Fun Things to Do in Toronto During the Holidays

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Why You Should Visit Toronto During the Holiday Season

Do you love to get away to a cold-weather destination for the holidays? If you answered yes, then there is no better choice than Toronto for that! There are plenty of regular flights to this Canadian metropolis even during the holidays, so you can be sure that you will easily be able to find a flight to get you there. At the same time, Toronto gets quite busy during the holidays so you will have plenty of things to see and do. Celebrate the holiday season in Toronto with an endless array of fun-filled activities.

Things to Do in Toronto in the Holiday Season

How to celebrate Christmas the way Toronto does.

Would you like to make your holiday trip more enjoyable? This is a roundup of events and activities that you can expect to witness when you visit Toronto. These are guaranteed to make your holidays more festive.

Cavalcade of Lights

The illumination of the famous Christmas Tree in Toronto marks the official start of the holiday season in the city. This is one of the most anticipated holiday events for both locals and tourists. The Christmas Tree is located in Nathan Phillips Square and the lighting ceremony is a special event commemorated every year. Aside from the lighting of the Christmas Tree, there are also performances from the top musical talents in Canada gracing the show. In addition, there will be a fireworks show and an outdoor skating party, which are fun experiences for the entire family. 

You can truly feel the holiday season in the air as you marvel at more than a million glowing lights. The sight will truly warm the hearts of those who witness such a marvel. The kick-off event happens every November 30 and visitors can view the display of lights for weeks after. You have plenty of opportunities to see this when you visit Toronto from December onwards. 

Toronto Christmas Market

Fun activities and things to do when you visit Toronto during the holiday season.

The Toronto Christmas Market is one of the destinations to go to when you visit the city during the holiday season. This market is inspired by the Christmas markets in Europe, which originated in the 1400s. It is a five-week-long event so you have plenty of opportunities to visit the market during your stay. As you explore the grounds, you will be able to marvel at the sights, sounds, and senses on display that will help you embrace the Christmas spirit. 

The Christmas Market in Toronto happens in the Distillery Historic District, which is a Victorian-era spot with cobblestone streets. There are plenty of artisanal food and crafts available, along with spectacular light displays. You can visit the Toronto Christmas Market for free from Tuesdays to Fridays. When you visit on Friday evening and weekends, there is an admission fee of $6. The market is closed on Mondays. It starts from November 14 to December 22. 

Seasons Christmas Show

The Seasons Christmas Show is an annual event in Toronto. There are more than 300 exhibitors available in this event that showcases all you need to prepare for the holiday season. Whether these are Christmas gifts, decorations, seasonal accents for the home, and stocking stuffers, you will no doubt find what you need! In addition, there are stalls that offer food and drinks to those who visit, providing refreshments along with a taste of holiday recipes. 

The Seasons Christmas Show is an annual event at the Toronto International Centre. It runs from November 16 to 18 (although the actual dates might vary year on year). The ticket cost for adults is $15 and $12 for seniors and children. Children below the age of 12 are free. Aside from the opportunity to visit various exhibits, you will also have the chance to catch different shows and performances at the venue.

Christmas at Casa Loma

If you want to make the most of your holiday experience in Toronto, why not visit Casa Loma? This is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city that transforms into a grand Christmas display during the holiday season. The entire castle and its interiors are decked in Christmas lights and seasonal décor. As the only castle in North America, it is truly one of the most spectacular places see during the Christmas season.

Aurora Winter Festival

Do you want to feel like you are visiting the North Pole during the holiday season? Then make a date to visit the Aurora Winter Festival. Going to the festival feels like visiting a hidden Christmas village–even if you’re an adult. The attraction is filled with magical characters, awe-inspiring light displays, amusement rides, and so much more! The festival takes place at the Ontario Place site where you can also check out the Winter Light Exhibition. Have fun exploring the vast winter wonderland from November 22 to January 5. 

Santa Claus Parade

The Santa Claus Parade is one of the longest-running Christmas traditions in Toronto. The parade has been going on yearly since 1913, and it lets you marvel at giant floats decorated in Christmas accents and festive costumes. You can also head to Bloor or St. Lawrence Market after the parade is over for more entertainment and lively shows. 

The date of the parade varies every year, although it is typically held on a Sunday. The Santa Claus Parade is also aired on local TV. 

A shot of the Toronto Christmas market (Image Source: Unsplash)

Ginger Bread Build

This is a fun activity for the entire family when you visit Toronto during the holiday season. But it is more than just a fun-filled activity because it also promotes the spirit of volunteerism. After all, the Christmas season is all about giving. At the Toronto City Hall, the Ginger Bread Build is an activity held yearly in cooperation with the Habitat for Humanity organization. All proceeds from this activity will be donated to the organization. 

Tips When Visiting Toronto During the Holidays

Going to Toronto for a holiday escape is a fun prospect! But since this is also a high tourism season, you need to be wary of the possibility that the prices of accommodations can go up. Just as prices in real estate tend to surge during the holiday season, as explained in this new blogpost, it is expected that the rise in demand for accommodation will have a direct impact on the booking rate. 

While you might be paying more when you buy real estate or book accommodation in Toronto during the holidays, you can expect exciting times ahead!

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