12 Instagrammable holiday spots to visit in Toronto this year (PHOTOS)

Nov 29 2019, 12:26 pm

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us.

And, of course, we’re referring to Christmas in Toronto, a magical time when the best attractions transform the city into a winter wonderland.

During the holiday season, you’ll see festive lights, decor, and trees as far as the eye can see. Not to mention, the countless holiday pop-ups and markets peppered throughout the city.

Give your Insta feed a much-needed dose of festive cheer this season by heading to one of the best places to take holiday pictures in or around the Toronto area.

From pop-up markets in heart of downtown to well above the ground on a festive Ferris wheel, we’ve rounded up every incredible holiday spot to take photos this winter.

Just remember, pics or it didn’t happen…

Illuminated Walkway

 

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At Aurora Winter Festival, you’ll find this stunning glowing tunnel filled with twinkling lights that are ideally suited for photo-ops.

Nathan Phillips Square

 

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Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Nathan Phillips Square is home to everything you need for a perfect winter day. From the outdoor skating rink (which is free to use) and the city’s official Christmas to the massive Toronto sign and urban views of city hall, this spot needs to be at the top of your winter Instagram bucket list.

Toronto Christmas Market

 

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Whether you visit during the day or at night, the Toronto Christmas Market is a classic holiday favourite. Sip mulled wine around the outdoor fire pits, munch on seasonal sweets, and pose in front of the stunning Christmas tree. It sounds like the perfect holiday activity if you ask us.

Glitzy Tunnel of Glam

 

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This glimmering tunnel, designed by Studio F Minus for the Yonge + St. Clair BIA, is lined with over 14 million reversible sequins, creating the ultimate photo backdrop. The tunnel is interactive, colourful, and is the largest ever single-use of sequins.

Canada’s Tallest Christmas tree

 

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This tree puts the Whoville Christmas tree in the Grinch to shame. Proudly standing 108 feet in the air, covering three levels of Toronto’s CF Eaton Centre, this picturesque tree deserves a spot on everyone’s Insta feed this year.

Holiday Ferris Wheel

 

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Another must-see attraction at Aurora Winter Festival is the massive Ferris wheel that gives guests stunning views of Toronto’s waterfront and the festival grounds — perfect for the ‘gram.

Massive Snowflake

 

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While a visit to Brookefield Place might not be at the top of your holiday bucket list, it’s definitely worth the visit thanks to the stunning twinkle lights dripping from the ceiling and the massive snowflake lighting up the centre of the building.

Holiday Love Sign

 

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No visit to the iconic Toronto Christmas Market is complete without a quick snap (and peck) in front of the marquee love sign.

Yonge-Dundas Square

 

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Amidst the hustle and bustle of Yonge-Dundas Square, you’ll find an Insta-worthy 40-foot tree that glows with more than 52,000 LED lights, in addition to a number of 3D-illuminated polar bears and other unique holiday lighting installations.

Christmas Market Tree

 

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Okay seriously, no Insta feed is complete without a shot of this stunning beauty. Standing 50-feet tall, this iconic tree glimmers with 40,000 lights, 800 Christmas ornaments and a whopping 1.5 km of gold ribbon to make the tree ooze holiday spirit.

Holiday Hills at stackt Market

 

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Toronto’s shipping container market is home to a festive holiday market this year. Here visitors can take a ride on a holiday train around the market on weekends, tuck into a cozy wine yurt (!) for a warming glass of vino, in addition to playing on Toronto’s first-ever “crokicurl” rink, just outside the Belgian Moon Brewery.

Nutcracker at the Casa Loma

 

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What could be more picturesque than seeing one of the city’s most historic sites all decked out for the holidays? As part of the Casa Loma’s annual holiday programming, the castle was transformed into a scene from the Nutcracker, complete with spectacular outdoor light displays, performances, food and drink options, as well as a holiday market.