Toronto Events in December 2017
November 29, 2017
Toronto Christmas Market
November 16-Dec 23
Ranked as one of the leading Christmas Markets in the world by Fodor’s Travel, USA Today, and Mashable among many others, this annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs, holiday themed stage presentations and of course … Santa and his roaming elves!
Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade
Santa visits Etobicoke —and there is a parade in his honor! A tradition since 1991, the Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade has been getting bigger and better every year. The parade begins at Dwight Avenue and heads west along Lakeshore Blvd. West. Top off the fun-filled event with a few turns on the ice rink with Santa at Samuel Smith Park.
Winter Lights at the Rock
December 2, 7, 8, 10, 14-17, 21-23, 27-30
Let the light be your guide as the Rock Garden awakens the spirit of winter! Explore how multicultural traditions and activities that make us quintessentially Canadian are rooted in natural phenomena that change the seasons. Immerse yourself in a story of celebrations and adaptations.
City of Craft
City of Craft has been running since 2007 and is a great chance to stock up on some seriously unique gifts created by some of the city’s best artisans and craftspeople. Whether you’re looking for cute cards, home décor items, stocking stuffers, art or accessories, you’re likely to find it here.
Toronto I Heart Beer Holiday Festival
Take out your ugly Christmas sweater and join us for this Epic Holiday extravaganza on December 9th at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Exhibition Place from 3 to 10 PM. Sip beer, cider and spirits with Santa Claus while listening to Holiday classics.
No staged production is more authentically “Christmas” than The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s famous adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s story. The National Ballet of Canada has been staging the beloved two-act ballet every year since 2005, enthralling children and adults with humour, surprise and sumptuous sets and costumes befitting this fantastic tale. Not to be missed.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Dec 16-Mar 18
One hundred all-new images from across the globe reveal fascinating animal behaviour, otherworldly marine scenes, and breathtaking landscapes—in ways the human eye might never see unaided.
Kensington Market Winter Solstice
Formerly known as the Kensington Market Festival of Lights, this participatory lantern parade is preceded by lantern-making workshops for those who are interested. (May be subject to weather—check event website for updated information).
12 Beers of the Holiday
The Gladstone Hotel made a list – and checked it twice – of 12 local breweries for their annual all-you-can-taste beer-drinking extravaganza.