It’s finally time for Your Guide to Christmas Events in Toronto 2021! We’ve been making our list and checking it *thrice*, so here are the top festive events happening in the GTA.

There are many different types of family-friendly activities to partake in – festivals, light displays, performances, markets, food events, and more! Especially as we compare the new holiday season to last year’s lock-down situation, we can really appreciate getting out of the house and spending time with our friends and family again. But, please continue to be safe, everyone!

So, stay tuned because there is so much holiday fun happening this year that our festive coverage will continue to grow in leaps and bounds. Don’t forget to check out our lists of Holiday Markets, Lights DisplaysSanta Visits, Toronto Business Improvement Association (BIA) Holiday Events, Christmas Tree Farms and Independent Toy Stores – there’s lots more to discover there as well!


Featured Event

Mississauga Festival of TreesMississauga Festival of Trees

This is a unique new winter event this holiday season, located at the historic Small Arms Inspection Building along the lakeshore. The festival celebrates the joy of the season with seasonal lights, wood art, markets, workshops and a book launch with Family PJ Party.
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Major Events in Toronto and the GTA

Bloor-Yorkville Holiday MagicBloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic

This free festival casts a glow on the famous upscale shopping and entertainment area this festive season with lights and music.
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BNL Hometown HolidaysBarenaked Ladies Hometown Holidays

One of Canadian music’s favourite bands, Barenaked Ladies is celebrating the holiday season in Toronto with two concert series, “Hits For The Holidays” and “Snacktime!”
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Canada’s Wonderland WinterFest

The amusement park becomes a winter wonderland for WinterFest, with holiday-themed attractions and shows (including the Peanuts gang!), festive food and an artisan market.
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Canadian Tire Christmas Trail

The Canadian Tire Christmas Trail

This popular drive-along experience returns for another magical season of show-stopping lights, live entertainment and festive treats over an enchanted 1.5-kilometre journey trail.
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Casa Loma Christmas EventsCasa Loma Christmas at the Castle

Toronto’s historic castle has festive fun, day or night! See Santa and friends in their workshop or stroll through the property’s gardens in the Holiday Lights Tour. Both include spectacular decorations!
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Cavalcade of LightsCavalcade of Lights

City of Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square will be bathed in light again this year with Cavalcade of Lights, transforming City Hall into a winter wonderland every night during the holiday season.
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Christmas Black Creek Pioneer Village

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village! There are numerous events happening throughout December. Walk the high street, feast on Christmas dinner and meet Santa.
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Coca-Cola Holiday Truck TourCoca-Cola Holiday Truck Tour

The unmistakably red and jolly Coca-Cola Holiday Truck Tour is travelling across Canada, bringing people together with its holiday magic and making various stops in Toronto and the GTA.
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Dino Holiday 2021Dino Holiday

Your dinosaur-loving kids will roar for Dino Holiday, a 50,000-square-foot indoor theme park with carnival rides and over 45 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.
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The Distillery Winter Village

Stroll the Distillery District’s Winter Village, a picture-perfect holiday experience. It includes special vendor and food cabins, plus year-round local merchants, restaurants and extended patios.
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Fairway of Lights at Angus Glen Golf ClubFairway of Lights Angus Glen

Fairway of Lights at Angus Glen Golf Club lets you celebrate the mystery of the winter season with a new annual walking light show. Follow the illuminated kilometre-long path through the woods after nightfall to go on a magical adventure on the club’s North Course.
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The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter MiracleImmersive Nutcracker

The Immersive Nutcracker is a winter miracle for families looking for a casual and interactive festive presentation. My daughter and I loved it!
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Journey Into EnchantmentJourney Into Enchantment

Experience the magic of over two million light decorations, 3-D interactive displays and musical lights while safely driving through a two-kilometre route in the comfort of your vehicle.
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National Ballet NutcrackerNational Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker – CANCELLED

The Nutcracker ballet returns to the stage this year, after cancelling their 2020 edition. Safety Procedure Note: children under 12 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test.
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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Get your fill of sparkle and good cheer at the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights, presented by Ontario Power Generation. It’s Canada’s largest FREE outdoor light festival!
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Nights of Lights & Holiday Fair In The SquareNights of Lights Holiday Fair

Nights of Lights is back bigger and brighter as a walking tour this year, after a selling out in 2020 as a drive-thru event. They have also joined festive forces with Holiday Fair In The Square to make Vaughan’s Assembly Park a holiday entertainment destination.
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The Original Santa Claus ParadeOriginal Santa Claus Parade

Snuggle up on the couch with your family to watch The Original Santa Claus Parade, a two-hour special on CTV on Saturday, December 4.
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Polar Winter FestivalPolar Winter Festival

The Polar Winter Festival has evolved from a drive-through experience at Pearson Airport last year. It is now an enchanting walk-through festival at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Grounds.
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RBG Winter Wonders at Hendrie ParkWinter Wonders Hendrie Park

Discover the magic of nature and light at the newest experience from the Royal Botanical Gardens with festive light displays dotting a 1.5 km pathway through the park.
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Santa's Village TO Union StationSanta’s Village TO at Union Station

The SkyWalk at Union Station transforms into Santa’s Village TO, with story time and a meet and greet with Santa and his elves!
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Snow MagicSnow Magic

This immersive adventure at Ontario Place is inspired by fire, ice and light, where epic creatures, caverns, sights and lights surround you. Guests will experience illuminated art projections, state-of-the-art pyrotechnics and light tunnels across 1.7 kilometres and 30 minutes of awe-inspiring terrain.
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stackt market Holiday Hillsstackt market Holiday Hills

The stackt market downtown outdoor market and event space hosts Holiday Hills, with holiday vendors, entertainment, family workshops and games of Crokicurl, a curling-crokinole hybrid.
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TSO Holiday Concerts

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Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concerts

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) celebrates the holidays with three festive concerts this year. The seasonal favourite “Home Alone in Concert” returns, plus its annual Holiday Pops concert and Handel’s “Messiah”.
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Family Fun Toronto Guides

Christmas Lights DisplaysChristmas Light Displays

What better way to usher in the holiday spirit than with some festive Christmas light displays across the GTA. Pour the hot chocolate, bundle up the whole family and go to visit these magical set-ups by foot or by car.
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Santa Sightings in the GTASanta Sightings In The GTA

Just like the rest of us, Santa was in lockdown last year, but he’s now coming back from the North Pole! Since many in-person visits were cancelled last year, it’s important to book early if you want to snag one of the limited spots for a physically-distanced photo in the flesh.
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Christmas Tree Farms GTAChristmas Tree Farms in the GTA

There’s nothing like the smell and feel of a real Christmas tree to get you in a holiday mood! There are farms all over the GTA where you can find the perfect tree to decorate your home.
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Holiday Markets and Craft ShowsHoliday Markets

Get your shopping done in style and support local artists at the same time! In 2020, markets either pivoted to online shopping only or were postponed. This year, most are returning though some are continuing their virtual sales.
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Toronto BIA Holiday EventsToronto Business Improvement Association (BIA) Holiday Events

Many Toronto BIA groups are hosting holiday events this year, celebrating the season in the city’s diverse and welcoming neighbourhoods.
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Toy Stores Toronto

Our Guide to Independent Toy and Gift Stores in Toronto

There are so many terrific independent toy and gift stores in Toronto, you’ll have no trouble finding your kids the perfect gift while supporting your local economy.
Get more details here!

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