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The Bentway
Toronto’s newest public space will open the skate trail again this winter. For operating dates, events and details visit thebentway.ca.

Cinesphere at Ontario Place
The summer of 2018 at Ontario Place will usher in an era of ‘fun in the sun’. Toronto’s favourite destination for exploration and leisure activities offers a variety of sport and recreational activities. Details at ontarioplace.com.

CN Tower
View Toronto through the CN Tower’s spectacular views including the world-famous glass floor, Skypod and glass fronted elevators with glass floor panels. For thrill-seekers there’s EdgeWalk, the world’s highest ‘hands-free’ walk above ground. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Phone 1-416-868-6937. www.cntower.ca.

Casa Loma
One of Toronto’s top 10 tourist attractions and hospitality venues, the castle and estate gardens are open for tours and functions. For details visit www.casaloma.org.

LegoLand Discovery Centre
With more than three million bricks under one roof, rides, a 4D cinema, Master Model Builder workshops and much more, there’s plenty of indoor fun. www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.

Ripley’s Aquarium
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure. The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and more than 100 interactive opportunities. Get up close and personal with several touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, scarlet cleaner shrimp, and stingrays as well as daily dive shows every two hours. For details visit www.ripleyaquariums.com.

Ontario Science Centre
A visit to the Ontario Science Centre will delight, inform and challenge you. Enjoy hands-on experiences and engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Details on current exhibits, programs and IMAX films visit ontariosciencecentre.ca.

Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives
The Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives features a variety of exhibitions as well as PAMA Kids programs, events and hands-on activities www.pama.peelregion.ca.

Rouge Park Guided Walks
Weekends and Wednesdays at various times: Take an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. For details visit www.rougepark.com/hike.

Pay-What-You-Wish Socials
5 to 8 p.m.: Visit Gibson House Museum on Thursday nights and take a self-guided tour through the historic house. Last Thursday of the month is Board Games Night.  Visit www.toronto.ca/museum-events for details.

Creative Play and art making at AGO
Visit the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre at Art Gallery of Ontario for creative play and art making. www.ago.net.

Weekends at Bata Shoe Museum
Spend the afternoon exploring the galleries, trying on funky shoes and playing iSpy and participating in a drop-in, shoe-themed arts and crafts activity. For details visit www.batashoemuseum.ca or call 416-979-7799.

Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn
Wednesdays 2 to 6 p.m.: Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans at Montgomery’s Inn. Free. Contact 416-394-8113 or visit www.montgomerysinn.com.

Sundays at the Aga Khan Museum
12 to 4 p.m.: Drop into the Aga Khan Museum’s Education Centre for family art activities inspired by current exhibitions. Activities designed for kids ages 5 to 12. For more details, visit www.agakhanmuseum.org.

Mackenzie House
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m. Located at 82 Bond St., Mackenzie House was the home of Toronto’s first Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Contact machouse@toronto.ca or call 416-392-6915.

Montgomery’s Inn
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Montgomery’s Inn Museum highlights the historical role played by the inn as a tavern, farm and gathering place.Email montinn@toronto.ca or call 416-394-8133.

Spadina Museum
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.: Spadina Museum offers a glimpse of Toronto during the 1900-1930 period. Call 416-392-6910 or email spadina@toronto.ca.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site features a group of historic buildings set in the scenic Don Valley and a 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve. Call 416-396-2819.

Medieval Times Toronto
New Show – the Queen rules at Medieval Times! Experience spectacular pageantry, dramatic horsemanship, breath-taking swordplay, falconry, and romance while feasting on a four-course medieval banquet. The experience culminates in an authentic jousting tournamen Call 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit medievaltimes.com.

Escape Manor
Toronto’s immersive entertainment lounge is now open. Offering axe throwing for ages 16 plus and various escape room experiences suitable for all ages, except the very young, a trip to Escape Manor can be a fun way to bond as a family. Details and booking at escapemanor.com.

First Tuesday of the month
Strolling the Galleries
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.: Explore the AGO galleries with babies in tow. Enjoy a tour that allows for grown-up discussions where coos and cries are a welcomed soundtrack. Details at ago.ca.

