Are you excited for the holidays yet? The most magical time of the year has finally arrived and Toronto is lighting up with celebration. Dive into the variety of Christmas events that await you this December in Toronto, and tune into the right festive mood. There is something for everybody: charity concerts, magical nights in the castle, Christmas performances of your favorite stories, or dance and skating filled celebrations. Which one will you choose?
Photo: Riverdale Share Concert
2016 Riverdale Share Concert
Date: December 4
Location: Danforth Music Hall
This beautiful annual holiday tradition on the Danforth invites you to come and celebrate the spirit of Christmas and raise both holiday cheer and funds for local non-profit organizations and families in crisis. Danforth Music Hall will host the concert and various artists as Danny Marks, Julian Taylor, Tabby Johnson, or Jen Schaffer and the Shiners will perform to help the good cause. So come have a good time, the admission is only $20 plus a non-perishable food item of your choosing.
Casa Loma by Amanda Sherrington
Magical Winterland Nights at Casa Loma
Date: Every Wednesday in December
Location: Casa Loma
Admission: $17 – $27
The Magic of Casa Loma at night awaits you this December. Wander through dazzling lights illuminating gardens of this majestic castle, that will spark a bit of light in the cold Toronto winter nights. Get excited for illusionists at work, visit Santa in his castle workshop, participate in a scavenger hunt, sing along with live carollers, and indulge in winter treats like chilli, s’mores, hot cocoa and so much more. If you want to feel like a royal this winter, and treat your little ones to real prince or princess experience, make sure to visit.
Roy Thompson Hall by Paul Gorbould
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Date: December 9
Location: Roy Thomson Hall
Admission: $26 – $75
Sing along carolling to your favorite Christmas songs? Fun night hosted by our favorite improv comedian Colin Mochrie awaits you at Roy Thomson Hall this December. Come experience The Twelve Days of Christmas, a hilarious live-action pageant that features the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with the Highland Creek Pipe Band, Resonance Youth Choir, and Tha Spot Holiday Dancers. During intermission, Avenue Road Arts School will be entertaining you in the lobby. Where better to spend your Friday evening than having fun with the artists from around Canada?
Date: December 10 – December 31
Location: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
Admission: $25 – $409
The National Ballet of Canada presents its annual Christmas show, The Nutcracker. Classical ballet with some of the most iconic dance numbers of all times premiered first by the National Ballet of Canada in 1995. Take your kids to see the beauty and gracefulness of ballet dancing while experiencing one of the classic Christmas stories of all times. For all ticket holders, there’s special story reading an hour before the show starts to give you the full magical experience of The Nutcracker.
Disney On Ice by Hubert Yu
Disney on Ice presents Dream Big
Date: December 23 – January 1
Location: Rogers Centre
Admission: $28 – $140
Eight beloved Disney Princesses are determined to make their dreams come true. Join Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White as they embark on incredible adventures figure skating across their kingdoms, learning that courage leads the way. In addition Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage to bring you a warm feeling of sisterly love. Believing is just the beginning when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big skates into Toronto.
Skating at Nathan Phillips Square by Melina Stathopoulos
New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
Date: December 31
Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto’s largest skating and dance party is here again to help you celebrate the coming of 2017. Get ready for various DJs playing all night, saying goodbye to 2016 with the best beats of the year. If the icy cold weather gets to you, you can try to warm up with delicious chocolate, coffee, tea or any other hot beverage of your choosing sold on-site, while watching various performances that will accompany the night.