Christmas Events in Toronto

Published Feb 19, 2018 | Updated Apr 3, 2018

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:

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! 

Here is the list of Christmas events happening in & around Toronto city. You can click on each of them to go to our event page for details regarding location, prices and more.

Christmas at Black Creek

Visit the Black Creek Village in it's finest holiday attire and celebrate Christmas with old and new traditions!

There are no. of events being organized at the village this year. Here is the small description of these events-

1. Family Christmas Weekends  

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!
Event Dates : November 18 - December 23
Event Page : Black Creek Pioneer Village

2. Storytime With Santa

Spend a fun-filled festive time with Santa and his helpers, 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 & venture out into the Village  for a day of traditional Christmas activities. Don’t forget your camera!

Event Dates : December 3, 10, 16 & 17. (Choose from three start times at: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m)

Event Page : Black Creek Pioneer Village

3. Christmas By Lamplight

Bathed in the glow of lamplight and dressed in its holiday finery, Black Creek comes alive at night with music, food and activities.

See the Village at your own pace from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm.Enjoy the magical glow of lamps and lanterns, flickering candles and cozy fireplaces. Relax, wander and visit our many homes and workshops, decorated to celebrate the season. Stop awhile and enjoy traditional folk music, Christmas caroling and choirs. Join in the creation of seasonal ornaments or crafts to take home & savour samples of festive foods.Peruse our gift shop for one-of-a-kind items handmade in the Village.

Event Dates : December 9,16 & 23

Event Page : Black Creek Pioneer Village

Checkout more Christmas events at the Black Creek here.

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Breakfast With Santa

This holiday season, join Santa for breakfast under the sea! Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will be hosting a mouth-watering breakfast that is ‘shore’ to get your family into the FISHmas spirit. 
Tickets include: breakfast, complimentary coat check, a family photo with Santa, general admission to the aquarium, and a gift for your child to take home!

Event Dates : December 9-10 & 16-17

Event By : Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

12 Trees: Let There Be Light 

A much-loved holiday tradition since 1990, the Gardiner Museum’s annual 12 Trees exhibition continues bring family and friends together to celebrate the holiday season.
This year’s 12 Trees exhibition focuses on light as a potent symbol of hope that many cultures share. Curated by author and visual artist Douglas Coupland and Vice President of Public Art Management Ben Mills, this year’s exhibition brings a contemporary, light-filled perspective to the 12 Trees tradition.
Among other delights, this year’s light-inspired art installations include a disco-ball Christmas tree, a manually-powered holiday tree light show, an animated winter dreamscape, a “tree” comprised of illuminated blocks, and more.
Event Dates : November 17 to January 7
Event Page : Gardiner Museum

This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market.

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! 

Visit the Toronto Christmas Market for great shopping, specialty beer and mulled wine gardens, sweets and treats, and all the great restaurants of The Distillery Historic District. Come and experience the fun and magic of Toronto's first and only Christmas Market!

Event Dates : November 18th - December 22nd
Event Page : Distillery Historic District

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Hamper's Santa Claus Parade

Join on Sunday for Hamper’s Santa Claus Parade.Parade begins at 1:00pm at Victoria Park & Kingston Rd.

A barbeque, children’s crafts and photos with Santa will be held at Centre 55 immediately following the parade.

When: November 26
Where: Kingston Road from Victoria Ave. to Walter St.
Event Page : Community Centre 55

DeClute Light Up the Beach

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.

The lights will sparkle along the Boardwalk from the Leuty Lighthouse to The Balmy Beach Club

Event Dates : December 1 to February 15

Event Page : Toronto Beaches

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Cavalcade of Lights Toronto

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! 

Event Dates : November 25
Event Page : Nathan Phillips Square

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The Nutcracker

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 gem, traditional and touchingly affectionate, yet imbued with the vigour, wit and briskness of a contemporary sensibility. The dreams and imaginative powers of childhood, the lure of fantasy and the sheer appeal of spectacle all form part of Kudelka’s vision, which comprises virtuosic dance, inspired comedy and the unbridled visual extravagance that one has come to expect from The Nutcracker.

Event Dates : December 9-30

Event Page : The National Ballet of Canada

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Holiday Drop and Shop

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.What a great way to fill a winter weekend!

Event Dates : December 2 & 9 
Event Page : Toronto Zoo

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

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