The Best Christmas & Holiday Events For Families

Carols, cocoa, and the Claus family are decking the city! As the holidays get rolling, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with Santa (in-person or virtually)! Take in a televised parade and marvel at some light shows.

Note: Due to the 28 day lock-down for Toronto and Peel regions, some in-person events have been postponed until further notice. Please check websites for final details before heading out.

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

Cat TO Pop Show Virtual Christmas Show

  • Now until November 30, 2020
  • Online
  • Free admission

Browse one-of-a-kind cat toys, cat art, and other cat-themed items online. Find unique gifts to treat your cat and yourself to something wonderful that couldn’t be found anywhere else from Canadian vendors. More

12 Days of Seasons: Seasons Christmas Show Digital Showcase

  • Now until December 1, 2020
  • Online
  • Free

A fun and interactive social and digital initiative that will showcase an incredible lineup of 2020 Seasons Christmas Show exhibitors and makers. More

Christmas Market Online Edition

  • Now until December 4, 2020
  • Online
  • Free admission

Get cozy, start up the fire place, grab a hot chocolate, your xmas list and join us for a month of holiday shopping. We are bringing the market to your safe space! Mark yourself as interested and we will do the rest! More

Leslieville Flea Virtual Market: Holiday Edition!

  • Now until December 9, 2020
  • Online
  • Free admission

With the weather getting cooler and the health & safety concerns ahead in the coming months, this Holiday Market is going digital! Get ready for 5 weeks of mini virtual markets to make your holiday shopping easier than ever! More

Storytime Magic with Santa at Mountsberg

  • Now until December 24, 2020
  • Mountsberg Conservation Area
  • $20-25

Bring Santa’s favourite little helpers out to Mountsberg for a scavenger hunt through the woods and Santa’s magic village, hot chocolate and cookies, and a Christmas craft. Finish out the day with virtual Christmas story time (Santa learned how to use Zoom!) inside Mrs. Claus’ cabin kitchen. More

Holly Jolly Sleigh at Upper Canada Mall

  • Now until December 24, 2020
  • Upper Canada Mall
  • $39.99 and up

Introducing our socially distanced Santa photo experience featuring a one-of-a-kind, two-piece Holly Jolly Sleigh that allows guests to stay safe while capturing the magic of the season. More

Christmas Tree Market at Markham Fairgrounds

  • Now until December 24, 2020
  • Markham Fairgrounds
  • Free admission

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! More

Storytime Magic with Santa at Mountsberg

  • Now until December 24, 2020
  • Mountsberg Conservation Area
  • $20-25

Bring Santa’s favourite little helpers out to Mountsberg for a scavenger hunt through the woods and Santa’s magic village, hot chocolate and cookies, and a Christmas craft. Finish out the day with virtual Christmas story time (Santa learned how to use Zoom!) inside Mrs. Claus’ cabin kitchen. More

HO HO Holiday 5K Virtual Run

  • Now until December 31, 2020
  • Online
  • $45 and up

Be a part of a holiday movement and join 10,000 Santa’s virtually across Canada who are spreading cheer in their local community while supporting Make-A-Wish Canada. More

Union Holiday - Presented by TD

  • Now until January 03, 2021
  • Union Station
  • Free

For the first time, Union Station is bringing an outdoor winter wonderland landscape to the heart of Toronto. Inspired by man-made ice castles, the plaza will be home to a luminous and immersive outdoor glacier wall installation that celebrates our northern climate. More

Winter Wonders at Royal Botanical Gardens

  • Wednesdays to Sundays, until January 3, 2021.
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • $0 to 40

A brand new RBG experience! Follow incredible festive lights through picture-perfect Hendrie Park and discover something new at every turn. More

Ride the RBG Express

  • Now until Sunday, January 3, 2021
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • $5 plus admission

All aboard! Take a ride on the RBG Express through the winter beauty of Hendrie Park. The train is available for paid rides throughout the garden. More

Holiday Nights of Lights Drive-Thru

  • Now until January 07, 2021
  • Revel Park
  • $25 and up

An immersive experience like none other, featuring more than 1,000,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to your favourite Holiday tunes. More

Journey into Enchantment Drive-Thru

  • Now until January 7, 2020
  • Angus Glen Golf Club
  • $29.95 and up

This Christmas, drive thru and experience the most magical event in the Greater Toronto Area, 'Journey into Enchantment' in Markham at Angus Glen Golf Club! More

The Junction 1st Annual Window Wonderland

  • Now until January 31, 2021
  • The Junction
  • Free

The Junction 1st Annual Window Wonderland will transform our neighbourhood into an outdoor gallery that is interactive, engaging, and magical. More

Winter Wonders at Royal Botanical Gardens

  • November 25, 2020 to January 03, 2021
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • $0 to 40

A brand new RBG experience! Follow incredible festive lights through picture-perfect Hendrie Park and discover something new at every turn. More

Bluffs Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Event

  • November 27 to December 20, 2020
  • Bluffer's Park Beach Parking Lot
  • $25 per vehicle

Bluffs Winter Wonderland drive thru experience will bring holiday cheer to all, as visitors will get a chance to have a meet & greet with Santa! More

Magical Christmas Forest at Kortright

  • November 27 until December 23, 2020
  • Kortright Centre for Conservation
  • $24.00 and up

