It’s already Sunday – so you better start planning your week.
We’ve combed through pages of concert listings, live performances and dance parties to bring you a curated shortlist of the coolest activities for all price-ranges and interests.
There’s something for everyone, so don’t hold back!
Are you a busy Torontonian with no time to do holiday shopping? Well have no fear, Union Station is bringing over 30 vendors to you in their annual Holiday Market. Buy your aunt a tuque before your evening commute, or purchase some artisanal jewelry for a friend. If you’re peckish, you can invest in an indulgent treat from Moroco Chocolat. No matter what your taste, there’s lots to enjoy!
When: December 5 to 16
Where: Union Station
There are two types of people in this world, those who love Beyonce, and those who are wrong. If you are part of the former group, do I have the event for you! Learn how to move like everyone’s favourite diva at a free Beyography dance class, where you can master the steps to her iconic “Single Ladies” video. The next time the DJ plays that number for the bouquet toss at a wedding, you’ll be able to wow your fellow guests as you bust a move! The class is free, but requires a $5 refundable registration fee.
When: December 6 @ 5:50 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street
Who says whiskey and bourbon drinkers should have all the fun? Rum Social wants to show you that rum can be gourmet too. Designed to be ravenously devoured alongside some of the worlds best rums, from Havana Club to Goslings, this dinner is one dinner you won’t want to miss. The event is hosted by rum expert Robin Wynne, and features a four-course menu prepared by chef Jasper Wu. The menu is $45 a person, and $75 with rum pairings.
When: December 7, 7 to 9 pm
Where: Miss Thing’s at 1279 Queen Street West
Ever wondered what it would be like to celebrate the holidays in the enchanted castle from Beauty and the Beast? Well, sadly, it’s not actually possible to live inside a cartoon, but we do have the next best thing. Toronto’s own castle is putting together a Winter Wonderland all its own, complete with a holiday lights display, an appearance by Paw Patrol, and a magic show! Tickets for adults will set you back $27, while children’s entry is a comparatively affordable $17 per tiny human.
When December 7
Where: Casa Loma
In 2016, Torontonians are spoiled for choice when it comes to holiday markets! The latest addition to the scene is at Nathan Phillips Square. This market will feature a plethora of handicraft and food vendors, including Eva’s Original Chimneys. There will even be a midway complete with a merry-go-round, so bundle up the kiddies and enjoy the festivities!
When: December 8 to 23
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Sick of eggnog and mulled wine? Head over to West Queen West for a party in praise of beer and holiday good cheer! The Gladstone Hotel is inviting twelve of its favourite microbreweries to supply you with copious amounts of drank. The event page asks attendees to wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters, so find something garish with Santa on it, and hop on the streetcar. This party is sure to be more lit than Rudolph’s nose! Early bird tickets are $25.
When: December 9 @ 6 pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel