Merry Christmas, Toronto! The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. Whether you’re celebrating the holiday or are simply looking forward to some time off, there are so many things to do in Toronto this weekend to help you make the most of it.

It’s cold out there, but don’t let that stop you from soaking up all of the beauty in Toronto this time of year!

Distillery District Winter Village

Toronto’s famous historic district is lit up for Christmas! The Distillery District’s iconic Winter Village is nothing short of spectacular, and it’s the place to be this weekend.

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.

When: Until December 31st, 2022
Where: The Distillery Historic District

The Nutcracker Ballet

The National Ballet of Canada has one of the finest versions of Marius Petipa’s beloved classic The Nutcracker, and it is a holiday season tradition that our city looks forward to every year.

There’s no better way to make the holiday season feel complete in Toronto than this enchanting show.

When: December 23rd and 24th, 2022
Where: 145 Queen Street West


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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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

Sponsored Pick: Canada’s Holiday Headquarters

We love family dinners and friendly get-togethers come holiday season. Hosting them, however, is a whole other story. No matter how experienced you are, planning, prepping and executing can be an overwhelming task. But as always, our holiday headquarters, aka M&M Food Market, is here to save you (and us) from admitting defeat. 

With a lineup of new festive frozen meals with appetizers to main entrees to desserts, you can arrange an elaborate & gourmet holiday meal without breaking a sweat. Spend your time with loved ones & leave the meal planning up to the experts this holiday season!

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 has 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

Sponsored Pick: Enjoy a festive holiday shopping experience at CF Shopping Centres

With Christmas quickly approaching, Cadillac Fairview (CF) is continuing its holiday magic across its 18 shopping centres so you can enjoy joyful activities that extend into the New Year. Don’t miss the holiday musical performances, festive and picturesque decor, a wondrous indoor snowfall, fun outdoor events, extended holiday shopping hours and much more.

To see a full listing of events in your area, visit CF’s holiday hub. 

When: Now until January 8, 2023
Where: Cadillac Fairview Shopping Centres across Canada 

Christmas Glow Toronto

The popular Christmas Glow festival is back, but 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!

You can also shop in the Merry Maker’s Market, enjoy live entertainment from local performers, indulge in holiday cocktails and delicious international bites, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, and of course, visit Santa!

Where: Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road
When:  Until December 31st, 2022

Go for Christmas dinner

Don’t feel like cooking Christmas dinner this year? Maybe this year you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the ones you love this year.

If that’s the case, then you’re in luck. There are several Toronto restaurants serving delicious holiday dinners up until December 26th.

Where: See Toronto restaurants serving Christmas dinner


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Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic

Take a stroll through Toronto’s fanciest neighbourhood and enjoy the brilliant light displays twinkling throughout the area.

When you’re done wandering into the shops and cafes along the tree-lined streets, you can warm up at one of the many Urban Campfire Benches located along Bloor Street that light up when they’re in use.

Where: Bloor-Yorkville Village
When:  Until December 31st, 2022

Holiday Fair in the Square

This Friday is your last opportunity to experience Holiday Fair in the Square, a beloved tradition that’s a fun-filled carnival and festive market all at once.

This annual event in Nathan Phillips Square has “the charm and elegance of a Christmas market with the excitement of a thriving winter carnival and light show,” according to the description.

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 23rd, 2022
Where: Nathan Phillips Square