Wednesdays
Montgomery’s Inn Winter Farmers Market
2 to 6 p.m.: Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans. Held at Montgomery’s Inn. Museum admission free to Market visitors. Details at toronto.ca/montgomerysinn.

Saturdays and Sundays
Kid’s Crafts
Noon to 4:30 p.m.: Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, and let the kids get hands-on making a paper folding craft. For more details, visit Toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

Saturday and Sundays
Family Fun Activities
1 to 4:30 p.m.: Guide your family through art projects at PAMA. No registration required. Included with admission. Saturday Fun Days include Family Art and Yoga, Family Art and Stories, family tours and activity colouring room. Details at www.pama.peelregion.ca.

Sundays
Meet the Aquarium Keeper
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Gather outside the coral reef tank at Royal Ontario Museum to meet the person responsible for ensuring the ROM’s fish are happy, healthy and ready for their close-up. Free with Museum admission. www.rom.on.ca.

Tea Time at the Inn
1 to 4 p.m.: Visit Montgomery’s Inn for a tea in the community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate with a seasonal feature. No reservations required. $7. Call 416-394-8113.

Tea and Tour Sundays
1 to 4 p.m.: Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies at Gibson House Museum and enjoy a tour of the lovely 1850s farmhouse. Details at toronto.ca/gibsonhouse.

Wednesdays until December 26
Free Wednesday Nights at the AGO
6 to 9 p.m.: Admission to the AGO is free on Wednesday nights to permanent collections. Does not include admission to special exhibitions. Details at ago.net.

Saturdays Until December 1
Brick Challenge and STEM fall semester E2 Young Engineers
11 a.m.: Head to Sheridan College Hazel McCallion campus for Lego building that illustrates scientific concepts, engineering activities and 3D printing to spark creative thinking and problem solving skills. Bricks challenge for children aged 6-12, Big Builders for toddlers 4-6. Details at centralmississauga.e2youngengineers.com.

Until December 2
Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker& More
Various show times: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to the beloved Russian composer, which displays Tchaikovsky’s equal mastery of two different types of music: theatrical and symphonic at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets at tso.ca.

Until December 14
The Code
Various show times: This production by Green Thumb Theater is presented at Young People’s Theatre for teens ages 13 and up and examines complex questions about loyalty, accountability and taking power. youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

Weekends until December 16
Ride the Train with Santa
10 & 11:30 a.m. & 1 & 2:30 p.m. departures: South Simcoe Railway offers rides in1920s vintage coaches, pulled by the historic diesel locomotive and a visit with Santa along the way. Tickets and details at southsimcoerailway.ca.

Santa Train
Various departure times: Head to the York-Durham Heritage Railway in Uxbridge and ride the special Santa Train. Details and tickets at ydhr.ca.

Until December 23
Toronto Christmas Market
This annual tradition returns to Toronto’s distillery district for the ninth year featuring the 50-foot Christmas tree, the iconic Ferris wheel and carousel, 100-foot light tunnel, European-style cabins selling unique and locally handcrafted products, festive foods and warm and spirited beverages, as well as non-stop entertainment with more than 2,000 stage performances including carolers, choirs, dancers, brass bands, countless elves and the big man himself, Santa Claus. Hours of operation and more at torontochristmasmarket.com.

Family Christmas Weekend
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Head to Black Creek Pioneer Village and discover the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas. Step into a Christmas wonderland as your senses come alive with the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas and you discover old traditions and perhaps start some new ones of your own. Until December 23. Details at trca.ca.

Until December 30
Scottish Holiday Traditions at Gibson House Museum
Enjoy the simple and elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season at Gibson House Museum. Learn how the Gibson family celebrated the season in the 19th century. Call 416-395-7432.

Aurora Winter Festival
This inaugural winter festival finds its home at Ontario Place with 24 days of enchanting elements inspired by the North Pole, including magical characters, captivating light displays, endless fun, games and activities. For more information go to aurorawinterfestival.com.

Until December 31
Hockey Hall of Fame Stanley Cup Tribute
If the Stanley Cup could talk, imagine the stories it could tell. Get hands-on-access to the Stanley Cup and immerse yourself into the rich history of Hockey’s Holy Grail. Details at hhof.com.

