The Christmas season goes by so quickly that it’s important to carve out some time to enjoy the holiday season with your family. This will probably require planning ahead and reserving a day in your calendar for a holiday event that the whole family can attend. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your family in the Christmas spirit. Read further to find out about our suggestions for family friendly Christmas events in Toronto 2018:
The Fort York Frost Fair 2018
The Fort York Frost Fair takes place Sat., Dec. 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the festive season by visiting Fort York’s historic buildings where merchants will be selling 18th-and-19th-century-inspired merchandise. Print a Frost Fair souvenir or dress up in heritage clothing. Merchants dressed in period clothing will be staffing the stalls. Sample handmade shortbread, heritage chocolate and gourmet pretzels. Warm up at the Officers’ Mess Kitchen hearth. Watch the Royal Veteran Battalion practice exercises and musket firing on Saturday. Admission is Adults $14.01, Seniors (65+) $10, Youth (13-18) $10, Children (6-12) $5.99, 5 and under Free. Fort York is located at 250 Fort York Boulevard (north of Lake Shore Blvd., west of Bathurst St.), 416-392-6907.
Wreath-Making at Colborne Lodge 2018
If you’re looking for family friendly Christmas events in Toronto 2018, you and your child can make a fresh pine wreath at Toronto’s historic Colborne Lodge in High Park then enjoy a tour of the house, which will be decorated for the season. After your class, enjoy complimentary refreshments in the drawing room. Wreath Making classes are popular so many have sold out. Below are the available classes at time of publication. Wreath Making Classes for Families are open to one adult and one youth (age 8-15). Youth must be accompanied by an adult and adult must be accompanied by a youth. Purchase tickets for wreath-making classes online. Call 416-392-6916 for more information:
Wreath-Making Workshop for Adults: November 17, 2018, 10:00 am, $32.50 plus HST
Wreath Making Workshops for Families: November 18, 2018, 10:00 am, $50 plus HST
Wreath Making Workshops for Families: November 25, 2018, 10:00 am, $50 plus HST
Centrepiece Making Workshop for Adults: December 13, 2018, 7:00 pm, $32.50 plus HST
Centrepiece Making Workshop for Adults: December 20, 2018, 7:00 pm, $32.50 plus HST
If you’re looking for family-friendly Christmas events in Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is hosting Family Christmas Weekends on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 17, 2018 to Dec. 23, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday activities in the village, which will be seasonally dressed for Christmas, including trimming a Christmas tree, singing along to Christmas carols, tasting roasted chestnuts, mincemeat tarts and plum pudding, learning about Christmas traditions and taking a horse-drawn wagon ride (wagon rides are $2 per person and available on in December). Admission is Adults (15-59) $15; Seniors (60+) $12; Students (15+ with ID) $12; Children (5-14) $11; and Infants (4 and under) Free. Black Creek Pioneer Village is located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway (Jane St. and Steeles Ave.), 416-667-6295.
Aurora Winter Festival at Ontario Place
This new winter festival takes place from Nov 29, 2018 to Dec. 30, 2018 at Ontario Place and features four mystical worlds such as the Arctic Retreat, Luminous Gardens, Whimsical Forest and Disco Den inspired by the North Pole. You’ll encounter ice queens, ice elves and even Santa. Kids can play on the 170 foot slide covered in snow, make crafts at Santa’s Workshop, enjoy carnival rides and a tube park or marvel at the 50 foot LED light dome. Shop for holiday gifts at the vendor booths along Main Street. Tickets start at $14.99.
High Park Christmas Celebrations 2018
Bring the family to the 7th annual High Park Christmas Celebration on Sun., Dec. 2, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grenadier Restaurant and High Park Zoo. The kids can meet Santa from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. while he checks his reindeer at the High Park Zoo; sing along with junior choirs and the Withnells and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and a marshmallow roast on the Grenadier Restaurant patio from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; make a holiday decoration with the High Park program groups, Colborne Lodge, High Park Children’s Garden and High Park Nature Centre; enjoy a raffle; and meet Santa on the patio from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Christmas tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m. Event is free. High Park is located at 1873 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
One of the most popular holiday events for families in Toronto 2018 is the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District, which opens on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, December 23, 2018. Wander among the outdoor vendors’ market to find the perfect holiday gift, kids can visit Santa at Santa’s House, bring your pet to get a pet photo with Santa on Tuesdays from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or listen to live musical performances on the main stage while gazing at the 52-foot white spruce Christmas tree. You can also enjoy a drink at the beer and wine gardens and listen to roaming Christmas carolers. Children will enjoy the Ferris wheel, carousel and life-sized gingerbread house. This year, there will be a $6 admission charge on weekends (beginning at 5 p.m. on Fridays), but weekdays remain free.
Enjoy an underwater breakfast with Santa at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada on Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The holiday breakfast will include scrambled eggs, bacon, waffles, breakfast sausage, home fries, French toast sticks, toast, yogourt, fresh fruit, pastries and preserves, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Please check in between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. to enjoy complimentary coat check and see the first exhibit before breakfast, which starts at 8 a.m. There is no parking onsite. Cost is Adults $50 plus HST; Youth (6-13) and Child (3-5) $35 plus HST; Child (2 and Under) $10 plus HST. Cost includes general admission, breakfast, a complimentary coat check, and a complimentary family photo with Santa.
Enjoy a festive morning with the family at Winter Wander at Toronto Botanical Garden on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Look for signs of winter wildlife, build and hang birdfeeders, make maple candy and play games to understand how animals survive the Canadian winter. Then, come inside to warm up with some hot cocoa and winter stories. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
PUBLIC: $12 per person or bring the family for $36
MEMBER: $10 per person or bring the family for $30
Do you know of other holiday events for families in Toronto 2018? Please mention them in the comment section.