14 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, December 1

Nov 29 2019, 11:41 am

Saturday gets to wear the weekend crown, but Sunday is truly the Miss Congeniality of days off. Let Toronto show you why at any one of these great events happening December 1.

The Toronto Christmas Market

What: The Christmas Market will feature daily entertainment on the outdoor stage, beer gardens, mulled wine, and various vendors, all wrapped up in holiday magic. Climb into your warmest gear and get to the Distillery District for some Christmas cheer!

Remember to get photos of The Market’s famous 50-foot tree, which will flood the space with the glow of its 40,000 lights.

Where: The Distillery District
When: Now until December 22 (closed on Mondays)
Tickets: 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

FAO Schwarz Holiday Pop-Up

What: Explore larger-than-life treasures for the holidays from one of the world’s most iconic toy brands. Plus, check out the FAO Schwarz pop-up and events in-store. There’s drum lessons for kids, a holiday photo booth, and more. Instagram will thank you.

When: Now until December 7
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Hudson’s Bay — 176 Yonge Street
Admission: Free, register online for activities

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
Tickets: 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
Price: $17.99, available online

In the Realm of Oshima: The Best of Japanese Master Nagisa Oshima

What: Running 11 films created by Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima, this run of movies hosted by TIFF is a serious piece of reference material for anyone looking to tell stories through moving pictures. See Oshima’s classics, from Boy to the deeply satirical Pleasures of the Flesh.

When: Now until December 7
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: 350 King Street West
Admission: Prices vary, check online

Tunnel of Glam

What: The celebrated Tunnel of Glam returns for its second year. Members of the public can visit this outdoor, 80 ft. pedestrian tunnel lined with 14 million reversible sequins for a delightfully festive and immersive winter time destination.

When: December 1 to January 6
Where: 1501 Yonge Street
Admission: Free

A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle

What: Toronto’s only castle will host a wide range of activities and thrilling performances that will be fun for the whole family. Enjoy new shows by famed illusionist entertainer Professor Wick and ice skating performers Glisse on Ice. Guests will be surrounded by holiday magic throughout the castle which will be resplendent with holiday décor,

When: December 1 to January 5
Time: Daily, December 1 to January 5, 9.30 am to 5 pm; nightly, December 15 to December 30, 5 pm to 9 pm
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
Admission: $30, available online

The One of a Kind Show

What: The first day of the month, is the last day of the show. While this market is much larger than your typical artisan market, the One of a Kind Show is the perfect opportunity to shop for Canadian handmade goods while the weather is still somewhat reasonable.

When: Sunday, December 1
Time: Times vary
Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Boulevard
Admission: $15, available online

Andrei Tarkovsky | Solaris

What: See Andrei Tarkovsky’s increadible masterwork of cinema. Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness.

When: Sunday, December 1
Time: 6 pm
Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street
Admission: $12, available online

Vegan Holiday Brunch

What: Plant-based brunch? Don’t mind if we do. Indulge in scrumptious, fresh, and nutritious food made with love that is sure to please your senses. The menu offers an assortment of mainly gluten-free appetizers, fresh salads, stews, waffles, fruit, and more.

When: Sunday, December 1
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: 555 Dundas Street East
Admission: $25, available online

For The Ladies…A Celebration of Women in Dance

What: Check out an intimate showcase of works by an incredible all-female line up of emerging and established artists. Celebrate the female voice in dance and stay to vibe out with DJ @miasalav.

When: Sunday, December 1
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Danceology — 2700 Dufferin Street, unit 4
Admission: $10 at the door, limited availability