Holiday and Seasonal Events 2017

The next few months are full of fun family activities to help you make the most of the holiday season in Toronto and the GTA. There are even a few magical moments, like meeting Santa Claus. Check out our roundup of all the coolest seasonal events, festive performances and concerts, Christmas shows, holiday markets and other great happenings that will help make spirits bright.

Here's a list of Holiday and Seasonal events from November to January...


Beauty and the Beast at YPT
November  6, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Young People’s Theatre (YPT) has become known for their joyous Holiday shows and this season’s offering couldn’t be better! YPT is thrilled to present the beloved musical Beauty and the Beast. Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, this timeless classic will be presented on the Mainstage. More info

Ross Petty Presents A Christmas Carol
November 24, 2017 to December 31, 2017
After 22 years, the Elves in Ross Petty’s holiday extravaganza factory are jumping for joy. Finally, they can begin creating audience delights for a Family Musical that’s actually about Christmas! Get ready for a show to delight children and adults alike with songs, dances, jokes, ad libs and a generous helping of audience participation. More info

Santa Train at York-Durham Heritage Railway
November 25, 2017 to December 17, 2017
We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be joining our train rides. Each child will have a chance to meet Santa while enjoying on-board entertainment. Ride on our decorated train and enjoy on-board entertainment. The best part is Santa, who will visit each child at their seat. This is a great photo opportunity! Each child will also receive a gift bag upon departing the train. More info

Flight of White at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
December 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018
This truly unique holiday exhibit transforms the tropical butterfly conservatory into a magical oasis featuring 1000's of additional Rice Paper butterflies flying freely through the Conservatory. With a wingspan of up to 14cm, the Rice Paper Butterfly, a large white relative of the Monarch, is impossible to miss as it floats through the air moving gently from flower to flower. The Flight of White experience also includes lush white poinsettia flowers, 1000's of sparking white lights, and soft strains of classical music playing in the background. More info

Fancy Nancy Splendiferous​ Christmas
December 2, 2017 to January 6, 2018
What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles - and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? More info

Annie The Musical
December 8, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical comes to Toronto this Christmas! Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” More info

Milk and Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
December  9, 2017
Ho Ho Ho! Santa is coming to the Butterfly Conservatory! Have fun decorating cookies and get a chance to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. A great photo opportunity! More info

It’s a Wonderful Christmas
December 9, 2017 to December 10, 2017
The hilarious musical comedy It's a Wonderful Christmas is returning to the Christian Performing Arts stage. This fun-filled, family favorite is sure to delight audiences of all ages with it's Broadway style dancing and singing in a magnificent Christmas display. It’s a Wonderful Christmas is an original story that mixes the classics “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” into a Christmas adventure unlike any other. Tickets are only $5. More info 

Hot Cocoa & Gingerbread House fun with Mrs. Claus at Petite and Posh
December 9 to December 24, 2017
Join us for Hot Cocoa & Gingerbread House fun with Mrs. Claus at Petite and Posh on December 9th, 16th, 23rd & 24th sessions at 9:30am. The session includes interactive session with Mrs. Claus complete with snow dusted dusted belgian waffles & warm cocoa. Children will then work with Mrs. Claus to create and decorate their very own Gingerbread house and end the evening with story time and dance party. More info

The Snowman at TSO
December 10, 2017
This beloved holiday film returns to the stage and screen in a program filled with your holiday favourites. The TSO performs Howard Blake’s beautiful score to the animated film The Snowman, featuring the much-loved song “Walking in the Air”. Filled with magic and adventure, The Snowman is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! You’ll also hear holiday classics featuring Tha Spot Holiday Dancers and Resonance Youth Choir that are sure to get your toes tapping. More info

Miracle on Mercer Street at Second City
December 16, 2017 to January 5, 2018
This winter, The Second City finally brings back its most beloved holiday show with The Second City Family Holiday Show, Miracle on Mercer Street! Featuring The Second City’s adorable puppet troupe and their funny human friends, Miracle on Mercer St. tells the story of a 13 year old girl who spends the winter holiday visiting her grandmother in the town of Hollydale. More info

Disney On Ice: Reach for the Stars
December 22, 2017 to January 1, 2018
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars. Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like "Let it Go" and "In Summer." and much more. More info

