UPDATED FOR 2016: Wondering what kinds of Christmas events and activities for kids in Toronto 2016 there are to experience the joys of the season as a family? While skating on some of Toronto’s outdoor rinks is a healthy way for families to bond during the holidays, you’ll also enjoy winter festivals, plays and workshops with a holiday theme. The Toronto Christmas activities for kids 2015 are relatively inexpensive and should put everyone in a Christmas mood.
Kidzfest at Yonge Dundas Square
Yonge-Dundas Square will host a day of free family-friendly fun on Sat., Nov. 26, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the Downtown Yonge BIA, Kidzfest features stage entertainment, rides and activities and appearances to be announced. Creativity will flow at the crafts area and Play-Doh Play Centre. Free.
Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music
Enjoy singing along with the subtitles of the original film version of The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Mon., Dec. 26, 2016 at 4 p.m., Fri., Dec. 30, 2016 at 4 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 31, 2016 at 4 p.m. Dress up as your favourite Sound of Music character. Tickets are Adults $22.75 plus $1 service fee, Seniors (65+)/Students (with valid student ID) $18.25 plus $1 service fee and Children $16 plus $1 service fee.
Join your child or teen, aged 8-15, in making a Christmas wreath at this two-hour workshop at Colborne Lodge in High Park on Sat., Nov, 19, 2016 at 2 p.m., Sun., Nov. 20, 2016 at 2 p.m., Sat., Nov. 26, 2016 at 2 p.m., and Sat., Dec. 3, 2016 at 2 p.m. Cost is $50 plus tax for one adult and one youth and $32.50 for an additional adult and $17.50 extra for an additional youth. Tour the seasonally-decorated lodge and enjoy complimentary light refreshments. Book online. Call 416-392-6916 for more information.
Create your own festive decoration with personalized panels highlighting your favourite moments of the year on Sat., Dec. 19, 2015 and Sun., Dec. 16, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre. The class is appropriate for children. Free. The class location is Miss Lou’s Room, York Quay Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay West, 416-973-4093.
Visit Santa’s Log Cabin at Toronto Eaton Centre
Book online for your child to enjoy a visit with Santa at Santa’s Log Cabin at Toronto Eaton Centre, which includes a holiday story read by Santa and the opportunity to get their picture taken with St. Nick. Parents must bring their own cameras to take photos. Sessions with Santa are 30 minutes and cost $10. You may book a Classic Santa session or a Sensitive Santa session for individuals with autism. Proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks Canada, Covenant House or Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Reserve Santa’s Log Cabin online from Thursday, November 12, 2015 to Thursday, December 24, 2015.
See what seasonal treats the animals at the Toronto Zoo receive during the 38th annual Christmas Treats Walk and take a guided walk through the new Eurasia Wilds on Sat., Dec. 26, 2015. Meet at the front entrance courtyard at 10:30 a.m. Admission is half off for everyone on Boxing Day. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank and any old cellphones to support great ape conservation. This is an outdoor event. General Admission is (13-64) $23, Seniors (65+) $18, Children (3-12) $14 and Children 2 and under Free. Parking is $12 per vehicle.
The Humber River Shakespeare Company will perform Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington Ave.) on Sat., Dec. 5, 2015 at 2 p.m., Thurs. Dec. 10, 2015 at 7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 11, 2015 at 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. Tickets for A Christmas Carol are Adults $20 and Children $10 and may be purchased online.