Need an excuse to visit Toronto? Here’s a look ahead of the best events, festivals and sports happening around the city. Want to stay close to the action? Book ahead by clicking here.
Best for Family Fun
Toronto Kids Fashion Week 2018: December 8
Annual fashion week dedicated to celebrating kids fashion and featuring kids fashion designers alongside some of the most iconic kids wear brands in Canada and around the world.
Happy Place: Until January 1
Enjoy larger-than-life multi-sensory rooms. Exhibits include the world’s largest indoor confetti dome, a 20-foot tall double rainbow, 7-foot stilettos made of candies, and 40,000 immersive flowers.
Best for Savvy Shoppers
St. Luke’s Christmas Market: December 1
Browse unique and local hand-crafted creations in Burlington. Don’t forget to feast your eyes and palate on market food offerings featuring St. Luke’s famous tourtieres and cookie walk.
Cranberry Christmas Market: December 1
Take the stress out of holiday shopping to find unique hand-crafted items made by local artisans and vendors.
Liberty Village Holiday Market: December 2
Shop from 50+ local artisans. Find artisanal one-of-a-kind goods that you won’t find with big box brands.
Best for Holiday Happiness
It’s Christmas Concert by Ontario Pop Orchestra: December 1
The evening captures the holiday spirit with pieces like O Holy Night, Christmas sing-alongs, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Sing-Along Messiah Workshop: December 1
Join fellow amateur singers and be put through the paces. Participants will be seated in their appropriate sections – soprano, alto, tenor, and bass – each led by a member of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir.
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker & More: Until December 2
Korean-Canadian Earl Lee conducts this year’s tribute to the beloved Russian composer, which displays Tchaikovsky’s equal mastery of two different types of music: theatrical and symphonic.
Andy Kim Christmas Show: December 5
Going into its 14th year, the Andy Kim Christmas has been gathering friends and fans together to celebrate the spirit and generosity of the musical community in Toronto with all proceeds going to charity.
Historic Canadian Christmas at Bradley Museum: December 8
Immerse yourself in all the sights and smells of a traditional Christmas at the Bradley Museum in Mississauga. Sample holiday food, cider and hot chocolate while browsing through the marketplace.
Santa Brunch Cruise: December 9
The perfect way to enjoy the holiday season with the family! Jump aboard the Northern Spirit for the annual Santa Brunch Cruise.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Cocktail Cruise: December 14
Get decked out in your ugliest Christmas sweater and come aboard the newly renovated Northern Spirit for an evening of holiday cheer!
Santa Train: Until December 16
Enjoy on-board entertainment while waiting for Santa’s arrival. The highlight of the ride is a visit from Santa with each child. Upon leaving the train, each child will also receive a gift bag full of goodies.
Toronto International Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker: December 22
The Nutcracker hits the stage for a performance to remember. Dancers showcase their aerial and spirited dancing, supported by enchanting tapestry with custom made costumes and set designs.
Holiday Fair in the Square: Until December 23
Check out this fair at Nathan Phillips Square. Combining the charm and elegance of a Christmas market with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival.
The Toronto Christmas Market: Until December 23
This event celebrates the sounds, sights and scents of Christmas. Set in the cobblestone-lined Distillery Historic District, the Christmas Market brings together local craftspeople, musicians and artisanal food-makers for a truly festive experience.
Aurora Winter Festival: Until December 30
Escape to a hidden village by the North Pole filled with captivating light displays, magical characters, market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and more.
New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise: December 31
Join Mariposa Cruises for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and ring in 2019 aboard the majestic Captain Matthew Flinders.
New Year’s Eve Celebration: December 31
Ring in 2019 at the largest New Year’s bash in the city – Celebration Square in Mississauga.
New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square: December 31
Thousands of residents and visitors come together to celebrate the New Year. Enjoy music, skate on Toronto’s famous outdoor ice and take in a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Admission is free.
Best for Sports Seekers:
Hockey Hall of Fame Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute: Until December 31
If the Stanley Cup could talk, imagine the stories it could tell. Get hands-on-access to the Stanley Cup and immerse yourself into the rich history of Hockey’s Holy Grail.
December is also a great time to catch the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors. Find out when they play here.
Best for Music Maestros:
The Toronto area has no shortage of amazing concert venues. Check out some of our favourite venues to find out who’s coming to Toronto: