There’s no denying that New York transforms into a magical Christmas hot spot over the holidays. But, if you can’t afford the airfare, don’t sweat it. With so many places like New York in Toronto, you can get those Big Apple holiday vibes right here in the 6ix. 

Being in NYC when they illuminate the Christmas tree is probably on every holiday-lovers ultimate bucket list.

But an expensive trip right around the holidays is not in the budget for most of us.

Luckily we’ve got our own sparkling trees to marvel all over the city, and they definitely compare to the Rockefeller Centre tree too.

Plus, with all the money you’ll save on travel, you can indulge in special holiday treats around the city. I mean, you deserve it. You’re on vacation, after all!

From charming outdoor markets to truly breathtaking window displays, Central Park look-alikes, and so much more, you can easily convince yourself that you’re on a fabulous New York winter vacation.

So, if you find yourself in desperate need of an NYC vacay this winter, why not look to your own city to both save some cash and appreciate all we have here?

Holiday magic, here we come!

Union Station Skating Rink

Price: Free

When: November 29, 2019 - January 4, 2020

Address: Union Station, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: It may be a bit smaller, but Toronto's brand new Union Station skating rink will have you feeling like you're gliding around Wollman Rink. 


High Park

Price: Free

When: Year-round

Address: 1873 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy all of the Central Park vibes right here in the 6ix. A truly snowy wonderland.


CN Tower

Price: Free to admire

When: Year-round

Address: 290 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Whether it's the Empire State Building or our very own CN Tower, something about visiting these iconic city staples over the holidays is so magical. 


Toronto Christmas Market 

Price: Free entry

When: Until December 22 

Address: Distillery District, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Toronto's legendary Christmas Market is giving us serious Union Square Holiday Market vibes and we are here for it.


Four Seasons Centre 

Price: Prices vary

When: December 12 until January 4

Address: 145 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: New York might feel like THE place to see a ballet, but the National Ballet of Canada's Nutcracker performance at Four Seasons Centre gives NYC a run for its money. 


Hudson's Bay 

Price: Free to wander

When: Year-round

Address: Various locations, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Hudson's Bay is honestly a holiday window-shoppers dream. In fact, it's comparable to the magical window displays on 5th Avenue.


CF Toronto Eaton Centre 

Price: Free to wander

When: Holiday season

Address: 220 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Whether it's the Rockefeller Centre or the Eaton Centre, the giant Christmas trees are something to talk about. 


Rosedale Station

Price: TTC fare

When: Year-round

Address: TTC Rosedale Station stop, Yonge St. at Crescent Road, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Some of the homes around Rosedale Station have a serious New York walk-up vibe that almost feels like a scene from Gossip Girl. 


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