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Spending the holiday's in Toronto


Toronto is filled with many spectacular activities to do this holiday season. The city transforms into a winter wonderland with breathtaking decorations and bright lights illuminating the city streets. No matter how long you are here, you will be enchanted by the surrounding festivities. We want to provide you with the top places to visit in Toronto this winter season; ranging from Christmas themed markets, historical areas, winter inspired performances and theatrical productions.


The Distillery Christmas Market is a month-long event, celebrating all of the sights and sounds of Christmas. Take a step back in time and embrace the magical transformation of one of Toronto’s oldest district, The Distillery District. Walk the cobblestone-lined streets and experience the exquisite dining, free performances and spectacular art galleries. Finish up your holiday shopping with a variety of differing unique stores. The Distillery District is famous for its hand crafted beverages. Enjoy some of their authentic and famous Gluhwein (a hot mulled wine), wide varieties of beer, and European Christmas cocktails all within the Mill Street Beer Garden. Once you have visited the Christmas market, you will not be able to resist getting into the holiday spirit!


Nothing reminds us more of the holiday season than a magnificent display of colourful lights, twinkling in the evening’s crisp air. The Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillip Square signals to Torontonians that the holiday season has finally arrived. You will be encompassed into a magical experience perfect for the whole family. With live music performed by Canada’s own top musical talent that will be singing everyone’s favourite carols to the lighting of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you will find entertaining spectacles of art performances, and an unforgettable firework display to magically captivate the happiest of feelings. This festival is a full day event that begins with a skating pre-party with well-known DJ’s, or designated workshops such as creating paper lanterns to help light the area. It truly is a must-see! Once this illumination event takes place, the rest of Toronto follows. You are also able to find lights at the Toronto Waterfront and at Dundas Square. The Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, also known as the ‘Mink Mile’, lights up and is a perfect area to visit for all of your holiday shopping needs.


During the holiday season, Toronto is filled with a variety of live performances that truly put you into the holiday spirit. One of them being the Nutcracker, a holiday classic that is being showcased throughout the month of December. We also recommend for those interested in seasonal symphonies to experience the sounds of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for a profound moving experience. As well, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents their annual Christmas concert that invites you to sing along to your favourite Christmas jingles at the Roy Thompson Hall. It doesn’t end there, If you have children, we invite you to view one of the biggest performance there is, The Dream Big: Disney on Ice performance that brings everyone's favourite animated characters, to life! These are just a few of the popular performances taking place, click here to see a full theatre guide.


Toronto offers a wide variety of festivities that will keep you in the holiday spirit. We invite you to experience at least one of the great festivities Toronto has to offer.


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