Winter & Holiday Guide 2020

While Christmas and the Holiday season will be different this year, make the most of it with our Holiday & Winter Guide for all things family fun! You'll find special events, recipes, Winter Break camps (in-person and virtual), and gift ideas for all of the kids on your list.

Check back for updates throughout the holidays!

Winter Break Camps and Activities

Things to Do

Holiday Gift Ideas

Family Fun Over the Holidays


Winter Break Camps and Activities


Brain Power Holiday Guide

Brain Power

Don't know what to do this winter break? Do you want to boost your brilliant children's grammar, public speaking, language arts, math, or spatial reasoning skills? Well... Brain Power continues enriching students with its award-winning program during the holiday season! Let the snow fall and the brains grow!


Budding Genius Winter Break STEM Camps

Budding Genius Academy Winter Break STEM Camps

This year was a tough one to change gears! Enrol your children in our World Wide Winter Break STEM Camps. Not only will your children be challenged in science, technology with the most innovative educational tools, but they'll improve their ability in Math with abacus, build a website, build an app. They will also learn about other cultures from all over the world. Children from Saudi Arabia, France, Niger, China, Canada, and other countries will be attending our camps. Register today. Spots are limited!


Centauri Arts Holiday Art Camp

Centauri Arts Holiday Art Camp

Our fun inspiring, creative camps for ages 8-18 are a great way to make friends and share laughs over the holidays! Dance, art, crafts, movie-making, acting and song-writing, as well as FREE activities from the comfort of your home. Teens: check out our one-day writing retreat and audition training, too!


Cube School Winter Break Camps

Cube School Winter Break Camps - Coding Creators & Minecraft Adventures

For our coding activities in the morning, campers in grades 2-3 will be introduced to coding with Scratch and campers in grades 4-6 will learn Python! In the afternoon, campers will participate in a fun survival Minecraft activity! Campers will require their own personal Minecraft Java Edition account for these camp days!


Curiosity Lab Private Virtual Programs

Curiosity Lab

At The Curiosity Lab we offer private virtual STEAM classes for kids and teens. Learn coding, game design, animation, intro to AI and more while working 1 on 1 with your instructor. Kids learn through self paced, mastery based customized programs that develop problem solving and computational thinking skills. Teach them to create, not just consume!


DaCosta Winter Break Virtual Magic Workshops

DaCosta Winter Break Virtual Magic Workshops

Join Magician Phil DaCosta for a fun filled 90 minutes of virtual magic using items you would find in your home. For ages 6+.


Explorum Virtual Holiday Camp

Explorum Virtual Holiday Camp

Hey kids! If you are between 6 and 12, learn French the FUN way! EXPLORUM offers virtual workshops that you can do from the comfort and safety of your kitchen. Different experiences everyday… the ideal solution to keep you occupied an hour (and more) while your parents carry on with their busy lives.


Everyday Funday

5 Days of Holiday Workshop with Everyday Funday

Let your child indulge in the holiday spirit by singing holiday songs and making crafts. For children 4-6 years. Workshop is 5 days long and one lesson will be delivered each day through PDF guides and videos (30 min.) on the EVERYDAY FUNDAY website. For more information, visit the website.


Fun With Music Together

Fun With Music Together At Home

Give the gift of music this holiday season! In these special classes, the activities are specifically designed to teach you how to support music development in your child, how to connect with them through music and have fun! Our research-based curriculum not only develops your child's natural musicality, it will open the door to a world of possibility, not only for music learning but for ALL learning!


Mad Science Winter Break Camps

Mad Science Winter Break Camps

Mad Science Winter Break Camps offer sensational, interactive & hands-on science fun for 5-12 year olds. Countless amazing, daily take-home activities like Catapults, Birdhouses, Light Sabers,  Telescopes and more! It’s a wild Winter Break of fun and friendships! Your child will be fascinated and have memories to last a lifetime! Both Virtual & In-Person options available.


The McMichael ArtVenture Winter Challenge

The McMichael ArtVenture Winter Challenge

Beginning on Monday, December 21, the McMichael will share a series of short videos on our social media channels, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, that will introduce children to exhibitions on view at the Gallery. Each video will include a thematically linked interactive art project that your child will be encouraged to follow, using materials easily found around the home. Every video will challenge your budding artist to respond to the artwork in the McMichael’s collection by creating an artwork of his or her own! Take a picture by the artwork and enter to win 1 of 5 FREE FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS!


