Toronto Events in December 2016
December 1, 2016
December 1st 7PM
The holiday season is an important time to give back and support Toronto’s communities. HoHoTO is hosting a holiday party raising money for the YWCA Toronto Girls’ Centre to support initiatives such as the Girls Tech Tour, an event where young girls tour leading digital industry work places and watch presentations from leading female professionals in the world of science and technology.
December 1st 10AM – 7PM:
The Toronto Botanical Gardens Holiday Market brings together local farmers and artisans for a truly unique holiday event in the beautiful indoor gardens. Fresh baked treats, complimentary cider, and seasonal produce can be enjoyed while browsing for nature-inspired gifts such as terrariums and flower bulbs. There will also be a presentation on decorating your Christmas table for a city Christmas as well as a country Christmas with all types of seasonal floral arrangements.
December 3rd-4th 11AM – 5PM
The first Pink Xmas Market will be Toronto’s first holiday-themed market organized by the LGBT community. A variety of art, fashion, literature and gifts will be available from local artisans as well as live music performances. The event will be held in the ballroom at the 519 on Church Street.
December 3rd 7:30PM
So many of us have cherished memories of reading or listening to the Dickens classic around Christmas time. The choir at St. Andrew’s will be putting on a special evening of dramatic readings as well as performances of classic Christmas carols and a gingerbread reception.
Wednesday Nights (Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4) 5PM – 9PM
Admission: $27 for adults, $22 for youth and seniors. $17 for kids
Experience the enchantment of a castle at Christmas time by spending an evening at Casa Loma’s extravagant holiday celebration. Admire the dazzling light displays throughout the castle gardens as well as the 10 fully decorated designer Christmas trees throughout the building. Winter treats including smores and hot chocolate will be available while you enjoy live music, carollers, and an illusionist show.
Saturdays (Dec. 3, 10, 17) 6PM – 9:30PM
Admission: Varies (Approx. $30)
The pioneers are credited with bringing to Canada many of the beloved Christmas traditions that we observe today, such as the Christmas tree, despite living in minimal and often harsh conditions. Celebrate Canada’s historic roots with a pioneer-style Christmas celebration at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Lamps, lanterns, fireplaces and candles will illuminate the village while visitors enjoy traditional folk music and Christmas carols and shop for one-of-a-kind crafts and ornaments.
December 12th 7PM – 1AM
The popular trading network Bunz will be hosting their second Toronto Flea Market at The Gladstone Hotel just in time for Christmas. Similar to the online process, people can bring in any number of items to trade with vendors to negotiate for new treasures ranging from gifts to standard household items.
December 21st 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Price: $54.95 for adults, $27.95 for children
Enjoy a Christmas brunch on Santa’s Mariposa cruise ship, featuring traditional breakfast items as well as holiday classics like roast turkey and cranberry compote. Face painting, crafts, carolling, and photos with Santa can be enjoyed as you travel around Lake Ontario and enjoy views of the city lit up for the holidays.
Various dates in December
There’s no reason to exclude our furry friends from the holiday season! Bring your cat or dog to the Purina Pawsway at the Toronto Waterfront for an adorable photo of them and Santa. A great Christmas card or holiday memento, your pet will look festive whether they’ve been naughty or nice.
New Years Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
December 31st 8PM – 12:15AM:
Toronto’s largest skating and dancing party is returning, with another spectacular fireworks display and celebration at Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of the city. Ring in the new year with award winning Toronto DJs, local circus performers, and a variety of food trucks and seasonal treats as you take in the much-anticipated fireworks.
New Years Eve Skating Party at Harbourfront
December 31st 8PM – 2AM
A cherished tradition for many, the Harbourfront Natrel Pond will be hosting it’s annual skating party on the last day of 2016. Live DJs will play into the night as friends and families celebrate new beginnings and enjoy a classic Canadian experience on the shore of Lake Ontario.