Glam Jam Drop Off Nights at Glama Gal
December 22, 2017 to January 5, 2018
From holiday parties, to a shopping night to even a date night. Drop the kids off at Glama Gal. We are hosting a  series of GLAM JAM PJ Parties on December 22nd, December 29th and January 5th from 5pm to 8pm. Evening includes: Includes: Dinner-pizza & veggies, movie time, become a GG Insider, DIY Glam lab station, glamspirational friendship bonfire, hot cocoa & cookies treat. Suitable for ages 5 & up. More info

Winter Break EPIC PASS at Area51 Lasertag - Planet Play
December 23, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Area 51 LaserTag – Planet Play welcomes you all to enjoy the ultimate in Laser tag action! Starting December 23rd to January 7th, Area51 LaserTag – Planet Play will be selling our Epic Pass for 20 bucks + tax! This exclusive special is good for any one day from December 23rd to January 7th. Included are unlimited LaserTag missions and all day access into Orion’s Playground, along with in and out privileges. More info

Winter Holidays Princess Tea at Petite and Posh
December 27, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Join us for a Royal Holiday Princess Tea. Includes photo with character (check listing for dates with various princesses), Cupcake Decorating, Princess Treat Scavenger Hunt, Princess Sing A Long and Dance Party, DIY Magical Wand Craft, Special Princess Certificate. Tea Time includes: Snow Dusted Belgian Waffles. More info

Happy Noon Year’s Eve Party for Kids at Glama Gal​
December 31, 2017
Join us for our annual Noon Year’s Eve party for kids. An event that sells out every year. This years event includes: Confetti manicures, pink champagne & little fancies, pink balloon drop filled with inspirational wishes for the New Year, glitter hair  & makeup applications, DIY Bling Ring  & a Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party. More info


