This has to be one of the most eventful weekends of the year in our city! There are so many things to do in Toronto this weekend, we can hardly keep up. From holiday festivals and incredible tree-lighting celebrations to dance parties and Ferris wheel rides, it’s time to fill your weekend itinerary with epic thrills and spectacular sights.
Here are the very best events and activities around Toronto this weekend, so you can make every moment a magical one.
The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night
Calling all Swifties! The Taylor Party is coming to Toronto for a night of dancing, singing, and good vibes, all in the name of T-Swift!
The Taylor Party is a celebration of all things, well, Taylor! From photo ops to non-stop hits from every era of her career, you’ll truly be immersed in her world.
Where: The Danforth Music Hall
When: November 25th, 2022, 8 PM
The Toronto Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Art, booze, and unlimited pancakes. Need we say more? An international pop-up art event is coming to Toronto this Friday, featuring over 75 local artists, 300 pieces of artwork, and most importantly, all-you-can-eat flapjacks.
Local DJs and musical performers will provide the live soundtrack as you make your way through the exhibit and discover some of Canada’s finest emerging artists. All while you sip boozy beverages and stuff your face.
Where: Revival Event Venue, 783 College Street
When: November 25th, 2022, 8 PM
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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
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One Of A Kind Show
The One Of A Kind show is back in Toronto and if you’re looking to support local this year, there’s no better place to start.
From November 24th to December 4th, the OOAK show will take over the Enercare Centre and more than 600 artisans from all over Canada will showcase their extensive selection of goods.
You can expect to find a wide range of craft goods including houseware items, clothing, art pieces, sweet treats, jewelry and so much more.
When: Until December 4th, 2022
Where: 100 Princes’ Blvd – Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
Sponsored Pick: There’s a new “selfie booth” in Ontario with epic sets to up your ‘Gram game for the holidays
Picture lovers, there’s a new selfie booth in London, Ontario and it has everything you need to elevate your Gram game this holiday season.
With 10 different set designs available in the studio, you can spice up your social feed. Whether it’s getting glam in a barbie pink bathtub, or an England-style phonebooth decked in flowers. Or the nostalgic vibes with a wall full of 80s speakeasy-style neon signs. Your pictures are sorted!
Your ticket lets you explore these sets for 45 minutes to 1 hour (depending on which ticket you buy). Check out their Insta to view all the cool photo ops they have in store. And then head over to their website to grab your tickets.
Where: 205 Oxford St E Unit 105, London, ON
Cost: Starting at $19
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, 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 (Ferris Wheel hours: Tuesday to Friday, 4 PM to 11 PM, Saturday and Sunday 12 PM to 11 PM)
Where: stackt market, 28 Bathurst Street
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.
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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Sponsored Pick: ENJOY A STORYBOOK CHRISTMAS IN PICKERING
Kick the festive season off right with A Storybook Christmas presented by Pickering Museum Village! You’ll be able to enjoy an immersive walking tour where you can follow along in your very own keepsake storybook as you get a festive glimpse of the village like you’ve never experienced before.
In addition, you’ll also be treated to music, crafts, trivia, treats, a visit with Santa Claus, and even a Polar Plushie Workshop and become an expert toy maker.
When: Saturday, November 26th, 2022 & Sunday, November 27th, 2022
Where: 2365 6th Concession Road, Greenwood
Cost: $40 per group, $25 per person for Polar Plushie Workshop
Cavalcade of Lights 2022
The beloved Cavalcade of Lights will take over Nathan Phillips Square on November 26th with an opening night celebration from 3 PM to 11 PM.
This is when our big and tall Christmas tree will shine bright as the official tree lighting ceremony will take place later in the evening. You can expect special performances around Nathan Phillips Square and the skating rink open to all.
When: November 26th, 2022, 6 PM
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic 2022
Kick off the holidays with the exciting return of Holiday Magic on November 26th. The Bloor-Yorkville BIA welcomes all to enjoy the Christmas spirit with its tree lighting ceremony taking place on Cumberland Street and at the Village of Yorkville Park.
The event will be hosted by Traci Melchor and includes a live performance from Grammy and JUNO award-winning Canadian singer Chantal Kreviazuk. Toronto-based musician Jeremie Albino will kick off performances before Kreviazuk takes the stage and sings hit singles from her holiday album.
When: November 26th, 2022, 5 PM to 7 PM
Where: Village of Yorkville Park
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Where: Local Samsung Experience Store or Online
Price: From $2269.99
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Pinoy Christmas Night Market
Starting on November 25th, Pinoy Christmas Night Market will transform the Scarborough Town Centre parking lot into the traditional Filipino event, “Simbang Gabi”.
Not only will you sip on the sweetest hot chocolate and Filipino dishes, but you will also have the chance to shop for some goodies, sing along to Christmas carols, and even jump on some karaoke.
When: November 25th to November 27th, 2022 from 2 PM to 11 PM
Where: 500 Progress Avenue, Scarborough
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Bloor West Village: Light Up The Night & Santa in the Village
If you’re looking for a big dose of holiday cheer, head west this weekend! Bloor West Village is bringing back its annual Light Up The Night event, with charming Christmas town vibes right in the city.
Enjoy lights and decor, live music, and complimentary drinks on Friday, followed by visits with Santa and fun activities on Saturday.
When: November 25th, 2022, 6 PM to 9 PM & November 26th, 2022, 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: Bloor Street West & Beresford Avenue and Bloor Street West & Willard Avenue (Green P Parking Lot)
Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail Celebration
The season of skating around the city is back, and returning to Toronto this year is the Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail at College Park.
To celebrate its reopening for the winter season, Downtown Yonge BIA will be hosting a big party this Saturday with activities and entertainment for all people of all ages.
The event will feature host and live DJ Jayemkayem, as well as on-ice dance performances and skating shows throughout the afternoon, photo ops, games, and a lighting ceremony at sunset.
Where: College Park, Toronto
When: November 26th, 2022, 2 PM to 6 PM
Toronto’s award-winning urban art walk is returning to the west end. Window Wonderland will take over the Junction starting this Friday for the third year in a row.
This magical outdoor gallery is free to visit and features 20 unique augmented reality (AR) installations, showcasing the work of 40 artists in total.
Also taking place during Window Wonderland is an indoor art exhibit showcasing pieces of artwork from the 2022 muralists where you can purchase their work.
When: November 25th, 2022 to January 1st, 2023
Where: See the full event map
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