The festive season is knocking on the door, and this can only mean one thing: plenty of awesome events all around the city! The Toronto buzz never slows down due to cold weather, and just like every month, it was difficult to choose only ten event recommendations. Check them out and let us know what you think!
One of a Kind Christmas Show (November 28 to December 8)
If you’re still hunting for Christmas presents, the One of a Kind Christmas Show will help you out with its extensive selection of unique products for everyone. More than 800 artisans will present their one-of-a-kind works, including hand-crafted clothing, jewellery, accessories, ceramics, furniture, and artistic works. Clothing designers will also introduce their newest pieces at a special fashion show. All visitors will have a chance to take part in several hands-on workshops and make their own unique gifts under the supervision of skilled artisans.
Toronto Christmas Market (November 29 to December 15)
Wander around the romantic streets of the Distillery District and get enchanted by the smells and sounds of the festive season. Just like every year, the Distillery District will fill with local craftspeople and food vendors and holiday fun inspired by European Christmas Markets. Visitors can shop for Christmas gifts, chill out in one of the beer gardens, take a Ferris Wheel ride, and much more — all while listening to carollers perform onstage. Plus, Santa and his reindeer will be there too!
Christmas Tuba Festival and Choir Sing-a-long (December 4)
Join the 22nd annual Christmas Tuba Festival and Choir Sing-a-long at Nathan Philips Square. Musicians will perform Christmas carols and festive music outdoors, and all low brass players are welcome to join. Annually, the event attracts more than 200 performers, who often decorate their instruments for the season. The beauty of the event is seeing both professional and amateur musicians and singers of all ages come together and spend a beautiful holiday evening spreading the festive spirit to passers-by. The festival is free, so don’t hesitate to play and sing along.
Victorian Christmas (December 7, 14, 21)
Black Creek Pioneer Village has prepared special Christmas events over the course of three Saturdays in December. Visitors are invited to join in the holiday festivities as the village immerses in the glow of romantic lamplight and beautiful holiday decorations. The village prepared an interesting program that includes live music, great food, and activities. There’s also an option to enjoy a true Victorian dinner with the pioneers. Plus, there’s a special feature for kids — all children are welcome to pay a visit to Santa in his workshop and play games with his friendly elf.
The Nutcracker (December 14 to January 4)
The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts introduces the annual Christmas classics, The Nutcracker. The National Ballet of Canada knows that Christmas in Toronto wouldn’t be the same without its classic performance of The Nutcracker ballet, following the story of Marie and Misha, who are brought into the fairy-tale world of the Nutcracker, the Rat King, sugar plum fairies, and more. Besides the actual ballet, choreographed by James Kudelka, O.C., all ticket holders are welcome to join Story Time, a reading of the classic story that takes place an hour before the actual show. Ticket prices range from $25 to $409.
Beyoncé (December 16)
Beyoncé, one of the most influential pop stars of our time, returns to Toronto as part of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The iconic singer promised the show will be a breathtaking spectacle, as it’s her first full tour in three years. Fans can expect to hear some of her greatest hits, including such songs as “Crazy in Love,” “Baby Boy,” “End of Time,” and “Déjà Vu.” Beyoncé has also hinted that she’s currently working on a new album, so the audience might get to hear a new song or two. Ticket prices range from $63.25 to $268.25, and the event takes place at the Air Canada Centre.
Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes (December 20 to December 29)
Don’t miss a unique opportunity to meet your favourite Disney characters on ice in the show Princesses and Heroes that comes to Canada for the first time. Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Belle, and Aurora will all meet in the story and experience many adventures that will please every kid in the audience. Even those who think they’re too old for fairy tales will certainly love the daring acrobatics and high-flying jumps of the show. There are different types of tickets on sale, ranging from $28 to $93.
Christmas Treats Trek (December 26)
Why not spend your Boxing Day at the Toronto Zoo and watch the delighted animals receive their tasty seasonal holiday treats? Make sure to stop by and say hi to Er Shun and Da Mao, the popular pandas, who will be spending their very first Boxing Day in Canada. If possible, bring along a non-perishable item for the food bank. All day, admission is half-price for everyone as a holiday present from the Zoo. Don’t forget to dress warmly, as the trek is an outdoor event taking place between 9:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M.
Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music (December 26 to 28)
The TIFF Bell Lightbox proudly announced its holiday project, the Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. Come out to watch the smash hit musical film that’s loved by audiences all over the world and relive your childhood memories in the cinema. The full-screen Technicolor film that’s among the most successful musicals of all time will be supplemented with subtitles, so that everybody can sing along together with the beloved characters. Costumes are encouraged by the organizers — so get in the merry spirit of The Sound of the Music and get your vocal chords ready for songs like “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” and “So Long, Farewell.”
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend (December 27 to 29)
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend tells the story of our familiar characters, Elmo, Grover, Oscar, Abby, Cadabby, and others who get to meet Chamki, Grover’s friend visiting from India. Five-year-old Chamki is one of the main characters in the Indian version of Sesame Street and he has lots to share with his new friends. Thanks to him, the crew gets to know Indian culture and understand the universality of friendship. Ticket prices range from $35 to $95 and the event is hosted by the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.