Christmas and the Holiday season in Toronto and the GTA is an amazing time. From Holiday shows to special events and activities, the whole city buzzes with the Holiday spirit as everyone readies for the festivities. Check out our 2021 Holiday FUN Guide for family fun, special events, recipes, Winter Break Camps, party planning, and unique gift ideas for all of the kids on your list.
Check back for updates. We'll keep adding to the guide during the Holidays!
FEATURED HOLIDAY EVENTS
Casa Loma Holiday Light Tour
- Until December 30, 2021
- Casa Loma
- $See website
This December experience the magic of the season at Casa Loma’s spectacular Holiday Light Tour. Wander through a dazzling lighting display in the gardens and tunnels, all decorated for the festive season. Designed as a self-guided walk, guests stroll through the property’s grounds while enjoying the spectacular decorations, outdoor lighting displays. Younger guests will thrill to visit Santa in his castle workshop.
- Opens, Friday, December 17th, 2021
- Markham Fairgrounds
- $12.50 and up
It's Canada's Largest Indoor Dinosaur Park comes to Markham Fairgrounds. Fun for everyone! Dino Holiday is a 50,000 sq ft indoor Theme Park consisting of over 45 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, carnival rides, games, food and so much more. 100% Indoors and Free Parking.
Holiday Fair in the Square
- Until December 30th, 2021
- 80 Interchange Way, Vaughan
- Offer: Save 15% on Nights of Lights
Holiday Fair in the Square is thrilled to announce their new partnership with Nights of Lights to deliver over 175,000 sq. ft. of the most unique holiday event in the GTA. Located in Vaughan, this festival features a 45-minute walk-thru light show, Artisan Marketplace, winter carnival, gourmet food trucks, carollers, performers, and even Jolly St. Nick himself. Parking and admission to the fair is free, but tickets are required for the Nights of Lights show. Use the discount code HOLIDAY4KIDS for 15% off! Family and friends ticket packages are available.
2021 Toronto Holiday Street Market
- Select days - December 3rd to 24th, 2021
- Scarborough Town Centre
- $15-$20 (Tickets are now unlimited entry)
- Offer: Save 15%
Delight in a wide variety of food and drinks, immerse yourself in a 40 foot walk-in Christmas tree, take a stroll with your sweetheart down Lovers' Lane light tunnel featuring over 20,000 twinkling lights, roast marshmallows at our magical fire pits, drink mulled wine, hop on and enjoy unlimited rides and stroll through a wonderland of holiday shopping, music, and lights. Save 15% with code T4K15. Just announced! Unlimited Entries! Toronto Holiday Street Market is upgrading all tickets to UNLIMITED monthly visit passes! Includes those who have already visited! Go as many times and on any day the Market is open in December!
Light Up the Square - Festival of Lights
- Until January 2nd, 2022
- Celebration Square Mississauga
Snap a pic in front of the 40' Christmas tree, go skating on the city's biggest outdoor rink, relax in the rinkside heated patio, grab a tasty food truck treat, and more.
Arctic Wonderland Storytelling Circle with Bonnie Marcus
- December 28 (3-6 years) & December 29 (7 to 12 years)
- The McMichael
2 holiday programs hosted by the McMichael. Arctic Wonderland Storytelling Circle | Ages 3 to 6: As the winter months represent a slow down and a turn towards hibernation, inspire your child(ren) with a variety of winter-themed Inuit stories. Take part in exciting games and creative art-making activities based on Inuit traditions and the Arctic landscape. Arctic Wonderland Storytelling Circle | Ages 7 to 12: Have you ever wondered why Inuit women dress in parkas with such large hoods? Join this special edition of our popular Storytelling Circle, which explains some the most ingenious practical solutions that allowed Inuit peoples to survive the cold Arctic environment, and learn to apply some of their inspirational artmaking techniques to your own masterpiece.
Polar Winter Festival
- Until December 26th, 2021
- Toronto’s Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place
- $14 and up
- Special offer: Save 50% on select days
Walk through and experience the magic at Polar Winter Festival located at Bandshell Park on the Exhibition Grounds. This isn't your average holiday market. From selfies with the real live Santa Claus to larger-than-life holiday décor, this is a Christmas festival designed to transport guests to an enchanting winter wonderland! For a limited time save 50% off general admission tickets on Wednesdays & Thursdays (December 8, 9, 15 & 16). Santa Selfie Photo Experience still has availability on these dates.
