UPDATED FOR 2017: Wondering what kinds of Christmas events and activities for kids in Toronto 2017 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 2017 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. 25, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the Downtown Yonge BIA, Kidzfest features stage entertainment with hosts from TVOKids, rides and activities. Meet Chase and Skye from Paw Patrol, enjoy arts and crafts from Power Kids, Clearview School of Arts and Mackenzie House, a magic show with Rick Rossini and a performance by Beauty and Beast. Free.
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, 18, 2017 at 10 a.m., Sat., Nov. 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. and Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. Cost is $50 plus tax for one adult and one youth and $32.50 plus tax for an additional adult and $17.50 plus tax for an additional youth. Tour the seasonally-decorated lodge and enjoy complimentary light refreshments. Purchase tickets for wreath-making classes 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 40th annual Christmas Treats Walk and take a guided walk through five indoor and exotic pavilions on Tues., Dec. 26, 2017. Don’t forget to wish the giant panda family, who leave for Calgary in March 2018, a very happy holiday. Admission is half off for everyone on Boxing Day. General Admission is (13-64) $23, Seniors (65+) $18, Children (3-12) $14 and Children 2 and under Free. Parking is $12 per vehicle. All proceeds from this day go towards the Endangered Species Reserve Fund.
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. 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. Dates for 2017 to be announced.
Decorate your family’s dream house all together at the Gingerbread House Workshop at Montgomery’s Inn on December 9, 2017 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. All the supplies you need to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided. Montgomery’s Inn is located at 4709 Dundas St W, Etobicoke. Cost is $30 plus HST. Reserve online. Call 416-394-8113 or email [email protected]