Until January 5
The Wizard of Oz: A Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical
Ross Petty Productions proudly presents this family-friendly musical at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto where Dorothy, swept up from her home on Ossington Avenue she and her dog Toto must find their way back home with a little help from some friends along the way. A great family tradition and fun way to introduce children to the theatre. Show times and tickets at rosspetty.com.

Gift of Lights
Experience a stunning two-kilometre drive through through a beautifully lit and decorated campground at Bingemans. New this year is the addition of a second tunnel of lights and enjoy a walking-only night on Sunday, Dec. 2. Details at bingemans.com.

Until January 6 2019
Spiders: Fear & Fascination
Come face-to-face with more than 200 live and preserved spider specimens, interactive and augmented reality experiences, and even a live venom-milking lab at Royal Ontario Museum. Details at rom.on.ca.

Until January 6
Mary Poppins
Various show times: This musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film is presented by Young People’s Theatre. Suitable for ages SK to Grade 12, it’s YPT’s holiday musical. More information, show times and tickets at youngpeoplestheatre.ca.

A Roaring Twenties Christmas
Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; noon to 5 p.m. weekends: Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina Museum. Holiday admission. Details at toronto.ca/spadina.

Victorian Christmas in Toronto
Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; Noon to 5 p.m. weekends: Take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 era row-house at Mackenzie House. For more information go to  toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

School of Rock
Various show times: Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical is presented at Ed Mirvish Theatre. Show times and tickets at mirvish.com.

Events

Thursday November 29
Choir! Choir! Choir!
8 p.m.: It’s interactive theatre. It’s stand-up comedy. It’s a concert like you’ve never seen before. Suitable for all ages and presented at Mississauga’s Hammerson Hall. Tickets are available at livingartscentre.ca.

November 29 to December 30
Aurora Winter Festival
This inaugural winter festival finds its home at Ontario Place with 24 days of enchanting elements inspired by the North Pole, including magical characters, captivating light displays, endless fun, games and activities. For more information go to aurorawinterfestival.com.

November 29 – January 5
The Wizard of Oz: A Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical
Ross Petty Productions proudly presents this family-friendly musical at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto where Dorothy, swept up from her home on Ossington Avenue she and her dog Toto must find their way back home with a little help from some friends along the way. A great family tradition and fun way to introduce children to the theatre. Show times and tickets at rosspetty.com.

Friday November 30
All Is Calm” The Christmas Truce of 1914
5:30 and 8 p.m.: This musical will throw audiences back in time to relive an astounding moment in history: the Christmas of 1914 – the first year of World War I. It’s based on an incredible true story told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. Presented at Hammerson Hall and suitable for all ages. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

Friday November 30 & Saturday December 1
Magical Christmas Forest
5 to 9 p.m.: Experience the magic of Christmas at Kortright Centre where forest comes to life with lights, friendly elves and your favorite Christmas characters.  Visit Santa¹s workshop to see the elves at work. Play games and make Christmas crafts. Enjoy carols and Christmas treats by the fire.  Each child will have the chance to visit Santa¹s cabin and tell Santa their Christmas wish.  Advance tickets required at kortright.org.

December 

Daily (except Mondays) in December
Magical Christmas Forest
Experience the magic of Christmas at Kortright this December. The forest comes to life with lights, friendly elves and your favorite Christmas characters.  Visit Santa¹s workshop to see the elves at work. Play games and make Christmas crafts. Enjoy carols and Christmas treats by the fire.  Each child will have the chance to visit Santa¹s cabin and tell Santa their Christmas wish. Advance tickets are required at kortright.org.

