Christmas and Holiday Events for Families in Toronto and GTA | Selected events

Take the kids to see cool holiday markets, great Christmas shows and more. We have gathered the absolute best ways to get into the spirit of the season. Here are this year’s seasonal events where you can give your kids the best gift of all, from once-in-a-lifetime splurge-worthy experiences, to annual favorites worth visiting again, to free amazing opportunities.

It’s still early, so check back often. This page will be updated as new events are announced!


Go to Snow Magic on Ontario Place

Drive Thru Fun Co presents: Snow Magic!

  • Select dates November 12 to January 16, 2021
  • Ontario location
  • $ See website

Drive through a wonderful adventure inspired by fire, ice and light. Experience 18 magical art installations for a curated soundtrack, interactive game and much more! Fun for all ages! More

Go to the Toronto Zoo Holiday Market

Toronto Zoo Holiday Market

  • November 19 to December 23, 2021.
  • Toronto Zoo
  • $ See website

Experience the magic of the holiday season this winter with the return of Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Marketplace this winter, showcasing some of the amazing craftsmen, processors and producers in our community. More

Go to the POLAR Winter Festival

POLAR Winter Festival

  • Thursday, November 25, 2021 to December 26, 2021
  • Toronto Bandshell Park
  • $ 14 and up

Polar is not your average holiday market. From selfies with the real living Santa Claus to larger Christmas decorations – this is a Christmas festival designed to transport guests to an enchanting winter landscape. As the very first review of the holiday-winter festival since the start of the pandemic, you will not want to miss it! More

The holiday nights of light

The holiday nights of light

  • November 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022
  • 80 Interchange Way, Vaughan
  • $ 12.99 and up

This year, WALK-THRU takes you for a stroll through the newly built gardens of Assembly Park in Vaughan. Nights of Lights is the must-see walk-thru event of the holiday season for all ages. Part of the Holiday Fair in the Square. More

Country Bright

Country Bright

  • December 2, 2021 to January 2, 2022
  • Country Heritage Park, Milton
  • $ 17 and up

Take a hike and discover the charm of a winter country festival. Thousands of lights will illuminate the acres of the enticing courtyard and small town of Country Heritage Park. More


Seasons Christmas show 2021

  • 12 to 14 November 2021
  • The International Center (Hall 3 – Arrow Hall)
  • $ 9 and up

The Seasons Christmas Show will bring the local craft and manufacturing community back together to create a unique shopping experience for guests looking to find gift inspiration. More

Winter party

  • Choose days from November 13th to December 31st
  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • $ See website

Canada’s Wonderland will once again transform into a magical, winter wonderland for WinterFest – an immersive holiday experience for the whole family. More

This is the season’s children’s art exhibition

  • November 16 to December 15, 2021 – all day
  • Assembly house
  • For free

Come and experience the wonder of the season at our annual party. Vote for your favorite artwork created by students from local schools! More

Winter Village and Distillery District

  • November 18 to December 31, 2021
  • Distillery District
  • $ 8 – Free on certain days and times

Enjoy the timeless romance of the holiday, and enjoy a selection of Toronto’s finest artisans, local shops, restaurants and cafes. In addition to permanent stores, Distillery Winter Village will offer a finely curated selection of 8 vendor cabins with a range of seasonal items and gifts for everyone on your list! You will still see Santa Claus and his elves wandering the cobbled streets and more! More

Markham Holiday Market

  • November 19-21, 2021
  • Markham Fairgrounds
  • 10.00 USD

If you are looking for the latest in holiday gifts, decor and great sock stoppers, unique craft gifts or delicious gourmet food, Markham Holiday Market has it all! There is also a photo opportunity with Santa, socially distant of course! More

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle

  • Opens November 20, 2021
  • Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition (1 Yonge St)
  • 35 USD

Treat your family to an unforgettable holiday extravaganza! Step into The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle – coming to Toronto this festive season! From the manufacturers of Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Toronto. More

One Of A Kind Show

  • November 25 to December 5, 2021
  • Enercare Center, Exhibition Venue
  • $ 15 Adults – $ 8.50 Children & Seniors

With 600+ exhibitors, 30+ product categories and 4 shopping districts, get ready to meet the most talented creative talents working across Canada. More

HO HO Holiday 5K Virtual Run

  • November 25 to December 31, 2021 – all day
  • Online
  • 40-55 USD

HoHoHoliday 5K is the most festive FUN race in Canada! Be part of a holiday movement and join 10,000 Santa Clauses across almost all of Canada, spreading cheers in their communities as they choose to raise money to support Make-A-Wish Canada. More

Holiday fair on Torvet

  • November 26 to December 30, 2021
  • 80 Interchange Way, Vaughan
  • For free

Your favorite holiday tradition returns to the 2021 season and in a new place! Buy the unique Christmas gift at the Artisan Marketplace, take the family to visit Santa Claus and enjoy a winter carnival. Holiday Fair will definitely get everyone in the Christmas mood! More

North Pole Light Up Express

  • Choose dates – November 26 to December 30, 2021
  • York-Durham Heritage Railway
  • $ 34.99 and up

Get on board the magical Christmas train from our award-winning production team, while enchanting you with this year’s most anticipated family Christmas activity. More

Children’s old – fashioned Christmas

  • Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 11.00 – 15.00
  • Scugog Shores Museum Village
  • $ 2-5

Step back in time and take a tour of our historic village, traditionally decorated for the holidays with evergreen branches, bright ribbons and berries. Watch cultural heritage demonstrations, visit Santa Claus, and take home a holiday package with a treat and activity. More

The Nutcracker at the National Ballet of Canada

  • December 10 to 31 – Select days
  • Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts
  • $ 30 and up

With its non-stop dance and magnificent scenery and costumes designed by Santo Loquasto, with lighting by Jennifer Tipton, The Nutcracker is an unforgettable tribute to the imagination. More

Ross Pettys Alice in Winterland

  • December 18 and 19, 2021 – all day
  • Online
  • $ 35 per household

Enjoy the fun this winter holiday as Ross Petty Productions gives your family the chance to choose your own adventure with a brand new virtual musical ALICE IN WINTERLAND. More


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