Top 13 Things To Do At Christmas In Toronto

things to do at christmas in toronto

Sitting on the northwestern coast of beautiful Lake Ontario, Toronto is a prominent city in Canada and the capital of the well-known province of Ontario. The iconic CN tower, various museums, worth-visiting galleries, soaring skyscrapers, a vibrant entertainment district, beautiful green spaces, and gorgeous beaches make it one of the most famous tourist destinations on the globe. Also, Toronto leads in organizing splendid celebrations for Christmas every year. From the fascinating Toronto Christmas Market, beautiful Christmas Flower Show, celebratory Santa Claus Parade, Christmas wonderland, to Aurora Winter Festival, Toronto has it all to make your Christmas holidays memorable. So, with Christmas around the corner, choose to spend your winter vacations in this Canadian city with your family and revel in the festive celebrations. Choose among the themed hotels or the pet-friendly Airbnb rentals if you’re traveling with your pets and begin your holiday excursion. Check out these best things to do at Christmas in Toronto!

1. Be in awe under the lights of Glow Toronto

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Visiting Toronto during Christmas? Bring the holiday spirit indoors and join the fun at Glow Toronto. This indoor winter festival is open to all ages! Held at the Toronto Congress Centre, the event offers vibrant light gardens and illuminated structures as you explore the kiosks that serve tasty grub and delicious drinks. You can do your Christmas shopping at the artisan shops too. Of course, what’s a holiday event without some heart-warming live entertainment? Take the whole family for a day of fun and let the kids have fun on the playgrounds!

Glow Toronto

Address: Toronto Congress Center, North Building, 1020 Martin Grove Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 4W1, Canada

Website: Glow Toronto

Takes place: November to January

2. Immerse yourself at Window Wonderland at The Junction

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Spice up your trip to the Great White North by visiting this year’s Window Wonderland at The Junction. This urban art walk allows you to immerse yourself in the artwork of local artists. You’ll be walking through the neighborhood, but thanks to the aid of augmented reality, you will be transported to a gallery where you’ll experience the works of the animators. The public art display is the first of its kind in the city. Treat yourself to a unique holiday experience at Window Wonderland.

Window Wonderland at The Junction

Address: The Junction, 2978 Dundas St W, Toronto, Ontario

Website: Window Wonderland at The Junction

Takes place: November to January

3. Shop for crafts and sweets at Toronto Christmas Market

Are you a shopaholic and looking forward to shopping for amazing crafts and items during Christmas in Toronto? If yes, make sure you visit Toronto Christmas Market that offers your wonderful shopping opportunities. Find locally handcrafted items, beautiful wood carvings, exquisite cloth creations, mouth-blown glass, artistic decorative items, elegant glassware, lovely gifts, and many more amazing things to shop. Do not miss sampling savory delicacies, such as German potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce. Be pleased to watch Santa and his elves here.

Toronto Christmas Market

Address: 373 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1G4, Canada

Website: Toronto Christmas Market

Takes place: November to December

4. Celebrate Christmas at Riverdale Farm

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Posted by Riverdale Farm Toronto on Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Situated in Toronto’s Cabbagetown, Riverdale Farm is a famous sprawling working farm that raises livestock and features vegetable, herb, and flower gardens, and ponds and wooded areas. It hosts exciting Christmas celebrations and welcomes you to spend a fun family day. Enjoy creating bird feeders and hand-dipped candles and decorating lovely gingerbread cookies. Sample savory snacks from the kitchen of the farm. Santa’s visit will brighten up your face with a smile.

Riverdale Farm

Address: 201 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1B8, Canada

Website: Riverdale Farm

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

Price: Free

5. Have fun at The Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Animal Enrichment Days

Posted by The Toronto Zoo on Monday, 25 December 2017

If you are fond of animals, do not miss the Holiday Animal Enrichment Days at Toronto Zoo. Spending time here helps you learn about the significance of the enrichment program of the zoo in a fun way. Watch various amazing animals here being part of the experiences, which are meant for their health and welfare. The organized experiences here include the use of a variety of puzzle feeders, peculiar scents, foods, and some more products from the Enrichment Giving Tree. After watching the animals, please your taste buds by enjoying scrumptious festive treats here.

The Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Animal Enrichment Days

Address: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7, Canada

Website: The Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Animal Enrichment Days

Takes place: December to January

6. Step into Christmas wonderland at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Make your Christmas more enjoyable by visiting the Christmas wonderland at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. It hosts amazing Christmas-special activities every weekend for your kids. Participate in these festive activities and discover old traditions. Enjoy creating beautiful Christmas crafts and have fun decorating cookies. Go for a wagon ride and tour through the village. Listen to a classic Christmas tale from Santa and click a photo with him.