Ross Petty's ALICE IN WINTERLAND
- Saturday, December 18 & Sunday, December 19, 2021
- $35 per household
After 24 years at the Elgin Theatre, Toronto's most popular family musical is streaming across Canada. Featuring stars of Broadway and Stratford, ALICE IN WINTERLAND includes everything Toronto families have come to expect from a Ross Petty panto: pop songs, boos, cheers, Plumbum and silly jokes! New this year is a "Choose Your Own Adventure" experience offering more interaction than ever! One ticket is all you need for the whole family. CTV says - "No holiday season is complete without a Ross Petty production. Big laughs and big fun for the whole family."
- Order ahead and stream December 19, 26 to 30
- $39.99 plus shipping & tax
The adventure begins with a wrapped box delivered to your door... SensoryBox TYA debuts just in time for the holiday season! Livestreamed from Nov. 29-Dec. 30, this one-of-a-kind theatre experience is a journey of the senses. On the day of your performance, you’ll tune into a livestream hosted by award-winning theatre artist Richard Lee, pop on a blindfold, and discover the mysterious contents of your box – and the pure fun of play!
- Select dates until January 16th, 2022
- Ontario Place
- $See website
A Drive Thru Art Exhibit Inspired by Fire, Ice & Light! Experience illuminated art projections, brilliant fire effects, and light tunnels across awe inspiring terrain, all from the warmth of your car. Fun for all ages!
Toronto Zoo Holiday Marketplace
- Until December 23, 2021.
- Toronto Zoo
- $See website
Discover the magic of the holidays with a visit to the Toronto Zoo’s second Holiday Marketplace! Beginning November 19, the Zoo’s front and Indo-Malayan courtyards will showcase over 90 local artisans and producers - up to 18 unique vendors each weekend! Shop local while enjoying holiday-inspired food and drink, festive décor, and photo opportunities. Join us Friday through Sunday until December 19 and December 20, 21, 22 & 23 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. Visit website for tickets or enjoy Holiday Marketplace free with Terra Lumina tickets or general Zoo admission!
Treewalk Village for Kids
- Open during Winter + Special dates during Holiday Break
- Stouffville and Hamilton locations
- $See website
Treewalk Village is a perfect outing for families and will be open all winter long so your kids can stay activate outdoors this coming season. The parks will be open weekly by reservation on Thursdays, Fridays, and weekends. Plus, they will be open on these extra dates during the Winter Break: December 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30.
MORE TO EXPLORE!
Outdoor Light Shows In Toronto & The GTA That Will Dazzle You This Holiday Season
We’re all in need of a little magic this year — and these Christmas and Holiday light shows are the perfect way to add a little dazzle into your holiday season. Here’s where to go to see the most stunning Christmas and Holiday Lights. You'll be enchanted by these magical light displays! More
Casa Loma's Spectacular Holiday Events
Casa Loma, Toronto's famed castle in the heart of the city is hosting two separate holiday events for families to enjoy this year! Get in the holiday spirit with the dazzling Holiday Light Tour ― full of glitz and glamour. This colourful spectacle is sure to bring you plenty of holiday cheer. And, enjoy the splendor of the castle indoors as it transforms into something very magical. The castle interior features festive décor that will provide lots of fun photo opps. More
Toronto Zoo's Holiday Marketplace
The popular Toronto attraction is now opening its doors to shoppers looking to connect with local artisans and small businesses for some holiday shopping! communities. You'll be able to shop from up to 18 vendors per date. Find loads of holiday treats, beautiful art, handmade crafts, and more, with four food trucks on hand daily. More
Holiday Fair in the Square Returns Bigger And Brighter Than Ever
Holiday Fair in the Square is back for the 2021 holiday season at an all new location in Vaughan. This year's event is bigger and brighter than ever ― with a new partnership with Nights of Lights. The event will deliver over 175,000 sq. ft. of holiday fun in the GTA. More
Dino Holiday Is Coming To Markham Fairgrounds
Meet a host of impressive creatures at Canada's largest indoor Dinosaur Park when it comes to Markham Fairgrounds, over the Holidays! Dino Holiday, a 50,000 sq ft indoor Theme Park, will feature over 45 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, and if that's not enough fun, there will also be carnival rides, games, food and more for everyone to enjoy! More
The POLAR Winter Festival: A Magical Walk-Through Holiday Experience
Celebrate the merriest time of the year at the POLAR Winter Festival. You won’t want to miss this magical and unforgettable experience ― it's the first 'walk-through' holiday winter festival since the start of the pandemic. Families can kick off the holiday season at this winter festival where things to see and do seem endless. Be prepared to be enchanted by magnificent light displays and so much more... More
Young People's Theatre's SensoryBox TYA Makes For A Perfect Family Holiday Adventure
Young People’s Theatre (YPT) has just launched the sens-ational SensoryBox TYA, just in time for the holidays! It's the perfect adventure for the holiday break, whether you're looking for some fun for your young ones or the entire family ― and it makes for an original and entertaining gift! More
The Holiday Street Market Is The Ultimate Holiday Experience!
