14 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, December 14

Dec 13 2019, 11:02 am

There’s no sleep this Saturday, December 14. Toronto is getting ready to show you how fun the weekend can be. Why not spend the day (and night) at one of these great events?

Festival of Cool: The Arctic

What: This all-ages festival is inspired by and celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages with programming from across the Arctic Circle including contemporary music, film, visual art and thought-provoking panels – proving that even extreme cold can be cool. The majority of the Festival of Cool’s programming is FREE to attend.

When: Now until December 15
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre — 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Many events are free, register online

Cash Me If You Can

What: The incredible true story of a down-on-his-luck man who cashed a $100,000 phony, junk mail check as a joke, and fought the world’s biggest bank when it actually cleared. A true-life David and Goliath tale that captured the imagination of millions.

When: Now until December 22
Time: Times vary
Where: Berkeley St. Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street
Admission: Tickets start at $45, available online

The Nutcracker

What: See an unforgettable production of The Nutcracker featuring ballerina powerhouses Anastasia Stashkevich and Vyacheslav Lopatin, principal dancers of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. With Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, The Nutcracker is bound to add more cheer to your Christmas.

When: Now until January 4
Time: 2 pm and 7 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
Admission: From $67 to $142, available online

Canada’s Wonderland WinterFest

What: Canada’s Wonderland is transforming the park into a magical winter wonderland for its new immersive, holiday event and it all kicks off this weekend. Winter festival goers will experience enchanting themed areas adorned with more than five million holiday lights, festive décor and three 15-metre-high Christmas trees. There will also be tons of music and Christmasy activities for everyone.

When: Now until December 31
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Admission: Start at $21.99, available online

Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective

What: He’s one of the globe’s greatest and most iconic of filmmakers. See 27 of the master’s feature movies, playing into the new year, and see what makes Marty one of the best.

When: Now until January 4
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
Admission: Prices vary, available online

Aurora Winter Festival

What: For the first time ever, Aurora Winter Festival will transform Toronto’s Ontario Place into a hidden village with enchanting elements inspired by the North Pole including magical characters, captivating light displays, endless fun, games, and activities.

When: Now until January 5
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Admission: $17.99, available online

Miracle on Ossington pop-up bar

What: All this Christmas cheer is probably going to make you want a cocktail. Start a new tradition by heading west to the Miracle on Ossingting pop-up. Sip on holiday-themed drinks while sitting warmly among with a huge amount of fun, kitschy holiday decorations.

When: Now until December 26
Time: Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 2 am; Saturday to Sunday, 2 pm to 2 am
Where: 146 Ossington Avenue

Sippin’ Santa

What: What’s better than one winter pop-up? Two holiday winter pop-ups, that’s what. Get your Christmas spirit with a Tiki twist that’s full of music, themed drinks

When: Now until December 26
Time: Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 2 am; Saturday to Sunday, 2 pm to 2 am
Where: 1369 Dundas Street West

BAKEFEST 2019

What: Have a baking recipe that you want to try out? Bring it into a fun social environment. Bring something to drink and learn, laugh, and bake.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: 275 Silver Birch Avenue
Admission: Free, register online

Free Yoga

What: Feel more focused, relaxed and calm in body and mind while stretching in a tranquil, supportive environment. This can help set yourself up to transition with ease into meditation or with energy into your everyday activities. All levels are encouraged to join in.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: 1254 Danforth Avenue
Admission: Free

Vegan Christmas Market

What: The Vegan Christmas Market was created to encourage the public to shop in a manner that underlines the essence of the Holidays, which is a celebration of peace, love and compassion for all beings, humans as well as animals. Check out the vendors and find the perfect gift for the plant-based human in your life.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Ontario Heritage Centre — 8 Adelaide Street East
Admission: Free to attend

Revolution Saturdays featuring T-PAIN

What: Auto-tune your Saturday with the increadible T-PAIN. If you want to rock with the man himself make sure you’re dressed properly as the venue does not permit hats, athletic wear, shorts, or baggy clothing.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 10 pm
Where: Rebel — 11 Polson Street
Admission: Free for women before 11:30; $20, available online

Saturday Family Clay

What: Every Saturday is a family art day at LucSculpture. Head down and learn some of the basics of sculpting figures, building hand objects, and creating with your kids. They’ll fire all the pieces after you’re done.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Where: LucSculpture Art School — 663 Greenwood Avenue
Admission: $15 to $35, tickets available online

Holodeck Follies

What: Holodeck Follies is Canada’s longest-running Star Trek parody show for Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. Now in its seventh year, The Dandies spontaneously create a new Star Trek episode every month. Every show opens with variety comedy, hosted by stand-up comedian Hisham Kelati (he’s very funny).

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 8 pm
Where: Comedy Bar — 945 Bloor Street West
Admission: $15