Toronto is one of the most stunning cities in the world, a city full of tourist attractions, with friendly people and hundreds of incredible places to visit. Without a doubt, one of the best times to tour Toronto is during the Christmas season, this is the time of year when you can enjoy unique activities.
If you are in Toronto and are looking for a way to enjoy the holidays in the perfect atmosphere, here is a list of activities:
Toronto Christmas Market
If you’re looking for an option that allows you to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere, shop for gifts and have fun, visiting the Toronto Christmas Market is a great idea. The market opens on November 20 and runs through December 20.
In the Toronto Christmas Market, you can find Christmas concerts, activities for children, also a great list of artisans and shops that will sell their handmade products, charming products to decorate your home.
There you can also enjoy a variety of restaurants that for this time of year offer their best and most delicious dishes. The Toronto Christmas Market is in the Distillery Historic District, in Mill Street and from Tuesday to Friday the entrance is free, if you visit the market from Friday to Sunday has a cost of $5.
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Christmas In the Waterfront
Another great activity to do in Toronto at Christmas time is to visit the Toronto Music Garden, a large garden that is covered with more than 39,000 Christmas lights to captivate locals and tourists during this wonderful time of year. A place with a spectacular atmosphere where you can enjoy the Spectacle of Lights, this show began its season from November 28 and will go until January 1.
At the edge of the lake, there are also other activities, one of them is Winterfest, a festival where you will find a variety of events, among the activities that you can see is the Ugly Sweaters contest, a contest that is already a tradition of Winterfest. Another of the great events of this festival is the tasting of Christmas sweets.
The Nutcracker Tradition
Another Christmas tradition celebrated in Toronto is the popular Nutcracker show, Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music starts on December 12 and runs through January 3. This incredible show will be presented at the Four Season Centre and is undoubtedly one of the most popular activities that are why we recommend that if you want to go to witness the show buy tickets in advance.
Art in Christmas
Well, another great plan you can enjoy in Toronto at Christmas is to go to the Gardiner Museum and see the Christmas exhibition, an exhibition that shows different perspectives of one of the main symbols of this time of year, the Christmas Tree.
Different artists will show their vision of the Christmas Tree, using different materials and techniques the artists will present creative works of art in an exhibition that is a tradition in the city, and which has been celebrated for over 20 years. No doubt this other great plan to make at Christmas time.
Christmas Showcases in Toronto
Another plan to make is to enjoy the Christmas decoration, a simple but very interesting plan that will allow you to walk several streets of the city and enjoy the variety of Canadian culture.
You can walk in The Bay, in downtown Toronto, where you will find the traditional Christmas window that is decorated every year. This immense and stupendous decoration is located at the store headquarters located at the corner of Queen and Yonge Streets.
Besides this exhibition, you can visit decorations of other stores, take pictures of the various Christmas decorations throughout the city, and of course, take incredible photos of the city.
Visit one of the traditional Christmas markets
Over the course of several weeks, Distillery District, home of Torontonian whisky, becomes one of Canada’s most special Christmas markets. Here, you can enjoy Christmas carols, classic Canadian food, musical groups and handcrafted products that convey the magic of the Christmas tradition. There you can enjoy a delicious mulled wine, while you walk through the market where you will find a variety of crafts among other things.
Nathan Tree Lighting Philips Square
A tradition worth enjoying is the Nathan Phillips Christmas Tree, which is in the center of the city. There you can enjoy the Cavalcade of Lights, see how the tree is illuminated with hundreds of LED lights of different colors, moreover, there are usually fireworks shows, live music, another activity to do, is ice skating.
Visit the Christmas Eve sculptures
One of the best plans to make during this time is to go to the Allan Gardens Conservatory and the Centennial Park Conservatory, between the plants of the gardens you will find a series of sculptures, all in honor of the good night. A beautiful spectacle in which you will see trains, float, and illuminated plants, an ideal plan to do in the family.
Christmas in a castle
This is one of the most wonderful plans you can make in Toronto at Christmas, visiting the beautiful gardens of Casa Loma. Along the way, you will see the giant Casa Loma Christmas Tree, a tree that is approximately 12 meters high and is one of the main attractions of the castle. Another plan to do at the castle is to go to Santa’s workshop, where you can create Christmas decorations that you can take with you to decorate your home.