Christmas starts the day after halloween, so why not plan around the festivities that happen throughout the season.
Toronto Christmas Market
A mainstay in the calendar is the Toronto Christmas Market, which takes over the Distillery District annually for most of November and through until a few days before Christmas itself.
You’re going to see unique gift ideas, outdoor food stalls and holiday-themed programming that will put you in the spirit…to enjoy more spirits!
The National Ballet of Canada takes over the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts annually for dozens of performances of the Nutcracker.
Personal note – I actually worked a full season of this show. After seeing the skill and excitement over 35 times in 4 weeks…it’s definitely something to put on the calendar! Remember to look for tickets in the upper bowl, as the FSC is so unique of a venue that there really isn’t a bad seat in the house!
The Santa Claus Parade
Usually scheduled for the 3rd weekend in November, you’re going to be surrounded by families who are camped out with their hot chocolate and kids saying that they’re too cold!
But remember…we don’t go to see Santa. We go to check out all the floats, local celebrities and the CLOWNS! That’s right – I’m just being real with you:)
Hudson’s Bay Window Display
We have a tradition to avoid the display until December 1st, but there are folks who want Christmas to start early. The windows at Hudson’s Bay/Saks Fifth Avenue are a highlight to check out, especially in the evening!
It’s not a huge time commitment, but if you see a line…just hold off until you can have the time to check out the details!
Cavalcade of Lights
Cavalcade of Lights is an annual event that marks the official start to the holiday season in Toronto, typically the last Saturday of November. It features the lighting of Toronto’s 50-foot (15-metre) Christmas, fireworks and a concert at Nathan Phillips Square.
Other Things that we check out
- One of a Kind Show (Winter Edition) at the Encare Energy Centre
- Skating at the Harbourfront, Nathan Phillips Square and dozens of other sites
- Drinking a lot of Hot Chocolate!
- Eating dozens of homemade cookies!
- Wandering around in the snow:)
Certain parks, hotels, restaurants and other offerings may be modified or unavailable, limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure, and park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. 2020 right?