It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season: looking for the perfect holiday gifts, decorating the tree and getting your house ready to entertain family and friends. Make sure you include some fun things to do with the family in your Christmas calendar. After all, the best part about the Christmas holidays is spending time with family. Take some time out to enjoy these family events at Christmas in Toronto.
Come down for the Christmas tree lighting at the 50th Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Enjoy a sing-a-long with Choir! Choir! Choir! at 7 p.m., the lighting of the Christmas tree at 7:25 p.m., and live musical performances by Chris Derksen’s Cavalcade Orchestra at 7:35 p.m. DJ General Eclectic will spin tunes for the outdoor skating party from 9:40 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Nathan Phillips Square will be lit up every night from dusk until 11 p.m. until December 31, 2016.
A Christmas Carol at Soulpepper Theatre
Take the family to see Soulpepper Theatre‘s glorious production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol during the holiday season. The Christmas classic is performed from December 2-24, 2016 (no performances on Sundays). Tickets are $89, $75, $58, $35 and $32 and can be purchased online.
Potted Potter at Panasonic Theatre
Potted Potter condenses all seven Harry Potter books into a 70-minute play. Potted Potter is performed at Mirvish‘s Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, from Dec. 15-31, 2016. Tickets are $99.95, $69.96 and $39.95 and can be purchased online.
Visit the European-style Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District in Toronto from Friday, Nov. 18 to Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. Look for unique Christmas crafts and gifts at the outdoor vendors market. Some of the vendors this year include Burt’s Bees, Artisan Christmas Ornaments, Good Grieves Shortbread, Polar Piece Fleece Clothing, La Vela Bella Soy Wax Candles, Wafel Bar, Petite Thuet, Wooden Wonders, French Candian Poutine and Stocking Stuffers. Enjoy holiday-themed shows, roaming Victorian carolers, children’s choirs, fairy tale maze, a Ferris wheel, Santa’s elves workshop and Rudolph’s Reindeer Zoo. Opening night (Fri., Nov. 18) will feature the lighting of the 52-foot white spruce Christmas tree, as well as performances by Lady Be Good at 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Pet photos with Santa are available Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Stop for refreshments at the beer and wine garden. Enjoy complimentary samples at The Cabin by Campbell’s. Toronto Christmas Market hours are Tuesday to Thursday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This year, admission to the market is free if you attend Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or on Friday (up until 5 p.m.) The admission fee after 5 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday and Sunday is $6.
Bring the family to this Toronto holiday event at Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Studio 109 on Sat., Nov. 19, 2016 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The Paper + Cloth Annual Merry Making Event (Part 1 – Family Edition) will offer Card and Gift Tag Making for $15. There are additional special workshops for Holiday Cracker Making, Holiday Letter Writing to Family/Friends/Santa, Chalk Art and Lettering, Button Making for Holiday Gifts. Tickets for each special workshop is an additional $20.
Explore Magical Winterland Nights at Casa Loma with the family on Wed., Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Walk through the glittering lighting display in the gardens, watch illusionist Professor Wick’s holiday magic show, as well as performances by Soli and Rob and Circus Jon. Plus special appearances by Paw Patrol. Kids can visit Santa in his workshop, visit with holiday mascots, sing along with live carollers, and watch live wood carving. Refreshments include chilli, s’mores and hot cocoa. Casa Loma will be hosting a toy drop off for the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. One dollar from each adult admission during December will be donated to the program. Admission is Children (4-13) $17; Youth (14-17) $22; Adult $27; Seniors (60+) $22.
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Life Radio Play at Lower Ossington Theatre
This family event for Christmas in Toronto sold out on its 2015 run. Frank Capra’s holiday story finds desperate George Bailey about to commit suicie when an angel-in-waiting intervenes and shows him how his life has affected others. This Christmas classic is being performed at Lower Ossington Theatre as a live 1940s radio broadcast! Performances take place Dec. 8-11, 15-18, 22-24, 29-30, 2016. The Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Avenue. Tickets are $49.99; family 4-pack is $179.99.