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Address: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, North York, ON M3J 2P3, Canada

Website: Black Creek Pioneer Village

Takes place: December

7. Visit the Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens Conservatory

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Delight in the joy of festive spirit by going for the Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens Conservatory. Numerous beautiful flowering plants, more than 30 spectacular varieties of the lovely poinsettia, and eye-catching topiary creations adorn the sprawling conservatory. Marvel at the sight of jaw-dropping floral scenes that feature several multi-hued blooms, verdant plants, and exquisite vines. On the opening day, participate in family-friendly events along with sing-alongs with festive Victorian carollers. Do not miss having a delicious apple cider.

Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens Conservatory

Address: Allan Gardens, 19 Horticultural Ave., Toronto

Website: Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens Conservatory

Takes place: December to January

8. Watch and cheer on the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade

Kensington Market is a popular open-air market featuring numerous local businesses in Toronto. Watch the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade during your Christmas holidays. Cheer on the parade displaying hand-made lanterns, rooftop masking antics, huge puppets, amazing tented scenes of shadow play, and unique stilted dances with musical assistance. View the breathtaking illuminations by the fire breathers and spinners. Embrace the festive spirit and make your Christmas in Toronto, Canada a special one!

Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade

Address: Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Website: Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade

Takes place: December

9. Revel in glory at Cavalcade Of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square

Cavalcade of Lights - Toronto
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Benson Kua used under CC BY-SA 2.0

The commencement of Cavalcade of Lights kicks off the fascinating holiday season in Toronto. It begins with the lighting of the big 60-foot (18-meter) Official Christmas Tree of Toronto and the famous Nathan Philips Square. Have fun at the organized DJ skating party and while watching circus arts and eye-catching fireworks displays. Also, enjoy viewing and listening to amazing live musical performances at this Christmas attraction in Toronto.

Cavalcade Of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square

Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada

Website: Cavalcade Of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square

Takes place: November to January

10. Feel the magic of Christmas at Casa Loma

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Participate in the festive spirit at Casa Loma during the amazing Christmas at the Castle. Enjoy various praiseworthy performances and fun-filled activities with your entire family. Watch incredible shows that display outstanding performances of a well-known illusionist performer and talented ice skating experts. Marvel at the spectacles of illusions and brilliant festive décor. Admire the 40-foot (12.19-meter) tall tree present in the Great Hall and other beautifully designed signature decors. Encourage kids to take part in the festive creations and experience the joy of developing exquisite arts and crafts. Have fun decorating the savory festive delicacies. A pleasant visit to the ‘Big Guy’ in the castle workshop will add more charm to your evening.

Christmas At The Castle

Address: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8, Canada

Website: Christmas At The Castle

Takes place: November to December

11. Watch the Toronto Santa Claus Parade at St. Lawrence Market

View the splendid Santa Claus Parade in St. Lawrence Market and cheer it on. It is famous for being the world’s longest-running children’s parade. Experience the holiday spirit and watch amazing displays and celebrations as the parade proceeds. The broadcast of this festive parade features across North America. Also, before the commencement of the parade, cheer on the participants for the Holly Jolly Fun Run.

Toronto Santa Claus Parade in St. Lawrence Market

Address: Parliament and Bloor to St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

Opening hours: Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Takes place: December

12. Enjoy Aurora Winter Festival [CLOSED]

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Enjoy the Christmas magic at Aurora Winter Festival, the biggest winter festival celebrated in the country. The magical festive wonderland offers numerous attractions to make your celebrations special. Tour through the Christmas Market and shop your favorite items. Grab a suitable tube and glide down the ice at the tube park. Put on your ice skating rental and explore the skating rink. Meet magical festive characters and exchange greetings. Tour through well-organized food gardens. Experience the fun as you go for various rides. Admire the interesting theater performances and listen to engaging live music. Experiencing this winter festival is one of the best things to do in Toronto during Christmas!

Aurora Winter Festival

Address: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Website: Aurora Winter Festival


13. Be amazed at Jamie Allan's Illusionarium [CLOSED]

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Leave it up to Toronto to provide its people with truly unique and bizarre experiences this Christmas. Joining this list of one-of-a-kind activities is Illusionarium. Just by the name itself you already know you’re going to have a trippy time. Brought to us by famous illusionist Jamie Allan, the labyrinth is a group of rooms with psychedelic 3D projections and holograms, creating magical illusions that are beyond comprehension. Keep your mind curious this holiday and partake in an otherworldly experience at Illusionarium!

Jamie Allan's Illusionarium

Address: 1 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M5E 1W7 Canada

Website: Jamie Allan’s Illusionarium


Immerse in the festive spirit

Merry Christmas from Toronto
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Benson Kua used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Toronto is an enchanting city with numerous attractions and landmarks. Christmas celebrations in Toronto are splendid and full of fun. So, plan your upcoming winter vacation in this beautiful Canadian city, book an awesome Airbnb or hotel, enjoy all these best things to do in Toronto this Christmas, and have wonderful memories to cherish forever.

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