Christmas Special Events on a budget?

12 Dec

Here are some suggestions

Special Event

  • End of ArticleCavalcade of Lights
    Various Neighbourhoods, 416-338-0338
    Starting Nov. 25th, 19 Toronto neighbourhoods will be aglow with holiday lights. At Nathan Phillips Square free fireworks displays featuring live music will be held Dec. 2nd, 9th and 16th.
  • End of ArticleFestival Sights
    Young-Dundas Square, 416-979-9960
    Starting Nov. 25th, head to the Square to see free concerts and film screenings every Saturday and Sunday to Dec. 24th.
  • End of Article Winter City Festival
    Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., 416-338-0338 Jan. 26 – Feb. 8th.
    Fight the January blahs by taking part in this city-wide celebration featuring free entertainment and showcasing Toronto’s vibrant arts scene.
  • End of ArticleIce Sculpture Exhibition
    Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., 416-338-0338 Jan. 26 – Feb. 8th. This year’s ice sculpture exhibits will be part of the Winter City Festival.
  • End of ArticleAnnual Christmas Treats Walk
    Toronto Zoo, Meadowvale Drive & 401, 416-392-5900
    Dec. 26, 10 a.m. See the animals, listen to strolling carollers and sip free hot chocolate. (A food bank donation is requested)
  • End of ArticleNew Year’s Eve
    Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., 416-338-0338
    Dec. 31. Starting at 10:30, celebrate the arrival of the New Year with fun and fireworks in an alcohol-free environment. Or cozy up on the couch and watch the festivities broadcast live on CityTV or CP24.


  • Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
    317 Dundas St. W.
    FREE on Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays due to renovations.) 416-979-6648
  • End of ArticleHarbourfront Centre
    235 Queens Quay W.
    Features group shows at the York Quay Gallery and craftspeople working at the Craft Studio. (Closed Mondays.) 416-973-3000
  • End of ArticleKoffler Gallery
    Bathurst Jewish Community Centre, 4588 Bathurst St.
    Contemporary art focusing on new Canadian artists. Open Sunday to Friday, Monday by appointment. (Closed Saturdays.) 416-636-1880 ext. 268
  • End of ArticleMuseum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
    Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St.
    Focuses on living Canadian artists. (Closed Mondays.) 416-395-7430
  • The Power Plant
    231 Queens Quay W.
    FREE on Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m. Canadian and international art. 416-973-4949


Vist the City of Toronto web site to download a coupon offering 2 for 1 on regular admission to the city’s heritage museums during the Holiday season.

  • Christmas in the Park — Colborne Lodge
    South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Dr., 416-392-6916
    $5.50 Adults, $4 students/ seniors, $3.50 children — Nov. 25 to Jan. 7. This 1860s home of John and Jemima Howard is adorned for the festive season as it would have been back in Victorian times. Enjoy a warm beverage and treat in the historic kitchen.
  • A Country Christmas — Gibson House
    5172 Yonge St., 416-395-7432
    $4.25 adults, $2.75 seniors, $2.25 children — Until Dec. 23. Come back to the Christmas of 1851. On Dec. 17 and 18 get a taste of Christmas long ago by sampling mincemeat and making paper chains.
  • A Victorian Christmas — Mackenzie House
    82 Bond St., 416-392-6915
    $5.50 adults, $4 students/seniors, $3.50 children — Dec. 28 to Jan. 7. Come warm yourself with hot cider, a treat in the historic kitchen and a tour about Christmas traditions. Decorated for the holidays.
  • An Edwardian Christmas — Spadina Historic House and Gardens
    285 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910
    $6.75 adults, $5.75 students/seniors, $4.75 children — Nov. 28 to Jan. 7. Enjoy the turn-of-the-century Christmas decor of this stunning mansion. Tours will highlight the holiday traditions of the Austin family and include cider and a Christmas treat.

Visit the City of Toronto’s web site to find other Holiday Season Events happening at Toronto’s Heritage museums.


  • End of ArticleNathan Phillips Square
    100 Queen St. W., 416-368-8802
    Toronto’s most famous outdoor rink. Skate rentals and sharpening services are all available for a fee.
  • End of ArticleNatrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre
    235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4866
    Listen to music while you skate. A picturesque setting on Toronto’s harbour. Skate rentals and sharpening services are available for a fee.
  • End of ArticleCommunity Rinks
    Various locations, 416-392-1111
    Outdoor rinks right in your neighbourhood. Check with community centres for related programming.


Go sliding, make a snowman, or just rosy up your cheeks with a walk through one of Toronto’s many parks!

  • End of Article Riverdale Farm
    201 Winchester St., 416-392-6794
    Replicates a small turn-of-the-century farm, complete with pigs, horses, cows and chickens. Fresh eggs can be purchased.
  • End of ArticleToronto Parks and Recreation offers an incredible range of free or affordable outdoor activities that’ll keep the pink in your cheeks.
  • End of ArticleToronto Gardens and Conservatories
    • Allan Gardens, 416-338-0338
      19 Horticultural Ave
    • Bay-Adelaide Cloud Conservatory, 416-338-0338
      Richmond Street W., just west of Yonge
    • Centennial Park Conservatory
      15 Elmcrest Rd., 416-394-8543
    • Civic Garden Centre in Edwards Gardens
      777 Lawrence Ave. E., 416-397-1340

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