Our Favourites

We’re making a list and adding to it every time we see something we love. Read on and choose one (or more!) of these festive favourites to build memories with your family!

Also noteworthy are Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights, Kortright’s Christmas Forest, Santa on the Rails and, oh heck – at last count we had found over 600 events for the holidays so feel free to browse the entire list.
(Tip: Use the filters to narrow down your search by category, date, location or keyword!)

November 25 | Old Man and the River

old man and the river this weekend

Old Man and the River is a beautifully designed puppetry work performed without words to an enchanting musical score and is the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young and their grownups. At last check the only show left in this very limited run was for 1pm on the 25th. Act now and don’t miss out!

November 28 | The Holiday Train

holiday train

Each year, thousands of people gather along CPR’s route to enjoy the arrival of their brightly decorated trains and watch entertainers perform a live holiday concert. At each stop, people donate money and non-perishable food and Canadian Pacific Railway presents a cheque for the local food bank. Entertainers on the Canadian train include Colin James and Emma-Lee.

Dec 2 | The Children’s Messiah

pax christi childrens messiah

Pax Christi Chorale presents Handel’s masterwork in the lovely Church of the Redeemer at Bloor and Avenue Road at 4pm on the 2nd.

The child-centred presentation inspires the youngest audiences in a one-hour interactive performance. Children are encouraged to sit up front to experience the intensity of orchestra and choir while soloists engage with them directly.

2 December | Skate with Santa

skate with santa

Check out the Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade beforehand or skip with sidewalks and slide right on down to Colonel Samuel Smith’s sylvan shore-side skating loop to have a skate with Santa! (And some hot chocolate too!)

Dec 8-24 | The Christmas Story

This is without question the most beautiful nativity play we have ever experienced. In the solemn hush of an historic church, the volunteer cast of the Christmas story creates a rare moment of grace and wonder amidst the hurried rush of the season.  

December 8 – 31 | Peter Pan

peter pan

We’re so excited to share that Soulpepper is presenting J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a part of the Family Festival this season.  J. M. Barrie’s classic story about the boy who would never grow up is given a lively musical reimagining for kids and kids-at-heart.

Children aged 3 years and up (and their parents and grandparents) will delight to the magic of Neverland with pirates, lost boys and a ticking crocodile.

December 7-24 | A Christmas Carol

One of our family’s favourite holiday traditions is Soulpepper’s A Christmas Carol. Dicken’s tale of the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future is rendered luminous in the hands of the set designers, director and performers at Soulpepper. We love the theatre in the round and our kids think the staging is really clever. Best for children aged 8 and up. Tickets are available here.

December 10 | The Snowman

Toronto Symphony Orchestra The Snowman

This beloved holiday film returns to the stage and screen in a program filled with your holiday favourites. The TSO performs Howard Blake’s beautiful score to the animated film The Snowman, featuring the much-loved song “Walking in the Air”. Filled with magic and adventure, The Snowman is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

December 15-17 | Pia Bouman’s Nutcracker

pia bouman nutcracker

The National Ballet’s Nutcracker is a, well, national treasure but on the other side of town, you’ll find a spectacle of dance, music costumes, skill and exuberance at Pia Bouman’s 32nd annual presentation of The Nutcracker at Humberside Collegiate. 100s of young boys and girls vie (and train many hours) for a coveted spot in this holiday tradition.


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