We hope you've been nice this year! We've been tracking Santa and his reindeer, and we've rounded up the best places to see the big jolly man in red before Christmas Day arrives.
Here's where you can find Santa in Toronto and the GTA. Book early; these spots fill up quickly!
RBG Train Show & Holiday Traditions!
Nov 14, 2015 to Jan 3, 2016
The RBG Train Show features numerous Canadian landmarks constructed from over seven tons of cedar slabs, 3,000 pounds of rock and 250 feet of track. You’ll find Canadian landmarks in RBG Centre and depictions of Wonders of the World in the Mediterranean Garden. The RBG Express runs until December 22. You can meet the conductor at Hendrie tunnel and climb aboard RBG’s ride-on train, past the festive lights, before pulling into Candy Cane Station to meet Santa at his cabin.
Toronto Christmas Market
Nov 20, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015
Celebrate one of the world’s best Christmas Markets here in Toronto. Guests will immerse themselves in 28 days of European delicacies and Canadian homemade foods, a romantic atmosphere, stunning light canopies, unique shopping experiences, traditional music and dance performances, and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is free during the week and $5 on weekends. Meet Santa and photo opportunities.
Santa Train Rides
Nov 21, 2015 to Dec 13, 2015
We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be riding the York-Durham Heritage Railway train departing from the Uxbridge station only on Saturdays and Sundays beginning on November 21. Each trip lasts approximately 1 hour and has on-board entertainment for children of all ages. Santa will be visiting each child at their seat and distributing goodies to each.
Christmas at Black Creek
Nov 21, 2015 to Dec 23, 2015
Weekends are filled with Christmas tours, traditional treats and ballroom dancing. On December weekends visit with Santa and take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon. Regular admission rates apply.
Santa's Log Cabin in Trinity Square (Eaton Centre)
Nov 26, 2015 to Dec 24, 2015
The man in red is back in town and he can’t wait to see you again! Come see Santa in his Log Cabin, built by Timber Block while he’s here before Christmas. Book ahead to listen to Santa read you a Christmas story and get a photo with him while he’s visiting from the North Pole, so you can skip the line-ups and get back to the good stuff - wrapping gifts and counting down how many more sleeps until the big day.
Magical Winterland Nights at Casa Loma
Wednesdays, Dec 2, 2015 to Dec 30, 2015
Explore the Magic of Casa Loma.. at night! Wander through the dazzling lighting display in the gardens and witness famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick’s holiday themed magic show. Families are invited to visit Santa in his castle workshop, scour the castle on a scavenger hunt, visit with wintery holiday mascots, sing along with live carollers, enjoy savoury chilli, s’mores, hot cocoa and much more!
Christmas on the Rails at the Halton County Radial Railway
Dec 5, 2015 to Dec 12, 2015
Ride into the holiday season with us! We’re opening our doors one last time until the spring for a unique seasonal experience. There’s nothing like riding the rails through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air and a visit from Santa! Tickets sold at the door.
Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright
Dec 5, 2015 to Dec 20, 2015
Christmas crafts, activities and treats for the whole family to enjoy. Go on a horse-drawn wagon ride and meet Santa in his workshop. Advance tickets required.
The Magical Toyland at Casa Loma
Dec 5, 2015 to Dec 29, 2015
This December join us to celebrate and take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma! We are excited to host a wide range of activities and exciting performances that are sure to be fun for the whole family. Enjoy two brand new magic shows created by famed illusionist entertainers. As always kids are invited to visit Santa in his castle workshop, scour the castle on a scavenger hunt, participate in creative arts and crafts, visit with wintery holiday mascots, decorate tasty treats, sing along with live carolers and much more!
Santa Dives at Ripley's Aquarium
Dec 8, 2015 to Dec 24, 2015
Santa and his elves are back this year to spread aquatic holiday cheer! Watch in awe as either Santa Claus or one of his friendly elves (or both!) dive into our Ray Bay, getting up close and personal with our rays while they feed them. Tis the season to be thrilled!
Winter Holiday party with Santa at Fairyland Theatre
Dec 12, 2015
The magical season, winter, is coming. That means, it is time for Fairyland Theatre Winter Holiday party with Santa! This year we will be having Princess and Superhero themes. The event will be very interactive. Kids will play many themed games and dance with each character.
Santa Experience at Kidz360
Dec 13, 2015
Santa is coming to Kidz360! Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves for storytelling, songs, and cookie decorating! There is fun for the whole family! This event will also include face painting and a professional photographer will be available for pictures with Santa.
Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront
Dec 18, 2015 to Dec 20, 2015
Santa will be making two stops at The Waterfront BIA's annual Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront this holiday season. Families can also join Santa and his elves for the Santa Brunch Cruise aboard Mariposa Cruises’ Northern Spirit. Pets can get in on the action with Pet Photos with Santa at Purina PawsWay, while families can learn more about the Arctic and create their own piece of art at the Museum of Inuit Art. Free. Some activities require admission.
Breakfast with Santa at Ripley's Aquarium
Dec 19, 2015 to Dec 20, 2015
He’s making a list and checking it twice, going to find out who’s hungry or not! This holiday season, join Santa for breakfast under the sea! Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will be hosting a mouth-watering breakfast on Dec 19 and 20 from 8-9 AM. Tickets include: breakfast, a family photo with Santa, complimentary coat check, general admission into the aquarium, and a gift for your child to take home!
10th Annual Santa Cruise
Dec 19, 2015 to Dec 20, 2015 - 11:30 am until 2:00 pm
Join Santa aboard the Northern Spirit for the 10th Annual Santa Cruise presented by Mariposa Cruises during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront. Families are invited to join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves for this magical two-hour Santa Cruise which includes brunch aboard the Northern Spirit. Santa’s merry elves will entertain families on the Santa Brunch Cruise, hand out holiday treats and help make sure each family has their photo taken with Santa.
Join Santa for Breakfast at Brimacombe!
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Avoid the craziness of visiting Santa at the mall, and share your holiday wishes with Santa right here at Brimacombe! Enjoy a hearty breakfast with Santa including pancakes, bacon, sausage and all the toppings, plus a small coffee, tea or hot chocolate, all for $7 including taxes (or $5 for a child portion, ages 10 and under). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity. Have your picture professionally taken with Santa by Rebecca of Rebecca Leigh Photography for only $10, with all proceeds going to Sick Kids hospital and to local food banks.
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