Toronto Festivals & Events
We are taking a small break until end of the year during which we will be updating 2014's listings as well as work on a new site - hoping to go live with that in 2014.
You can still find the listings for remainder of this year, but for any last minute info, you can always follow us on Twitter.
Pick up your last minute Christmas/holiday gifts at the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District with lots of FREE entertainment too. For the next 2 weekends, why don't you head down to Waterfront (and Harbourfront) to enjoy their Winterfest - it's FREE and there's a whole lot of fun going to be happening there too.
For those of you who are looking to pick up the unique gift for the unique friend or family member, the Artisans' Gift Fair runs through to Christmas. There's also a special Outdoor Market on Sunday at the Evergreen Brick Works.
Foodies... there's the annual #HoHoTO which supports the Daily Food Bank - tickets are still available. And for all you Sci-Fi fans, there's a ONE-day only ComiCon on Sunday - Information on both can be found in the Events section.
The Nutcracker Suite begins this weekend and is always a family favourite, no matter how old you are. If you want to give your kids a special treat, there's still a few tickets available for the Santa Train. Oh, and don't forget the only Pantomime-like show we have here in Toronto - Little Mermaid is in full swing. Tickets are still available as it runs through until January.
- Winter Festival of Lights (Niagara Falls)
Interested in outdoor skating? Especially when it's FREE! Always phone ahead and make sure the outdoor rinks are open when the weather becomes milder.
The two main outdoor skating rinks that you will find in the downtown core are Nathan Phillips Square and Harbourfront.
With both, you can rent your skates and if you get peckish, pick up a snack/bite to eat. These are 2 of the larger rinks that are the most popular in the centre of downtown Toronto, but there are many outdoor rinks to chooose from and I'm sure there's one near you that will probably be easier to get to and less busy!
REMEMBER, both of these skating rinks do not have boards so if you can't stop on skates, make sure you take a friend so you can use them instead, otherwise you'll have to use the 'bum brake'!
You'll find more info on these and links in the Winter section.
The Bay Windows
Also, if you're ever walking along Queen St (between Yonge & Bay) you should check out The Bay's windows.
Country 'n' Western Bars in Toronto
Yep, you read that right.. Toronto is now home to not just one, but TWO 'saloons' that just recently opened.
If you want to pull out and dust off your boots, just head on down to either the Rock ’n’ Horse Saloon (250 Adelaide St. W., above Adelaide Hall) in the Entertainment District Downtown OR over to the Boots & Bourbon Saloon (725 Queen St E) in Riverside (East Toronto).
Both have those infamous Mechanical Bulls and will not disappoint even the hardcore country guy or gal... Yeee Hawww!!
York-Durham Heritage Railway has a Santa Train! Santa visits each child at their seat and goodie bags are given to all children.
The Santa Train leaves Uxbridge train station but before it does, you can enjoy a hot chocolate before your trip.
- When: Saturdays & Sundays
- Dates: Nov 16 - Dec 15
- Times: 11 am; 1 pm or 3 pm
- Fares: $20 each / Groups of 4: $74
HURRY! As tickets tend to sell out fast for this special day out! It's a great way for your kids (and yourself) to enjoy meeting Santa. Don't forget your cameras to take pictures of your family and friends with Santa. For more information/tickets, CLICK HERE
Sesame Street Live
Family Fun: Dec 27-29, 2013: “Make a New Friend” - Grover’s Indian friend Chamki teaches the Sesame Street kids that though people from other countries may look different, everyone’s the same underneath.
It's being held at the Sony Centre (Front & Yonge Sts) and Tickets are available, ranging from $41-$64 (but are subject to change)
Every year Ross Petty Productions creates the British style pantomime in the Elgin/Winter Garden Theatre on Yonge Street. It's a great family night out and tickets are on sale NOW. This year it's The Little Mermaid. It's the only theatre production that is close to those that you would go and see in London, England. It's fun
Ripleys Aquarium of Canada
The newest addition to Toronto's tourist attractions is open for business! The aquarium finally opened its doors to the public on Oct 16 and already has been experiencing an overwhelming demand for its tickets online. It's open 365 days of the year and until Jan 4, 2014 they are open 9am–9pm, the times change after that date.
The 135,000 sq. foot (12,500 sq. metre) interactive attraction will showcase more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species. Features:
- Jelly Fish Exhibit
- Planet Jellies
- Dangerous Lagoon’s underwater tunnel showcasing Sharks, Green Sea Turtles, and Sawfish
- Touch pools with Horseshoe Crabs, Stingrays, and Bamboo Sharks
- Rare and unique lobsters, daily live dive shows and more!
It's situated right at the bottom of the CN Tower at 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto. You can purchase your tickets online or at the door. They also offer passes but these aren't available online. Prices are as follows:
Youth (ages 6- 13): $19.98
Child (ages 3-5): $9.98 Senior (+ 65): $19.98
*Kids under 3 yrs: complimentary with adult guardian.
Yonge & Dundas Square is a place where you can experience Free live music, Free movies (during the summer), many FREE events. Or you can just hang out in one of the central spots for people to gather as there is outdoor seating available.
Better still, if you're from out of town, need quick access to online info, especially to help you find your way quickly around Toronto, you will appreciate the FREE Wi-Fi offered by Yonge & Dundas Square, compliments of Wireless Toronto. You can also pick up your concert or show tickets from the "TO Tix" booth which is partly covered from the 'elements'.
I am keeping this information on the front page as I believe it's definitely worth checking out, especially when weather's not so good. Now in the Guiness World Record book, this underground heaven is busy throughout the year.
During the summer, using the PATH is a great way to keep cool whilst checking out the numerous stores hidden under the downtown core of Toronto and during the winter, you stay warm and dry. And if you're in the downtown core (financial district at King/Bay area) and it appears to be kinda quiet on the streets during the week, just head underground and you'll find everyone there.
Remember, if you feel lost (and it's so easy to do on the PATH! - just ask, hopefully you'll ask a local!!
Updated: Dec 10