20 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, December 17

Dec 14 2017, 10:00 pm

Just because the weekend is coming to close it doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop.

If you’re not feeling too hungover from Saturday night, you’re going to want to check out at least one of these awesome events happening in the city today, Sunday, December 17.

And if you are feeling a bit hungover, you can always head to one of these brunch spots for bottomless mimosas.

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Daniel Ceasar

What: Daniel Caesar brings his raw and soulful voice to Toronto this month for five back to back concerts. Catch him as he performs songs from his debut album Freudian and tracks like “Get You” and “Blessed.”

When: Now until December 20
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue

Hot Docs’ Free Holiday Classics Screenings

What: Come and get into the holiday spirit at a free screening of your favourite holiday movies! Hot Docs Cinema will be hosting free screenings of Elf, A Christmas Story, Love Actually, and more!

When: Now until December 22
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

Toronto Christmas Market

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

Polar Express

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.
Waterloo Central Railway Train Museum Platform, 50 Isabella Street

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

Evergreen Winter Village

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: Weekends in December and weekdays from December 26 to 29, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

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

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: Now until January 1, 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6 pm
Where: Windsor Arms Tea Room, 18 St Thomas 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

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

DJ Skate Nights

What: Sharpen your skates and skills at Toronto’s number one outdoor winter party. This year you can expect another stellar lineup of DJs that will bring the heat to your Saturday nights.

When: Now until February 17
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

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

The Leslieville Holiday Market

What: Wrap up your holiday shopping at this special two-day event. In partnership with the Leslieville Farmer’s Market and Rorschach Brewing Co., this holiday market will feature over 30 vendors selling vintage and handmade goods, delicious local eats, hot beverages, locally-brewed beer, kid’s activities, a silent auction and more.

When: December 17, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Rorschach Brewing Co., 1001 Eastern Avenue

Pia Bouman School Presents The Nutcracker

What: The Pia Bouman School of Ballet and Creative Movement will be hosting its 32nd annual production of the Nutcracker this month. This rendition of the beloved fairytale classic embraces the charitable spirit of the season.

When: December 17
Where: 6 Noble Street

Tonic Blooms Holiday Pop-Up

What: Tonic Blooms is hosting a special holiday pop-up at the Sleepover Space on Queen West this Sunday. Here you’ll find holiday flowers and gifts at discounted rates. This will give shoppers the opportunity to see Tonic Bloom’s flower options in person and enjoy some incredible savings on last-minute gifts.

When: December 17, 12 pm to 6 pm
Where: Sleepover Space, 950 Queen Street West

Toronto Winter Vegan Market

What: Toronto’s Vegan Winter Market is back for its second year this December. The indoor marketplace showcases cruelty-free products is on in time for the holidays. This event offers a festive way to warm up with seasonal treats, shop an abundance of gift options from local vegan-friendly businesses, and stock up for holiday entertaining.

When: December 17, noon to 7 pm
Where: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West

Winter Solstice Lantern Walk

What: Toronto’s Don Valley is inviting the city to join it on its annual winter solstice lantern walk, where the darkness is filled with stories and light. Participants will first get to make their own lantern and then join in on a walk through the wetland trails in the Don Valley Brick Works Park during the darkest period of the year and then linger after and enjoy the Winter Village festivities.

When: December 17, 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Meet at the Watershed Wall at Evergreen Brick Works, across from the parking lot

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