Polar Winter Festival Toronto

Toronto’s Biggest Holiday Festival, Polar Winter Festival runs November 25 to December 26 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Grounds.

The latest fun things families can do this coming weekend ... virtual and in-person events, and suggested activities. Polar Winter Festival opens! This Christmas festival will transport guests to an enchanting winter wonderland.


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POLAR Winter Festival Toronto

POLAR Winter Festival

  • November 25th, 2021 to December 26th, 2021
  • Toronto’s Bandshell Park
  • $14 and up

Polar 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. As the very first walkthrough holiday winter festival since the start of the pandemic, you won’t want to miss it! More


NEW EVENTS


Light Up the Square - Festival of Lights

  • Until January 2nd, 2022
  • Celebration Square Mississauga
  • Free

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. More


One Of A Kind Show

  • November 25th to December 5th 2021
  • Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
  • $15 Adults - $8.50 Kids & Seniors

With 600+ exhibitors, 30+ product categories, and 4 shopping neighbourhoods, get ready to meet the brightest creative talents working across Canada. More


Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright

  • Select days from November 26th to December 23rd, 2021
  • Kortright Centre for Conservation
  • $24.00 and up

Escape into the Magical Christmas Forest at the Kortright Centre and experience a winter wonderland filled with lights, activities and treats for the whole family. More


The North Pole Light Up Express

  • Select dates - November 26th to December 30th, 2021
  • York-Durham Heritage Railway
  • $34.99 and up

Come onboard the magical Christmas train from our award winning production team as we mesmerize you with the most anticipated family Christmas activity of the year. More


Holiday Fair in the Square

  • November 26th to December 30th, 2021
  • 80 Interchange Way, Vaughan
  • Free

Your favourite holiday tradition is returning for the 2021 season, and in a new location! Shop for that unique holiday gift at the Artisan Marketplace, bring the family to visit Santa and enjoy a winter carnival. Holiday Fair is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Visit Nights of Lights at the Square. Tickets are required for this event. SAVE 15% off tickets with code: HOLIDAY4KIDS. More


Holiday Nights of Lights

  • November 26th, 2021 to January 2nd, 2022
  • 80 Interchange Way, Vaughan
  • $12.99 and up

This year the WALK-THRU takes you on a stroll through the newly built gardens at Assembly Park in Vaughan. Nights of Lights is the must-see walk-thru event of the Holiday season for all ages. Part of Holiday Fair in the Square. SAVE 15% off tickets with code: HOLIDAY4KIDS. More


2nd Annual Window Wonderland

  • November 26th, 2021 to January 2nd, 2022
  • The Junction
  • Free

Window Wonderland, presented by MEDS Junction Pharmacy, will transform the Junction into an interactive, outdoor gallery featuring 20 unique augmented reality (AR) installations by 40 local and international artists. More


Meet Santa in the Beach

  • Saturday, November 27th, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Kew Gardens Park
  • Free

Santa is coming to the Beach on Saturday, November 27th, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Stop by the Kew Gardens Park to play games, win prizes, donate to the Centre 55 Toy Drive and get your photo with Santa. Enjoy some live music and hot drinks, then catch the official Christmas Tree Lighting. More


Santa Under the Stars Parade in Aurora

  • Saturday, November 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Yonge Street from Orchard Heights Boulevard to Murray Drive
  • Free

This year due to COVID-19, the Santa Under the Stars Parade will be delivered in a new format. The parade will be a “reverse” parade, whereby vehicles drive around the parade and the parade floats remain stationary. More


Santa’s Drive-Thru Spectacle of Lights - Ajax

  • Saturday, November 27th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
  • Ajax Downs & Racetrack
  • Free - Event for Ajax residents only

Experience the magic of the holidays and kick off the season with Santa’s Drive-Thru Spectacle of Lights on November 27 starting at 6 p.m. at Ajax Downs Racetrack. Enjoy music, festive floats and Santa’s annual visit, all from the comfort and warmth of your vehicle during this drive-thru event. Perfect for all ages. More


Brampton Santa Claus Parade

  • Saturday, November 27th, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
  • Online
  • Free

The Brampton Santa Claus Parade always brings cheer and smiles to so many young and young at heart. This year will be no exception! Get ready to see the special presentation of the 2021 Parade on Saturday November 27th at 5pm. More


Oakville Santa Claus Parade

  • Saturday, November 27th, 2021 @ 9:00 am
  • Online
  • Free

Families are invited to join Mayor Rob Burton for a second year in a row for the Mayor's Fireside Chat with Santa on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 9 a.m. The video of Santa's visit to Oakville will premiere right here on November 27. More


Regent Park Film Festival - Family Day Outdoor Screening

  • Saturday, November 27th, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
  • Daniels Spectrum Courtyard + Online
  • Free

