The holidays are almost here and you are probably looking a place to relax and have fun with your family and friends, planning the gifts, the games and the dinners with your friends from highschool. If you are looking for something different, here are some good reasons to get out of the house over this 2015 holiday season in Toronto, CA.
A Toronto tradition for more than 100 years, The Santa Claus Parade returns to put smiles on the faces of families all across the city. From children to adults, thousands of Canadians and people from other countries line the streets to look Santa, while he leave a big smile on their faces. The celebration consists of more than 25 different-themed floats, 22 bands, 100 celebrity clowns, more than 1,500 volunteers, and the big man himself, Santa.
This year’s Santa Claus Parade begins at the Christie Pits Park at 12:30 p.m. It travels past the ROM and the Eaton Centre, before ending at St. Lawrence Market. Click here to see the Map of the Route
Tips: Make sure to arrive early for a good spot as space fills up fast. It’s also always a good idea to bundle up and bring a hot drink in a reusable mug to stay warm waiting for St. Nick. Bring your camera for pictures and if you want you can dress yourself of a christmas character.
Prepare yourself for an authentic European-style Christmas Market. Local vendors and craftsmen sell their wares in stalls while carolers sing and kids play on the Ferris Wheel and carousel.
Entertainers at the market include a daily sing-along with Santa’s elves, daily caroling and a world caroling championship. There’s a life-sized gingerbread house, carousel, ferris wheel and of course, Santa and his reindeer.
You can find handmade or imported goods like Christmas ornaments and scarves, or delicious food like Belgian waffles, Bavarian nuts, poutine and corned beef sandwiches. The Beer Garden (19+ open at night) serves beer, cider, mulled wine and other holiday cocktails.
If you love Christmas shopping shows, you can´t miss The One of a Kind Christmas Show to spend the best Christmas eve in Toronto, you will find featuring unique products for everyone.
Shop for hand-crafted ceramics, jewellery, furniture, clothing and accessories, browse through art galleries, watch a fashion show and take part in artistic holiday activities. Since 1975, it has become the largest consumer craft show in North America.
There are also hands-on workshops where you can make unique gifts. Each includes breakfast and admission to the show.
November 26, 2015 – December 06, 2015
At Enercare Centre
Adult: $13, Senior/Youth: $7.50, Children under 12: Free
Definitely DJ Skate Nights can be more fun than dancing on the floor.
One of the city’s most scenic rinks brings the party outdoors with a series of weekly events that brings the best of Toronto’s nightlife to the cold winter nights. Free Admission
DJ Skate Launch with DJ Jellybean Benitez/30th Anniversary of House
1 LOVE T.O. Holiday Skate Party
DJs Dlux and Lissa Monet.
DJs L’Oqenz and Mel Boogie play electronic, disco and dance around the rink.
The National Ballet of Canada presents its annual Christmas show, The Nutcracker, is one of the most recognizable ballets in the world.
You can also find performances at the Sony Centre, in Mississauga, plus the National Ballet’s at the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts. Plus, the TSO performs and evening of the Best of Tchaikovsky at Roy Thompson Hall. Click Here to See All Performances
Walk through the city with some friends, family or a special someone to watch the Christmas lights of Toronto, beautiful Christmas trees, festive store windows and displays.
Yorkville, the Distillery Historic District and Nathan Phillips Square are some of the best spots to stroll with a hot cocoa in hand.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, a staple of the holiday season for anyone who appreciates powerfully composed pieces of classical music.
The conductor for the night will be Sir Andrew Davis and he will be joined by soprano Erin Wall, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, tenor Andrew Staples, bass-baritone John Relyea, and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.