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
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 Academy Winter Break STEM Camps
- December 21 to 26 and December 28 to January 2
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
- Monday December 21 to Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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 - Coding Creators & Minecraft Adventures
- December 28, 29 and 30, 2020
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!
- Online Private STEM Classes
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
- December 27, 2020 or January 2, 2021
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
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.
5 Days of Holiday Workshop with Everyday Funday
- December 14 to 18, 2020
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 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 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
- 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, ON
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
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
- December 21 to 24 and December 28 to 31 (1 day options available)
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
- Virtual Winter Break Camps & Workshops
- December 21 to 24, 2020 - 10am to 11am
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
- Winter Break Camps: December 21 to 24 & December 28 to 31
- Winter Holiday Classes: December 21 to January 7
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
- In-person at Makerspace Campus
- 561 Edward Avenue, Unit 1, Richmond Hill
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
- December 21-24 and December 29-31, 2020
- Various locations
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.
Things to Do
Holiday Light Tour at Casa Loma
- Postponed (Dates TBD)
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.
The Festival of Magic: Virtual Magic Experience
- December 5 and 6, 2020
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
- December 13, 2020 - 10:00-11:00AM
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
- December 12, 14, 19 and 21, 2020
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
- Saturdays and Sundays, November 20-December 24, 2020
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!
- November 27 until to January 3, 2021
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 No Place Like Home for the Holidays
- Stream at home
- December 19 and 20, 2020
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
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
- Postponed (Dates TBD)
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
- November 28 to December 21, 2020
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.
Holiday Gift Ideas
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
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 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
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
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
We've got the list of the hottest and greatest toys, games and more for every child on your Holiday shopping list! More
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
Family Fun Over the Holidays
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
The Best Holiday Recipes & Treats
Here's a round-up of the best Holiday Recipes and Treats we've ever featured. More
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
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
Go to a local farm to pick your own pine-smelling, sap-sticky Christmas tree and create lasting family memories. More
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
Here's our list of where you can take your kids to meet the jolly old elf, at a safe distance of course! More
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 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
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