18 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, December 23

Dec 22 2017, 3:48 pm

Toronto, Christmas is practically here!

And if you’re looking to take a break from your relatives, you may want to check out some of these awesome events happening in and around the city.

From festive holiday markets (for those who still need to finish their Christmas shopping) to an epic quote-along Die Hard movie screening, here are your top events for Saturday, December 22.

Bat Out of Hell Musical

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

A Christmas Carol

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

Party Today, Panic Tomorrow

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

Yorkville Village Holiday Magic

What: Toronto’s Yorkville Village lights up each holiday season with its annual Holiday Magic event. If you’re shopping in the area, we highly recommend checking out the beautifully lit Christmas tree and taking in the incredible glittering light displays and festive decorations that line the streets.

When: Now until December 31
Village of Yorkville Park, 115 Cumberland Street

Miracle on Mercer Street

What: Miracle on Mercer Street features The Second City’s adorable puppet troupe and their funny human friends, and tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who spends the winter holiday visiting her grandmother in the town of Hollydale. But the town is being torn apart as the residents clash over their different traditions, and a dastardly mayor’s plan to chop down the town’s oldest tree!

When: Now until January 5
Where: The Second City, 51 Mercer Street

Casa Loma Canadian Winter Nights

What: This holiday season, the castle will be celebrating the season bigger than before by hosting a number of incredible festive events. There will also be plenty of holiday décor and lights to get you into the festive spirit, including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall, designed by Fashion Icon Jeanne Beker and eight other signature trees by talented Canadian designers.

When: Now until January 7, 5 pm to 9 pm (excluding December 24, 25, 31 and January 6)
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace

12 Trees: Let There Be Light

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

Music from People City

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

Christian Dior Exhibit at the ROM

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

Winter at Ontario Place

What: Ontario Place will be welcoming a new festival this December: Winter at Ontario Place. The new festival will feature various winter-themed activities including the Winter Light Exhibition, skating on the new synthetic skating rink and film screenings at the newly re-opened Cinesphere.

When: Now until March 18
Where: Ontario Place

Toronto Christmas Market

What: Today is the final day to check out the Toronto Christmas Market this season! The always crowd-filled and equally as photo-worthy Christmas Market will offer boozy holiday cocktails, comforting food stations, no shortage of shopping and a few rides. If you haven’t checked out the market yet this year, now is your final chance!

When: December 23
Where: Distillery District, 55 Mill Street

Fair in the Square

What: This massive holiday market and winter carnival located outside Toronto City Hall wraps up tonight. 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 23
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

Polar Express

What: Tonight is your final chance to embark on this 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: December 23. Select times available, check the website for details.
Waterloo Central Railway Train Museum Platform, 50 Isabella Street

Hot Docs’ Holiday Classics Screenings: Die Hard Quote-Along

What: Come and get into the holiday spirit with a special qquote-alongscreening of the everso popular holiday flick Die Hard. Yippee ki yaa…..

When: December 23, 9 pm
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

Dipped Donuts & Chau Xmas Brunch Pop Up

What: Dipped Donuts pops up in the brewery pre-Christmas for an afternoon of delicious donut creations. Best part? Admission is free!

When: December 23, noon to 5 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive

Holiday High Tea at The Tea Room

What: Start a new holiday tradition this winter by enjoying high tea in the heart of Yorkville. Come and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon tea complete with a wide variety of aroma options like Russian Caravan to Sencha, indulge in savoury sandwiches like Gougere chicken terrine and guacamole, and then treat yourself to fresh pastries made daily in-house.

When: December 23, 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6 pm
Where: Windsor Arms Tea Room, 18 St Thomas Street

The Nutcracker

What: No holiday season is complete without The Nutcracker. The classic charm and pageantry of The Nutcracker return to Toronto for its 10th annual performance for not only two shows this month.

When: December 23, 2 pm to 4 pm. 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East

1 Love T.O, Harbourfront DJ Skate Night

What: Sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. Come and celebrate our city in all its winter glory as 1 LOVE T.O. spins funk, hip-hop, R&B and house. With DJ DLUX and host, Mr. 1LOVETO himself, Tyrone ‘T-rex’ Edwards.

When: December 23, 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West