With snow on the ground and the feeling of magic in the air, the winter holidays are here! Get into the festive spirit as some of Toronto’s favourite landmarks and attractions embraces the holiday spirit with exciting festivals, markets, exhibits, and events that you will not want to miss.
Experience the Magical Festive Spirit at a Holiday Festival
Winterfest at Canada’s Wonderland
Spanning 300 acres, Wonderland is Canada’s largest theme park and welcomes about 4 million visitors a year. During the holiday season, the park transforms into a Christmas paradise with a lot of fun and family-friendly activities.
Winterfest is an immersive experience for the whole family featuring wonderful live shows and holiday entertainment, fun ice skating on Snow Flake Lake and even a few rides for kids of all ages.
With hundreds of beautiful Christmas trees and millions of spectacular lights throughout the park, including two 15 m (50 ft) Christmas trees, Canada’s favourite amusement park lives up to its name, a Wonderland in Canada.
Winterfest is a family event you will not want to miss, open from November 18, 2022, to December 31, 2022
For more information visit: https://www.canadaswonderland.com/events/winterfest
Still not sure about the event? Check out our visit to Winterfest last year and get a sneak peek of the event!
Embrace the holiday spirit in Toronto this winter season at Glow Christmas. Explore a sparkling Around the World-themed lights garden, snack on festive food and drinks, enjoy live entertainment, and even tackle your last-minute holiday shopping at the Merry Makers’ Market of local vendors. Don’t forget to bring the kids to ride an illuminated locomotive or glow-comotive, and visit Santa.
Glow Christmas is open from November 30, 2022, to December 30, 2022.
For more information visit: https://www.glowgardens.com/toronto-christmas/
Support Local by Shopping Local at a Holiday Market
Stackt Holiday Market
Dive into an innovative holiday experience at stackt, one of North America’s largest shipping container markets. Created entirely from repurposed shipping containers, the downtown Toronto market is a local favourite hot spot for its unique shops, dining and microbrewery.
During the festive season, check out Holiday Hills, six weeks of “holiday feels,” with vendor markets, games, Instagram-friendly photo experiences and live music. It’s a great opportunity to support small businesses and participate in community-led workshops and family programming.
Stackt is open year-round and the Holiday Hills is open from November 18, 2022, to December 31, 2022.
For more information visit: https://stacktmarket.com/event/holiday-hills-1
Indulge in a Holiday Feast
Holiday Dining atop the CN Tower
Is there anything more magical than delectable food, sparkling company and spectacular views of the city lights? That’s what’s on the menu at 360 Restaurant, which provides a breathtaking vantage point 350 m (1,151 ft) above the twinkling city streets.
Past years have included holiday menus in addition to the restaurant’s seasonal offerings. There’s also a special three-course Indigenous Menu designed by Chef David Wolfman, featuring Arctic char Crudo, bison tenderloin and partridge berry parfait.
Toast the season with a special bottle from the 360’s “cellar in the sky” with 550 international and Canadian wines on offer. BONUS: Complimentary access to the CN Tower’s Main Observation Level with a minimum food order.
The CN Tower and 360 Restaurant is open every day this holiday season.
For more information and to make your reservations visit: https://www.cntower.ca/dine-at-360-restaurant/overview
Explore Canadian Culture at These Holiday Arts Events
National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker
Hailed as “the best Nutcracker on the planet” by The Globe and Mail, the National Ballet of Canada’s performance of The Nutcracker is a must-see. James Kudelka’s famed adaptation puts a Canadian spin on the Russian classic, including snowballs, dancing bears and farm animals.
The National Ballet of Canada’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is showing from December 10, 2022, to December 31, 2022.
For more information and to get your tickets, visit: https://national.ballet.ca/Productions/The-Nutcracke
Holiday Events at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
Art galleries are a cultured way to escape the chill on colder days. This season, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers festive foods and unique gifts. Whether it’s a seasonal menu at the AGO Bistro or one-of-a-kind artist gifts at shopAGO, the possibilities seem endless.
For more information and to get your tickets, visit: https://ago.ca/
Merry Merry Music at the Eaton Centre
Catch live performances showcasing local talent from a diverse variety of musical genres and backgrounds at the CF Eaton Centre mall’s Merry Merry Music concert series. It kicks off with a live celebration featuring Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, with a community singalong led by Choir! Choir! Choir!
Merry Merry Music has weekly shows that will follow in the lead-up to Christmas Eve from November 17, 2022, to December 24, 2022, between 5:00 and 6:00 pm.
Holiday Lights at Casa Loma
This December, experience the wonder of the season at the spectacular Christmas at the Castle and Holiday Lights Tour at Casa Loma! Stroll a dazzling wonderland of holiday decor—including a 12 m (40 ft) tall Christmas tree in the historic castle’s Great Hall.
Next, take in the breathtaking light displays in the gardens and tunnels, all decorated for the festive season. Designed as a self-guided walk, guests can meander the property’s grounds while enjoying the elaborate decorations, captivating illumination and live musical performances.
Book a table at Blueblood, Casa Loma’s award-winning steakhouse, for an extra special visit.
For more information visit: https://casaloma.ca/
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