It’s the Christmas season. You want to stay inside because stepping into six inches of snow doesn’t seem like a good start to the holidays. Then again, you also want to do something festive for the Christmas season. The big question is: What is there to do in the city for the festive season? Well, I got the answers. Here’s the top three things to do in Toronto to celebrate this Christmas season.
1. Toronto Christmas Market (November 20 – December 20)
This event originated in Germany in the 1400s and was inspired by the European Christkindlmarkt. The Toronto Christmas Market is a four-week long event celebrating the sounds and scents off all that is Christmas. Taken place in the city’s Distillery Historic District, this festive event gathers all local craftmakers, carollers, musicians and artisanal food makers for a magical experience.
Take a stroll with your loved ones and view a selections of handcrafted ornaments, wood carvings, candles and crafts. Enjoy a sip of wine, cocktails and hot chocolate as you listen to carollers and watch authentic European dancers. Santa will be at the event to take pictures. Admission is free from Tuesday to Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday.
2. Christmas at Casa Loma (Throughout December)
Celebrate the festive season with a visit to North America’s only castle. Built by Sir Henry Pellat, Casa Loma pays homage to the Gothic castles, complete with secret passageways, five acres of garden, a massive pipe organ and over 98 rooms. Take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma with a wide range of activities and performances. Enjoy a magic performance by illusionist, Professor Wick and Super Sarah. Scour the castle on a scavenger hunt, enjoy arts and crafts and decorate tasty treats, sing along with carollers and much more. Enjoy your holidays adventuring through the mystery and magical Casa Loma
3. Theatrical Productions
If you want to experience a more magical holiday, you can visit theatrical theatres in the GTA for and exciting production of your favourite plays. Theatres such as the Four Seasons Centre, Ed Mirvish Theatre and Princess of Wales Theatre will be performing famous plays such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella and best of all, The Phantom of the Opera. No production is more authentically “Christmas” than these plays.
The Nutcracker: (December 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016) – Four Seasons Centre
Cinderella: (December 1, 2015 – January 10, 2016) – Ed Mirvish Theatre
The Phantom of the Opera: (December 8, 2015 – January 23, 2016) – Princess of Wales Theatre
Disney on Ice: (December 18 – 27) – Rogers Centre