Halloween has come and gone, and the month of November is officially here. As soon as the spooky decorations come down, the twinkling lights go up and the holiday festivities begin! While Christmas ads can be an annoying reminder of the torrents of snow to come, it’s also a friendly nudge to cheer up and give back to the people we love the most. Whether you’re looking to indulge in food and drink, start your Christmas shopping early, or spend time with family, there are a ton of events and sales this month that will leave you more than satisfied.
Take a look at the top November events in Toronto and the GTA:
The National Women’s Show (November 4-6)
Looking for the ultimate girls day out? The National Women’s Show is back at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre for a weekend of fashion, food, and fun. Shop ’til you drop at over 450 exhibits and indulge in food sampling, fashion shows, cooking demos, makeovers and more. Tickets start at $13 – buy them now and you’ll automatically be entered to win a trip to Barbados! Sounds like the perfect way to treat yo’ self (#amiright?).
Artisella Holiday Pop-up Shop (November 11 – December 27)
An exclusive pop-up shop is coming to the heart of Queen West! The Artisella Holiday Pop-up will be taking place at 486 Queen St. West from November 11th to December 27th. If you’re looking for a selection of designers and labels with an emphasis on sustainability, ethics, and style, this is the place to be! Head over to their website and stay tuned for more details.
Santa Claus Parade (November 20)
Time to get in the holiday spirit! If the Santa Claus Parade isn’t already one of your Christmas rituals, it’s about time you make it one. Gather up the fam, stake out a spot along the route of HoHo-Happiness and watch out for Santa, arriving around 12:30pm. Can’t make it out the parade this year? Viewers can also watch the parade on demand at CTV.ca.
The Trinity Bellwoods Flea: Pre Holiday Market (November 19-20)
Haven’t started your holiday shopping yet? The Trinity Bellwoods Flea: Pre Holiday Market is a gold mine for one-of-a-kind gifts! This year shop from a curated list of 75 vendors featuring local artisans and makers along with vintage and handmade goods. As always, admission is free… if that’s not enough to entice you, the bevy of cocktails and food vendors (see the featured image of Island Oysters) probably will.
Dodgeball Tournament: Wrenchfest 2016 (November 19)
If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball! Toronto SSC (Sports & Social Club) will be hosting a Dodgeball tournament on November 19th at Jesse Ketchum PS (Bay/Bloor). While there won’t actually be any wrench throwing, we can guarantee there will be a TON of balls (plus some awesome prizes). Don’t have a team? No worries. Both individual and team registrations are being accepted. For prices, head here and click on Wrenchfest.
Happily Ever After Wedding Show (November 20)
Getting married soon? The Happily Ever After Wedding Show is coming to Markham on November 20th – the hub for all things wedding-related with over 50 exhibitors, contests, giveaways, free samples, prizes and DIY tutorial sessions. Tickets start at $15 but for a limited time you can still scoop up early bird tickets for $12 or use our exclusive promo code for 2-for-1 tickets. What are you waiting for? Start planning the perfect nuptials!
Sunday Sweat Series – Academy of Lions (November 20)
Winter is coming… but before you go into full on hibernation mode, why not sweat it out?! BrainStation is hosting a Sunday Sweat Series at Academy of Lions on November 20th. The Power Hour will combine mindfulness, movement, and mobility during the three-part class. The event is free and BYOM (bring your own mat). To reserve a spot, head here.
One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale (November 24 – December 4)
Love the One of a Kind Show? Then you won’t want to miss their Christmas edition! From November 24th to December 4th, shop the best in Canadian handmade goods ranging from body care to clothing to home decor and more. See a full list of vendors here and check out ticket prices and group rates here. Keep an eye on the blog because we’ll be giving away 10 pairs of tickets!
Cavalcade of Lights (November 26)
There are light displays and then there’s the Cavalcade of Lights! Kick off the holidays at Nathan Phillips Square for the 49th annual tree-lighting ceremony on November 26th. Along with the lighting ceremony, enjoy fireworks, live performances by the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, DJ Serious, the Zero Gravity Circus, a skating party starring Disney’s Frozen musical characters and more!
TOMS Warehouse Sale (November 30 to December 4)
The TOMS Warehouse Sale is back and this time it will be bigger and better than ever! For five days, shop blowout deals on styles for the whole the whole family at the International Centre in Mississauga – there will be over 25,000 pairs of shoes and boots. To RSVP head here and make sure you stay tuned for an awesome contest giveaway!