Our only in-person screening features a mix of family friendly films from our main Festival program and video profiles of Regent Park by the Toronto Ward Museum. Can view viewed online as well. More


Streetsville BIA’s Christmas in the Village Festival

  • November 27th and 28th, 2021
  • Streetsville Village Square
  • Free

Santa Claus is coming to town! Be sure to stop by this great celebration, which will feature the traditional tree lighting ceremony, a special visit from Santa, fun activities, live entertainment, an amazing Christmas Market, and much more! More


Cavalcade of Lights

  • November 27th, 2021 to January 2nd, 2022
  • Nathan Phillips Square
  • Free

Experience the magic of the holiday season with Cavalcade of Lights, from November 27 to January 2 at Nathan Phillips Square. This year, the reimagined festivities will be different, transforming City Hall and its surroundings into a dazzling wonderland each night from 5 to 11 p.m. More


Light Up The Night: Public Menorah Lighting Event

  • Sunday, November 28th, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
  • Mel Lastman Square
  • Free

Massive ICE Menorah Lighting, in person holiday greetings from MPs +the mayor, festive 'kosher" Hanukkah treats, live music. More


Nature Connection at Downsview Park

  • November 28th, 2021
  • Downsview Park
  • Free

Nature Connection, a FREE nature program geared towards families, is back! Start exploring the natural world, right from Downsview Park. All ages. More


ONGOING EVENTS 


Tis the Season Children's Art Show

  • November 16th to December 15th, 2021 — all day
  • Assembly Hall
  • Free

Come experience the wonder of the season at our annual celebration. Vote for your favourite artwork created by students from local schools! More


Explore the World with a Sustainability Challenge for Kids

  • Until November 28th, 2021 — all day
  • Online
  • Free

Children and youth across Canada are invited to take part in an epic, eight-week sustainability-themed challenge – “Around the World in 60 Days” – from Scouts Canada. Through fun and engaging activities rooted in sustainability, embark on exciting story-driven adventures set virtually in eight different countries. More


Holly Jolly Lodge at Upper Canada Mall

  • Until December 24th, 2021
  • Upper Canada Mall
  • $24.99 and up

Santa back is at The Holly Jolly Lodge and he can’t wait to (safely) visit with you! Experience the magic of the holiday season at Upper Canada. Packages must be booked in advance. More


Santa at CF Malls

  • Until December 24th, 2021 — all day
  • Various Mall Locations (See Listing)
  • $5

Santa Claus is coming to town! Enjoy a magical and safe visit with Santa starting November 19 through December 24. Visits with Santa are by reservation only and a $5 fee will apply to each booking. All booking fees will be donated to various charities and Cadillac Fairview will be matching your donation! More


Winter Village at Distillery District

  • Until December 31st, 2021
  • Distillery District
  • $8 - Free on certain days & times

Take-in the timeless romance of the holidays, and enjoy a curated selection of Toronto’s finest craftspeople, local shops, restaurants and cafes. In addition to permanent shops, the Distillery Winter Village will offer a finely curated selection of 8 vendor cabins featuring an array of seasonal items and gifts for everyone on your list! You’ll still see Santa and his Elves wandering the cobblestone streets and much more! More


WinterFest

  • Select days until to December 31st
  • Canada's Wonderland
  • $See website

Canada’s Wonderland will once again transform into a magical, winter wonderland for WinterFest – an immersive holiday experience for the whole family. More


Drive Thru Fun Co presents: Snow Magic!

  • Select dates until January 16th, 2022
  • Ontario Place
  • $See website

Drive through a wonder filled adventure inspired by fire, ice & light. Experience 18 magical art installations to a curated soundtrack, interactive game and more! Fun for all ages! More


Beyond Monet

  • Re-opening on December 1, 2021
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • $29.99 to $99.99

A three part multi-sensory experience that combines music, sound effects, and projection, Beyond Monet brings guests on an unforgettable journey through the artist's most iconic works. More


The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle

  • Select days until December 24th, 2021
  • Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit (1 Yonge St)
  • $35

Treat your family to an unforgettable holiday extravaganza! Step inside The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle – coming to Toronto this festive season! From the producers of Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Toronto. More


Marvel Avengers Station Canada

  • Runs Wednesday to Sunday - Until January 9, 2022
  • Yorkdale Mall
  • $20.00 and up

Step into the world of the Avengers, discovering intelligence and cutting-edge science. After completing your training, you only have one thing left to do: Assemble! More


Unmasking the Pandemic: From Personal Protection to Personal Expression at the ROM

  • Until February 21, 2022
  • ROM
  • Free

Crafted by artists, designers, and makers from around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 100 stunning face masks take centre stage in a new ROM original exhibition. Free. No admission required. More


