Top 9 Christmas Events in Toronto
Christmas Glow Toronto
Christmas Glow Toronto is the winder wonderland you’ve been waiting for! There’s no better place to celebrate the magic of Christmas than within Christmas Glow Toronto’s warm halls. You can experience the magic of the intricate light gardens, the splendor of the shining structures, and enjoy live entertainment that plays each day. Check out the tasty food and drink offered whenever you get hungry or browse the local vendors’ stores if you still need to finish your Christmas shopping. Don’t forget that kids can help Santa’s elves find his lost presents. Only with their help can Christmas be saved. Stop by Christmas Glow Toronto from November 28th to January 4th.
Cavalcade of Lights 2019
For citizens of Toronto, it’s not really the holiday season until the Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square. This local tradition involves thousands of Toronto citizens gathering at the Square to witness the lighting of the official Christmas tree of the city. The event is accompanied by live music from local performers and an illuminated ice-skating rink that beginners or experts can both enjoy however long they like. The light show itself features 525,000 glittering LED lights that push back the darkness of winter and represent the joy of the Christmas season. It’s a great way to welcome the holiday spirit.
One of a Kind Show and Sale
This one-of-a-kind market has been an annual tradition since 1975. Those looking for unique Christmas gifts or decorations for their own homes should definitely stop by, as you can find baked goods, furniture, clothing, jewelry, artwork, and more. You’ll be able to chat directly with designers or craftspeople all the while, making it a fantastic activity for craft-lovers of all ages. The show runs from November 21 to December 1 at the Enercare Centre.
Holiday Fair in the Square 2019
Toronto’s heart no doubt lies within Nathan Phillips Square. After the Cavalcade, enjoy the Holiday Fair that runs from December 7 to December 23. The fare includes a huge variety of activities and vendors for families and couples to enjoy. There’s an ice-skating rink, several tasty eateries and places to grab a drink of hot chocolate, and several rides for children. You can get your Christmas shopping done and enjoy a day off at the same location. Conveniently, the fair runs until 7 PM to 10 PM depending on the day of the week, so there’s plenty of time each day to stop by.
Santa Claus Parade 2019
It isn’t Christmastime without Santa! But what about dozens of him? That’s exactly what you’ll experience at the annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade. This spectacular display of Christmas cheer begins at Parliament and Bloor and continues all the way to St. Lawrence Market. The various Santas are all dressed slightly differently to put on a great show, and they are accompanied by celebrity clowns comprised of local corporate executives and businesspeople. Feel free to take part in the Toronto tradition and wear a red Rudolph-style nose to show your support as the parade, supplemented by marching music, passes you by.
A Christmas Carol
This classic Christmas tale comes to life on stage at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts from December 6 through December 24. This beloved production returns each year in Toronto, so visitors or regulars should each try to attend at least once. The play features a two-hour runtime with a 20-minute intermission, so it’s an ideal stage performance for families with children with lower attention spans. Nonetheless, it’s a captivating performance with well-trained veteran actors and newer performers alike.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra- Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Join the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for an exhilarating production during this all-new show that includes some of their all-time favorite rock-band hits, plus new versions of favorite Christmas songs. The band features a unique musical style that combines elements of classic orchestra, heavy metal, and rock music in most of their songs. The resulting ensemble performance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that isn’t replicated anywhere else. It’s a perfect way to combine the excitement of a summertime rock music festival with the Christmas spirit. Pick up your tickets soon as they’re only performing on December 30 and spacing is limited.
Christmas at Casa Loma
Toronto’s local castle is one of the most scenic stops you can make on a tour of the best Christmas events in Toronto. This Castle was built between 1911 and 1914 by Sir Henry Pallatt. These days, it serves as an homage to Gothic castles of bygone eras, featuring battlements with fantastic views and lots of secret nooks and crannies, including a few passageways. During the Christmas season, the castle is decorated in seasonal trappings and lots of sparkling lights, making it a unique and historical location that you can’t find anywhere else.
Conservatory by Candlelight
The Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory both decorate their gardens with thousands of flowering plants that bring a little bit of springtime to the winter chill. Over 30 varieties of poinsettia are included between both gardens. But even more impressive are the arrays of dozens upon dozens of candles are lit upon sundown each evening on the weekends. This masterful show that combines candlelight and natural beauty runs until the middle of January. It’s a peaceful show that is sure to warm your bones in a way that few other Christmas events can manage.