancing horse and bears, instead of the traditional toys that come to life. This show, performed by The National Ballet of Canada, is absolutely mesmerizing to watch.

Swedish Christmas Fair

If you love exposing your children to events with an international flair, then the Swedish Christmas Fair will be quite the experience. Kids can learn about traditions, eat Swedish food, and see folk dancing. There is also a dedicated children’s corner to make sure that the kids have their own activities at this unique event.

Christmas Fest at Pingle’s

Fancy a change in scenery? Mark your calendar for the Pingle Farm Market’s Christmas Fest, where a whole host of merry activities are in store for you and the kids! Among them: create your own Christmas ornaments, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, and say hello and take photos with Santa. Live music, a bonfire, and the Mistletoe Market are among the other attractions to enjoy. Schedule your day around this event as you pick out your tree at the farm.

Toronto Christmas Pet Show

When we say “family,” that includes our furry friends too! The Toronto Christmas Pet Show is a 2-day pet-friendly event, chock full of fun activities to enjoy with the kids. Other than the Crown Classic Dog Show and other main animal attractions, there will also be features like Santa’s Village, where you can take photos with the big man himself, and Kids Corner, where the children can enjoy story time with therapy dogs, among other engaging activities.

Snow Tubing in the GTA

Looking for something a bit more active? Go on one of the unique activities that you can only enjoy during the winter months–snow tubing! Weather permitting, get the family cozied up and head on down to a nearby ski area, like Ski Lakeridge in Uxbridge, for some holiday family fun.×375.jpg

Holiday Fair in the Square

Part carnival, part Christmas market, Holiday Fair in the Square offers fun for all ages. Kids can have their photo taken with St. Nick in an outdoor setting at The North Pole. Professional performers make their way through the crowds, and the midway has the carousel that children love to ride each year. There is a lot to do at this event, so plan on staying the whole day to really get into the holiday spirit.

Glow Christmas Toronto

If having a winter wonderland indoors seems too good to be true–it’s not! That is exactly what happens when guests visit Glow Christmas Toronto. Adults and kids alike will enjoy light displays, live entertainment, and interactive hanging lights that make the perfect backdrop for an adorable photo. 

There are also a ton of child-centric attractions such as visits with Santa, playing on the playground, and a ride on Glen the Glow-comotive. Adults can cross items off of their gift list by shopping at the artisan and boutique market booths, and families can enjoy the many food and drink options. Bonus: there is a licensed bar with seasonal beverages for those who are of age.

While you are there, don’t forget to let the little ones stroll through the light tunnel and sit on the LED swings. Glow Christmas Toronto is truly a magical place to be during the holidays as there is something for everyone.

Christmas Glow Toronto Kids

No matter what you choose, be sure to plan ahead to include some family fun along the way. Want an extra tip? Sing carols and look at lights while you are on your way home to make your time even more festive.

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