Rockstar Music Central - Gift of Music for Winter Break

Rockstar Music Central

Don’t know what to do with your kids this winter break? Sign them up for extra music lessons! Offering multi-day discounts on all virtual and in-home music lessons taken over winter break! Visit us online or call 647-526-7625 to sign up or purchase a gift certificate for your loved one today.


Rooks to Cooks Winter Cooking Camps

Rooks to Cooks Winter Cooking Camps

Rooks to Cooks has got you covered this Winter Break with delicious virtual cooking camps. Keep your children busy, engaged and learning with wonderfully fun and festive programs. Your kids will eat up our cozy winter recipes and enjoy interacting with peers online! 4-day or 1-day options (10am-12pm OR 1-3pm).


Snapology of North York

Snapology of North York

In Santa’s Creator Club, children will participate in various creative play activities designed to promote the creative, social, and expressive skills of children, all done around a fun Christmas theme: Holidays Ornaments, Santa's Sleigh and Reindeer, and many more ideas!


Stem for Kids

Stem for Kids

Want to engage your child during this winter break with some fun activities? Sign up for our Online Holiday Special Workshops and Winter Holiday Classes. Kids get introduced to world of game making and animation while having tons of FUN. Save 10% on all our programs with Toronto4Kids (Use Code SFKT4K10).


The Steam Project Winter Break Camps

The Steam Project Winter Break Camps

Explore your creative side this winter holiday at Richmond Hill’s #1 Youth Makerspace. Design and build toys, games, & gadgets! Fire up our laser cutter, run our 3D printers non-stop, and take advantage of our tools and tech. You'll be bringing home all your projects and creations!


YMCA of Greater Toronto Winter Break Camps

YMCA of Greater Toronto

Give your kids an active break this winter with the YMCA of Greater Toronto! From December 21 to 31, your 4- to 12-year-old can engage in exciting learning experiences while creating life-long memories with new friends. Registration starts November 23 and early registration is encouraged.

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Things to Do


Holiday Light Tour at Casa Loma

Holiday Light Tour at Casa Loma

The Holiday Light Tour experience features a dazzling themed lighting display throughout the historic tunnels and gardens of the historic Casa Loma castle. Designed as a self-guided outdoor walk, guests may stroll through the property's grounds at their own pace while enjoying the spectacular decorations and outdoor displays.


Dacosta's Festival of Magic: Virtual Magic Experience

The Festival of Magic: Virtual Magic Experience

This holiday season Dacosta Magic Entertainment presents The Festival of Magic virtual edition. The show features performances from magicians across Canada and the US. A magical experience for the whole family!


Get Low Dance Virtual Christmas Dance Party

Get Low Dance Virtual Christmas Dance Party

Join us for a 60 Minute Dance Party with an Interactive Elf Instructor. Featuring 30 minutes of music, dance and dance games and 30 minutes with a special guest visit by Santa Claus. Open to All Levels. No experience required. Targeted for Ages 4-9 yrs. Limited to 15 guests. Tickets only $12.99 + hst until November 31. After $14.99 + hst.


GOH Ballet's Children's Virtual The Nutcracker Dance Workshop

GOH Ballet's Children's Virtual The Nutcracker Dance Workshop

Dancers ages 3-8 are invited to join Goh Ballet on an enchanting virtual dance adventure through the Land-of-Sweets with The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy! Each imaginative class will be themed with music, and characters from this holiday classic as dancers are introduced to the basics of ballet and creativity encouraged.


Markham Christmas Tree Market 2020

Markham Christmas Tree Market

Search for your perfect tree, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holidays! Also featuring Midway rides, Trackless Train rides, food trucks, hot chocolate and a Christmas market!


Polar Drive

Polar Drive

The highly-anticipated Polar Drive is the only multi-level drive-through Holiday experience that brings guests into a magical world featuring six dazzling levels of décor. This contactless and COVID-safe attraction features theatrical staging that transports guests into three larger than-life festive worlds connected by massive, 300-foot-long sparkling tunnels, all decorated with thousands of LED lights.


Ross Petty's There's Nothing Like Home For The Holidays

Ross Petty’s: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Ross Petty is making sure that the ‘show goes on’ with a virtual treat for families! The show combines the best of holiday musicals and interactive entertainment to create a unique high-quality TV-style production. Get your tickets!


Scenic Caves Nordic Centre

Scenic Caves Nordic Centre

This spectacular winter playground at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment set in one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO biosphere reserves. Glide along 27km of cross country ski trails or trek 10km of snowshoe trails and take in the panoramic views from Southern Ontario’s longest Suspension Bridge. Rental equipment available.


