It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year With Toronto's Holiday Attractions

The festive season. The holiday season. The winter holidays. Whatever language you use, the period of time between late November and early January is a peak season for joy. Whether you celebrate a particular tradition or you just get sentimental when you see people ice skating to classical music in Nathan Phillips Square doesn't matter. This is a time of year when we can all stop being cynical. As Linus Van Pelt of Charlie Brown taught us years ago, we don't need to be led by the commercial side of the holidays.

Toronto's 15-metre evergreen was erected early this year in Nathan Phillips Square. Apparently November 7th is now a fine time to start feeling the festive warm-and-fuzzies. Other people want the Starbucks red cups and Holt Renfrew Christmas windows to start at a later time, say, closer to the actual holiday that they are marking.

Whenever you are ready for it, the attractions that are designed to get your nostalgia pumping are ready and waiting. Whether you go to the Distillery's beloved Christmas Market in all its cobblestone glory or watch Stuart McLean wildly gesticulate as he takes you through the festive exploits of the fictional Dave and Morley, the festive season in Toronto is something special. You might as well get on board.

2015 marks the first year of The Toronto Christmas Festival. Viewing Toronto's propensity for Christmas-themed events, it will undoubtedly be a hit. This ten-day festival will have live music, shopping, a sleigh ride with Santa Claus and even a...  Read More

Somehow, delicate art has been maintained through hundreds of years in the Gardiner Museum. Collected by George and Helen Gardiner throughout their travels, this museum is a unique collection that showcases ancient American artifacts, Asian and...  Read More

The National Ballet of Canada has performed for over 50 years and over 10 million people in the heart of Toronto. The company performs works from both contemporary and classical masters and employs some of Canada's top-notch artists, dancers and...  Read More

DJ Skate Night
Photo courtesy of Brian Medina

What better way to celebrate winter than in the open air with hundreds of your closest friends? Toronto's top DJs spin tunes for free Saturday nights at Harbourfront's Natrel Rink. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Ontario, it offers...  Read More


Toronto is not exactly the first place you go when you get the craving for a castle. However, in the middle of an upscale neighbourhood right near downtown Toronto, there is a majestic castle which was built in 1911 by a Canadian industrialist....  Read More

Whether you are a former Toronto Maple Leaf or more like Bambi on the ice, it is always a stellar winter choice to attempt to stay upright on skates. Nathan Phillips Square is the perfect place to wile away a romantic hour or two or to try and...  Read More

This 100-year-old tradition has parents bundling up their kids and loading up cups of hot chocolate, while the children of Toronto wait anxiously for the viewing of Santa Claus. This non-for-profit parade actually recruited live reindeer in 1913...  Read More

Every country has its celebrities and Canada proudly claims Stuart McLean as one of its own. A storyteller in an age of digital imaging, Stuart takes a cross-Canada tour every holiday season to remind people how much they enjoy they still enjoy...  Read More

When you first find your way in between Spadina and Bathurst and then in between College and Dundas in Toronto, you may feel that you haven't found anything special at first. However, as you start your walking journey throughout Kensington...  Read More

Toronto Christmas Market
Photo courtesy of Toronto Christmas Market

If you can't remember the last time you felt the Christmas spirit, then put your bells on and get thee to the Toronto Christmas Market. From life sized gingerbread houses for children to a variety of beer and mulled wine gardens, you will feel...  Read More


Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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