Finding something to do during the holiday season in Toronto isn't hard to do. Luckily, in the winter, the 6ix lives for the kind of festivities that'll get you feeling the warmth of the joyous season. Wherever you go, especially in the downtown area, you'll be sure to find a range of amazing Toronto Christmas events to check out with your friends, family, or significant other that will put you in the right spirit.

Storefronts will transform into magical displays of winter, lights will take over the night sky, and the holiday treats will keep you nice and warm while the weather sets the tone for the next few months. Sometimes, you just need a little inspiration for the best way to capture and experience the best sense of the holidays during the winter months. 

Christmas markets begin to pop up this month, helping you prepare for what's to come. Now is your chance to get some early gifts and get a jump start at holiday festivities.

If you're here looking for some help don't look any further, we've compiled a list of 11 amazing events and markets that you can explore for the ultimate festive experience here in the 6ix. This is just a taste of what to expect between now and the new year.

Cavalcade of Lights 2019

Price: Free

When: Saturday, November 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can never go wrong with a beautiful firework show. The 53rd annual celebration will also feature the lighting of Toronto's 60-foot tree, live musical performances, and a skating party. You can join in all the holiday spirit and take cute pics too.


Holiday Fair In The Square

Price: Free

When: Saturday, December 7 to Monday, December 23

Address: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Nathan Phillips Square is obviously a centre of gravity for Toronto's winter celebrations, and Holiday Fair in the Square rolls up a week after the Cavalcade. Whether you're there to skate or try some holiday treats, you'll be sure to have fun at this holiday market.


Toronto Christmas Market

Price: Free during the week, weekend tickets start on Friday evening from $8

When: Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, December 22

Address: 373 Front St. E., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: A holiday classic for Toronto. This is the place you and your significant other must check out. Watch the Distillery District transform into a wonderland, and why not take pictures under the infamous heart-shaped sculpture. We've all done it at some point!


Toronto Aurora Winter Festival

Price: Starting at $17.99

When: Friday, November 22, 2019, to Sunday, January 5, 2020

Address: Ontario Place - West Island, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: A true winter wonderland in the 6ix,, right on the shore of the lake. You can enjoy all the best things the holidays have to offer and even go on some great rides too.


A Nutcracker Christmas At The Castle

Price: TBA

When: December 2019

Address: Casa Loma - 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: This is something you have to see at least once in your life and it truly shows the beauty of Christmas. Casa Loma turns into a beautiful holiday castle with Christmas decor at every corner of the estate.


Toronto Santa Claus Parade 2019

Price: Free

When: Sunday, November 17

Address: Check out the new route map here!

Why You Need To Go: The Santa Claus parade is a genuine family-friendly staple of Christmas. Make sure to bundle up if you decide to add this to your holiday list.


Light Up The Holidays

Price: Free

When: Saturday, December 7

Address: Fairbank Village - Shortt Street, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're heading further north in the city, Light Up The Holidays at Fairbank Village is well worth trying out. Another one for the whole family, there will be free snacks and drinks, and you can take part in their annual tree lighting as well.


Christmas Glow

Price: $19.99 on weekdays, $22.99 on weekends and holidays

When: Thursday, November 28, 2019, to Saturday, January 4, 2020

Address: Toronto Congress Centre - North Building,
1020 Martin Grove Rd., Etobicoke, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking to capture beautiful holiday moments on camera, you can get the perfect lights at Glow gardens. This will definitely add spark to your Instagram feed.


Eaton Centre Tree Lighting 2019

Price: Free

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Address: Eaton Centre - 220 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: This event is already a precursor to holiday cheer, and word is that tennis star Bianca Andreescu will be in attendance this year. How's that for an awesome holiday treat?


ROM for the Holiday

Price: Starting at $23

When: Thursday, December 26, 2019, to Sunday, January 5, 2020

Address: 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON  

Why You Need To Go: This one should appeal to every museum lover and holiday fanatic alike. Note, though, that this event is on for just a short time so it might be best to add this to the top of your list.


Miracle Pop-Up Bar

Price: Pricing varies

When: Nov. 25 to Dec. 26, 2019 - opening at 6 p.m.

Address: 146 Ossington Ave. Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: They'll be serving the ultimate holiday drinks and the most adorable Christmas mugs that'll sure put you into the spirit. 


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