Weekends in December
Christmas in the Valley
Noon to 4 p.m.: Closed December 25, 26 and January 1: Experience two different eras of Christmas at Todmorden Mills as you explore the holiday traditions of the 1890s and the 1940s. Sample festive treats in the historic homes, create a take-home craft, and take a winter stroll in the Wildflower. Details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

Festive Weekends
Noon to 4 p.m.: Visit another era this holiday season. Tour the festively decorated McCowan Log House and Cornell House, enjoy warm apple cider and sample some traditional holiday baking at Scarborough Museum. Admission is Pay What You Can. Details at toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Saturdays and Sundays in December
Holiday Bricktacular
Head to Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto for this family-friendly, winter wonderland event where everyone can participate in creative build challenges and ornament building, enjoy photo opportunities, and scavenger hunts in MINILAND. Plus, guests have the chance to win a LEGO set of their choosing by submitting a wish list letter to the North Pole via the Centre’s LEGO mailbox. Details at https://toronto.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/whats-inside/events/holiday-bricktacular/.

Friday November 30 & Saturday December 1
Magical Christmas Forest
5 to 9 p.m.: Experience the magic of Christmas at Kortright Centre where forest comes to life with lights, friendly elves and your favorite Christmas characters. Play games and make Christmas crafts. Enjoy carols and Christmas treats by the fire.  Each child will have the chance to visit Santa¹s cabin and tell Santa their Christmas wish.  Advance tickets required at kortright.org.

Saturday, December 1
Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade
10 a.m.: Featuring bands, floats, characters and more this parade is easy to get to and there’s lots of parking in the area. Starting at Dwight St. and Lake Shore Blvd. West in South Etobicoke  the parade heads westbound to 37th Street. Plan your timing. If viewing past Islington the start time is closer to 10:15 a.m. or Kipling 10:30 a.m. For more information go to akeshoreparade.ca.

The Cook’s Apprentice
1 to 3:30 p.m.: Kids aged 8 to 12 learn to bake traditional cakes, biscuits and confections in the Fort York Officers’ historic kitchen.  Recipes include iced Queen Cakes, Gingerbread, Peppermint Drops and a delicious breakfast griddle cake for the holidays. Recipe package and tastes to take home. Pre-registration and payment required. Call 416-392-6907.

Cocoa and Cookies with Santa
1 to 3 p.m.: Enjoy an afternoon of hot cocoa and cookies at the Elman W. Campbell Museum along with a visit and photo opportunity with Santa. Free admission, bring a food donation for the Newmarket Food Pantry. Details at Newmarket.ca/museum.

Christmas Cookie Decorating
2 to 4 p.m.: Master Baker Monika Paradi will prepare you for Christmas with this hands-on workshop at Montgomery’s Inn. Enjoy an afternoon of seasonal cookies decorating, then take home a half dozen decorated goodies, recipes and the inspiration to create your own edible Christmas treats. For all ages, 5-85 and then some. Children under 12 years of age require an adult companion. Details at toronto.ca/montgomerysinn.

Holiday Farmers’ Market & Gift Sale
2 to 7 p.m.: Artists and artisans join the Montgomery’s Inn regular farmers’ market vendors for a special holiday event. Shop for foodie gifts and seasonal treats in a lovely historic setting, open an hour longer than our regular market. Cozy up to a roaring fire while sipping a hot mulled apple cider and kids will enjoy purchasing a gingerbread man from our winter witch. Fundraising fruitcakes, $10 each. Museum admission is free to Market visitors. Details at toronto.ca/montgomerysinn.

Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade
10 a.m.: Featuring bands, floats, characters and more this parade is easy to get to and there’s lots of parking in the area. Starting at Dwight St. and Lake Shore Blvd. West in South Etobicoke  the parade heads westbound to 37th Street. Plan your timing. If viewing past Islington the start time is closer to 10:15 a.m. or Kipling 10:30 a.m. For more information go to akeshoreparade.ca.

The Rose Orchestra: Messiah and Friends
7:30 p.m.: The Rose Orchestra is joined by St. Roch Chamber Choir and Brampton Children’s Chorus to celebrate the holidays with Handel’s beloved Messiah at Rose Theatre. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

Annual Lamplight Tour
6 to 8 p.m.: The Oshawa Museum’s signature event allows visitors of all ages to tour the Museum homes decorated to reflect a Victorian Christmas. Details at oshawamuseum.org.

