The merry vibes are going strong in our city and there’s simply not enough time in the day to experience all of the things to do in Toronto this weekend. From holiday concerts to fairs and festivals to rowdy art parties, the 6ix sure does know how to have a good time.
Let’s jump right into the very best events that Toronto has to offer this weekend.
Toronto Black Vegan Holiday Market
If you’re supporting local this holiday season, there’s no better place to do it than at Toronto’s first annual Black Vegan Holiday Market.
Taste your way through a delicious feast of African and Caribbean dishes with a plant-based twist, made with love right here in our city. You’ll get to shop from a variety of vendors selling cruelty-free skincare, health and wellness products, and more.
When: December 11th, 2022, 11 AM to 7 PM
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie Street
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. There are still tons of last-minute tickets available!
When: December 9th, 2022 & December 11th, 2022
Where: Scotiabank Arena
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Sponsored Pick: Bike over to Distillery’s Winter Village & treat yourself to free valet parking by Bike Share
One of the highlights of the holiday season, Distillery District’s Winter Village, is an absolute must- and to help beat the congestion, warm up to winter riding as a hassle-free and quick way to get there with Bike Share Hassle-free! So skip the struggle this time of the year, and bike over with Bike Share!
Until December 31st, Bike Share’s valet service will run from 4 pm to 8 pm Thursdays through Sundays at their Trinity St / Front St E station. You won’t be able to miss it, just look out for the festive holiday wrapping!
Plus you’ll even be able to find more bikes & docking at the valet service, so you can keep your holiday adventures going all day long.
Where: Trinity St / Front St E Station, outside Winter Village entrance
When: 4 pm to 8 pm, Thursdays – Sundays until December 31, 2022
Ready to re-live your teenage glory days? A throwback prom is coming to Toronto and you’ll feel transported back to the good old days.
Get ready for live bands playing “big shiny tunes,” drinks from the spiked punch bowl, tamagotchi surprises, and prizes for best-dressed guests!
When: December 10th, 2022, 8 PM to 11 PM
Where: Blue Moon Brewery, Stackt Market
Cost: $22.23 per person
Sponsored Pick: WATCH ‘THE BIRDS’
heatre fans, thriller lovers, and everyone in between- add The Birds to your weekend plans! Written and directed by Emily Dix, this live thriller takes you on a journey exploring what happens when the line between truth and paranoia becomes dangerously blurred. A weekend of R&R takes a bizarre turn when reports of violent bird attacks start flooding the airwaves and the sudden crisis brings out everyone’s deepest fears and darkest convictions.
When: ON NOW until December 10, 2022. 8PM Wed-Fri, 2PM on Sundays.
Where: Hart House Theatre – 7 Hart House Cir, Toronto
Cost: click here for tickets – Use promo code ‘CURIOCITY’ for 20% off!
Long Winter Toronto
Winter is a time for staying warm and having fun indoors, and the best place to do that is Long Winter Toronto, a multi-level, interactive space where artists showcase their talents and locals mix, mingle and party the night away.
Long Winter has even been recognized by the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, who compared it to the “anarchic, circus-like atmosphere of first-wave Lollapalooza.”
When: December 9th, 2022 (Doors 6 PM)
Where: The Parkdale Hall, 1605 Queen Street West
Cost: $20 or PWYC
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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 10th to December 31st, 2022
Where: 145 Queen Street West
Sponsored Pick: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD ON STAGE
Platform 9¾ is just around the corner- Hogwarts has made its way to the heart of Toronto! Grab your robe and your wands, and head down to Yonge & Dundas to watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This immersive experience takes you on a journey of the wizarding world from the second you arrive. Don’t forget to grab a butterbeer while you’re there!
When: on NOW until March 19, 2023
Where: CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St
Cost: tickets starting at $69.00 – click here for all options.
Elf in Concert
You can experience the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in concert as John Debney conducts his wonderful score of the beloved Christmas classic Elf as it plays on the big screen.
This special presentation of the iconic holiday film we know and love will have you screaming “SANTA!” out loud.
When: December 9th and 10th, 2022
Where: Roy Thompson Hall
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What if all those steps you took during the day counted towards something more than feeling healthy? Well, thanks to the Live Green Perks App, now they can! It’s an app that logs your steps and converts them into rewards you can use to enter draws for prizes from partners and local Toronto eco-conscious businesses.
Plus, you can browse hundreds of local businesses that offer eco-friendly products & services, while getting exclusive deals & promos. Go green & start earning your leaves today, Toronto!
Holiday Fair in the Square
It’s that time again, friends! Holiday Fair in the Square continues this weekend 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: Until December 23rd, 2022
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
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: MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY JUST DROPPED NEW TREATS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
We’re big fans of ice cream in all shapes and forms, and if you’re like us, you probably know @marbleslabcanada for it’s its fresh, made-in-store treats that are crafted with 100 percent Canadian dairy. So, this holiday season, Marble Slab wants to stuff our faces with all the delicious sweet treats!
Introducing… the new Candy Cane flavor! Not only does it come as ice cream, but also as popcorn and crumble. So, you can dig into a bowl of candy cane ice cream, bite into the candy cane crumble or munch on candy cane popcorn. Here’s the best part – As a Curiocity reader, you can get a Candy Cane Crumble for 20% off if you pre-order yours online and use the code: 8444
Where: Online or any Marble Slab Creamery across Canada
When: Now till January 31st, 2022
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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
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
The Welcome Market: ‘Tis The Szn
Nothing says “thoughtful Christmas gifts” like handmade goodies made with love and care. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at The Welcome Market, and then some.
The beloved dog-friendly market is hosting its ‘Tis The Szn holiday market pop-up for the next two weekends at its 511 Queen Street West location and it’s something you don’t want to miss.
Many of the feature vendors include BIPOC, Woman-owned, and Queer businesses. Shop and support over 30 local vendors selling goods like vintage clothing, handmade creations, and curated finds.
When: December 10th, 2022, 11 AM to 6 PM
Where: 511 Queen Street West
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