10 Things To Do In Toronto This Week: December 11-18

With the holidays right around the corner, time is more precious than ever. But be sure to take some time out to take in some great events that Toronto has to offer this week!

Winter Festival at Evergreen Brickworks

Dreaming of a white Christmas? How about trying a green one instead? Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto’s community environmental centre, celebrates winter with their own Winter Festival. Enjoy outdoor skating, a farmer’s market, food vendors, live music and cooking workshops.

When it’s on. December 17th, Noon-6pm

Where it’s on. Evergreen Brick Works, 550Bayview Avenue, Toronto, 416-596-7670

The Polar Express PJ Party

Slip on your pajamas, relax with some hot chocolate and watch an old Christmas classic, The Polar Express. As a bonus join in the arts and crafts and meet with Santa Claus!

When it’s on. December 10th to 17th.

Where it’s on. Ontario Place,  955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto, 416-314-9900

Toronto’s Favourite Messiah

Join the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as they celebrate with a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Associated with the holidays every year, it’s sure to put your entire family in the holiday spirit!

When it’s on. December 14th to 19th.

Where it’s on. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, M5J 2H5, 416 872-4255

The Nutcracker

Would the holidays really be complete without a performance of The Nutcracker? Performed by the National Ballet of Canada, enjoy the magic of the Snow Queen, the Sugar Plum Fairy and everything else that’s magical in this beloved performance.

When it’s on. December 10th to January 3rd.

Where it’s on. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto, 416-363-8231

The Second City’s Miracle on Mercer Street

Find out how a town saves the holiday spirit after everyone begins fighting over their different traditions in this musical performance of Miracle on Mercer Street, complete with a puppet troupe! Full of laughs and cheer, it’s fun for the entire family.

When it’s on. On now until January 1st.

Where it’s on. The Second City, 51 Mercer Street, Toronto, 416-343-0011

Christmas at High Park

Step inside the Colborne Lodge in High Park and enjoy a tour, traditional food and ornament making for the kids on December 17th and cookie making on December 18th.

When it’s on. Open now until January.

Where it’s on. High Park Colborne Lodge, Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto, 416-392-6916

The Holidays at Don Mills Shops

The Shops at Don Mills is celebrating the holidays in more than one way this season. A miniature train ride, Breakfast with Santa (December 17), Santa visiting the shops with treats and outdoor skating (coming soon) are all part of the fun.

When it’s on. On now until December 31st.

Where it’s on. Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road, Toronto, 416-447-0618

Professor Wick’s Magical Castle

Children from JK to Grade 8 can join Professor Wick in the Library as he creates and then ships magic tricks to magicians throughout the world with the help of his Robot Picasso. From there move on to the conservatory where Professor Pepper will show how magic is made.

When it’s on. December 3rd to January 8th.

Where it’s on. Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, 416-923-1171

Mary Poppins The Musical

Sit back and enjoy a timeless classic film Mary Poppins brought to life on stage.  And if you need one word to describe how you feel after, why not use “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

When it’s on. Now until January 8th.

Where it’s on. Princess of Whales Theatre, 300 King Street West, Toronto, 416-872-1212

An 1812 Winter at Fort York

Discover how troops coped with a Canadian winter back in 1812, and celebrate the holidays too at Fort York! The tour will take you to sample some baking from the 1826 Officers’ Mess kitchen, sit by a crackling wood fire. Make sure you stop at the Museum Store on your way out for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list!

When it’s on. December 17th to 31st.

Where it’s on. Fort York,  250 Fort York Boulevard,Toronto, 416-392-6907.

Let TorontoMomNow.com know: what events have been your favourite this holiday season?

Photo courtesy of Evergreen Brick Works.

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