It’s getting pretty cold out there, but festive season is just starting to warm up! The Santa Claus Parade takes place this weekend and the iconic winter experiences we know and love are officially opening up. As for things to do this weekend in Toronto, we hope you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit because it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas out there.
Here are 10 of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend to help you make the most of your blissful time off.
Nothing says holiday season in the city like a festive cocktail bar, and this year, Toronto’s iconic Miracle pop-up bar is making a comeback.
‘With kitschy holiday décor, cocktails by the team at Civil Liberties, and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to,” the description says.
You’ll be feeling more jolly than Santa Claus with a few Jingle Ball Nogs in your system, the Christmas music, and the endlessly amusing holiday decorations.
Where: 875 Bloor Street West
When: November 18th to December 31st, 2022
Toronto Santa Claus Parade
The Toronto Santa Claus Parade is making an in-person comeback this Sunday, November 20th. The parade takes place live on the street at 12:30 PM with incredible floats, bands, marchers, the Celebrity Clowns, and the Big Guy himself. To celebrate its return Hilton Toronto is launching an exclusive package. This includes a one-night stay in a north-facing room with a view of the parade, VIP access to the parade’s private viewing area, one complimentary in-room movie, breakfast for four, kids’ amenities and late check-out at 4 PM for C$379+tax/ night.
After the parade, Toronto’s Juno Vet is hosting a free pet photo shoot with Santa. You can sip hot cocoa and get a complimentary photo of your fur baby posing with Old Saint Nick and a goodie bag to take home.
When: Sunday, November 20th at 12:30 PM
Where: Christie Pits Park to St. Lawrence Market
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House of Vans Toronto
A celebration of skateboarding, food, art, and music called House of Vans is happening in our city this weekend.
This “one-of-a-kind experience” is free to attend and will have all kinds of exhibitions, showcases, and workshops to participate in.
You can attend workshops like shoe customization and tie-dying, learn how to skate with free rentals, attend a free waffle breakfast on Saturday, enjoy live concerts and make your way around the local vendor market.
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: Until Sunday, November 20th, 2022
Distillery District Winter Village
Toronto’s famous historic district is lighting 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.
There is plenty to see and do as you wander along the cobblestone streets with a warm beverage in hand, but most importantly, you’ll want to stop and admire the towering beauty of the majestic 50-foot tree.
When: Until December 31st, 2022
Where: The Distillery Historic District
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Swedish Christmas Fair
A Swedish Christmas event is coming our way this weekend! Shop for all kinds of Swedish products, all under one roof.
Indulge in Swedish food at the Café, watch the folk performers and shop the vast selection of Swedish design products and folk art for sale. Plus, you’ll get to sip Sweden’s traditional Glögg mulled wine and dance around the tree.
When: November 19th and 20th, 2022
Where: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
Toronto’s annual winter festival, Holiday Hills is back this month featuring local businesses for holiday shopping, festive food and drink offerings, community-led events, workshops and so, 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 (Ferris Wheel hours: Tues – Friday from 4 pm – 11 pm, and Sat + Sun 12 pm – 11pm)
Where: stackt market – 28 Bathurst St
Canadian Tire Christmas Trail
Ready for a road trip to the North Pole? Thankfully, you won’t have to travel too far because it’s right here in our city.
The Canadian Tire Christmas Trail has returned for the third year in a row and you’ll see Santa’s village come to life from the warmth of your car.
This year, the experience is bigger and more exciting than ever, with new interactive displays to see as you make your way along the trail.
When: Until December 23rd, 2022
Where: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy
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Reel Asian Film Festival
Canada’s largest Asian film festival is happening in Toronto right now.
The 26th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a “unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora,” according to the description.
Festival-goers will get to see films and videos made by Asian-identifying artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia and all over the world.
When: Until November 20th, 2022
Where: See all venues
Canada’s Wonderland WinterFest
The season of holiday cheer has begun at Canada’s Wonderland for its annual WinterFest, a celebration of everything magical about this time of year. Get ready to lace up your skates, wander along a starlit trail, and feel festive AF.
The park has transformed into a cheerful holiday dream world with ice skating on Snow Flake Lake, live entertainment, carolers, a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, an artisan market, festive food offerings, and, of course, millions of twinkling lights.
When: Select nights until December 31st, 2022
Where: Canada’s Wonderland
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