Tis the season to be merry! This year brings a new year of our favourite holiday events, as well as some fresh new ones we think you'll enjoy.
This blog is just a highlight of some hand-picked events, but for the FULL master list of family-friendly happenings, visit our Calendar of Christmas Events on ChatterBlock.
Visit the Black Creek Village in it's finest holiday attire and celebrate Christmas with old and new traditions! There are number of events being organized at the village this year.
Family Christmas Weekends: Starting November 16, step into a Christmas wonderland as your senses come alive with the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas. With special Christmas activities in the village, your family will discover old traditions and perhaps start some new ones of your own!
Storytime With Santa (Weekends in December): Spend a fun-filled festive time with Santa and his helpers and gather around Santa’s chair and hear a classic Christmas tale read by the jolly man himself! Decorate your own Christmas cookie while warming up with hot apple cider in the cozy historic kitchen and create your very own Christmas craft and venture out into the Village for a day of traditional Christmas activities. Don’t forget your camera!
Christmas By Lamplight (Saturdays in December): Bathed in the glow of lamplight and dressed in its holiday finery, Black Creek comes alive at night with music, food, and activities.
Ranked as one of the leading Christmas Markets in the world by Fodor's Travel, USA Today, and Mashable among many others, this annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children's choirs, holiday themed stage presentations and of course Santa and his roaming elves!
When: November 15 - December 23
Where: Distillery District
Kick off the holiday season with Holiday Magic, the spectacular annual community concert event in support of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). Families, friends and music lovers are invited to this FREE EVENT for the official “Flick the Switch” lighting ceremony and an exciting live musical performance by Canadian star Ruth B.
When: Saturday, November 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland & Bellair St)
Join in for a magical evening of music, dance and spectacle and experience the wonder and joy of the season in the heart of Downtown Toronto. Illuminite kicks off with live music from the Devin Cuddy Band, sure to get you dancing and culminates with a stunning tree lighting performance produced by TDC Entertainment. After the tree lighting join with thousands of others on the square in singing some holiday favourites.
Join all the excited kids and kids-at-heart to welcome the Big Guy to town! The Santa Claus Parade has been a highlight on the calendars of tiny Toronto revellers since 1913! Fantastic floats leave the corner of Christie and Bloor Street in the company of marching bands, dancers, prancers and costumed characters all cheered on by hundreds of excited Santa fans along the 5-kilometre route.
When: Starts Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. (lasts about 2.5 hours)
Where: Starts at Christie Pits Park and travels along Bloor, right on University Ave, left on Wellington and ends at the St. Lawrence Market
Get into the spirit at this free two-day holiday extravaganza! Warm up to the sounds of children singing carols at the Lucia Pageant, discover the story behind IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad and participate in folk dancing, craft making and more. It’s the perfect place to sample delicious Scandinavian food and have a drink of glögg. Check off your gift list with imported handmade crafts, unique Christmas décor, textiles and tasty Swedish delicacies.
When: December 7 to 8 from
Where: Daniels Spectrum
This free event is in its 53rd year! 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 the iconic outdoor rink.
When: Saturday, November 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Head to the Beaches to welcome Santa Claus! Don’t forget your letters to Santa and a Toonie to support CC55’s Share a Christmas Program. Children’s crafts, photos with Santa, and a BBQ will immediately follow the parade at CC55.
When: Sunday, November 24 at 1 p.m.
Where: Starts at Victoria Park & Kingston Rd, west to Walter St, north to Community Centre 55
Another parade, you say? This is the 40th anniversary of the Weston Village parade and with an attendance of over 10,000 people each year, the parade is busier than ever. There's more than 50 entries including bands, community floats, clowns, and of course … our favourite chap with the white beard and the red suit!
When: Saturday, November 24 at 2 p.m.
Where: Starts at Weston and Church St, south on Weston Rd, ending at Sidney Belsey Cres
DeClute Real Estate dedicates an enormous amount of resources every year, stringing Christmas lights above the boardwalk through mature oak, maple and willow trees lining the shores of Lake Ontario. More than 80,000 individual LED bulbs on 20,000 linear feet of wire are hung. every. The result has attracted attention from people around the world who come to marvel the sight.The lighting event brings thousands to watch as Santa strolls the Boardwalk and counts down to light each tree in sequence.
When: Friday November 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Boardwalk from the Leuty Lighthouse to the Balmy Beach Club
Created in 1995 by the National Ballet’s former Artistic Director James Kudelka, this stunningly designed and richly choreographed version of the perennial Christmas classic is a holiday must see! The Nutcracker will be performed at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing arts from December 12, 2019, to January 4, 2020. Be amazed by the dancers soaring across the stage during this Christmas classic.
When: Showtimes from December 12, 2019, to January 4, 2020
Where: The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
For more family friendly holiday events, check out ChatterBlock’s full calendar of Christmas events!