November is that magical mid-season between Halloween and Christmas. It’s the time for you to do your Christmas shopping in peace before December’s craze hits the malls, to take your little ones visit Santa or ice-skating, and to enjoy the various attractions that winter has to offer. And in between all that you can also go ahead and try some of the culinary magic from Toronto’s high end restaurants and fine wine at a very special winter event. Excited yet?
Pumpkin Parade by Taavi Burns
Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade
Date: November 1
Location: Sorauren Park
Come and help lighten up the Sorauren park with pumpkins! On the first of November, almost 2,000 pumpkins line the pathway at Sorauren Park for people to walk through the park and admire the beauty of lights and carved jack-o-lanterns from the neighbourhood. Come and join this beautiful tradition, and don’t forget to bring your own pumpkin to help decorate the park.
Photo: Gourmet Food and Wine Expo
Gourmet Food and Wine Expo
Date: November 17 – November 20
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Admission: $25 – $50
The best of Toronto’s gourmet cuisine and tasteful wine sounds like a dream, right? You can experience all of this and more at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo. Get excited about exotic delicacies, cheese tastings, workshops and cooking demonstrations from local and celebrity chefs. Wine tastings included!
Here comes Santa Claus! by Loozrboy
Santa Claus Parade
Date: November 20
Location: Starting at Christie Pits Park
The lovely 100 year old tradition is back with the big man himself bringing joy to your little ones. Santa himself will be at the scene to walk (or float), talk, and entertain. So if you don’t have a letter for Christmas, now is the time to start writing or colouring. This is your chance to meet the man before the busy December and ask for whatever your heart desires.
Toronto Christmas Market by John Steven Fernandez
Toronto Christmas Market
Date: November 20 – December 20
Location: Distillery District
Admission: $5 on weekend, free on weekdays
Christmas is taking over Distillery District in late November to help to get you into Christmas spirit. Local vendors and entertainers will get together to bring you some family friendly fun. Christmas shows, sing-alongs with Santa’s elves, carolling and other fun Christmas activities during day can be replaced with sipping mulled wine and beer in the evening. And you can even meet the Santa!
Photo One of a Kind
One of a kind Christmas Show
Date: November 24 – December 4
Location: Exhibition Place
Admission: $13 – $7.50
The most anticipated shopping show of the year is here! With unique products from local makers, there’s a perfect hand-crafted Christmas present for everybody. So if you haven’t started with your Christmas shopping yet, you can begin by searching for something special to express how you feel about your close ones. Nothing beats a special present! There are also hands-on workshops where you can make unique gifts if you don’t find anything you like.
Cavalcade of Lights by d_pham
Cavalcade of Lights
Date: November 26
Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Nathan Phillips Square will light up in Christmas colours with the most beautiful Christmas tree in our city. Come experience a great night with Zero Gravity Circus, a skating party starring none other than Disney’s Frozen musical characters, live performances by various artists, and fireworks.