What better way to celebrate the season than with a glass of mulled wine or rum eggnog? Whether you want to go on a festive date with your S/O or get lit like a Christmas tree with the squad, there’s no shortage of holiday-themed bars to have a jolly good time in Toronto. ‘Tis the season to cozy up by a fire pit, bask in the glow of twinkling lights and get tipsy while you’re at it.

Here are the best Christmas-themed pop-up bars to check out around the city.


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


Well jingle our bells and call us Nick. This November, pre-order an Uber and get your Mariah Carey on at the Miracle Toronto pop-up bar, a Christmas-themed haunt that will knock your stockings off. With kitschy decor and over-the-top festive drinks, those looking to get holly jolly among friends and gift boxes can visit the Miracle as long as they’re vaxxed and can handle their liquor.

When: Opens November 25th
Where: 875 Bloor St


Surfs up for Santa Claus! Toronto’s holiday bar is infused with the tropics this festive season and it’s Old Saint Nick like we’ve never seen him before. Sippin’ Santa is the companion pop-up to Miracle, and you can expect the festive signature flair of the Miracle experience with a tropical twist. Rock your best Hawaiian shirt or your ugliest Christmas sweater, or incorporate both into one confusing festive look.

When: Until December 26th
Where: 866 Bloor St W


Toronto’s new Polar Winter Festival will have a special lounge where you can drink cocktails under the stars. Presented by Hotel X, X Lounge will be serving up holiday-themed drinks that you can sip by a fire pit to stay toasty all night long. The outdoor seating area is open nightly until 11 p.m., so you can stop by for a delicious drink or two with your date or a friend well into the evening. You can buy tickets in advance here.

When: November 25th — December 26th
Where: Bandshell Park, 210 Princes’ Blvd


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: December 3rd — 26th & 31st

Now, throw on your ugliest festive sweater and hit the town. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!