14 things to do in Toronto today: Sunday, December 8

Dec 5 2019, 11:07 am

It might be the end of the weekend, but it’s not the end of your adventure. There are so many great things happening in this city of ours today. Have some fun before you have to get back to work.

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: On until 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

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: Now until January 6
Where: 1501 Yonge Street
Admission: Free

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 Sunday, 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

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

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

Undaunted: Into the Open

What: Get ready for a jam of both new originals and beloved songs played on booming drums; story vignettes on resistance, resilience, and what lives on through collective struggle; and collaborations exciting new guest artists.

When: Saturday, December 8
Time: 8 pm
Where: Betty Oliphant Theatre — 404 Jarvis Street
Admission: $25 to $35, available online


What: Eurydice is a modern, poetic reimagining of the classic greek myth of Orpheus bringing the perspective of Eurydice to the spotlight. Tender and delightful, this play pulls us into a state of introspection.

When: Saturday, December 8
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse — 79 Saint George Street
Admission: Free, register online

The Star Wars Holiday Special

What: Screening at Handlebar is the movie that George Lucas probably wishes he could forget. See the intergalactic nightmare is the Star Wars Holiday Special. A hilarious sci-fi romp that can be enjoyed with a few beers.

When: Sunday, December 8
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Handlebar — 159 Augusta Avenue
Admission: Free to attend

The Bazaar of the Bizarre: FrostBite 2019

What: Not your typical Christmas show, The Bazaar of the Bizarre brings you arts, fashion and crafts that are: different, interesting, weird, strange, one of a kind, macabre, whimsical or just things to flip your brain out. Enjoy the event with entertaining DJs, magicians, dancers, and other oddities.

When: Sunday, December 8
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto — 16 Spadina Road

Ridiculous Auction 2019

What: Site 3 coLaboratory is a 2,000 sq. ft. member-run makerspace in Toronto’s west end that’s dedicated to the intersection between art and technology. Their raising money by holding an auction of found and donated objects. Who knows what interesting find could be in there.

When: Sunday, December 8
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Where: Site 3 coLaboratory — 718R Ossington Avenue

Cautious Clay – Context Tour

What: Cautious Clay is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer who is coming to Toronto, and after a quick venue switch will be appearing at The Great Hall. Don’t miss the rising talent and an incredibly soulful show. Tickets from Phoenix Concert Theatre will be honoured at the door.

When: Sunday, December 8
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Great Hall Toronto — 1087 Queen Street West
Admission: $18 to $44.50, available online

Deez Laughs Comedy Jam

What: Come for Laughs and stay for the sounds of one of Toronto’s best Hip Hop artists DJ Law. Hosted by Noor Kidwai, Deez Laughs is bringing some seriously funny people to the stage. This week includes Juliana Rodrigues, Marito Lopez, Paul Thompson and headliner Chris Locke.

When: Sunday, December 8
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Friday Roots — 876 Dundas Street West
Admission: $10