Saturday December 1
Arachnophobes to Arachnophiles: Friendly Spiders in your House, Gardens and Parks
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Explore the natural history of spiders you might find in your basement, backyard, or local forest, and clear up some of the myths about one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures at the Royal Ontario Museum. Presenting some fascinating spiders facts, including their ability to balloon up into the atmosphere and their unique and diverse uses of silk, this lecture may just help arachnophobes become arachnophiles. For more information, visit rom.on.ca.

Saturday December 1 and Sunday December 2
Christmas in the Village

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Take a step back in time and experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas all weekend-long at Christmas in the Village at the Historic Wallace House. Filled with old-fashion Christmas-inspired activities, sights and sounds, our community open house is holiday fun for the whole family to enjoy. For more information, visit wallacehouse.ca.

Sunday December 2
Holiday Baking Bonanza (Ages 6-12)
1 to 4 p.m.: Bake holiday treats using traditional methods in the woodstove and at the hearth at Scarborough Museum. Kids take home a recipe booklet and selection of goodies to share with the family! Details at toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

Wednesdays to Sundays December 5-16
SCROOGE!
7 p.m.Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays:  The Civic Light-Opera Co. is pleased to present the ultimate holiday favourite SCROOGE! at the Zion Cultural Centre in North York.  Featuring a selection of songs drawn from many holiday musicals, it retells Charles Dickens’ timeless story of redemption. Tickets $28 at musictheatretoronto.com or call 416-755-1717.

Sundays December 2, 9 & 16
Flashman: A Live 1930s Radio Play
1 & 3 p.m. shows; noon 2 & 4 p.m. museum tours: See a re-created 1930s radio show – commercials included at Spadina Museum. Enjoy this fast-paced comedy, complete with live music, sound effects and a cast playing multiple roles. During your visit, tour this beautifully restored estate. Kids can try cookie decorating in the historic kitchen. Adults $12, Seniors/Youth $10 and Children $8 (plus tax). More information at toronto.ca/spadina.

December 6 – 8
Home Alone in Concert
7:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday: Catch the classic holiday film Home Alone while the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, joined by Resonance Youth Choir perform live with the movie. Tickets at tso.ca.

Friday December 7
Friday Folk Night: A Very Foggy Christmas
7:30 p.m.: Enjoy a coffee-house style folk music concert with bluegrass band The Foggy Hogtown Boys at Sanderson Hall, St. Paul’s United Church. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

Wonderful World of Christmas
8 p.m.: Inspired by the music of Elvis Presley, this yuletide spectacular is hosted by the King himself at Rose Theatre. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

December 7 – 8
Mary Poppins Jr.
Brampton Music Theatre presents Mary Poppins Jr. at Lester B. Pearson Theatre. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

December 7 – 24
A Christmas Carol
Soulpepper’s beloved production has become a holiday tradition. Suitable for ages 8+ you can catch it at Soupepper Theatre. Show times and tickets at soulpepper.ca.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays December 7-23
The Christmas Story
4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays & 7:30 Fridays and Saturdays: A Toronto tradition since 1938, this beloved Nativity play features professional musicians and volunteer cast in an hour-long pageant at Church of the Holy Trinity. Tickets at thechristmasstory.ca.

Friday December 7 – 16
Slava’s Snowshow
This scruffy, disarming troupe of clowns will take audiences on a spellbinding adventure, unleashing full-throttle madness amidst enchanting, contemplative moments at the Bluma Appeal Theatre at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Tickets at showoneproducitons.ca.

Saturday December 8
Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
1 to 4:30 p.m.: Start your adventure at Gibson House by decorating gingerbread cookies baked by museum staff with holiday sweets. Then, take a tour of the museum. Cookie decorating is $1 per cookie. Call 416-395-7432.

Gingerbread House Workshop
11 a.m. 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Decorate your family’s dream house all together at Montgomery’s Inn. All the supplies you need to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided. Details at toronto.ca/montgomerysinn.

Desserts By Lamplight
6:30 to 9 p.m.: A magical evening of lamp-lit rooms, decadent desserts and carollers at Scarborough Museum.  Space is limited for this fundraising event. Details at toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.

December 8 – January 5
Peter Pan
Catch pirates, lost boys and a ticking crocodile at Soulpepper Theatre where the fantastical Peter Pan takes the stage. Show times and tickets at soulpepper.ca.

