The holiday season is in full swing. With lights and Christmas trees starting to fill the streets, there are so many festival openers happening this weekend. Don't miss out on what the city has in store, from Christmas markets to concerts, this weekend is jammed pack with events. Here are 9 things to do in Toronto this weekend.With snow already on the ground around the city, holiday lights and festivals are starting to pop up in the city, and not a moment too soon. It really adds a touch of warmth while we all adjust to the cold, wet, and grey weather. As usual, Toronto has got plenty in store, and this weekend is buzzing with events, especially winter-themed ones. So embrace the change of seasons and come check out some of what they have in store. If you aren't in the mood to start celebrating the holidays just yet, there are some great concerts and parties happening too, along with some classic movie screenings. So grab your significant other, friend, or even head out by yourself to these nine amazing events that are sure to keep you entertained all weekend long.
Toronto Aurora Winter Festival at Ontario Place
When: November 22 to January 5 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: 210 Princes' Blvd., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: This is the opening weekend of the Aurora Winter Festival at Ontario Place, which will feature a skating rink, a tube park, light displays, a Christmas market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters, and much more.
City and Colour at Scotiabank Arena
When: November 22 at 7 p.m.
Address: 40 Bay St., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: Canada's own Dallas Green a.k.a City and Colour is playing a huge show at the Scotiabank Arena this weekend! Come out and see a local icon play live.
Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic
When: November 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 115 Cumberland St., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: This outdoor street party in Yorkville will include a concert by Juno Award-winning Ruth B. There will be a lighting ceremony and you can have dinner in Yorkville after the show.
Veg Holiday Market at Artscape Wychwood Barns
When: November 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Address: 601 Christie St., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: There will be dozens of vendors that offer cruelty-free products for you to buy this holiday season. They will also have workshops and you can sit by the fire in the evening and enjoy some of the music and treats they have available.
The Funhouse Goes Fabulon
When: November 23 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Address: 101 Lisgar St., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: The Funhouse is closing its doors in Toronto in December and they're throwing an art party. It will be an immersive theatrical experience that combines interactive art, music, dancing, performers, and a choose-your-own-adventure-style game to create a night that is out of this world.
Dumpster Raccoon Presents: An Interview With The Vampire (1994) screening at Revue Cinema
When: November 23 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Address: 400 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: Come watch this screening of a '90s classic starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and a young Kirsten Dunst. There will also be a live drag performance before the film and a pre-show commentary.
Long Winter 2019 at The Tranzac
Price: Pay What You Can ($12 suggested donation)
When: November 22 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Address: 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: There will be a wide array of local DJs, interactive art, tarot readings, live illustrations, and more.
Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective at TIFF Bell Lightbox
When: November 22 - January 4
Address: 350 King St. W., Toronto
Why You Need To Go: Martin Scorsese's large body of work will be available for you to watch at TIFF Bell Lightbox for the next month and a half. This weekend is the opener of this movie marathon. Check out the website to buy tickets for your favourite movie screening.
Winterfest at Canada's Wonderland
When: November 22 to December 31
Address: 1 Canada's Wonderland Dr., Vaughan
Why You Need To Go: Canada's Wonderland is kicking off its winter wonderland edition of their theme park. There will be millions of lights, Christmas trees, characters, performances, and an all-out holiday experience for visitors. And it's only 30 minutes from Toronto!