Bust out your ugliest holiday sweaters because we’re officially heading into December this week! The city is buzzing with festive energy and bustling with all kinds of fun activities, from skating on a rooftop to winter festivals and holiday villages. Toronto sure does know how to make the most of this blissful time of year. Why wait ’til the weekend when there’s so much fun to be had every day of the week?

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto to get you through the workweek.


Soak up the magic of the holidays with the city’s beloved annual event, the Cavalcade of Lights. This year, the event will run from November 27 until January 2 at Nathan Phillips Square. The “reimagined festivities” will transform City Hall and its surroundings into a dazzling wonderland every evening starting this weekend. Plus, get ready to lace up your skates and glide on the iconic twinkling rink at the square.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: Nightly 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., November 27th — January 2nd


Another season of skating in Toronto’s skies is about to begin. The popular Sky Skate rooftop rink at The Porch is opening up at the start of December and it’s one of the most picturesque spots in town for gliding under the stars. There are heaters all around the rink to make your skate a bit more comfortable, but you’ll definitely still want to dress for a typical Canadian winter night. You’ll also be able to warm up with a drink at the bar afterward!

Where: 250 Adelaide St. W
When: Opens December 1st


A magical tradition has returned to Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York. The Fairmont has created the perfect home for you to celebrate the holidays this festive season. From tree-lighting to over-the-top cocktails, you’ll want to stop The Thirsty Elf pop-up in Toronto. Christmas sweaters are encouraged as you enjoy kitschy décor while sipping on cheerful, festive cocktails.

When: Until December 18th
Where: Fairmont Royal York, 1OO Front Street W

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A beloved patio spot in the downtown core is transforming for the holiday season! Sweaters n’ Snowflakes is pulling out all the stops for an extra special season this year, including festive photo ops, delicious eats, and, most importantly, boozy bevvies galore. The bar will serve up spiked hot apple cider and hot chocolate to keep you nice and warm, plus mulled wine, Grinch sangria, gingerbread whiskey sours — the list goes on.

Where: 621 Richmond St
When: Opens December 3rd


Something magical has arrived at Ontario Place and it’s like a snow globe come to life! Snow Magic is inviting you to “explore a wonder-filled adventure inspired by fire, ice, and light.” Drive your way through 1.7 km of magical sights, including 18 art installations, crystalline caverns, awe-inspiring creatures and “mysterious sights that only dreams are made of.”

Where: 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: Until January 16, 2022


It’s shaping up to be a wildly exciting holiday season here in Toronto, and joining the festive fun this year is the Holiday Street Market at Scarborough Town Centre. Between unlimited rides, incredible food and unique attractions, you’ll be feeling as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. New to the event this year is the walk-in Christmas tree, plus returning favourites like the food market, Lover’s Lane, and fire pit lounge.

Where: Scarborough Town Centre
When: Opens December 3rd


Toronto’s biggest walkthrough holiday market and festival has opened its doors for the holidays. Not only is it a vendor market with all kinds of treats and gifts to shop for, but it’s also an immersive walkthrough experience with larger-than-life displays, an amusement park with rides, an outdoor cocktail lounge, and a destination for all things festive.

Where: Bandshell Park, 210 Princes’ Blvd
When: Until December 26th


Toronto’s flagship holiday craft market is finally back and oh, how we’ve missed it! This is the ultimate place to shop for special gifts for your loved ones, and spoil yourself a little while you’re at it! The 11-day show will have over 400 talented exhibitors selling 100% unique handmade creations, plus festive decor to get you into the holiday spirit.

Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd
When: November 25th — December 5th


Over a course of 30-minutes, this magical performance – which kicks off November 20th – will take its guests into the story of a girl, the mouse king and a heroic nutcracker using projections, special effects and more. Written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker has delighted, dazzled and enchanted families all over the world for over 130 years – but never like this.

When: Until December 26th
Where:  1 Yonge St


The iconic annual tradition that takes place every holiday season in the historic Distillery District is officially back, with a brand new name, look, and feel. You can wander past festive stalls selling handmade gifts and delicious treats, marvel at the towering twinkling trees, and take in the sights and sounds of this special time of year. This year’s market is described as “Toronto’s most magical shopping and dining experience,” and it’s definitely living up to its description!

When: Until December 31st
Where: The Distillery Historic District