Top 6 in the 6ix: Can't miss Toronto Events December 11 - 18

Dec 11 2016, 6:15 am

It’s already Sunday – so we better start planning your week.

We’ve combed through pages of concert listings, live performances and dance parties to bring you a curated shortlist of the coolest activities for all price-ranges and interests.

There’s something for everyone, so don’t hold back!

The Nutcracker

The National Ballet of Canada’s production of The Nutcracker is a Toronto tradition that has it all – enchanted toys, sugar plum fairies, and pirouettes. Put on your Sunday best and head out to The Four Seasons Centre for some holiday high culture. The theatre will be hosting a Nutcracker story time forty-five minutes before each performance. Tickets start at $71 each.

When: December 10 to 31

Where: The Four Seasons Centre

The Illusionists

It’s time to treat yourself to a magical gift, literally. The world’s best selling magic show is coming to Toronto. Direct from Broadway and aptly titled, The Illusionists brings seven of the world’s most accomplished illusionists to our city to blow your freaking mind with a series of complicated tricks even Houdini would be baffled by. Tickets start at $59 each.

Where: Princess of Wales Theatre

When: December 13 to January 7

Usful Holiday Market and Skate

2016 will surely go down in Torontonian history as “The Year of The Holiday Market.” This week, Usful is throwing their hat into the ring, sponsoring a holiday market at Arnell Plaza. Complete with a skating rink, this event brings a festive spirit to the heart of the financial district. Corporate types, take a break from writing briefs and conference calling clients to revel in the warmth of the season.

When: December 13 to 15

Where: Arnell Plaza at the Bay Adelaide Centre

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DJ Skate Nights

Like a good dance party, but hate how hot and sweaty the club can get? Well, then do I have the perfect event for you! Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Nights series bills itself as Toronto’s “block party on ice.” You can get down to the music of Toronto’s favourite DJs without even taking off your parka! Just grab a pair of skates and head down to the Natrel Skating Rink for an event so cool it only happens when it’s freezing outside.

When: Every Saturday night, December 17 -February 18

Where: Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront Centre

Leslieville Christmas Pop-Up Market

Christmas cheer is coming to the East End, with the third annual Leslieville Christmas Pop-up Market. It features goods from local artisans, wine, beer, and of course, copious amounts of food. In addition, the event is hosting a competition for the best soup, which, to me, sounds like the best thing ever. Entry is pay what you can at the door, and will go to helping a local artist, Malak Tabbara, in his fight against cancer.

When: December 17, 10 am to 6 pm

Where: 1326 Gerrard Street East

Toronto Vegan Winter Market

Who says holiday food has to be all about turkey and mince pies? The Toronto Vegan Winter Market is determined to treat your tastebuds this December. The event offers a variety of gourmet vegan dishes, including a mac and cheese bar. It features activities for children too, so it’s sure to be a delightful day for the whole family. Tickets are $5 for adults, while kids are free.

When: December 18, 11 am to 7 pm

Where: The Great Hall at 1087 Queen Street West

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