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December is here, and the best holiday events in Toronto have returned! Winter is a time where the city can shine, with Christmas markets, family activities, and a whole lot of holiday charm as the Canadian winter really hits its stride.

Here are the 5 best holiday events in Toronto that you need to know about this December…

Toronto Christmas Market

November 16 – December 23 | The Distillery Historic District

This month-long celebration in the heart of the Distillery District has taken the entire city by storm in the last few years. Stroll down the cobblestone streets, sip on mulled wine, snack on German treats, or appreciate the stunning festive accents (like the massive Christmas tree or the huge “countdown to Christmas” sign). The best part? It’s free (so long as you visit during the week).

 

The Nutcracker

December 9 – December 30 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

There are those who believe it’s just not the holidays without the Nutcracker. This iconic stage production is known around the world, but it has made for one of the best holiday events in Toronto. Produced by the National Ballet of Canada, this production is best enjoyed on a snowy evening, with dinner beforehand, and in awe of the magic taking place on stage.

 

The Natrel Rink

December (availability based on weather) | 235 Queens Quay West

Whether with family, for date night, or along with friends, heading to an outdoor skating rink is quintessential Canadian fun – and the Natrel Rink is the most scenic in the city. Seated on the edge of Lake Ontario, and in the shadow of the CN Tower, this is the place to go for a skate this December. You’ll also find one of Toronto’s favourite cafés, Boxcar Social, right next door. This way, you can grab a hot chocolate and a snack after skating up a storm!

 

Christmas By Lamplight

December 6, 16, and 23 | Black Creek Pioneer Village

Feel like you could use a blast from the (distant) past? This December, the Black Creek Pioneer Village will be absolutely transformed into its very own winter paradise. The entire area is set to be bathed in the light of lamps, lanterns, candles, and cozy fireplaces. This is one of the best holiday events in Toronto for families, with Christmas caroling, folk music, crafts, and even more.

 

Christmas Flower Show

December | Centennial Park Conservatory & Allan Gardens Conservatory

The Christmas Flower Show at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatory is a breathtaking exhibition of thousands of flowering plants. Here you’ll also find topiary masterpieces inspired by the season and made entirely of plants. If you’re lucky enough to attend one of the grand openings, during the second Sunday of December, you’ll also be treated to wagon rides, hot apple cider, and a visit from the man himself: Santa Claus!

Already feeling the holiday spirit? After you’ve spent some time checking out the best holiday events in Toronto, explore some more of the city with our handy neighbourhood guides. There’s more to Toronto than meets the eye, now’s your chance to discover it with local insight and expertise that can easily make it feel like home.

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