We’ve said it before, but will say it again – winter is coming! While we’ve been spoiled with mild temperatures, it finally seems like the cold is here to stay and pretty soon the 6ix will be covered in a blanket of snow. That being said, before you let the winter blues set in, warm up and get festive this Holiday season at these awesome Toronto events. Take a look at the top things to do this December in the GTA:
Magical Winterland Nights at Casa Loma (Every Wednesday, December 7 – January 4)
The magical winter wonderland castle of you dreams exists and it’s right here in Toronto! Casa Loma is being trans formed into a winterland of dazzling lights and festive fun. Every Wednesday until January 4th, explore the castle and gardens, witness performances by illusionist Professor Wick, circus personalities Soli and Rob, live carolers, and live wood carving. Plus enjoy hot cocoa and s’mores while you do your exploring! Purchase tickets here.
12 Beers of Christmas (December 9)
The Gladstone Hotel has made a list and is checking it twice – of 12 local breweries both naughty and nice. On December 9th, join them in an all-you-can-taste beer drinking extravaganza featuring local breweries like Steamwhistle, Amsterdam, Mill St., Creemore, Junction Craft and more. Ugly Christmas sweaters are encouraged! Pick up tickets starting at $25 here.
Evergreen’s Winter Village (December 10 – 31)
A winter village is coming to Evergreen Brick Works just in time for the holidays! Get in a festive spirit and indulge in a street food market, find unique gifts from local vendors including over 60 from Etsy Canada for a unique Makers Market from the 10-23rd (view a list of all the vendors and hours of operation here), shop sustainable Christmas trees and then take a break to relax and have a drink at the “sipping container” – hello eggnog and mulled wine! The best part? Admission is free!
A Dwayne Gretzky Christmas: Toronto (December 15)
Dwayne Gretzy are decking the Great Halls this Holiday season with a special Christmas show. Your favourite supergroup party band has come to stuff your stockings and ears with some big festive tunes on December 15 at the Great Hall Toronto. If this doesn’t get you in the Holiday spirit, we don’t know what will! Grab advance tickets here for $25.
Jazz Cartier at REBEL (December 15)
Love live music? Toronto’s prince of the city and talk of the town is performing in the 6ix this month. If you haven’t seen Jazz Cartier in concert before, let us tell you, he puts on one hell of a show! He’ll be throwing it down with special guests at REBEL (formerly the Sound Academy) on December 15th to kick off Rap Season. Tickets are starting at $30.
Home Alone Quote Along (December 16)
Hot Docs Cinema will be hosting their 3rd annual Home Alone Quote Along on December 16th and they’re calling all ladies, gents, and jerks! Like last year, the film will be subtitled so you can get rowdy and scream along with Kevin while you munch on cheese pizza. Plus, bring a donation of rice or dried beans in support of The Stop and they’ll give you a prop bag full of goodies. The holidays aren’t complete until you watch Home Alone (who’s with us?!) so get your tickets here.
DJ Skate Nights: Opening Night (December 17)
Think of it like a block party… on ice! Free DJ Skate Nights at the Harbourfront Centre (the Natrel Rink) will be starting on December 17th and continuing on until February 18th. You’ll want to sharpen your skates and skills for their opening night party featuring singer/producer/songwriter Katie Stelmanis (aka Austra) who’s known for her late night techno DJ sets.
27th Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice (December 21)
Kensington Market’s Winter Solstice is back for its 27th year! Ignite the longest and darkest night of the year with your friends and holiday cheer. Come out and support local vendors, along with the unique culture of one of Toronto’s most beloved neighbourhoods. Lantern sales start at 4:00 pm and the light parade begins at 7:00 pm.
NYE Nathan Phillips Square (December 31)
If you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve celebration to enjoy with the whole fam, don’t miss NYE in Nathan Phillips Square. Toronto’s biggest skating and dance party starts at 8:00 pm and ends with a New Year’s Eve countdown and spectacular fireworks show. While you’re waiting for the clock to strike 12:00 pm, jam out to DJ sets, watch performers and warm up with some hot chocolate (of course). As always, the event is free!
Image via Back in the Day NYE
5th Annual Back in the Day 90s New Year’s Eve (December 31)
Get ready to feel hella nostalgic this New Year’s Eve. The 5th Annual Back in the Day 90s NYE party will be playing old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop from the 90s all night long at 99 Sudbury St. The banger will include a live countdown and extended bar open until 3 am. Or if you’re looking to get really rowdy, they also have bottle service packages available. Get early bird tickets for $29 here.