11 Toronto Holiday Activities
If you’re bursting with Christmas energy like me, you might be looking for new ways to channel it! I’ve put together a list of Toronto holiday activities that are sure to make you feel filled with holiday spirit.
I’m always looking for new ideas myself & I’d love to hear other recommendations from you in the comments!
1. Winterfest At Canada's Wonderland
Looking for a new family tradition for the holidays??
I was so excited for Winterfest to open this year! Opening day was a dream. All the lights you can imagine, hot chocolate, mulled wine, carolers, shows, decor everywhere, craft vendors. I even wrote a letter to Santa… (yes, I was channeling my inner child & I’m not sorry).
The highlight of the night was skating on the rink Wonderland has created right under Wonder Mountain. It’s the epitome of Winter Wonderland!
Winterfest is running from November 22nd to December 31st, 2019.
2. Toronto Christmas Market
Christmas in Toronto has become synonymous with the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District. I’m one of the very few that hasn’t been & I just can’t wait to go this year.
Vendors, comfort food, decorations & live music. It doesn’t get much better, right?
Wait times can reach over an hour on weekends so plan accordingly! I’m hoping to get there on a week day to avoid crowds (this might be why I haven’t been before!).
The Toronto Christmas Market is open from November 14th to December 22nd, 2019.
3. Holiday Fair In The Square
4. Local Craft Shows And Events
The One of A Kind Show is my go to. It’s over for this year but keep it in mind for 2020!
Local venues often host small craft shows, parties or bazaars. Keep your eyes open for flyers & bag signs popping up on street corners in your neighbourhood!
5. Visit Merry Farms
This past weekend I was really looking forward to visiting Merry Farms in Hamilton! One of my good friends raves about it every year & we finally scheduled a day to go. Then Toronto weather happened & there was freezing rain…
Merry Farms is the perfect place to embrace the season. Not only is it an escape from the city, it’s a true breath of fresh air & gives you all the warm feelings you’re looking for this time of year. They have options to buy Balsam Fir or Fraser Fir pre-cut trees. You can also chop down your own! Every tree is planted & pruned by hand.
Don’t feel like walking? Take one of their horse drawn wagons out to the fields! They have a beautiful Christmas Shop to get your decorating started. If you’re lucky you’ll go on a day they have their bonfire roasting.
Merry Farms is still top of my list of things to do this season! I’m really hoping I get out before Christmas.
Fun Tip: The farm is owned by the Merry family! Yes, it’s really their last name!
6. Christmas At Casa Loma
Casa Loma has a range of Toronto holiday activities & performances to celebrate the season! (They even have a holiday orchestra). Being in a castle already puts me in a festive mood, paired with lights & some hot chocolate, its enough to warm any scrooge’s heart!
Their programming is running from December 1st, 2019 to January 5th, 2020.
7. Home Alone In Concert - Toronto Symphony Orchestra
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra does a few movie night performances a year. Indiana Jones was fantastic & I’ve heard the same of their Star Wars acts!
Home Alone in Concert is in an entirely different league, because it’s holiday inspired! This is one popular show & there are only 3 performances between December 6th & 7th, 2019. If you don’t have your tickets yet, you may be looking at single seats or hunting for re-sales.
The TSO has other holiday performances if you’re itching for a bit of Christmas orchestra & won’t make it to Home Alone in Concert.
8. Miracle Toronto Pop Up
If you’re looking for a place to have a holiday cocktail, Miracle is the spot! This Christmas themed pop up far is screaming Christmas from its explosive decor, festive cocktails & infectious energy.
This pop up shop is open from November 25th to December 26th, 2019.
9. Cineplex Holiday Screenings
Another idea to add to your list of Toronto holiday activities is going to see a Christmas movie! Cinplex hosts a variety of Holiday Classics throughout the season! If you’re not one to bare the cold, but still want to get out of the house to celebrate the season, this is a perfect option!
10. The Nutcracker - The National Ballet of Canada
The Nutcracker really is a great production for the whole family. An excuse to get dressed up in glitzy attire only fit for the holiday season & have a glass of wine!
This classic will be playing at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts from December 12th, 2019 to January 4th, 2020.
11. Page & Percival Holiday Sip & Shop
This was my first year as a Real Estate Agent at Page & Percival Realty Services Inc. It was my first year experiencing the Page & Percival Holiday Sip & Shop.
I can’t express how fulfilled I feel being part of a fantastic team of empowered women. The Sip & Shop perfectly embodies how being on my team makes me feel. A bit of professionalism, mixed with some creativity, a whole lot of support, many laughs & an inclusive, positive space to celebrate the season & be me.
If you’re itching for some holiday spirit (or some prosecco & endless charcuterie) I’d be happy to add you to the list for next year! I send updates in my newsletter, but will definitely be mentioning it on socials as well!
Bonus – Alison Bourne of Bloom & Grow conducted a FANTASTIC wreath & centre piece workshop for guests! There is something so rewarding about creating your own holiday decor…
Lara Stasiw • Real Estate Agent & Home Design Connoisseur
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