19 things to do in Toronto this Christmas weekend: December 23 - 26

Dec 20 2016, 10:18 pm

Ah, the holidays.

Feels like it was just yesterday that Mariah Carey was in town to hurry Christmas in Toronto.

And it’s here now (thanks, Mariah). It’s time to celebrate the cold weather, the upcoming new year, and this holiday season with our friends and family. And if you’re looking to head out of the house, check out what’s going on this long weekend in the city.

Have a great Christmas (and Festivus) weekend, Toronto!

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City of Toronto Christmas Concert

Celebrate the holiday season at the City of Toronto’s annual Christmas Concert. Beginning at 11:30 am in the Rotunda of City Hall, the concert will feature local choirs: All the King’s Voices, Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus and Toronto Mass Choir. They will be joined by the Tower Brass and organist James Bourne, while popular Toronto media personality Adam Wylde will once again emcee. As always, Santa Claus will make a special guest appearance.

Where: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
When: December 23 at 11:30 am

Ballet on Screen: The Nutcracker

Holiday favourite The Nutcracker is without question one of history’s most cherished ballets. In honour of choreographer Peter Wright’s 90th birthday, The Royal Ballet brings back his unique and much beloved 1984 production once again.

Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
When: December 23 at 12:30 pm, and December 26 at 12:30 pm

Santa at the Eaton Centre

Check out Santa in an authentic Log Cabin at the Eaton Centre! A holiday-themed story will be read and each child will be able to spend time interacting with Santa. Be sure to book ahead so you can avoid the rush. Oh, and make sure to check out the epic tree while you’re there.

Where: Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge Street
When: Now until December 24

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big 

Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget.

Where: Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
When: Now until January 1, including shows on Christmas eve, Christmas Day, and two shows on Boxing Day

 The Strumbellas with The Zolas

In addition to their matinee show, beloved band The Strumbellas play the Danforth Music Hall tonight with the Zolas. Remember to bring a non-perishable food item or unwanted winter clothing to the show for donation.

Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: December 23 at 2 pm and 7 pm

Evergreen Winter Village

Continue celebrating the spirit of the season at the Evergreen Winter Village. From shopping to skating, and a weekend farmer’s market, this is a must do this weekend!

Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
When: December 23 at 3 to 8 pm, and December 26 at 11 am to 6pm

Festivus: A Festivus For The Rest of Us!

Celebrate Festivus by watching the Festivus episode “The Strike,” then begin the “Airing of Grievances,” followed by “Feats of Strength.” The rest of the evening will be dedicated to Seinfeld trivia and a few surprises!

Where: Page One Cafe & Bar, 108 Mutual Street
When: December 23 at 7 pm

Sister Act The Musical

What: Based on the hit film, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops make her go into hiding at a convent.

Where: Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Avenue
When: December 23 at 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker

Ever since its premiere in St. Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been an integral and irreplaceable part of Christmas celebrations worldwide and a work of theatrical exuberance synonymous with the unfettered joys of childhood wonderment. The National Ballet of Canada’s touching and multilayered version of the famous ballet, choreographed by James Kudelka, is a spectacular re-imagining that has been greeted with rapturous acclaim by audiences whenever it is performed.

Where: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West
When: December 23 at 7 pm and December 24 at 1 pm


There have been dozens of versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” but none as darkly twisted and funny as SCROOGED, director Richard Donner’s 1988 spin on the holiday tale. And of course, Bill Murray is in it.

Where: The Royal, 608 College Street
When: December 23 at 9 pm

Die Hard Quote-Along

Kick off your Christmas with a night filled with audience participation, festive drink specials, a hilarious pre-show and more.

Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
When: December 23 at 9:30 pm

Christmas Dinner at One King West

Don’t feel like cooking a turkey dinner this year? Head to One King West for a delicious Christmas dinner and spend time with your loved ones while you relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Where: One King West, 1 King Street
When: December 24 & 25, 5:30 pm to 11 pm

Festivus Dinner

It’s a Festivus miracle! Frank Constanza’s legacy lives on with a holiday dinner that’ll leave you without a single grievance to air. Late night celebrations will follow.

Where: The Drake, 1150 Queen Street West
When: December 25 at 6 pm

2017 IIHF World Junior Championship

Toronto plays host to the preliminary round for the Canadian team at the 41st World Junior Hockey Championships.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay Street
When: December 26 to January 2

What’s in the Box 2016 – A Boxing Day Comedy Show

After a day of shopping, head down to the Drake for What’s in the Box. The comedy show features Leonard Chan, Carol Zoccoli, and headliner Darryl Purvis.

Where: The Drake, 1150 Queen Street West
When: December 26 at 8 pm

ROM for the Holidays

A wonderland which enchants adults and children alike, the CHIHULY exhibition is the inspiration for holiday activities. Make family memories that sparkle as you experience large glass sculptures, brilliantly coloured and dancing with light.

Where: The ROM, 100 Queen’s Park
When: December 26 at 10 am to 7 pm

Skittles Holiday Pawn Shop

The Skittles Holiday Pawn Shop is back for its sophomore season, allowing Canadians to off-load their unwanted presents in lieu of rainbow flavoured treats or broker a deal with Dale the Dealmaker. The pawn shop is set to pop up on Queen West in Toronto on Boxing Day and while candy will be the main currency in-store, pawners will also have a chance to win candy-coated creations from Canadian celebrities.

Where: 277 Queen Street West
When: December 26 to December 30

The Toronto Comic Book Boxing Day Bash

The Toronto Comic Book Show has quickly become Ontario’s hottest pop-up comic book event and sale. And this Monday, they will be having a sale event!

Where: Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson Avenue
When: December 26 at 10 am to 4 pm

Solaris Winter Music Festival

Just because it’s below freezing weather outside, doesn’t mean the venues can’t heat up. And it also doesn’t mean we can’t have a music festival! Solaris Winter Music Festival returns with Marshmello, Zedd, Borgore and more play the two-day fest taking place at Rebel.

Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
When: December 26 and 27