Embrace the spirit of the holiday season with some great things to do in Toronto this week.
Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Celebrate Christmas with some old and new traditions. On weekends visitors can enjoy shadow puppets, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, taffy pulling as well as a tour that shows everyone why we celebrate Christmas the way we do.
When it’s On. Weekends until December 18th.
Where it’s On. Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto.
Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market
Enjoy the spirit of a European Christmas Market right in Toronto’s Distillery District. This free event offers an array of locally handcrafted products, musicians, carolers, children’s stories and, of course, Santa Claus himself. And if you’re hungry and thirsty after, don’t worry; you’re in the right place!
When it’s On. December 2nd to December 18th.
Where it’s On. The Distillery District, 55 Mill Street, Toronto.
Breakfast With Santa at Casa Loma
Help your little one enjoy the most important meal of the day with someone important…Santa! Enjoy breakfast at Casa Loma in lovely Forest Hill, a visit with Santa and tickets to the holiday-themed show that morning. Book fast as some dates are already sold out.
When it’s On. Select dates between December 4th to December 22nd.
Where it’s On. Casa Loma, 1AustinTerrace, Toronto.
Winterfest on the Waterfront
There’s lots of winter spirit down by the water. Enjoy a cruise with Santa and his elves, ice skating, puppet shows, dog shows and treats. The Cavalcade of Lights extends to the tall ship at Amsterdam Bridge, the music garden, the fire hall and the Westin Harbour Castle. Santa cruise tickets need a reservation at www.mariposacruises.com.
When it’s On. December 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th.
Where it’s On. Toronto Harbour, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto.
Clembrook Christmas Farm
What says the holidays better than a trek out to get the family Christmas tree! Make it a fun-filled day with a stop at Clembrook’s. Take your pick of a pre-cut tree or put some muscle into it and cut your own. When you’re done enjoy wagon rides, bonfires, the gift shop and Mr. and Mrs. Claus on the weekends.
When it’s On. Open now until Christmas.
Where it’s On. Clembrook Christmas Farm, 4231 Derry Road West, Milton.
A Roaring 1920’s Christmas
Head to the Spadina House Museum, former home of James Austin (founder of the Dominion Bank), and experience a Christmas past in Forest Hill. Kids can play with Authentic toys and eat traditional baking from the restored 1930s kitchen.
When it’s On. Now until January 8th.
Where it’s On. Spadina House Museum, 285 Spadina Road, Toronto.
The Wizard of Oz
Follow the yellow brick road with friends or your little ones. Ross Petty Productions presents the play at the Elgin Theatre. Remember Dorothy and her friends and the joy of going home to your family.
When it’s On. On now until January 6th.
Where it’s On. ElginTheatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto.
Enjoy a day with Sinterklaas, the Dutch Santa Claus, at the Bata Shoe Museum. A fun-filled afternoon of songs, crafts, Dutch treats and more awaits! As a bonus, present Sinterklaas with a picture, poem or song and you’ll receive a special treat.
When it’s On. December 4th.
Where it’s On. Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Elves in the Workshop
Kids can create their own ornament-sized gingerbread house at Casa Loma to hang on their Christmas tree. When they’re finished, they can indulge in hot chocolate and treats and visit with Santa. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.
When it’s On. December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th.
Where it’s On. Casa Loma, 1AustinTerrace, Toronto
DJ Skate Nights
Back for its sixth year, people of all ages can enjoy skating at Harbourfront under the stars to the latest hot tunes. This year’s DJs include Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson, DJ Medicineman and many more.
When it’s On. December 3rd until February 2012.
Where it’s On. Toronto Harbour, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Get out and enjoy, there’s something for everyone.
Photo courtesy Toronto Christmas Market.
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