Santa Claus Parades
Various dates
Santa will be bringing some holiday cheer to Toronto and the GTA with this season's Santa Claus parades. See which city streets Santa will be hitting this year!
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Spectacle of Lights on Toronto's Waterfront
November 2017 until April 2018
Witness three stunning illuminated sights this holiday season during the Spectacle of Lights on Toronto’s Waterfront. See the Toronto Music Garden come alive with a fully-animated lighting experience where music notes, harps and canopy will be shining bright over 39,000 long-life, low-energy LED lights.
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A Visit with Santa at Markville
November 1, 2017 to December 24, 2017
Come experience magic with the Big Guy! Mark your calendars! Online registration for Santa opens November 1st. Make your shopping trip easier by choosing a time that suits your family and take in the magic of the jolliest man around. Santa has been busy revamping his workshop to include a new interactive experience that includes a special gift for all.
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Santa Photos at the Toronto Christmas Market
November 16, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Returning for its eighth year on November 16 to December 23, the Market will have a wide variety of activities and entertainment assured to be fun and inclusive for the whole family. With magic in the air and glittery lights, there are several opportunities to capture the perfect family photo - even including one with the iconic, jolly man himself. Get pics with furry friends too!
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Toronto Christmas Market
November 16, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Rediscover the magic of Christmas November 16 to December 23 at the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery Historic District. The Toronto Christmas Market features  hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products, non-stop entertainment, heated beer and mulled wine gardens, Santa and the elves, and an atmosphere so charming you can’t help but fall in love with the holiday season all over again.
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Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Bramalea City Centre
November 16 to December 24, 2017
Have you been naughty or nice? Get your wish list ready, Santa is meeting with boys and girls and their four-legged friends at Bramalea City Centre (25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton) to find out what they want to find under the Christmas tree from Thursday, November 16 until Sunday, December 24 in Santa's Winter Wonderland in the Bay Court. Santa VIP Experience with photos. available.
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12 Trees of Christmas at Gardiner Museum
November 17, 2017 to January 7, 2018
This year’s 12 Trees exhibition: Let There Be Light, will focus on light as a potent symbol of hope that many cultures share during the season. Curated by famed Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland and Vice President of Public Art Management Ben Mills, this year’s exhibition will bring a dynamic, contemporary, and light-filled perspective to the 12 Trees tradition.
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Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic
November 18, 2018
On Saturday, November 18, the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BYBIA) will kick off the holiday season with Holiday Magic, the spectacular annual community concert event in support of the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR). Free.
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Christmas at Black Creek
November 18, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Come and see the Village in its holiday finery, and celebrate the season with traditions old and new. Marvel at a flaming plum pudding, enjoy fresh baked mincemeat tarts and hot apple cider, and learn to perform an Irish jig to the sounds of a live fiddle. Visits with Santa on select days in December. Visit website for details.
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Illuminite at Yonge Dundas Square
November 18, 2017
Downtown Yonge BIA invites you to join us in celebrating 10 years of Illuminite with a magical evening of music, dance & spectacle in Yonge-Dundas Square.
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Toronto Christmas Pet Show
November 18, 2017 to November 19, 2017
A truly unique family event for you and your pets! Over 200 exhibitors, 50,000+ Square Feet of space, and 2 full days with Santa! An indoor where your pets are welcome to come! Santa  will be  taking a break to share the weekend with the CPE pets and their families. Holiday shopping kicks into high gear with the 170 plus vendors sharing their seasonal specials, exclusive products and enjoying the festive season.
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Santa at the Eaton Centre
November 18, 2016 to December 24, 2017
Make your shopping trip a breeze and reserve a time for your little ones to take in the wonder of the jolliest man around. No long lines, no waiting for the moment of magic – simply choose a time that suits your family best and enjoy an extra special Santa experience, complete with a gift! Visits with Santa are $10. All proceeds will be donated to Eva's Initiatives and Autism Speaks Canada. Photos can be taken during your visit.
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Visit with Santa at Fairview Mall
November 18, 2017 to December 24, 2017
Make your shopping trip a breeze and reserve a time for your little ones to take in the wonder of the jolliest man around. No long lines, no waiting for the moment of magic – simply choose a time that suits your family best and enjoy an extra special Santa experience, complete with a gift!
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Holiday Traditions Featuring the RBG Train Show!
November 18, 2017 to January 7, 2018
This season’s favourite holiday destination for families! Santa wants to remind everyone that it is very important for them to book their visit with him online, prior to arriving at RBG. Admission includes: Canada’s best botanical train show, Winter Walks, Craft-a-Character, Storytime, Discover Holiday Plants and Family Entertainment and much more.
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A Christmas Event at Ireland House Museum
November 19, 2017
Celebrate the holiday season with traditions of an earlier time at Ireland House Museum. Visitors will take a special holiday tour of the Museum, sample Victorian treats made on the 1830s Rumford hearth, and make a traditional tin punched ornament. There will also be horse and wagon rides, live reindeer’s, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