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

Polar Drive

  • November 27, 2020 to January 3, 2021
  • Toronto Pearson Airport
  • $55-$65 per vehicle

Polar Drive is a covid-safe, drive-through Holiday wonderland experience for the entire family. You'll also get a chance to snap a picture as you drive past the real Santa. More

Santa Under the Stars Parade in Aurora

  • Saturday, November 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Aurora Family Leisure Complex
  • 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

Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive-Thru

  • November 28 to December 21, 2020
  • Drive-thru
  • $25

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. More

Cruising Claus at Bloor West Village

  • Sunday, November 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • From the window of your home
  • Free

Santa and his elves will be cruising the neighborhood spreading holiday cheer and collecting food donations for our local food banks. Listen out for Santa's sleigh bells and visit the website for the boundary route. More

The Nutcracker at Cineplex

  • Starts December 4, 2020 (Tickets on sale November 25)
  • At home - $29.99
  • Theatres $14.95 - adults, $13.95 - seniors, $12.95 - children

This holiday season, audiences can enjoy the magic of The Nutcracker at Cineplex theatres or at home. In partnership with The National Ballet of Canada, Cineplex Events will present a special screening of the beloved classic, captured live from the 2008 performance at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. More

Virtual Morning with Santa

  • Saturday, December 5th, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Online
  • Free

Join us on the Unionville Main Street Facebook Page. Santa will tell stories from the North Pole and take questions from little ones. Free for everyone! More

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • CTV & CTV2
  • Free

Our plans, like so many of yours, have changed, but we will still be with you to celebrate the holidays and bring Santa’s magic to Canada. More

Storytime Live with Santa at CF Malls

  • December 5, 12 and 20, 2020
  • Online
  • Free

It will be a magical and fun storytime reading all the way from the North Pole. Watch Santa as he reads his favourite holiday books and interacts with his audience from the comfort of your own home. More

Storytime with Santa

  • December 5, 2020 until December 20,
  • Online
  • $24.99

Santa Claus is logging in to town! Keep the family tradition going by visiting Santa (Virtually) this year! Book your session with Santa Claus and let your child tell Mr. Christmas what they would like under the tree, take a virtual photo, and listen as Santa reads you a story. More

Storytime with Santa at Black Creek Pioneer Village - Sold out

  • December 5 to December 23, 2020
  • Black Creek Pioneer Village
  • $22.95 - $25.95

Spend a fun-filled festive time with Santa and his helpers at Black Creek Pioneer Village! More

Dance With the Sugar Plum Fairy at Goh Ballet Bayview

  • Sunday, December 6th - Cancelled
  • Goh Ballet Academy
  • Free

On Sunday, December 6, 2020 budding ballerinas and toy soldiers ages 3-8 are invited to dance their way on an enchanting adventure through the Land of Sweets with The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy! More

Enchanted Christmas Village at Black Creek Pioneer Village - Sold out

  • December 6 to December 23, 2020
  • Black Creek Pioneer Village
  • $24 and up

Treat your family to an evening of Christmas wonder. Discover the joy of an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas as you tour the main street of the Village, alight with oil-lamps, and a crackling bonfire. More

Mattel Canada Virtual Holiday Showcase with Santa Claus!

  • Saturday, December 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Online
  • Free

Tune in via Zoom for a 30-minute live stream of Santa Claus previewing some of Mattel’s most wanted toys of the season along with a North Pole tour! More

Veg Holiday Market

  • December 12 to December 20, 2020
  • Online (In-person may be suspended)
  • Free

This year's event will have a little bit of everything – online cooking demos and talks, an online silent auction for holiday gifts, and a vegan food crawl to explore the city and pick up holiday specials from vegan businesses in the Toronto area. More

Goh Ballet - The Nutcracker: Beyond the Stage

  • December 18, 2020 to January 02, 2021
  • Online
  • Free

Goh Ballet will keep the grandeur and tradition of The Nutcracker alive by producing a virtual rendition of an original dance story on film. Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Beyond the Stage will be available as an exclusive, limited time film release. More

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

  • December 19 and 20, 2020
  • Stream at home

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! More

ArtVenture Winter Challenge

  • December 21, 2020 until January 9, 2020
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • Free with admission

Be part of the magic this holiday season at the McMichael! Explore breathtaking exhibitions, get creative with art activities and challenge the whole family with a holiday scavenger hunt. More

Holiday Light Tour at Casa Loma

  • Postponed until further notice
  • Casa Loma
  • $35.00

The Holiday Light Tour experience features a dazzling themed lighting display throughout the historic tunnels and gardens of the historic Casa Loma castle. More

Toronto Zoo Holiday Market

  • Postponed until further notice
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Free with admission (2 to 3:30pm) - $5 after

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

Winter Village at Distillery District

  • Postponed until further notice
  • Distillery District
  • Free

All of your favourite Distillery District shops, galleries, and restaurants are open, offering a unique blend of specialty gifts, art, cuisine and fashion in our open-air, safe environment of pedestrian-only streets – perfect for your holiday shopping! More

Visit our calendar for more Seasonal events.

Heads up! We’re working hard to be accurate ― but these are unusual times, so please always check before heading out. Prices quoted may be subject to HST.

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