December has arrived! In our house, that means I finally give in to my daughter’s begging and start decorating the house for Christmas. We’ll dress up a little tree while repeatedly listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack on green-coloured vinyl (a present last year from Sonic Boom). Elsewhere in Toronto, holiday events are going on strong, so here is your guide to family-friendly events in Toronto for the weekend of December 3-5:

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New Events

Santa’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!

Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Home Alone In Concert

This beloved holiday film returns for three performances this weekend 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

Snuggle up on the couch with your family to watch The Original Santa Claus Parade, a two-hour special on CTV on Saturday 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

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

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.

Continuing Events

Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic

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

The Distillery Winter Village

Stroll the historic Distillery District’s Winter Village this season for an intimate, picture-perfect holiday experience under twinkling lights.

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle

Your family can now experience this timeless Christmas tale on a grand scale! Over a million frames of video brings the joy of the holidays to life around you.

stackt 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.

Snow Magic

This illuminating Covid-safe drive-thru experience transforms Ontario Place’s East Island into an immersive adventure inspired by fire, ice and light.

Casa 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.

Polar 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.

Fairway of Lights at Angus Glen Golf Club

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.

Family Fun Toronto Guides

Outdoor Skating in Toronto

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.

Toronto 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.

Christmas 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.

Christmas Events in Toronto & the GTA

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.


But Wait… There’s More!

Want more ideas? Looking for tips on how to keep your kids occupied without attending in-person events? Find our best ideas, activities and inspiration here!

We’ve also updated our guides of fun stuff to do outside, such as Parks & Pathways for Hiking. There’s also inside activities at Indoor Pools and Indoor Play Places. For a complete listing of all the best events around Toronto, click on our Calendar and stay tuned to all the best local family events through our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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