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Trinity Bellwoods Flea Local Holiday Market
November 19, 2017
Time to start thinking about all those special people on your holiday shopping list and get the jump before it gets on top of you! We have made finding that one of a kind gifts easier than ever before. We have a curated a list of 50 vendors under one roof at the historic Great Hall (Lower Hall). Taking the hard work out of holiday shopping. Free admission.
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The Toronto Vegetarian Association Holiday Market
November 19, 2017
Celebrate the holiday season with the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA)! Join us at Artscape Wychwood Barns on Sunday, November 19th with over 30 of our favorite local businesses. Shopping for family and friends? Pick up a handmade gift, indulge in some holiday treats, buy a vegan holiday recipe book or simply explore locally made and cruelty-free products at this unique Holiday Market.
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A Roaring Twenties Christmas at Gibson House
November 21, 2017 to January 7, 2017
Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina.  Holly wreaths, garlands of evergreens and mistletoe festoon the house based on the memories of the Austin family grandchildren.  In the kitchen visitors will enjoy holiday treats made from original recipes and sip mulled cider. Holiday admission applies.
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Santa at Royal Botanical Gardens
November 22, 2017 to December 23, 2017
We are keeping the Claus' busy this holiday season! From Santa visits and train rides, to storytimes and brunches, there are lots of opportunities to have your own North Pole Experience at RBG. Santa's Signature Experience: Visits With Santa, Brunch With Santa and Mrs. Claus and Storytelling With Mrs. Claus.
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One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale Toronto
November 23, 2017 to December 3, 2017
Since 1975, The One of a Kind Show has been connecting makers & buyers who have an appreciation of boundless creativity, local production, and exquisite craftsmanship. This holiday, join us at the One of a Kind Show & Sale and experience why makers make it better. 
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Ferrero Rocher: Give Layers Of Thoughtfulness Pop-Up
November 24 to December 24, 2017
This holiday season, give a big smile. Give an inside joke. Give tears of joy. Give a wink and a nudge. Like the thoughtful layers of a Ferrero Rocher, Give Layers of Thoughtfulness. Join us at the Ferrero Rocher Thoughtful Giving Pop-Up in Yorkdale Mall and let’s craft a thoughtful gift together. Free event.
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Cavalcade of Lights Toronto
November 25, 2017
The Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square is an annual holiday tradition featuring the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree, live musical performances by some of Canada’s top performers, a spectacular fireworks show and skating parties on the iconic outdoor rink. All free!
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Holiday Greeting Cards – A Workshop for Families at Todmorden Mills
November 25, 2017
From pop ups to collage! Learn about the origins of holiday greeting cards while you create a set of personalized cards to send to loved ones. Suitable for children 6 years and up. Pre-registration required.
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Kidzfest at Yonge-Dundas Square
November 25, 2017
Join Downtown Yonge BIA at Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of fun for kids of all ages, with hosts from TVOKids, see exciting stage shows, meet your favourite characters from Paw Patrol and PJ Masks and much more! Free admission.
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Light Up the Square 2017 at Celebration Square
November 25, 2017
In our final celebration of Canada 150 we kick-off the holiday season at Light Up the Square, presented by Rabba. Celebrate the wonder that is the great white north where bright lights, winter's magic, and cozy moments make for an unforgettable night. Don't forget everyone's favourite, photos with Santa and his elves. Free event.
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Christmas in the Village
November 25, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Get ready to rock around the Christmas tree this November! The Streetsville BIA is excited to present the second annual Christmas in the Village festival, and it promises to be even bigger and better than last year! All weekend long, family-friendly live bands will be playing for guests while they feast on delicious eats from an array of local restaurants and unique food trucks. Visitors can head down Queen St. S. to check out the Children’s craft tent, browse through dozens of unique market vendors, enjoy a horse and carriage ride, and take pictures with Santa outside the Robinson Bray House. Free.
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Santa Arrives & Horse Drawn Wagon Rides at Bridlewood Mall
November 25, 2017
Santa arrives for the season with help from his festive friends. Musical performances, tree lighting and caroling plus free outdoor horse drawn wagon rides and hot chocolate.
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Swedish Christmas Fair at Harbourfront
November 25, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Get into the spirit at this expanded two-day holiday extravaganza. Check off your gift list with imported handmade crafts, unique Christmas décor, textiles and tasty Swedish delicacies. Free admission.
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Christmas Activities at Springridge Farm
November 25 to December 10, 2017
Santa is taking time out of his hectic schedule to visit his friends at Springridge Farm! Mingle and jingle with Mr. Claus during their annual Christmas activities on weekends beginning November 25 until December 10, 10am-4pm. Activities include painting a glass ornament and decorating a freshly baked gingerbread cookie ($5 per activity).
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Family Funday: Very Merry at the ROM
November 26, 2017
Join us for a luminous launch of the holiday season. Music and good cheer will fill the air as we celebrate family and festive winter traditions. Make Some Noise! Enjoy the sweet harmonies of My Pop Choir, a talented group of community-based choirs. 
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Santa at Seasons!
November 26, 2017