Toronto Zoo Holiday Market

Toronto Zoo Holiday Market

The Toronto Zoo’s front courtyard will transform into our second seasonal marketplace, showcasing some of the amazing producers, processors, artisans in the community.


Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive-Thru

Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive-Thru

A family-friendly and COVID safe experience! See the beauty of winter at The Toronto Zoo as you and your family drive through a special holiday route from the safety and warmth of your own vehicle. After a drive by-visit with Santa, see a few special sights: Santa’s cottage where some of his reindeer reside and the Enrichment Toy Workshop where some of the Toronto Zoo Elves are making toys for the animals. The Zoo will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toys for families in need.

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Holiday Gift Ideas


DaCosta Magic’s Shop

DaCosta Magic’s Shop

This year Dacosta Magic is launching a new store filled with some amazing finds.  Choose from individual cards or tricks for stockings, or grab a quality magic kit hand picked by our resident magician Phil DaCosta.  Enjoy Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals until November 30,2020.


Fenigo for the Holidays

Fenigo for the Holidays

Stock up on your family's favourite zero waste lifestyle products in Canada! Find reusable straws, produce bags, designer shopping bags, bento boxes, portable cutlery, water bottles, lunchbox items, etc.


Rockstar Music - Holiday Shopping

Rockstar Music Central

Give the gift of music these holidays! Get 50% OFF on instrument rentals with the purchase of a gift certificate for in-home and online music lessons. Find the perfect music teacher! Visit us online or call!


Say It With Crayons

Say It With Crayons

At Say It With Crayons, we ignite the child creativity and imagination while saving the environment. We take unwanted, DISCARDED broken crayons to a better place, where they will be recycled into new fun shapes. Visit our Etsy Shop for all kinds of fun holiday gift ideas for kids!


Play in a Box by Young People's Theatre

Play in a Box by Young People's Theatre

Young People’s Theatre has created a special limited edition package for family fun – perfect for young drama lovers and storytellers. It’s filled to the brim with everything you need to create a play – just add a little imagination! Recommended for ages 4 to 10+ (but really, it’s perfect for the whole family to participate). Details online.


Toy & Gift Guide 2020

Toy & Gift Guide 2020

We've got the list of the hottest and greatest toys, games and more for every child on your Holiday shopping list! More


Chapters-Indigo Top Toys

Indigo Top Kids Gifts for 2020

Indigo, the world's first cultural department store for booklovers, is thrilled to share its picks for the best kids' gifts of 2020. More

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Family Fun Over the Holidays


The Best Christmas & Holiday Events For Families

The Best Christmas & Holiday Events For Families

Deck the halls with some quality family time this holiday season at these holiday events ― virtually, in-person or via drive-thrus... More


Merry Holiday Treats

The Best Holiday Recipes & Treats

Here's a round-up of the best Holiday Recipes and Treats we've ever featured. More


15 Holiday Crafts for Kids

Best Christmas & Holiday Crafts For Kids

Get into the Holiday spirit with our round-up of the best seasonal crafts for Kids. You'll find everything you need, to keep little hands busy. More


The Best Holiday Markets in 2020

The Best Holiday Markets in 2020

Many popular holiday markets have gone virtual this year. And for those who still want to enjoy browsing a traditional Christmas or Holiday market, some options are still available depending on zones. More


Cut your own Christmas Tree

Cut your own Christmas Tree

Go to a local farm to pick your own pine-smelling, sap-sticky Christmas tree and create lasting family memories. More


Cineplex The Nutcracker

See The Nutcracker in Theatre or at Home

This holiday season, audiences can enjoy the magic of The Nutcracker at Cineplex theatres or at home. More


Where To See and Meet Santa Safely In 2020

Where To See and Meet Santa Safely In 2020

Here's our list of where you can take your kids to meet the jolly old elf, at a safe distance of course! More


Christmas Chronicles 2

Watch The Christmas Chronicles 2 on Netflix

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are back to save the holidays in THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2, only on Netflix starting November 25! More


Cadillac Fairview Santa Experiences

Cadillac Fairview Santa Experiences

Cadillac Fairview is introducing several new virtual Santa experiences including CF Storytime LIVE with Santa and virtual visits with Santa that allow families to have a video chat with Santa. More


12 Days of Christmas Toy Giveaway 2020

12 Days of Christmas Toy Giveaway 2020

From December 1 to December 12, 2020, we'll be giving away one really cool toy each day. Enter now for a chance to win! More

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