Want to feel the Christmas season with friends and family? Here we have a list of the most amazing Christmas Events in Toronto.
Glow Christmas Toronto
Glow Christmas is the winter wonderland you’ve been waiting for! There’s no better place to celebrate the magic of the holidays than within Glow Christmas’ 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. Stop by Glow Christmas from November 30th to December 31st.
Cavalcade of Lights
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. This Christmas 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
The One of a Kind Show 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 24th to December 4th at the Enercare Centre.
Holiday Fair in the Square
Toronto’s heart no doubt lies within Nathan Phillips Square. After the Cavalcade, enjoy the Holiday Fair that runs from December 2nd to December 23rd. The fair 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 9 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
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 Campbell House Museum from December 9th through December 23rd. The site-specific staging will be returning this year, thanks in part to the support of Soup Can Theatre. It’s an ideal stage performance for families with children with lower attention spans. Other details are yet to be confirmed, but be on the lookout for more information on their website.
Window Wonderland at The Junction
If you’re looking for something a little more unique to enjoy this holiday season, Window Wonderland at The Junction is running for its third year this 2022. This award-winning event is a free art walk where digital and more traditional art are combined. Immerse yourself in augmented reality installations (where guests can use their smartphones and see the art come to life) and vibrant murals. Mark your calendars for November 25th through January 1st for your visit.
Christmas at Casa Loma
Toronto’s local castle is one of the most scenic stops you can make on a tour of the best holiday events in Toronto. The 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.
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