2016 Christmas Events in Toronto

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Published Nov 16, 2016

Christmas is approaching, and like Santa, there is a lot for us to do! But where are all the fun events? Here is our schedule:

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The weather is getting rather frosty but not all is lost, it’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate and enjoy all sorts of community traditions and festivities with your family! 

2016 Christmas Events in Toronto

Toronto Santa Claus Parade 

When: November 20th, 12:30 p.m. 
Where: Parade route ends at Maple Leaf Square 

There is nothing more festive than a Santa Claus Parade. This year take the whole fam jam out to the 112th annual Santa Claus Parade in downtown Toronto. As always there will be new floats, pre-parade festivities and Santa Claus himself! Along with the parade there will be a "Holly Jolly Fun Run". So get ready to run 5km and work off all those Christmas cookies you are about to eat. 

Just a heads up the parade begins at Bloor and Christie Streets. 

Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic

When: November 19th - December 31
Where: Bloor-Yorkville

Enjoy the holiday wonderland at Bloor-Yorkville with enchanting light displays, the 12 Trees of Christmas exhibition at the Gardiner Museum, and even the Santa Speedo Run (view at your own risk).

This year’s 12 Trees exhibition is all about one of a kind, handmade, and Good for the Earth products. Indulge in a feast for the senses complete with local flavours, courtesy of Food Dudes and Southbrook Vineyards, and a silent auction of eco-oriented, organic, and premium artisan items.

However, don't forget about the wicked concerts, ice sculptures, and Christmas decorations that will be out in full force throughout the entire month of festivities. Saturday, November 19th is the kick off. So bring entire family out for musical performances from Shawn Desman and The Heist. 

Santa's Giant Storybook Experience

When: November 18 - December 17
Where: Sherway Gardens

Santa invites children to take part in an interactive story where they need to help Santa save his reindeer to make sure he can travel around the world on Christmas Eve. Each show lasts approximately 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute photo session, and there is a limit of 25 children per session. Book early as spaces fill quickly.

When: November 18th - December 22nd
Where: Distillery Historic District

This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products.

Hamper's Santa Claus Parade

When: November 27th
Where: Kingston Road from Victoria Ave. to Walter St.

As well as the usual floats, the Toronto Beaches 10th annual event offers several family friendly post-parade events including music, tree trimming, face painting, food, drink and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade will be hosted by Community Centre 55, a Toronto-based charity for families in need and resource centre for the Beaches neighbourhood. 

Christmas at Black Creek

When: November 21 - December 23 (weekends)
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village

Come see the Village in it's finest holiday attire and celebrate Christmas with old and new traditions! On Weekends starting November 19th, enjoy special Christmas programs with a different theme each week. Make sure not to miss the Gingerbread Village Contest display and candlelit walks through the village.

Light Up the Beach

When: November 25th
Where: Toronto Beaches

Start the Holiday season by joining Santa Claus as he counts down to light over 80,000 Christmas lights lining the shore & Toronto Boardwalk along the Beach. Sing along with Malvern School’s choir and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and gourmet soup.

Cavalcade of Lights Toronto

When: November 26th.
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

Each year the official start to the holiday season in Toronto is marked by the annual Cavalcade of Lights celebration presented by Great Gulf. The event features the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by top Canadian talent, a brilliant fireworks presentation and a DJ skating party at Nathan Phillips Square.

This free event is a 50-year-old holiday tradition in Toronto! 

Christmas Cookie Decorating Workshop 

When: November 26- 27
Where: Montgomery's Inn

Master Baker Monika Paradi will prepare you for Christmas with this hands-on workshop. Kids ages 6 – 12, along with their parents, learn to decorate seasonal cookies like a pro and leave the workshop with a half dozen decorated goodies, recipes and the inspiration to create your own edible Christmas treats! Pre-registration only $25 plus HST.

See website for more details: http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

Santa in the Junction Winter Market

When: December 4th
Where: The Junction

The major attractions include a visit from Santa and his elves at the Junction Train Platform, and the street wide market theme spanning Dundas St W from Indian Grove to Quebec Ave. Kick off your holiday shopping at the outdoor winter market organized by the ‘Arts Market’ also at the train platform. The Arts Market is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, rated by the Toronto Star as one of the top ten markets in Toronto.

Holiday Drop and Shop

When: December 3rd and 10th
Where: Toronto Zoo

Parents, drop off your kids (ages 4-12) for a fun day at the Zoo while you finish up your holiday shopping. Your child’s day will be a wild mix of Zoo tours, an animal encounter, a visit to our giant pandas, crafts, games, and a festive afternoon with snacks and treats.

Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront

When: December 16-18th
Where: Toronto's Waterfront

Santa will be making two stops at The Waterfront BIA’s annual Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront, presented by PortsToronto. Special events this year include Pet Photos with Santa, the pastry-eating contest, Santa Cruise aboard Mariposa Cruises' Northern Spirit, and more!

For more family friendly holiday events, check out ChatterBlock’s Christmas Events!

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