21 things to do in Toronto this weekend: December 2 - 4

Nov 30 2016, 5:27 pm

Happy first weekend of December, Toronto!

Holiday markets are among the events taking place in Toronto this weekend, so bundle up get out there!

A Christmas Carol

Soulpepper’s beloved production of A Christmas Carol has become a Toronto holiday tradition. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts who help him understand the importance of charity in the holiday season.

Where: Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street
When: December 2 at 4:30 pm

Toronto Long Winter

Long Winter is an all­-ages inter-­arts festival that takes place throughout the winter months of November­-March. Now entering its fifth season, the Long Winter series has emerged as a unique event in the city of Toronto.

Where: Polish Combatant’s Hall, 206 Beverly Street
When: December 2 at 7 pm

Wishlist Holiday Pop-up

thisopenspace and Hermann & Audrey have teamed up for Wish List; a holiday gift pop-up shop opening this weekend! Wishlist features five different brands: Frank + Oak, KOTN, Bobbies, Mary Young, and Chance & Fate. This is a one-of-a-kind unmissable shopping destination for everyone on your list.

Where: 12 Ossington
When: December 2 to 15

Twist Your Dickens

The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens, an irreverent and interactive seasonal satire, opens tonight. Created with The Second City Theatricals in Chicago, Twist Your Dickens is written by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. Get ready to laugh!

Where: Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
When: December 2 to 30

Enchanting China: Masterpieces of Chinese Music

This is a unique opportunity to experience the breath-taking richness of modern Chinese culture and discover a spectrum of leading contemporary artists. Combining choruses, vocal solos, dance and opera, Enchanting China features a dazzling 60-piece orchestra and renowned singer Gong Linna alongside special guests including the Ottawa Bach Choir.

Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
When: December 2 to 3 at 5 pm

Toronto Humane Society’s Pet Pics with Santa

No pet? No problem! Everyone is invited to come to this fun event & enjoy some delicious baked goods while browsing the Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes for some great holiday gifts for your loved ones. 100% of the proceeds from the event go directly to the animals here at the Toronto Humane Society!

Where: Toronto Humane Society, 11 River Street
When: December 2 to 3

Holiday Market

This outdoor market will feature a collection of seasonal and artisan vendors, live music, food and drink, a warm-up lounge hosted by Jack Astor’s and a strolling Santa.

Where: Shops at Don Mills, 1090 Don Mills Road
When: December 2 to 4, Friday from 3 to 9 pm, Saturday & Sunday from 12 to 6 pm

Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Lakers

As usual, get the red on and cheer the Raps at this home game against the Lakers tonight!

Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay Street
When: December 2 at 7:30 pm

William Fitzsimmons

American singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons returns to our city this weekend, bringing his indie folk sound to The Great Hall. The multi-instrumentalist released the successful Lions in 2014, and released Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Vol. 2 earlier this year.

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: December 2 at 8 pm


Toronto’s Grandtheft is in town for a home show this weekend. The producer/DJ is known for his originals and remixes, and has slayed clubs worldwide. Welcome home!

Where: The Hoxton, 69 Bathrust Street
When: December 2 at 10 pm

Peter Pan Brewery Tour

A beautiful new re-telling of J.M. Barrie’s beloved story, Bad Hats Theatre’s production of Peter Pan soars to new heights in a remount playing in Toronto at different breweries this weekend.

Where: Various Toronto breweries
When: December 2 to 10


PINK XMAS is a (holiday) queer craft, fashion, art, and literature fair in support of The 519 and organized by PINK MARKET.

Where: The 519, 519 Church Street
When: December 3 to 4

Christmas Craft Sale

Toronto’s 100% handmade Indigenous arts & crafts Christmas sale! 40+ local artisans including moccasins, paintings, beadwork, dream catchers, clothing, traditional and contemporary jewellery, and more!

Where: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road
When: December 3 at 10 am to 4 pm

Free family movie event: The Polar Express

Bring your family and friends, free of charge to this community event. While donations will be accepted, this is part of The World Vision Gift Catalogue community outreach initiatives to see families spend time together at this time of year.

Where: Cineplex Cinemas Queensway, 1025 The Queensway
When: December 3 at 10 am

Frost Fair Market

Celebrate the festive season. Stroll through historic buildings where merchants will be selling heritage inspired products and reproduction pieces. Shop with local artisans to find unique holiday gifts for family and friends.

Where: 250 Fort York Blvd.
When: December 3 at 10 am to 4 pm

Bellwoods Flea Holiday Market

From local art, beauty care, food, fashion, handmade, one of a kind, vintage, eco friendly and more! Admission is free, fun for families of all ages, and four legged friendly.

Where: 876 Dundas Street West
When: December 3 at 12 to 6 pm

Light Up the Holidays

Get into the holiday spirit as you light up the holidays at Toronto’s Fairbank Village. Enjoy complimentary face painting, photos with Santa, live music by GTA Swing Band, snacks and drinks, a Christmas tree lighting, and family activities.

Where: Fairbank Village, Eglinton West and Dufferin
When: December 3 at 1 to 6 pm

Cask on Lansdowne

It’s back! The Lansdowne Brewery bar will be covered with casks serving some of the best local and freshest ales available! They will be featuring 14 different casks from 14 different local breweries.

Where: Lansdowne Brewery, 303 Lansdowne Avenue
When: December 3 at 1 to 6 pm

Santa in the Junction

The Junction BIA’s annual Santa in the Junction is back again for winter 2016. The festivities will take place this Sunday, and will include a full day of Christmas themed activities. Of course, Santa and his elves will be there too!

Where: Dundas Street West from Indian Grove to Quebec Ave.
When: December 4 at 11 am

Holiday Post Market

Check out a wide variety of quality handmade, crafted, contemporary and vintage items from local makers, artists and retailers, just in time for the giving season. The Holiday Post Market is a fun and easy way to scoop up lots of special gifts in a single swoop.

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: December 4 at 11 am

Riverdale Share 24th Annual Concert

The Riverdale Share Concert is a diverse holiday celebration held every December in Toronto’s vibrant Riverdale neighbourhood. It’s made possible by the contributions of residents, businesses, students, volunteers, civic leaders, and some of Toronto’s most celebrated artists. This 100% volunteer-run organization plans to once again raise over $30,000 and truckloads of food for families in crisis in the community in one afternoon. Admission is $20.00 plus a non-perishable food item.

Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: December 4 at 2:30 pm


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