12 Festive Events That Will Put You Into The Holiday Spirit

12 Festive Events That Will Put You Into The Holiday Spirit

With winter close on the horizon, everyone is starting to get into the holiday spirit. The holiday display at Hudson’s Bay is in full force, along with decorations in malls, Starbucks cups, and lots more. Twenty-four hour Christmas music will probably be blasting in every retail store by next week. If you’re looking for fun festive events that will get you in the mood for the holidays, make sure to head over to one of these:

1. Toronto Christmas Market


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Enjoy warm mulled wine, hundreds of unique and locally crafted products, beautiful light canopies, family-friendly entertainment, beer gardens, and lots more to create the perfect atmosphere for the holidays. This is truly one of the greatest events of the year so luckily the market will be extended for a total of 39 days this year.

Price: Admission is free of charge on weekdays until Friday at 5 pm. Children under 2 are FREE. BUY TICKETS HERE

When: November 15 to December 23
Where: The Distillery District

2. Black Creek Traditional Christmas


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Experience the sights and sounds of an authentic Victorian Christmas filled with old traditions. Enjoy holiday classics like singing Christmas carols, trimming a Christmas tree, and going on a horse-drawn wagon ride. Eat delicious homemade treats like mincemeat tarts, roasted chestnuts, apple cider, and traditional flaming plum pudding.

Price: $15.00 CAD

When: November 17 (11am to 4:30pm)
Where: Pioneer Creek Village

3. Santa Claus Parade


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Bundle up and watch the annual parade with floats, music and festive costumes marching through the downtown core of Toronto.

Price: FREE

When: November 18 (12:30pm – 4:00pm)
Where: Bloor Street

4. One of a Kind Winter Show


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Local and regional artisans will be showing off their handmade, unique products with everything from decor, art, gifts, food, accessories, clothing and tons more. This is the perfect place to find the best gifts for everyone in your life and taste some food samples while you’re doing it.


When: November 22 – December 2
Where: Enercare Centre

5. Winter at Ontario Place


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Check out Toronto’s destination for some of the best winter activities. There will be over 100 trees wrapped in fairy lights will be a beautiful sight to see among the snow-frosted trees. You’ll be able to explore the Winter Light Exhibition which will have 18 unique light exhibits to check out.

Price: FREE

When: November 23 – March 17 (check event for times)
Where: West Island of Ontario Place

6. Cavalcade of Lights


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The annual holiday tradition called the Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square will be back featuring the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree. There will be live music and a spectacular firework show, along with skating at the iconic rink.

Price: FREE

When: November 24
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

7. Toronto’s Chanukah Market


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Presented by NoshFest, Toronto’s Jewish Food Festival is proud to present Toronto’s Chanukah Market, a fun day celebrating Jewish food and culture with a holiday twist. Spend the day browsing through crafts, arts, toys and more from local artisans, and indulge on Chanukah treats and another Jewish cuisine. Enjoy entertainment, cooking demos, and lots more exciting stuff.


When: November 25 (1oam – 4pm)
Where: The Warehouse at Downsview Park

8. The Veg Holiday Market

Calling all plant eaters, this one is especially for you! For the first time ever, Toronto will be hosting a vegetarian and vegan holiday market with over 40 plant-based vendors. Wychwood Barns will be completely transformed into a holiday food fair, selling all your favourite holiday eats and selling handmade gifts. Expect lots of options available from dog treats to sausages (ALL vegan/vegetarian).


When: November 25 (11am – 5pm)
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns

9. Etsy Holiday Market


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Shop, meet and discover all the local talent our city has to offer with a curated selection of Toronto’s most noteworthy sellers and crafters. Find all your holidays must-haves under one roof! Admission is FREE and first 50 visitors receive a complimentary swag bag.

Price: FREE

When: November 25
Where: The Great Hall

10. Aurora Winter Festival


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Presented in partnership with the Canadian National Exhibition, the festival is being pitched as the first of its kind in the Toronto market. The festival will feature enchanting elements inspired by the North Pole including magical characters, captivating light displays, endless fun, games, and activities.

When: November 29 – December 30
Where: Ontario Place

11. The Winter Village

Head to the Evergreen Brickworks to check out a huge lineup of outdoor winter attractions, including skating, street curling, outdoor campfires and trucks selling warm holiday treats. Visitors are also able to pick up a Christmas tree at the Evergreen Garden Market which has six locally-grown tree varieties. There will also be tons of ornaments, wreaths, and garlands to buy, as well. Every Sunday this winter, there will be a Farmer’s Market with lots of vendors selling delicious local eats, holiday treats, and fresh seasonal food.

Price: FREE

When: Every weekend in December (+ select weekdays around Christmastime)
Where: Evergreen Brickworks

12. Casa Loma: A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle


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The yearly event will feature incredible outdoor light displays, lots of performances, food & drinks, and a holiday market!


When: December 17 – 23 (5pm – 9pm)
Where: Casa Loma

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