Going to a Holiday Market takes the shopping experience to a whole new level, and the Holiday Street Market delivers just that! Popping up once again for the season, this year's market is bigger and better than ever! Grab a cup of hot cocoa and find the best gifts for everyone on your list. It's the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping while soaking in the fun of the season! More
Christmas & Holiday Events for Toronto & GTA Families - December Edition
We've condensed our original list of family-friendly Christmas & Holiday events in Toronto & the GTA into a final list for December! Here's what still happening this month ― these events are sure to put a smile on your kids' faces so grab the family and go! More
Christmas and Holiday Events for Toronto & GTA Families
Here's a round-up of this year's seasonal events where you can give your kids the best gift of all: happy family memories. Take the kids to see cool holiday markets, amazing Christmas shows and more. More
SEASONAL FUN & ACTIVITIES
The Best Free Outdoor Skating Rinks and Trails
We've rounded up some of the best Free ice-skating outdoor rinks and trails in Toronto and the GTA so you can get your glide on all winter long. And the best part — all of these are Free. More
Where To Cut your Own Christmas Tree
Head out to one of these Cut Your Own tree farms in the Greater Toronto Area. In addition to the fun of cutting your own Christmas tree, many tree farms offer other seasonal things for the family to see and do such as hayrides or tractor rides around the farm, sampling some hot apple cider, or holiday shopping. More
Where To Meet Santa
Santa's back in 2021 and here's where you can meet him ― at a safe distance of course! Find special activities like story-time and holiday photos. There are still virtual visits too! More
Santa Claus Parades
Santa's back in town and he's making appearances all over the GTA! Catch him at one of these parades coming near you! More
Book Your Winter Break Camps!
Families looking to keep kids entertained and busy over the holiday break can sign up for special Winter Break camps. Avoid the break boredom by booking a fun and educational camp, where kids can delve into the arts, STEAM or science, enjoy sports and do some learning while having fun. More
Holiday Toy Guide 2021
Explore our selection of kids' holiday favourites and spread the joy with the best toys ever! Shop for a wide range of toys and gift ideas for babies, children and big kids alike! More
Get Your Letter to Santa!
It's that time of the year when over a million children from all around the world take advantage of the Canada Post program by writing to Santa and receiving a reply. More
The Best Christmas & Holiday Photo Booth Props
Zany family photos are all part of making fun memories during the Holidays and we've got just what it takes to help you create them. Download the cutest, fun photo booth props for the most hilarious and unique family photos this holiday season. More
Fun & Festive Holiday Party Foods For Kids
These kids party food ideas will make a family Christmas or Holiday table so festive. Your kids will love these cute and delicious small bites, that will be the hit of the holidays! More
Holiday Treats For Kids
These tasty snacks that are so fun to make and even more fun to eat! Here are 10 recipes for seasonal treats that will get your kids totally excited about the holidays! More
More Holiday Recipes & Treats
Looking for more holiday fun in the kitchen? The Holidays are a time for baking, whether you're making Christmas cookies, treats, edible gifts or other goodies. Here's a round-up of the best Holiday Recipes and Treats featured in past years. More
Keepsake Holiday Ornaments Kids Can Make
Personalized ornaments are a great way for kids to make gifts for loved ones during holidays! And, it also adds a personal touch to your own Christmas tree! Freeze special moments in time with this fun craft activity! Get inspired with these ideas... More
More Christmas & Holiday Crafts For Kids
Get into the Holiday spirit with our round-up of the best seasonal crafts for Kids. 'Tis the season for homemade projects! You'll find everything you need, to keep little hands busy. More
Holiday Movies & Shows For Families On Netflix
Cozy up with the kids ... Here's what's streaming on Netflix for families this Holiday Season! More
The Best Christmas & Holiday Movies for Families
Snuggle up with a nice, warm mug of hot cocoa and some festive Christmas cookies, and watch these all-time favourite Christmas and Holiday movies. More
Happy Holidays and check back often for more family fun!