‘Tis the Season in Toronto…
Have Yourself a Merry Canadian Christmas…
Perry Como sang “there’s no place like home for the holidays” but the festive period in modern and multi-cultural Toronto will have you anything but “driving home for Christmas”. From fairy lights and ice rinks to European style markets, who wouldn’t want their festive fix in Toronto, ‘eh’?
With plenty to see, here is tripsology’s guide to the top 6 festive happenings in ‘the six’.
Toronto Christmas Markets
Well known all over the world due to the juxtaposing old-style rustic aesthetic with modern innovations; the Toronto Christmas Markets are a must-see. Nestled in the Victorian-era cobblestone Distillery District, the market plays host to a fusion of the past and present. Fairy lights adorn the industrial property, transforming this National Historic Site into a magical, festive wonderland.
The market has a variety of family-friendly activities such as lighting displays, walking tours, visits with Santa (*cue Buddy from ELF*) and concerts. For those looking for a hot toddy, there are a variety of pop-up bars serving everything from mulled wine to hot chocolate. Remember to try the poutine for a truly authentic Canadian Christmas experience!
Check out these iconic Christmas markets here.
Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village
If the picturesque, Victorian setting for Toronto’s Christmas markets didn’t quite satisfy that historic craving, Black Creek Pioneer Village allows you to step back in time and experience a Victorian Christmas!
Located a few miles north of downtown Toronto, the Black Creek Pioneer village go all out for Christmas, offering traditional Christmas dinners every Sunday during December. Additionally, the village hosts a ‘Christmas by lamplight’ walk as well as ‘Storytime with Santa’.
To check out the festivities at Black Creek, click here.
Lakeshore Santa Parade
In Toronto, Santa Claus really does come to town… The Lakeshore Santa Parade, a tradition since 1991, is one of the biggest community parades in Canada. Showcasing a variety of talent, from bands to acrobats all dressed as toys before the big man himself makes an appearance at the end, it’s a Toronto must-see!
To check out when and where Santa is coming to T-Town, click here.
Ice Skating in Nathan Phillips Square
There are a variety of ice-rinks dotted around Toronto, but the magical icy wonderland in Nathan Phillips Square is a personal favourite. As one of the city’s most celebrated attractions, it has been a ‘quintessential Toronto experience for generations’.
Free with your own skates or the option to borrow affordable rentals, this winter activity is an affordable option to get in the festive spirit; as well as give you a taste of Canadian culture!
To check out skating in Nathan Phillips Square, click here.
Aurora Winter Festival
Located in Ontario Place, this festival offers enchanting light displays, magical Christmas characters and amusement rides! With stunning decorations, this little corner of Toronto has been transformed into a mystical North Pole village straight from a storybook…
To check out the Aurora Winter Festival, click here.
Christmas at Casa Loma
For a unique and memorable Canadian Christmas experience, a trip to Toronto’s Casa Loma (North America’s only castle) is a must. Built by Sir Henry Pallat in 1911, the Gothic architecture looks spectacular adorned with festive lights.
This year, Casa Loma is hosting ‘A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle’. Featuring illuminist entertainment and ice skating performances, this rendition of Hoffman’s tale and Tchaikovsky’s classical music should not be missed!
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To check out A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle, click here.
Merry Christmas! Enjoy the festivities!