Avoid the line-ups at the mall and join us for an afternoon of crafts and treats! Join Seasons and Pictonat Photography for an enjoyable Santa experience. Ticket includes snacks, crafts, sitting fee and 1(4×6) picture. Additional pictures are available for purchase.
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Holiday Market and Open House at TBG
November 30, 2017
Stroll through the halls decked with holiday cheer and stocked with handcrafted and nature-inspired gifts, home décor, seasonal greens, forced bulbs, local honey, unique terrariums and home-baked treats.
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Holiday Open House at Canadian Automotive Museum
December 1, 2017
Stop by the museum after work and enjoy some holiday cheer at the Canadian Automotive Museum. Festive music will be played live by Toronto-based pianist Jonah Cristall-Clarke and hot beverages and seasonal snacks will be served. Bring the kids and they can take home a car-themed holiday craft and card.
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'Twas the Cab Before Christmas
December 1, 2017
A night of holiday themed music, comedy, dancing and new Christmas music plus a hilarious new re-imagining of "It's a Wonderful Life" - family friendly fun for all ages in a fully accessible venue!
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Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square
December 1, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Back for its 2nd amazing year, Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square celebrates the season with an enchanting artisan market, delicious food, festive drinks at the Jackson Triggs Polar Point Bar, live entertainment, and a winter midway, bringing excitement and charm to the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, all in support of Epilepsy Toronto. Free admission.
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Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright
December 1, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Experience the magic of Christmas at Kortright this December. The forest comes to life with lights, friendly elves and your favorite Christmas characters. Visit Santa’s workshop to see the elves at work. Play games, make Christmas crafts and watch a Christmas movie in our theater. Enjoy carols and Christmas treats by the fire. Each child will have the chance to visit Santa’s cabin and tell Santa their Christmas wish.
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150 Years of Canadian Christmas at Casa Loma
December 1, 2017 to January 7, 2018
This December join us to celebrate and take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma, by celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Christmas. We are excited to host a wide range of activities and thrilling performances that are sure to be fun for the whole family. As always kids are invited to visit Santa in his castle workshop and, participate in arts and crafts, visit with wintery holiday mascots, decorate tasty treats and much more. 
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Annual Lamplight Tour at Oshawa Museum
December 2, 2017
The Lamplight tour is a time-honoured tradition at the Oshawa Museum. Our signature event allows visitors young and old to tour through the Museum homes, which are decorated to reflect a Victorian Christmas. Henry House is solely lit by oil lamps and looks just as the Henry family would have lit their home back in the 1800’s. Victorian style is everywhere – clothing, music, food, and gift ideas!
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Holiday MRKT Show & Sale - Leaside
December 2, 2017
#ShopTheMRKT this Holiday Season! The MRKT is a community shopping event, organized by the Toronto Creative Entrepreneurs, sponsored by All Canadian Self Storage which features local vendors including fashion, beauty, wellness, visual artists, crafters, food merchants, and retailers. This event is FREE to the community and kid friendly!
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Light Up The Holidays
December 2, 2017
Every year in Fairbank Village, we light up the holidays in true family style! We offer free snacks, drinks, and family fun! Of course, we can’t forget the beautiful display and lighting of the Fairbank Village tree at 5:45pm. We have some great free family entertainment this year. GTA Swing Band will be playing from 2-6pm and carolers and surprise characters will be strolling the area. Don’t forgot to get your face-painted and have your picture taken with Santa at our central location! We’re spreading the cheer. We’ll also have smaller event stations at both ends of our area with bouncy castles for the kids and a free treat! Free.
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Paws n’ Mr. Claus - Pet Pictures with Santa at Bradley Museum
December 2, 2017
A family photo isn't complete without the whole family. Or maybe your pet needs some quality time with Santa. Bring them into the Bradley Museum for an afternoon of four-legged fun. Proceeds will go to support the Mississauga Animal Services Special Care and Resources Fund (S.C.A.R.F).
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Historic Canadian Christmas at Benares Historic House
December 2, 2017
Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of a traditional Christmas this holiday season. Explore our visitor centre to learn about Winter Celebrations from around the world then walk back to the Historic Benares House and be transported to Canadian Christmas past. With carollers, Edwardian Christmas activities and a live Nativity Scene, this event is fun for the whole family.
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Christmas on the Rails at the Halton County Radial Railway
December 2, 2017 and December 9, 2017
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.
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Evergreen's Winter Village
December 2 to December 31, 2017
Experience the magic of winter at Evergreen’s Winter Village. Celebrate the holidays with friends and family at Evergreen Brick Works as you enjoy fun wintry activities, shop for unique local gifts at the Holiday Etsy Market and sample tasty eats in Toronto’s winter playground. Admission is free!
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Annual Toronto Art Crawl - Christmas Market
December 3, 2017
Looking for truly unique, hand made, one of a kind gifts this holiday season? The 4th annual Christmas Market by Toronto Art Crawl is your one stop shop destination! Taking place Sunday December 3, 2017 at Toronto’s iconic Great Hall located at 1087 Queen St. West, this one-day event features 95 of the city’s most talented artists and designers, food vendors, live music, interactive activities, cash bar and more! Bring the kids! This is a kid-friendly event and kids under 10 enter free! Bring them by our face painting sessions for an extra special treat and a super memorable day. 
