23 things to do in Toronto this weekend: December 9 - 11

Dec 9 2016, 5:02 am

Another weekend closer to Christmas! Have you started your shopping, Toronto?

Whether shopping is on the brain, or just some winter fun, check out these events in and around Toronto this weekend!

Artisans’ Holiday Market

Start your weekend off at the Artisans’ Holiday Market. The daytime event is in support of Sick Kids.

Where: 170 Elizabeth Street
When: December 9 at 10 am  to 5 pm

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 9 to 11, Friday from 3 to 9 pm, Saturday & Sunday from 12 to 6 pm

12 Beers of Christmas

The Gladstone Hotel is back at it, hosting its annual all-you-can-taste, beer-drinking extravaganza. After making a list, and checking it twice (of course), 12 local breweries will be at this holiday event tonight!

Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: December 9 at 6 pm

Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan’s inquisitive and intense comedic style has fueled more than 20 years of international stand-up success. His fifth hour-long comedy special, Triggered, debuts on Netflix in the fall, and his twice-weekly podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, continues to top the iTunes comedy-podcast charts.

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: December 9 at 7:30 pm

The Twelve Days of Christmas

A delightful concert for the whole family featuring beloved comedian Colin Mochrie. The TSO’s RBC Resident Conductor Earl Lee leads the TSO, the Highland Creek Pipe Band, the Resonance Youth Choir, and Tha Spot Holiday Dancers for a festive evening, complete with sing-along holiday classics, and a hilarious live-action pageant.

Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
When: December 9 and 11

Allan Rayman

After touring with James Vincent McMorrow this fall, Allan Rayman returns for his headlining show at the Royal Cinema. Since releasing his debut ‘Hotel Allan’ on Spotify last year, Rayman has accumulated over 15 million streams, reached #2 on the Viral Chart and was named a Spotify Spotlight artist. One listen, and you’ll understand why.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street
When: December 9 at 8 pm

Toronto Christmas Festival

Over 60 vendors, entertainment, and Christmas cheer awaits you at Harbourfront Centre and it all starts this weekend!

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
When: December 9 to 18

A Tribe Called Red

Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red is on a North American this fall. The producer/DJ crew has been producing a truly eclectic sound that’s impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture. Since 2010 the group – currently made up of DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. Their tour this winter follows the crew’s second full-length album Nation II Nation, which came out in May.

Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
When: December 9 at 8 pm


Vancouver’s Ekali (aka Nathan Shaw) began making electronic beats back in 2014. Two years later, the young producer has become a global touring artist with captivating original work and collaborations. Get ready to sweat it out with this one at the Velvet Underground.

Where: The Velvet Underground, 508 Queen Street West
When: December 9 at 10 pm

Fevered – A night celebrating Kylie Minogue

Dark days call for very, very bright nights! Your disco needs you more than ever before! Fevered is a night 100 per cent dedicated to Kylie. Featuring all the Kylie hits and remixes you’ve ever wanted on one dance floor from DJs Winnie Luk and Phillippe.

Where: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
When: December 9 at 10:30 pm

Breakfast With Santa

This holiday season, join Santa for breakfast under the sea. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will be hosting a mouth-watering breakfast with Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Tickets include: breakfast, complimentary coat check, a family photo with Santa, general admission to the aquarium, and a gift for your child to take home.

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium, 288 Bremner Boulevard
When: December 10 and 11 from 8 to 9 am

Evergreen’s Winter Village

Delivered in partnership with Etsy Canada, the Makers Market is the place to find locally-crafted gifts, treats and other surprises! With new vendors every day, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your list.

Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
When: December 10 to 23

Toronto ComicCon: Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show

Toronto Comicon presents Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show! The event is all about shopping in a fandom wonderland. Costumes, graphic novels, toys, and limited edition everything awaits.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
When: December 10 at 11 am to 5 pm

The Costume House 1st Annual Holiday Pop Up

Their 1st Annual Weekend Holiday Pop Up + Charity Drive! Over 20 of our favorite local designers, artists and craftspeople coming together to show off their wares while bringing awareness and much needed support to Nellies Women’s Shelter!

Where: 165 Geary Avenue
When: December 10 to 11 from 11 am to 7 pm

Parkdale Flea Holiday Market

Parkdale Flea Market aims to bring together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Featuring vendors ranging from antiques, vintage, collectables, local artisans and designers- and this is a holiday special! 4 legged friends are welcome.

Where: 1266 Queen Street West
When: December 10 to 11 from 11 am to 7 pm

X-Mas in the Annex

The Lost Sock and The Sweetest Thing Confection have teamed up to create the first annual “X-Mas in the Annex” taking place this weekend! The Lost Sock, a humble Annex Laundromat that is also a multi-use space for music events, pop-up shops, art showcases and more will play host to the festivities. Products from their online shop will be available for purchase, with products including Balloons, Coffee Mugs, Kate Spade, Bando & more. This event will also mark their first Pop-Up Shop!

Where: 1050 Bathrust Street
When: December 10 at 12 to 8 pm

See also

A very rainy Christmas

The annual Rainhard Christmas party is happening on Saturday, and it’s always a good ol’ time. Same drill as usual – live jazz and food from 1:00 to 5:00!

Where: 100 Symes Road, Unit 108
When: December 10 at 1 to 5 pm

Wine & Holiday Art

Sip a glass of wine (or beer!) and get into the holiday spirit as you create chic holiday art at Paintlounge Toronto East. In this workshop, you’ll learn examples of holiday art and be guided to create your own. Decorate your home with a custom festive touch, or make something special as a gift for someone you love.

Where: Paintlounge Toronto East, 1173 Queen St East
When: December 10 at 7:30 pm

Toronto FC at the MLS Cup final

If you didn’t know, the Toronto FC are in the MLS Cup finals against Seattle and they play this weekend! Although the game is sold-out, make sure to catch all the excitement somewhere in the city!

Where: 170 Princes’ Blvd
When: December 10 at 8 pm

Holidays at Henderson’s

Good friends & holiday cheer – it’s that time of year! To celebrate the completion of their first year, Young Women in Business Toronto is having a Holiday Party and it goes down at Henderson Brewing Company!

Where: 170 Princes’ Blvd
When: December 10 at 8 pm

District 28’s Holiday Market

Stop by the District 28 Holiday Market for family fun and to shop from local artists and vendors. All it costs you to get in is a new winter accessory or nonperishable food donation for the Red Door Family Shelter.

Where: 28 Logan Avenue
When: December 11 at 10 am

Toronto Green Market Holiday Edition

Toronto green Market is a seasonal market place bringing together the best eco, handcrafted, sustainable and local vendors and artisans. Offering a curated selection of lifestyle, gift, beauty, baby and local food vendors.

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: December 11 at 11 am to 5 pm

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Colorado Avalanche

The Leafs are back at the ACC on Sunday, and they take on Colorado. Cheer on the boys in blue & white and hopefully a win ends the weekend on a great note!

Where: ACC, 50 Bay Street
When: December 11 at 7 pm

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