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It’s the first weekend of December, Toronto.
Which means you need to get outside and check out all of the fun and festive events happening throughout the city.
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What: Enjoy the cult classic Christmas film Home Alone at the iconic Roy Thompson Hall and to the sounds of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, who will perform the film’s memorable soundtrack.
When: Now until December 2
Where: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
What: Factory, in association with b current performing arts, is proud to present the world premiere of trace, a one-man-two-piano-play written, composed and performed by former Factory Artistic Associate Jeff Ho.
When: Now until December 3
Where: Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street
What: If you’re in the market for a unique holiday gift, you’ll find a talking point-filled one at the One of a Kind Show & Sale and meet the creators behind the works of art at the same time. You’ll find 800 local and international artists, makers, designers and craftspeople
When: Now until December 3
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition grounds, 100 Princes’ Blvd
What: The always crowd-filled and equally as photo-worthy Christmas Market returns to the Distillery District, offering boozy holiday cocktails, comforting food stations, no shortage of shopping and a few rides.
When: Now until December 23
Where: Distillery District, 55 Mill Street
What: This holiday season, you’re invited to embark on a magical holiday journey as you take a ride on the Polar Express. Operated by the Waterloo Central Railway, passengers will be whisked away to the sounds of the beloved film’s motion soundtrack, enjoy freshly prepared hot cocoa and holiday treats and they will also receive a very special visit from Santa, and each child will be given their first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell.
When: Now until December 23. Select times available, check the website for details.
Where: Waterloo Central Railway Train Museum Platform, 50 Isabella Street
What: Bat Out of Hell is a rock musical that tells the epic tale of love, rebellion, and rock n’ roll. This incredible performance will feature an award-winning cast that will definitely bring the audience to their feet.
When: Now until December 24
Where: Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street
What: The beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, is taking the stage at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre this evening. Ross Petty Productions will be putting on their unique take of the story this holiday season. Cyrus Lane will make his Petty Panto debut as everyone’s favourite Christmas curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.
When: Now until December 30
Where: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street
What: Second City’s latest talent-packed mainstage show is now on. Faced with our culture of bad news and political exhaustion, the show encourages the audience to “settle in and get ready for us to spin, sing and laugh away your troubles.”
When: Now until December 31
Where: Second City Mainstage Theatre, 51 Mercer Street
What: Now in its 27th year, 12 Trees is a beloved holiday tradition in Toronto that features unique installations from Canada’s leading designers and artists where they will have the chance to re-imagine the traditional Christmas tree.
When: Now until January 7
Where: Gardiner Museum, 11 Queen’s Park
What: This fall, Toronto’s most iconic musical assets will be on display, as Myseum of Toronto(a nonprofit museum dedicated to all things Toronto) presents Music from People City – a professionally curated event series that invites locals, visitors and travellers to experience the city’s world-class music scenes, sounds and stories firsthand.
When: Now until January 12
Where: Venues throughout the city
What: Come explore the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic designs that revived the Paris haute couture industry following the Second World War at the ROM’s latest exhibit Christian Dior which officially begins this Saturday.
When: Now until March 18
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
What: Roast s’mores over the open campfire and enjoy warm beverages from the Sipping Container while shopping or playing street curling at this Winter Village. Hungry for more? Look forward to a rotating line-up of food trucks serving up comfort foods ranging from crêpes to gourmet grilled cheese, and more.
When: December 1 to 3, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
What: This massive holiday market and winter carnival located outside Toronto City Hall kicks off on December 1 and runs until the day before Christmas Eve. Look forward to holiday shopping, an ice bar, and plenty of festive foods including a two-handed festive feast dubbed Deep Fried Christmas, plus Beavertails, poutine, fudge, and more.
When: December 1 to 23
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
What: The Burlington Festival of Lights is the city’s longest-running festival, which lights up the waterfront from dusk to dawn over the holiday season. Now in its 22nd year, the festival will feature 60 festive displays that can be viewed up close or from the warmth of your car.
When: December 1 to January 8th
Where: Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario
What: Hop Chow is the newest festival presented by TO’s Finest in partnership with the Craft Beer Passport and The Art of Craft Beer, and it’s promising a “one-of-a-kind tasting experience.” At this festival, expect food and drink offered as curated pairings as chefs and brewers buddy up to collaborate on menu items complemented by amazing brews.
When: December 2, 2017, noon to 11 pm
Where: 99 Sudbury Street, Toronto
What: You read the event name correctly, everything is free. No money. No swapping.
If you do bring items to share, bring them before 3 pm and make sure they are clean and in working condition. During the Market, there is a limit to the number of items you can take, which is one large shopping bag per person (2 bags for families of 3 or more people).
When: December 2, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Avenue
What: To celebrate the opening of Le Dolci’s Scarborough Town Centre location, the bakeshop is planning a day full of music, samples, and balloons. Additionally, the first 100 people through the doors will get a mini unicorn cake or unicorn cupcake!
When: December 2, 10 am
Where: Le Dolci Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Drive, Scarborough
What: Torontonians are invited to come and celebrate the holiday season with Toronto’s Old Town community at is annual Cavalcade of Lights. During the park’s official tree lighting ceremony, visitors will also be able to enjoy traditional Victorian Christmas carol singers, and free hot chocolate and apple cider under the park’s beautiful holiday tree.
When: December 2, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Berczy Park, 35 Wellington Street East
What: Milton’s pop-up Holiday Street Market, from the founder of Toronto’s Mac and Cheese Festival is putting on “Ontario’s largest authentic outdoor holiday market.” Expect an open concept street market complete with 242 artisan vendors selling all the holiday classics from gingerbread cookies to hot apple cider to one-of-a-kind gifts and crafts.
When: December 2, 9, and 16 from noon until 7 pm
Where: Along Main Street from Brown Street to Commercial in Milton
What: In celebration of the brand’s 10 year anniversary and in anticipation of the holiday season, Dean Davidson is giving Torontonians the chance to shop his pieces at this first-ever pop-up shop starting this weekend. The pop-up will feature Dean’s luxurious jewels and cult favourite Ela handbags.
When: December 2 to 12
Where: 38 Ossington Avenue
What: This December, the castle will be celebrating 150 years of Canadian Christmas, by hosting a wide range of activities and thrilling performances that will be fun for the entire family.
When: December 2 to January 7th, 9:30 am to 5 pm (excluding December 25)
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace