The most festive month of the year is off to a strong start. Mrs. Christmas herself, Mariah Carey, is gracing our city with her vocals this week, and the holiday festivities are in full swing. There are plenty of fantastic things to do in Toronto this week, so without further delay, let’s dive in!
Here are the very best events to check out around Toronto this week.
Mariah Carey — Merry Christmas To All!
Drop everything! The queen of high notes is coming to Canada for a very special Christmas concert this week. Mariah Carey will be performing her holiday classics in Toronto as part of a two-day Christmas run.
Get ready to belt “All I Want For Christmas” and sing at the top of your lungs at the Scotiabank Arena on December 9th and 11th!
When: December 9th, 2022 & December 11th, 2022
Where: Scotiabank Arena
Holiday Fair in the Square
Holiday Fair in the Square is back in Toronto and it’s a beloved tradition that’s a fun-filled carnival and festive market all at once.
In addition to the sprawling artisan marketplace with vendors selling hand-crafted items and one-of-a-kind gifts, the event will also have entertainment, tasty bites, carnival rides, and even a festive outdoor bar.
When: December 2nd to December 23rd, 2022
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
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Delight in the magic of the season while finding the perfect gift for your loved ones at Dior’s holiday pop-up. Located at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale, you’ll be able to discover Dior’s exclusive holiday gift selections while enjoying exclusive services and offers.
From bottle or box customization where on-site artists will paint in the signature Dior gold and blue, to the mini dried holiday bouquets added onto holiday purchases, and the hot cocoa adorned with the Dior logo on top, this dreamy gift shopping experience is on a whole new level.
Where: Holt Renfrew Yorkdale
When: Now until December 26, 2022
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Northern Lights TO
Northern Lights has arrived in the city for the first time ever, and it’s described as an “an unparalleled winter wonderland.”
It will have over 80,000 square feet of breathtaking installations and uniquely immersive experiences.
Some of the features include art installations, dazzling décor, a 25-foot illuminated Christmas tree, fun-for-all-ages games and activities, a holiday vendor market, and much more.
When: Until January 8th, 2022
Where: Grand Bizarre at Exhibition Place
Mobile Sweat at Festival of Cool
A new music and arts venue is popping up in the city this December, but it’s the last place you’d imagine to see a live show.
Mobile Sweat is a nomadic wood-fired sauna that will be coming to Toronto this week during Harbourfront Centre’s annual Festival of Cool.
Put on by Art Spin, the outdoor sauna is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to pack a towel and swimsuit, and prepare to experience art while you get your sweat on.
Where: Harbourfront Centre North East Pavillion, 219 Queens Quay West
When: December 8th to 18th, 2022, 4 PM to 10 PM
Merry Merry Music
This festive concert series takes place throughout the holiday season at the Eaton Centre, with magical “indoor snowfall” that’s unlike anything else in the city.
From Thursday to Sunday, visitors will be treated to “musical performances from a diverse line-up of Canadian artists,” the description says.
The concert series will run four times weekly until December 24th, so you’ll have many chances to enjoy the show while you shop.
Where: CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Level 1 – Centre Court (near MAC)
When: Until December 24th, 2022 (four days a week)
Casa Loma’s Christmas at the Castle
Step into a world of holiday magic at Toronto’s Casa Loma this joyous season! Yes, the beloved Christmas at the Castle and Holiday Lights is a day-and-night experience that takes place at our beloved castle during the holidays.
Until January 8th, explore the castle grounds as it transforms into the ultimate winter wonderland, surrounded by holiday decor in every corner and draped in dazzling lights.
Where: 1 Austin Terrace
When: Until January 8th, 2023
Skating at Toronto’s outdoor rinks
The season of outdoor skating has begun! When it comes to outdoor skating rinks, Toronto has no shortage of fantastic options.
From ice trails through the city to DJ skate nights in the heart of downtown, these rinks will make you want to lace up your skates all season long.
Where: See Toronto’s best outdoor rinks here
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Toronto’s annual winter festival, Holiday Hills, is back featuring local businesses for holiday shopping, festive food and drink offerings, community-led events, workshops and so much more.
There’s a new addition to the festivities this year – the Holiday Hills Fun Zone. Featuring the huge Ferris wheel for those stunning city views, and a one-of-a-kind 40 x 40 ft. Crokicurl ice rink.
When: Until December 31st, 2022
Where: stackt market, 28 Bathurst Street
Distillery District Winter Village
Toronto’s famous historic district is lit up for the holidays! The Distillery District’s iconic Winter Village is back for the season and it’s nothing short of spectacular.
Under a canopy of lights and in the dreamy Christmas atmosphere, you’ll get to explore rows and rows of food and shopping cabins offering specially curated seasonal items and gifts as well as delicious food.
Free entry to the village is available on weekdays and during the day on weekends until December 23rd.
When: Until December 31st, 2022
Where: The Distillery Historic District
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