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HO-HO-HOliday buzz — 16 things to do and see in the GTA; events and activities in the Toronto area for December

We’re not sure if it will be a white Christmas or not this year, but there will be plenty of merriment this December. Here’s what’s happening around the Greater Toronto Area.


Guests will be surrounded by holiday magic throughout the castle which will be transformed by stunning holiday decor, including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall.”


150 Years of Canadian Christmas

Celebrate 150 years of Canadian Christmas at Casa Loma. The celebration will be held December 1st through January 7th (except December 25th) from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy a variety of activities and performances for the entire family.


“By purchasing a tree you will also be contributing to Ontario’s Tree Canopy,
as with every tree bought, a tree will be planted by Forests Ontario.”


Forests Ontario Holiday Event

Forests Ontario will be selling Christmas trees at the Toronto Christmas Market. For every tree bought, one tree will be planted by Forest Ontario, contributing to Ontario’s Tree Canopy. Each tree also comes with one free entry into the Christmas Market and a sustainably sourced wooden reindeer ornament. The schedule is as follows:

  • Fridays, December 1st and 8th from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays, December 2nd and 9th from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Sundays, December 3rd and 10th from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.


“Sing along to your favourite holiday songs with Gary the Unicorn and the gang from Studio K. Includes a special appearance by the PJ Masks!”


CBC Kids at CBC Toronto’s Sounds of the Season

CBC Kids will be hosting a fun event at CBC Toronto’s Sounds of the Season on Friday, December 1st from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Admission is free. However, they are accepting donations of cash and food for the GTA food banks.


“Join Santa Claus and his special guests as he illuminates the boardwalk with 80,000 lights. The result has attracted attention from people around the world
who come to marvel the sight of the stunning display of lights.”


Light Up the Beach

Light Up the Beach, presented by DeClute Real Estate, will be held on Friday, December 1st at 7 p.m.


“Head to the Harbourfront Centre this December to experience Movement, Dance,
and Voice created solely through the body, footwear, and instruments that are extensions of the body at the Body Percussion Festival.”


Body Percussion Festival

The Harbourfront Centre will host the Body Percussion Festival this December. Tickets range from $12 – $30, and the schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, December 1st at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2nd at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 3rd at 3 p.m.


“The Second City Toronto’s holiday production, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater
will make fun of all the washed up, broken down traditions that tend to plague the holiday season.”


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Sweater

The holiday production will continue through the holidays, with its final performance on January 5th. Tickets start at $26.


“A Christmas Carol marks the first time Ross Petty Productions has tackled a classic of the holiday season. Cyrus Lane will make his Petty Panto debut as everyone’s favourite Christmas curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.”


A Christmas Carol

The world premiere recently took place on November 24th, but it is not too late to enjoy this classic story. The show must go on… and so it shall, with its final performance on December 31st. Tickets range from $27 – $99 for adults and $27 – $69 for children under 12.


“The original high school musical, Grease – The Musical takes audiences back to 1959,
and the final year at Rydell High for Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie, Frenchy, Marty, Roger, Doody, Jan and Sonny.”


Grease, The Musical

A Canadian production of Grease, The Musical will continue through January 7th at the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre. Tickets range from $29 – $159.


“Curated by famed Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland and Vice President of Public Art Management Ben Mills, this year’s exhibition will bring a dynamic, contemporary, and light-filled perspective to the 12 Trees tradition.”


12 Trees – Let There Be Light

The Gardiner Museum’s annual 12 Trees exhibit returned mid-November, and it will continue through January 7th. Tickets are $9 for students, $11 for seniors, and $15 for adults. Admission is free for ages 18 and under.


“Exclusive to the ROM, the exhibition includes a section on the Vikings in Canada
that takes visitors back in time over 1,000 years and explores the Viking’s footprint in Canada.”


Vikings: The Exhibition

The Vikings exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum will remain until April 2nd. Tickets are priced at $32.


“In celebration of the new film The Man who Invented Christmas
inspired by the journey of Charles Dickens writing his classic tale A Christmas Carol.”


Charles Dickens: The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Toronto Reference Library teamed up with Elevation Pictures to bring original Charles Dickens artefacts to Toronto. The free exhibit features first edition copies of Dickens’ novels, personal letters, and original paintings. The exhibit can be found on the 5th floor of the library. Hurry! The exhibit will be gone after December 3rd.


“During this trip, Santa entertains families, distributes small gifts and takes the time to sit with each child.”


Santa Train

Santa Claus has traded in his sleigh for a Santa Train on the York-Durham Heritage Railway! All aboard as the train makes its rounds on Saturdays and Sundays through December 17th. Admission is free for infants who do not occupy a seat, and special discounts are available for groups of four.


“The One of a Kind Christmas Show is one of the most anticipated Christmas shopping shows of the year, featuring unique products for everyone.”


One of a Kind Christmas Show

The One of a Kind Christmas Show features unique, handcrafted products, gathering the works of approximately 800 artisans. Hands-on workshops are also available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and youths aged 13-17, and free for children 12 and under. Admission and breakfast are included. The event lasts through December 3rd.


“Enjoy the stunning display of family-friendly festive lights this winter!”


Niagara Winter Festival of Lights

The Niagara Winter Festival will continue through January 31st. The display includes Noah’s Ark and the Zimmerman Fountain.


“The streets are heating up as young, rebellious leader Strat falls in love with Raven,
the beautiful daughter of the most powerful man in post-apocalyptic Manhattan.”

Bat Out of Hell, The Musical

Bat Out of Hell will wrap up on January 7th, so there is still plenty of time to catch the epic tale of love, rebellion, and rock ‘n roll! Tickets are priced at $29.

Regular Schedule:

  • Tuesday – Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • No performance on December 26th


Holiday Schedule:

  • Wednesday, December 27th at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 28th at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 30th at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 31st at 2 p.m.


Ontario Place.


Winter at Ontario Place

Ontario Place will host a winter festival from December 8th through March 18th. Admission is free; and activities include the Winter Light Exhibition, a synthetic skating rink, and film screenings at the newly re-opened Cinesphere.

Auberge on the Park-Tridel


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