22 things to do in Toronto this weekend: December 13 to 15

Dec 13 2019, 7:50 am

Christmas is less than two weeks away and we’re already almost halfway through December. It’s already time to start celebrating though, so don’t plan to spend the weekend sitting around. We’ve rounded up just a few of the great things happening in Toronto this weekend December 13 to 15.

Friday, December 13

Festival of Cool: The Arctic

What: This all-ages festival is inspired by and celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages with programming from across the Arctic Circle including contemporary music, film, visual art and thought-provoking panels – proving that even extreme cold can be cool. The majority of the Festival of Cool’s programming is FREE to attend.

When: Now until December 15
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre — 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Many events are free, register online

Cash Me If You Can

What: The incredible true story of a down-on-his-luck man who cashed a $100,000 phony, junk mail check as a joke, and fought the world’s biggest bank when it actually cleared. A true-life David and Goliath tale that captured the imagination of millions.

When: Now until December 22
Time: Times vary
Where: Berkeley St. Theatre — 26 Berkeley Street
Admission: Tickets start at $45, available online

The Nutcracker

What: See an unforgettable production of The Nutcracker featuring ballerina powerhouses Anastasia Stashkevich and Vyacheslav Lopatin, principal dancers of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. With Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, The Nutcracker is bound to add more cheer to your Christmas.

When: Now until January 4
Time: 2 pm and 7 pm
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
Admission: From $67 to $142, available online

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
Admission: 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
Admission: $17.99, 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

Hollerado at The Danforth Music Hall

What: The Canadian icons are on the road and stopping in Toronto this weekend. But their record in the bag and enjoy their classic tunes guaranteed to stoke those feelings of nostalgia.

When: Friday, December 13
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall — 147 Danforth Avenue
Admission: Tickets start at $30, available online

Long Winter

What: It’s a night of art, music, and general awesomeness. There will be a huge collection of performers and artists all appearing in a safe and welcoming event. Part of the Festival of Cool.

When: Friday, December 13
Time: 7 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre — 235 Queens Quay West
Admission: $13.50, available online

Scarface | Neon Dreams

What: Push this Christmas to the limit and take a trip to Miami, the perfect place to bask in the pastel palette of consumerism and neon glow of corporate greed. Brian De Palma’s now-iconic gangster opera is the perfect antithesis to anyone exhausted by this time of the year and will have you leaving the theatre humming a very different holiday jingle.

When: Friday, December 13
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Royal Cinema — 608 College Street
Admission: $13.20, available online

Saturday, December 14


What: Have a baking recipe that you want to try out? Bring it into a fun social environment. Bring something to drink and learn, laugh, and bake.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
Where: 275 Silver Birch Avenue
Admission: Free, register online

Free Yoga

What: Feel more focused, relaxed and calm in body and mind while stretching in a tranquil, supportive environment. This can help set yourself up to transition with ease into meditation or with energy into your everyday activities. All levels are encouraged to join in.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: Times vary, check online
Where: 1254 Danforth Avenue
Admission: Free

Vegan Christmas Market

What: The Vegan Christmas Market was created to encourage the public to shop in a manner that underlines the essence of the Holidays, which is a celebration of peace, love and compassion for all beings, humans as well as animals. Check out the vendors and find the perfect gift for the plant-based human in your life.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Ontario Heritage Centre — 8 Adelaide Street East
Admission: Free to attend

Revolution Saturdays featuring T-PAIN

What: Auto-tune your Saturday with the increadible T-PAIN. If you want to rock with the man himself make sure you’re dressed properly as the venue does not permit hats, athletic wear, shorts, or baggy clothing.

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 10 pm
Where: Rebel — 11 Polson Street
Admission: Free for women before 11:30; $20, available online

Saturday Family Clay

What: Every Saturday is a family art day at LucSculpture. Head down and learn some of the basics of sculpting figures, building hand objects, and creating with your kids. They’ll fire all the pieces after you’re done.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Where: LucSculpture Art School — 663 Greenwood Avenue
Admission: $15 to $35, tickets available online

Holodeck Follies

What: Holodeck Follies is Canada’s longest-running Star Trek parody show for Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. Now in its seventh year, The Dandies spontaneously create a new Star Trek episode every month. Every show opens with variety comedy, hosted by stand-up comedian Hisham Kelati (he’s very funny).

When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 8 pm
Where: Comedy Bar — 945 Bloor Street West
Admission: $15

Sunday, December 15

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea – Happy Holidays Market

What: The over 100 vendors at this holiday flea should make finding that perfect gift for everyone on your list the easiest part of the holidays. Avoid the malls and shop a selection of artisans, makers, and crafters, all local.

When: Sunday, December 15
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W
Admission: Free

December 2019 Toronto Pug Grumble

What: Bring your pugs to the Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park this Sunday for a Toronto Pug Grumble. Get ready for lots of snorting, rolling, and grumbling. It’s basically the cutest thing going on in the city this weekend.

When: Sunday, December 15
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park
Admission: Free

The Hard Toms holiday show

What: It’s a hard-rocking holiday event. Join The Hard Toms for their annual Christmas show, as they open for Stark Naked and the Fleshtones. Deck the halls in righteous jams this year at the Bovine.

When: Sunday, December 15
Time: 9 pm
Where: Bovine Sex Club — 542 Queen Street West

Drag Brunch at the Gladstone Hotel

What: Toronto’s favourite West End brunch just got a little sassier. Satiate your hunger and satisfy your thirst with a sumptuous Sunday Drag Brunch hosted by Miss Moço at The Gladstone Hotel. It promises to be fabulous.

When: Sunday, December 15
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel — 1214 Queen Street West

†Resurrection† XII

What: It’s an art show, a dark dance party, and more. If Christmas carols make you want to attack the first elf you see, come and dance your holiday frustrations away to some heavy music. (Actual attacking of elves not recommended.)

When: Sunday, December 15
Time: 10 pm to 3 am
Where: See-Scape — 347 Keele Street
Admission: Free

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