12 most Instagrammable holiday spots to visit in Toronto

Dec 5 2018, 4:43 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 festive 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…

Magical Light Tunnel


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At the recently opened Aurora Winter Festival, you’ll find this stunning 20-foot tunnel filled with thousands of twinkling lights that is 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’s Christmas Bar


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What could be more festive than a bar filled with Christmas trees, cheery holiday lights, festive decor as far as the eye can see, and wrapped presents dangling from the ceiling? Nothing, that’s what. Miracle on Queen Street is open until December 26, so jingle all the way over to this spot to get your dose of holiday magic.

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. Sounds like the perfect holiday activity to 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 100 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.

Winter at Ontario Place


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Located west of the city, you’ll find Winter at Ontario Place, home to some of the most scenic views sweeping lake and city skyline views. Here you’ll find a winter wonderland complete with a synthetic skating rink, twinkling lights, cozy bonfires and more.

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 a Insta-worthy 40-foot tree which glows with more than 52,000 LED lights, in addition to a number of 3D-illuminated polar bears and other unique holiday lighting installations.

The 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.

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