My Pandemic Story: Youth Create Portraits Of A Pandemic

  • Until February 21, 2022
  • ROM
  • Free

Through a variety of media—written word, song, dance, sculpture, paintings, drawings, and performance art—Ontario’s kids and teens have shared their stories of what it’s been like to live through the pandemic. More


Skate at Harbourfront Centre Rink

  • Until March 2022 - weather dependent
  • Harbourfront Centre
  • Free

Nestled along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, Harbourfront Centre’s rink is one of Toronto most scenic spaces. Its stunning and unique location is for visitors and tourists alike to enjoy. This year features a new rink! More


Bug Lab at Ontario Science Centre

  • Now open until April 2, 2022
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • $Included in admission

Experience the world you thought you knew from an entirely new perspective with Bug Lab! repare for an enchanting, otherworldly and enlightening expedition as you step into life on a new scale. More


All Dolled Up: Fashioning Cultural Expectations at Bata Shoe Museum

  • Daily except Mondays, until October 2022
  • Bata Shoe Museum
  • $See website

The Bata Shoe Museum is getting 'All Dolled Up' with a new exhibition that explores the world of dolls. More


Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages at Ontario Science Centre

  • Ongoing
  • Ontario Science Centre
  • $ - See website

Grab your heaviest parka and prepare for a chilly journey through time with Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages! New exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre! More


 Terra Lumina at The Toronto Zoo

  • Fridays and Saturdays until December 23rd, 2021
  • Toronto Zoo
  • $24.99 and up

After the animals go to sleep, the Toronto Zoo transforms, inspiring visitors to become the seeds of change. On twilight evenings, step through a portal of light into 2099, a time when the world glows with possibility. More


Great Whales Up Close and Personal at the ROM

  • Ongoing
  • ROM
  • $Free with admission

With hands-on interactives and immersive experiences, Great Whales compares these three unique giants, from their size and diet to their intelligence and evolution, while highlighting the extensive ongoing research and conservation efforts being undertaken to save these highly at-risk mammals. More


Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit

  • Select days - Extended to January 3rd, 2022
  • 1 Yonge Street
  • Tickets start at $35

For little art lovers! 600,000 cubic feet of stunning projections that illuminate and animating the masterpieces of Vincent Van Gogh. More


Seasky International Light Show Niagara Falls

  • Until February 27th, 2022
  • Árpád Park Hungarian Hall Grounds
  • $34.95

Seasky International Light Show arrives in Niagara Falls, Ontario on November 19th, 2021 for a limited time and is the biggest and most visually spectacular LED event ever seen in the tourist area. More


PLAN AHEAD


Dino Holiday

  • Opens, Friday, December 17th, 2021
  • Markham Fairgrounds
  • $12.50 and up

Canada's Largest Indoor Dinosaur Park comes to Markham Fairgrounds. 100% Indoors and Free Parking. 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. More


Ross Petty's Alice in Winterland

  • December 18th and 19th, 2021
  • Online
  • $35 per household

Enjoy the fun this winter holiday season as Ross Petty Productions offers your family the chance to Choose Your Own Adventure in this brand new virtual musical ALICE IN WINTERLAND. Will Alice follow the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole, get invited to the Mad Hatter’s tea party, or learn the latest TIK TOK dance craze? YOU DECIDE! More


Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party

  • January 28th to 30th 2022
  • Scotiabank Arena
  • $31 and up

Disney On Ice - Mickey’s Search Party is coming to Scotia Bank Arena from January 28 to 30, 2022. See Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and stars from Moana, Coco, Frozen, Toy Story, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. More


Cirque du Soleil Pre-Sale

  • Purchase until December 2, 2021
  • Ontario Place
  • $70 and up

Cirque du Soleil Intermission is over! Pre-sale starts NOW! The best tickets are available to YOU before anyone else. Tickets go on-sale to the general public December 3rd. We can’t wait to see you! Opens under the Big Top at Ontario Place on April 14, 2022. More


ACTIVITIES


Go to a Santa Parade

Some parades are in-person, some are drive-thru options and others are happening virtually. The Toronto Santa Claus parade will be televised in December. More


Go Meet with 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


Christmas and Holiday Events for Toronto & GTA Families

Take the kids to see cool holiday markets, amazing Christmas shows and more. We've rounded up the absolute best ways to get into the spirit of the season. More


The Best Holiday Markets in 2021

And other great places to do your Holiday Shopping! Holiday and Christmas markets are back. Enjoy typical festivities usually enjoyed while shopping ― carolling, meet & greets with santa, and the usual fanfare. More


See Encanto

Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. In theatres starting November 24. More


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