Toronto is probably the cutest city IN THE WORLD to be in during the holiday times. Seriously, from the Christmas lights hung all over the financial district to the AMAZING Easton Centre displays, there is never a shortage of things to do or see in Toronto during the holiday season.
Last year, I had the pleasure of exploring the city of Toronto during the holiday time, and honestly, I found some great events! So in order to help you prioritize your events in the city this holiday, I've created a list of activities and events you need to do before the holiday season is over. Essentially: a Toronto Holiday Bucket List. Enjoy!
Skating at Nathan Phillip Square is probably the most iconic holiday activity in Toronto. Everyone does it. Why? Because it's free, the whole rink is lit up with festive lights, and there are a plethora of food and hot beverage vendors near by. What more could you ask for!
What's also nice about it is that it's kind of an all day every day event - meaning you don't really have to plan around opening and closing hours. Nathan Philip Square is open from 10am to 10pm, and in addition skate rentals can be reallll cheap, ranging from 8 to 10 dollars a pair.
I'm new to this "Toronto Christmas Market trend", last year I attended for the first time and let me tell you. ... I'll be back every stinkin' year.
Situated in the distillery district, the Toronto Christmas Market is not-for-profit organization that uses its earning to grow each year and to help three charities. From carolers, to cute bakeries, to unique and festive shops, this market is a must see this - and every- holiday season.
During the weekday you can expect the market to be open from noon till about 9PM with FREE entry. During the weekend the market opens earlier and stay open later, however they charge a $6.00 admission fee starting at 5pm on Fridays
Now, I've never been to the flower show before but I have heard amazing things, and I think this year is my year to commit. According to multiple sources this Christmas event is the highlight of the year. The entire conservatory is decked out in sparkling lights and beautiful flowers, if this isn't an ideal place to take your significant other than I don't know what is. ..
The show runs until mid January on weekends but I'd aim for this weekend with it's Grande Opening - December 2nd, 2017, where "visitors are treated to horse and wagon rides, carolers, hot apple cider and a visit from Santa". YUM!
I don't know about you guys but I am a huge fan of the ballet. I don't know what it is, but I feel compelled to go every year, and for the holidays no other production screams "Christmas" like the classic Nutcracker. The National Ballet of Canada will be performing this number December 9th to December 30th, 2017, and although the tickets may be on the pricier side, it is totally worth the money.
Casa Loma seems like the place to be every year for Christmas, but this year is the most important! This year Casa Loma celebrates 150 years of Canadian Christmas! From December 2nd to January 7th it'll transform into an enchanted holiday paradise where they host a "wide range of activities and thrilling performances that are sure to be fun for the whole family". A site you definitely don't want to miss.
This event isn't as big as the rest, but it's great for all you commuters out there who are looking to spice up their everyday train ride into work! Located in the Grande Hall of Union Station - duhhh- this market has an assortment of local artisan shops and gourmet food vendors. From 7am to 6pm enjoy a free market!
With that, I hope this list added some great events to your holiday calendar! Regardless of where you are in Toronto I don't think there is any where else in Canada more festive, so soak it in and enjoy, it is after all the most wonderful time of the year!