Saturdays December 8, 15, 22
Christmas by Lamplight
Bathed in the glow of lamplight and dressed in its holiday finery, Black Creek Pioneer Village comes alive at night with music, food and activities. Details at blackcreek.ca.

Storytime with Santa
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Spend a fun-filled festive time with Santa and his helpers at Black Creek Pioneer Village.  Gather around Santa¹s chair and hear a classic Christmas tale read by the jolly man himself. Decorate your own Christmas cookie while warming up with hot apple cider in the cozy historic kitchen and create your very own Christmas craft, then venture out into the Village for a day of traditional Christmas activities. Details at blackcreek.ca.

December 8, 14 & 15
First Story Bus Tour
Go on an interactive bus tour of Indigenous landscapes that activate stores of accomplishment, struggle and resilience. Presented at Soulpepper Theatre and suitable for ages 12+. Show times and tickets at soulpepper.ca.

Saturday and Sunday December 8, 9
Hometown Hockey
Aurora plays host to Hometown Hockey for a weekend of hockey-themed events. Details at sportsnet.ca.

Sunday December 9
Christmas at the Lodge
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Kids aged 5 to 7 join in old fashion Christmas fun in the historic home with a morning full of activities, cookie decorating and crafts at Colborne Lodge. Call 416-392-6916 for more information.

Sound of Music Sing-Along
7 p.m.: Enjoy a special sing-along screening of The Sound of Music at The Rose Theatre. Tickets for this yodeling-out-loud event at Brampton.ca.

The Nutcracker
2 and 7 p.m.: The internationally acclaimed National Ballet Theatre of Odessa brings The Nutcracker to life through graceful costumes, enchanting sets and astonishingly beautiful dances set to a wonderful musical score at the Living Arts Centre. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

The Secret of Christmas
3 p.m.: The Harmony Singers present “The Secret of Christmas” with special guest, Asia Rosa, Winner of the 2018 Harmony Singers Scholarship at Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Toronto. General admission $20, children under 10 free. Call 416-239-5821 to book.

December 11 – 13 & 15
TSO Holiday Pops
8 p.m., 2 p.m. Wednesday & 8:30 Saturday: Vocalist Matt Dusk lends his Sinatra-esque swagger to a host of festive classics, in a sparkling performance overflowing with yuletide cheer. Tickets at tso.ca.

Wednesday and Thursday December 12, 13
Christmas Victorian Tea
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Oshawa Museum hosts this family-friendly Christmas-themed Victorian Afternoon Tea to help relieve holiday stress. Details at oshawamuseum.org.

Wednesday December 12 – 16
Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo
One of Cirque’s best-loved productions comes to Scotiabank Arena for just eight performances of the joyous procession imagined by a clown. Tickets and show times at cirquedusoleil.com.

Thursday December 13
Christmas with Markus! Children’s Cushion Concert
10 a.m.: The Kingsway Conservatory of Music presents award-winning children’s entertainer MARKUS with a “cushion concert” loaded with delightful new and familiar songs and lots of Christmas cheer. Rumour has it that Santa will drop by too. Ticket and details at kingswayconservatory.ca.

Friday December 14
Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash: A Million Dollar Christmas
8 p.m.: The four greatest rock n’ rollers on the planet have assembled to give you a Christmas gift at the Living Arts Centre. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

Frozen Workshop
6:15 to 8:30 p.m.: Ever since Frozen came out, it has set the child’s imagination on a journey of wonder. In this hands-on event at Chamelea Science Center kids create their own necklaces like Elsa’s, play with snowballs used to build Olaf the snowman, make ice sculptures and erupt a geyser to simulate Elsa’s frozen powers. For more information, visit chameleacenter.com.

