This holiday season, celebrate the festive occasion by exploring and enjoying all the things to do in Toronto. From holiday experiences to Christmas shopping and then some – it’s another wonderful week and we’re ready to dive right in.

Whether you’re all in for these festive activities or rather explore more exciting things in your city, don’t you worry! There are tons to do across Toronto this weekend.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend.

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Christmas at the Castle & Holiday Lights

The holiday magic is coming back to Toronto’s Casa Loma for the festive season, transforming the castle grounds into a winter wonderland. Christmas at the Castle and Holiday Lights Tour experiences will take over Casa Loma this December.

Get ready to experience a holiday event like no other starting December 1st. Embark on a Christmas journey as you wander outdoors, through dazzling light displays in the gardens and throughout the castle grounds and tunnels.

Holiday Lights is a self-guided walk that will delight guests as they encounter the almost endless holiday decorations, lights, and live performances. There will be a magic show, a fire performer, roaming mime artists, mascots, and silt walkers. We can’t for the Christmas carolers and of course, Santa.

When: Until January 6th
Where: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace
Cost: Starting at $45+tax

Christmas Glow Toronto

Colder weather is setting in, so why not step out of the icy chill and into a cozy world of enchantment at Christmas Glow Toronto? Known as Canada’s premier indoor Christmas festival, Christmas Glow is a massive indoor experience with everything you love about the holidays.

This year, instead of taking you on a trip to Santa’s village, you’ll be taken on a trip around the world. The indoor experience will take visitors on an illuminated journey to six different countries. No passport required!

Where: Toronto Congress Centre, 1020 Martin Grove Road
When:  Until December 31st, 2023
Cost: Weekdays $30 & Weekends $32 (General Admission)

Sponsored Pick: Christmas Fair at Oasis Convention Centre

Join Cocktail International & DreamMedia agency as they present the Christmas Fair 2023! Enjoy music, fun, and prizes with your friends and family. Shop your Christmas favorites and immerse yourself in the holiday vibes! Not to mention free entry and parking! There are so many things to look forward to like free face painting, free magic show, free cotton candy and a selfie with Santa and gifts from Santa🎉✨ 

When: December 10, 2023 at 11 AM
Where: Oasis Convention Center
Cost: Free

Toronto Gingerbread Festival

The second annual Gingerbread Festival is coming back to Toronto this holiday season. The Yonge + St Clair neighbourhood will kick off the festive event this week with a massive gingerbread house, mini gingerbread village, large gingerbread balloon, and more.

The Yonge + St. Clair community welcomes all to Toronto’s largest Gingerbread Festival, starting on December 7th.

Enjoy 12 festival days across three event sites, exploring the wonders and joys of the holiday season.

When: December 7th to 18th, 2023
Where: 55. St. Clair Avenue West

Sponsored Pick: Uniqlo UTme!

Whether you consider yourself a minimalist, a maximalist, or have no idea what we’re talking about – we can probably all agree that clothing basics are the foundation of any functional wardrobe. Uniqlo is virtually unmatched when it comes to providing high-quality and affordable closet staples, and now they’re coming out with a fun and innovative way to curate your wardrobe even further. It is the perfect Christmas present, you can design custom t-shirts and tote bags and get them printed in-store at select Uniqlo locations! It’s so easy, you just pick your item, create your design, and watch it print at the in-store UTme! booth. Ready to flex your creativity?

Where: CF Toronto Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
Coming Soon: Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin Street, North York, ON & Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway Burnaby, BC

Holiday Street Market

When it comes to celebrating the holidays, Toronto never fails us. Every year, you can expect the most festive and bright experiences to take over the city during the cold months. And it’s safe to say that this new holiday market will surely add to the fun. The Street Eats Market is back with a joyous new holiday market and it’s coming to the CN Tower.

The Holiday Street Market has opened up shop at the bottom of the CN Tower. And the greatest thing about this is that admission is absolutely free.

You can expect a number of festive food offerings and local artisans in wooden cabins, showcasing their latest creations.

When: Until January 7th, 2024 // Friday from 5 PM to 9 PM, Saturday from 12 PM to 9 PM, and Sunday from 12 PM to 7 PM
Where: CN Tower – 290 Bremner Blvd

Sponsored Pick: Holidays at the Omni King Edward Hotel

‘Tis the season for sweet surprises! And what better way to treat yourself than a trip to Toronto’s treasured Omni King Edward Hotel? Stir up nostalgia with friends while sipping cocktails at the Consort Bar, cozy up for a Nutcracker Tea Service at the Victoria Café or eat, drink and be merry at one of the hotel’s numerous festive brunches & buffets. 

When: Now until New Years Day
Where: Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street East Toronto
Cost: See hotel website for the full event lineup

Wonka’s Sweet Escape

Have you ever thought of what it would be like visiting Willy Wonka’s factory? Well, now you can finally explore the world of the famous fictional chocolatier at this new immersive Wonka experience in Toronto. And you don’t need a golden ticket for this sweet adventure.

Visitors will have the chance to tap into the candy maker’s imagination and experience the magic firsthand through visual content displays and even replica props.

When: Until January 2nd, 2024
Where: Yorkdale Mall

Holiday Afternoon Tea at the AGO

Book a reservation at the AGO’s The Grange for a celebratory holiday afternoon tea. Enjoy flavours from across the Caribbean diaspora. This experience includes UK classics too. The holiday afternoon tea experience is inspired by Life Between Islands.

Seatings are available Wednesday through Sunday until December 17th.

When: Until December 17th, 2023 – 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 2:30 PM, 3 PM
Where: 317 Dundas Street West
Cost: $95 + tax per adult and $45 + tax per child (10 and under)

The Winter Market

The city never lacks when it comes to holiday experiences! And here’s another to add to your already long list of holiday markets. There’s a Pay What You Can winter market coming to Toronto featuring a handful of local vendors, food trucks, vintage finds, and skating.

Evergreen Brick Works’ Winter Market returns this December 10th and 17th, and both the Ontario Artisan Market and Ontario Vintage Market will be tagging along for the fun.

When: December 10th and 17th from 11 AM to 5 PM
Where: 550 Bayview Ave