It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Really) At 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.

An evergreen is eagerly anticipated in Nathan Phillips Square every year. Once it is hoisted, the festivities unofficially begin. As we have well seen, it is not just December, but November that becomes drenched in holiday spirit, hoping to spark the holiday 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 holidays 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 find the ugliest Christmas sweater at the Seasons Christmas Show, the festive season in Toronto is something special. 

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

Black Creek Pioneer Village is available year-round to remind us that there was a time when Smartphones didn't rule the world. Christmas by lamplight is set for December 9, 16 and 23 from 6pm-9:30pm. The glow of lamplight will set a festive tone...  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 (Facebook) friends? Toronto's top DJs spin tunes for free Saturday nights at Harbourfront's Natrel Rink (from December 16-February 17 in 2017). Set against...  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

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

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

No matter what Charlie Brown seems to tell us every holiday season, we can't seem to get it out of our collective skulls that Christmas is, at least a little bit, commercial. We like the shiny wrapping paper. We rejoice over ugly Christmas...  Read More

This 100-year-old tradition (the "original" Santa Claus Parade) still has parents bundling up their kids and loading up mugs of hot chocolate. Most Torontonians have memories of waiting anxiously for Santa Claus to come to town at this...  Read More

When it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you are Canadian, you strap on a pair of ice skates and hope for the best. The top place to do this during the holiday season is undeniably Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Located right in...  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