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Christmas in the Village at Pickering Museum Village
December 3, 2017
Visit with the inhabitants of the pioneer village as they share their holiday customs.  Enjoy Scottish Hogmanay, Welsh traditions, Victorian English Christmas celebrations, Squire Jonathan's Christmas Ball, and a walk in the woods to see how Pickering's first settlers struggled in the wilderness. Backwoods Players presents the "Duffins Creek Sunday School Pageant" free with admission.
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Family Photos with Santa at Bradley Museum
December 3, 2017
Dress in your seasonal outfits and capture a holiday memory. Have a professional family photo taken with Santa in the Log Cabin at the Bradley Museums. Proceeds to support Friends of the Museums of Mississauga.
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Storytime with Santa at Black Creek
December 3 to December 17, 2017
Santa Claus is coming to town! December 3, 10 & 17 2017. Starting time to choose from: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Spend a fun-filled festive time with Santa and his helpers at Black Creek Pioneer Village! Decorate your own Christmas cookie while warming up with hot apple cider in the cozy historic kitchen. Create your very own Christmas craft.
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Christmas, Past and Present at the Simcoe County Museum
December 7, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Discover the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas with Christmas, Past and Present. Listen to beautiful music as it fills the galleries, sample unique seasonal treats, and witness what Christmas looked like over 100 years ago. It was the Victorians who popularized many of the traditions we carry out today, so why not come and experience their Christmas with a modern twist.  You can also cross a couple people off your shopping list by visiting the merchants centre and purchasing some unique handmade items. Admission by donation.
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City of Craft
December 8, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Toronto's largest independently-run, juried craft show that runs in December featuring craft-based installations, free workshops, and craft-related programming in local businesses and galleries, attracting approximately 5,000 attendees. City of Craft takes place on the second weekend of December. There is a nominal admission fee.
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Fort York Frost Fair
December 9, 2017
Stroll through Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812-era buildings and the new Fort York Visitor Centre, where you can shop for unique gifts made by local artisans, including jewellery, heritage inspired reproductions, and holiday greenery. Tour the Fort's buildings and enjoy tasty treats in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Free admission.
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Breakfast with Santa at Ripley's Aquarium
December 9 to December 17, 2017
This holiday season, join Santa for breakfast under the sea! Ripley's Aquarium of Canada will be hosting a mouth-watering breakfast on Dec 9, 10, 16 & 17 from 8 - 9am that is 'shore' to get your family into the FISHmas spirit. Tickets include: breakfast, complimentary coat check, a family photo with Santa, general admission to the aquarium, and a gift for your child to take home! 
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The Nutcracker by National Ballet of Canada
December 9 to December 30, 2017
Created in 1995 by the National Ballet’s former Artistic Director James Kudelka, this stunningly designed and richly choreographed version of the perennial Christmas classic is a holiday gem, traditional and touchingly affectionate, yet imbued with the vigour, wit and briskness of a contemporary sensibility. Join us 45 minutes before every performance in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for Nutcracker Story Time! Designed to enhance children's experience of the ballet, Nutcracker Story Time is an engaging, interactive telling of the magical holiday story that allows children to have a better understanding of the performance they are attending.
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Judy & David's ChanukahPalooza
December 10, 2017
What is ChanukahPalooza? It’s what you get when you take Toronto’s favourite family Chanukah show since 2001 and add some of Canada’s best children’s musicians who just HAPPEN to celebrate Chanukah! 
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The Nutcracker at Living Arts Centre
December 10, 2017
The Nutcracker is the perennial favourite of generations of children and "children at heart". The treasured holiday adventure follows a little girl's journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. This is the same authentic Russian choreography that is performed in Moscow by the famous Bolshoi Ballet. Set to Tchaikovsky's beloved music, including Waltz of the Flowers, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Snowflakes, the entire family will love this magical experience filled with spectacular sets and beautiful costumes.
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Withrow's Winter Market
December 16, 2017
Locally handcrafted goods, artisanal foods & local farmers: the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts and delicious holiday treats! Hosted by the Withrow Farmers’ Market!
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Holiday Crafts at the Bata Shoe Museum
December 17, 2017
Come celebrate the holiday season at the BSM with some shoe-inspired holiday fun! Kids can decorate a cookie, make a special craft, play ISpy in the galleries and try on some funky shoes, perfect for the holiday family picture!
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Magical Winterland Nights at Casa Loma
December 18, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Explore the holiday 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, visit with wintery holiday mascots, sing along with live carolers, enjoy savory and sweet treats, hot cocoa and much more!
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Boxing Day At The Toronto Zoo
December 26, 2017
The Toronto Zoo is the place to be on Boxing Day with scenic paths, educational and fun keeper talks plus five indoor and exotic pavilions. Don’t forget to wish our giant panda family, who leave for Calgary March 2018, a very happy holiday. Why not bring the friends and family too as admission is 50% off all day! All proceeds from this day go towards the Endangered Species Reserve Fund.
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