Top 10 Christmas & Holiday Activities In The GTA

Tuesday Nov 20th, 2018


It's Beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas recently with the fresh white snow and colder temperatures. This time of year offers many fun things to do in the spirit of the holidays. Here are my top 10 picks...

1. Toronto Christmas Market
November 15 - December 23, 2018
Tues-Thurs 12pm-9pm & Fri-Sun 10am-9pm

Rediscover the magic and romance of Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Ranked one of the Top 10 Holiday Markets in the World.
Children and adults alike will delight in the presentation of a daily interactive stage show 'Santa’s Elves Sing-Along.' A performance exclusive to the Toronto Christmas Market.

$6.00 admission fee on weekends, starting at 5pm on Fridays. Children under 2 are FREE.
FREE on weekdays until Friday at 5pm.

Located at Toronto Distillery District
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2. One of a Kind Show
Nov 22nd – Dec 2nd
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm & Sun 10am-6pm

One of a Kind Show is one of the largest and best-attended craft shows in North America, featuring unique, handmade crafts and the talented, dedicated artisans who make them. 
Don’t miss this special pop up section featuring 14 Ontario Wood producers showcasing a range of products from furniture to home décor. 

$15 Adult
$8.50 Senior (65+)
$10.00 University/College Student (Must present valid student ID)
$7.50 Youth (13-17)
Free for Children (12 & Under)

Located at Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto
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3. Cavalcade of Lights
Nov 24, starting at 6pm

This holiday tradition features the first illumination of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree, spectacular fireworks, a skating party, and performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent.

FREE Admission

Located at Toronto Nathan Phillip Square
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4. Aurora Winter Festival
Nov 29-Dec 30

This Christmas season, experience Canada’s Largest Winter Festival. Escape to a hidden village with a beautiful skating rink, a tube park, massive light displays, a Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters, and plenty of other exciting activities.

General Admission: $19.99
Weekday Evening After 8pm: $14.99
Child or Senior: $14.99
Family (5+Members): $59.99

Located at Ontario Place, East Island
955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON
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5. DJ Skate Nights

Dec 15-Feb 16
Everyday 8-11pm

Toronto’s block party on ice returns!

Sharpen your skates and skills as the city's number one outdoor winter party returns with another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights. The rumours are true – DJ Skate Nights is the best party in town and a surefire cure for the winter blues!

Admission: FREE

Located at Natrel Rink 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON.
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Weather permitting. Programming subject to change.

6. Christmas Parades 

- Toronto Santa Clause Parade on Nov 18 @4PM

Located along Bloor Street West, south on Avenue Road/Queen's Park Crescent/University Avenue to Front Street West, east along Front to St. Lawrence market, Toronto.

- Lakeshore Parade on Dec 1 @10AM

Located at Dwight St until Lakeshore Blvd W, Etobicoke ON.

- Streetsville Santa Clause Parade on Nov 25 @1PM

Located at Queen St. S. & Church St., Mississauga.

- Mississauga Santa Clause Parade on Dec 2 @ 12:30PM

Located at Glen Erin Drive - Motorway Blvd - Woodchester Rd - Dunwin Drive, Mississauga.

7. Christmas Weekends at Black Creek Pioneer Village 
Saturdays & Sundays from Nov 17 - Dec 23

Step into a Christmas wonderland as your senses come alive with the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas. With special Christmas activities every Saturday and Sunday,  your family will discover old traditions and perhaps start some new ones of your own!

Ticket prices vary depending on date & time.

Located at 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, Toronto
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8. Christmas at Casa Loma
Every Wednesday from Dec 7 - Jan 14 from 5-9PM

Casa Loma invites you to explore the colourful lit winter gardens and witness magicians as well as circus performers put on a show. There will also be a Santa's Workshop, live carolers, wood carving tutorials, hot s'mores up for grabs and many other festive activities for Torontonians to indulge in!

Child: $22
Adult: $27 
Senior: $22

Located at 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto,
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9. Ballet Creole - Soulful Messiah 

Dec 7 - 9

Ballet Creole brings in the holidays with the universal languages of music and joy.

Admission depending on date & time:

Regular: $48/38/28
Student/Senior: $20
Groups 10+: $40/33/24

Located at Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.

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10. Happy Place

Nov 1 - Jan 1

Happy Place is an interactive pop-up exhibit with larger-than-life installations, multi-sensory themed rooms and a whole lot of selfie moments that you don’t want to miss!

Ticket prices vary depending on date & time.

Located at 245 Queens Quay W, Toronto

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