Wow, it’s already December… time flies when you’re having fun! No matter what year-end holiday you celebrate, you’ll find fun indoor and outdoor events in the GTA this month. There will be plenty of bright lights on wintery trees, sugar-plum fairies, jolly dudes in red hats, yummy food and wobbly first skates of the season. So, here is your December Event Guide for Family Fun in Toronto…
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Events Starting in December
Barenaked Ladies (BNL) Hometown Holidays (Starting December 2)
Canadian pop band Barenaked Ladies is celebrating the holiday season in Toronto with two concert series, “Hits For The Holidays” and “Snacktime!”
Santa’s Village TO at Union Station (Starting December 3)
The SkyWalk at Union Station transforms into Santa’s Village TO, with story time and a meet and greet with Santa and his elves!
Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Home Alone In Concert (Starting December 3)
This beloved holiday film returns for three performances with the live score conducted by Scott Terrell. “Home Alone” stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation.
The Original Santa Claus Parade (December 4)
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 at 7:00pm. As it was last year, instead of large crowds huddled together, the parade is a broadcast-only event in 2021.
Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village (Starting December 4)
Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village! Walk the high street, feast on Christmas dinner and meet Santa.
Street Eats Holiday Market (Starting December 4)
This ongoing food truck festival near the Scarborough Town Centre ends the year with a Holiday Market, featuring artisans and music. Food-wise, there will be baked goods, hot chocolate and specialty drinks, plus seasonal treats from the food trucks.
Mississauga Festival of Trees (Starting December 9)
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.
National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker (Starting December 10)
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.
TYT Theatre’s Rapunzel (Starting December 10) and Fireside Munsch (Starting December 19)
Toronto Youth Theatre has busy line-up of shows this month, with a panto version of the classic “Rapunzel” at the Annex Theatre and the return of “Fireside Munsch” at the Wychwood Theatre.
Dino Holiday 2021 (Starting December 17)
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.
Events Continuing In December
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Fairway of Lights at Angus Glen Golf Club lets you celebrate the mystery of the winter season with a new annual kilometre-long walking light show.
The Immersive Nutcracker is a winter miracle for families looking for a casual and interactive festive presentation. My daughter and I loved it!
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.
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!
Nights of Lights is back bigger and brighter as a walking tour this year and they have also joined festive forces with Holiday Fair In The Square to make Vaughan’s Assembly Park a holiday entertainment destination.
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.
This outdoor lantern and light festival in Niagara Falls, set on a 1.2 kilometre long trail, lets you explore over 30 magical LED light displays in a safe, socially-distanced atmosphere.
This immersive adventure at Ontario Place is inspired by fire, ice and light, where epic creatures, caverns, sights and lights surround you.
In this innovative theatre experience, join the gentle guiding voices of a host while at home or in a classroom. You’ll discover the mysterious contents of your sensory box and the pure fun of play.
Family Fun Toronto Guides
Opportunities for outdoor ice skating have become more plentiful in the city in recent years, with freeform paths being built in parks and even under highways. We’ve rounded up the best spots to check out.
Many Toronto BIA groups are hosting holiday events this year, celebrating the season in the city’s diverse and welcoming neighbourhoods.
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.
Our guide to Christmas events is a one-stop list for holiday festivity fun! Also, it includes our guides to Christmas lights displays, Santa sightings, independent toy stores and holiday markets.
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