Holiday Events in Toronto: 2014

Now that the Toronto Santa Clause Parade has come and gone, you will need to find things to do between now and January 1, 2015. Luckily Toronto knows how to celebrate the holidays in style. Check out these amazing holiday events in Toronto.

Holiday Events in Toronto

Winter Magic

Yonge Dundas Square

November 15- November 20, 2014
Photo Credit: Creativiva www.

Photo Credit: Creativiva www.

Happening in the Downtown Toronto core at and around Yonge Dundas Square, Winter Magic is an awesome celebration. The holiday lights including a 40 sculptural tree and polar bears in Yonge-Dundas Square are already twinkling and there are several upcoming events to attend including Ice, Wine & DineKidzfest, and Window Wonderland.

Toronto Christmas Market 

Distillery District

November 28 – December 21, 2014
Photo Credit: The Toronto Christmas Market

Photo Credit: The Toronto Christmas Market

This annual outdoor market in the historic Distillery District has been named on of the World’s 10 Best Holiday Markets by Fodor’s Travel. Its also my absolute favourite Christmas activity in Toronto. During the day and a night vendors and shops are open selling holiday gifts, wares and food while kids visit with Santa and his reindeer. There is also live entertainment. Although its great for families, it also makes an incredibly cute Toronto date spot at night while people cuddle under the heat lamps enjoying outdoor drinks.

Calvacade of Lights

Nathan Phillips Square

November 29, 2014, 7 p.m.
Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

In its 48th year, the Calvacade of Lights is always a great party. This year, see the official lighting of Toronto’s Christmas Tree, performances by Kardinal Offishall and Maestro Fresh Wes, as well as a fireworks display at 8:20 p.m. The skating rink is open all day with on-site skate rentals and an open-air skating party with DJ Grouch  will kick of at 9:30 pm. No word on whether Rob Ford will be onsite as one of his last official mayoral duties.

Toronto Zoo Christmas Treats Walk

Toronto Zoo

December 26, 2014, 10:30 am
Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Admission is half price on the day of this event.


Tour the Toronto Zoo with animal keepers as you walk through the new Eurasia Wilds and deliver holiday treats to all the zoo animals. The zoo requests that visitors bring a non-perishable food item for the Daily Bread Food Bank. They will also be accepting any old cellphones for the Great Ape Conservation.

The Nutcracker

The National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre

December 13, 2014 – January 3rd, 2015
$26-$143 per person
Photo Credit: The National Ballet of Canada

Photo Credit: The National Ballet of Canada

This classic Christmas Story is brought to life beautifully by The National Ballet of Canada. This year, the National Ballet is offering a story time to enhance children’s experience of the ballet. The Nutcracker Story time is an engaging and interactive telling of the story that allows children to understand the ballet better. The story time takes place 45 minutes before every performance in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre.

100 Years of Casa Loma Christmas

Casa Loma

November 27th – December 28th 2014
Children $17, Adults $27, Youth & Seniors $21

Casa Loma

Casa Loma is celebrating 100 years of Christmas’ with Santa meet and greats, theatrical performances by the Snow Queen and 10 fabulous Christmas trees decked out by top designers. You can also stroll through a Winter Wonderland lighting display, sing along with live carolers, create crafts and complete a giant holiday character scavenger hunt.

Disney on Ice- Treasure Trove

Rogers Centre

December 19 – December 28, 2014
$28 and up

Treasure Trove

Although not necessarily Christmas, kids will flip for this Disney on Ice performance taking place during the school holidays. The show spans 50 years of Disney animation and is chocked full of skating characters, princesses and even animals from the Lion King. I’m giving away a family set of tickets here so make sure to enter if you want to catch the show.

Christmas in the Park

Colborne Lodge in High Park

November 23, 2014 – January 5, 2015 (Tuesdays to Sundays – Noon to 4 p.m.  Closed Dec 25, 25, and Jan. 1)
Adults $7, Children, Youth & Seniors $5


Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Experience Christmas in majestic High Park at Colborne Lodge. Enjoy holiday decor, festive traditions, and food enjoyed during the 19th century holiday celebrations in Toronto. Don’t skip the hot mulled cider. Its a real treat.

What are your family’s favourite holiday events in Toronto?  

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