Friday and Saturday December 14, 15
WINTERSONG – dances for a sacred season
8 p.m. Friday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday: Presented at Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, this production warms the hearts of family audiences with a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions. Tickets at http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?id=10312&festival_id=0

Saturday December 15
Family Fun Day
1 to 4:30 p.m.: Turn your clay figurines into a short animation using stop motion animation techniques at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives. Details at pama.peelregion.ca.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy
7 p.m.: Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music take over the Rose Theatre stage. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

Highlights from Messiah
8 p.m.: Highlights from Handel’s masterwork oratorio, Messiah are presented at the Living Arts Centre. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

Sunday December 16
A Merry Little Christmas
3 p.m.: This family concert featuring a combined orchestra plays all the holiday favourites. Children of all ages will love singing along and visiting the free petting zoo in the Atrium. Presented at the Living Arts Centre. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

December 17 – 23
8 p.m. & 3 p.m. Sunday: Handel’s immortal oratorio is played and sung with matchless spirit by the TSO and friends. Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus, a full chorus, and a stellar lineup of vocal soloists are featured in these expert performances. Tickets at tso.ca.

December 19 to January 6
Champions of Magic Tour
The UK’s mind-bending magical troop, brings jaw-dropping performances and mesmerizing illusions to the Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Tickets at ticketmaster.ca.

Thursday December 20
A Swingin’ Christmas with Toronto All-Star Big Band
8 p.m.: Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year Big Band Style with swingin’ renditions of seasonal as well as all-time favourites from the “Golden Age of Swing”. Presented at the Living Arts Centre. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

Saturday December 22
Toronto International Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker
2 and 7 p.m.: The classic charm and pageantry of The Nutcracker hits the stage of the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts with guest stars from the world-renowned Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Theatre. Tickets at sonycentre.ca.

A Merry Motown Christmas
8 p.m.: Legends of Motown take the stage at the Rose Theatre singing your favourite songs of the Motown era along with Christmas classics. Tickets at Brampton.ca.

Saturday and Sunday Dec. 22, 23
Hometown Hockey
Mississauga plays host to Hometown Hockey for a weekend of hockey-themed events. Details at sportsnet.ca.

December 22 to January 6
Christmas in the Valley
Noon to 4 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 24 & 31; Closed December 25, 26 and January 1: Experience two different eras of Christmas at Todmorden Mills as you explore the holiday traditions of the 1890s and the 1940s. Sample festive treats in the historic homes, create a take-home craft, and take a winter stroll in the Wildflower. Details at toronto.ca/todmordenmills.

Monday December 24
Winter Break, Fun in the Sun
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Brighten up your winter break at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives. Build your own sand sculpture on Beach Day. Program also run Thursday, Dec. 27, Friday, Dec. 28, Monday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday – Friday, Jan. 2-4. Details at pama.peelregion.ca.

Wednesday December 26
Boxing Day At The Zoo
Guests receive 50 per cent off zoo admission all day. Proceeds go towards supporting the Toronto Zoo’s Endangered Species Fund. Details at torontozoo.com.

December 26 until January 6
ROM for the Holidays
Discover the wonders of nature when ROM for the Holidays turns the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) into a fun-filled animal kingdom for kids and parents alike. Enjoy live entertainment, hands-on activities, and interactive experiences. rom.on.ca.

Thursday December 27
The Big Yellow Boot Holiday Show!
11:30 a.m.: Join the entire Big Yellow Boot family – Splash, Boots, Charlie, Chef Brock Lee and Jumping Jack Granny for this interactive show presented at the Living Arts Centre. Tickets at livingartscentre.ca.

Thursday and Friday Dec. 27, 28
To the New Year: A Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner
6 p.m.: Gather at the historic Gibson House for an evening inspired by the Scottish traditions of Hogmanay.  Staff will welcome the First Footer to bring luck and best wishes to Gibson House Museum for 2019. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $60 plus tax per person. Call 416-395-7432 for more information.

Thursday December 27 to 31
Gingerbread Make and Bake
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kids ages 4 and up can join the cooks in the Fort York Officers’ Mess kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookies. In this hands-on workshop, kids will use period cooking utensils and tools as they prepare an 1800’s gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home. Regular admission applies. Sign up in the Museum Store when you arrive. Call 416-392-6907 for more information.

Kids’ Crafts
Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday; Noon to 5 p.m. weekends; Closed December 25 & January 1: Bring the family to visit Mackenzie House, then enjoy some kid time printing in the recreated printshop and making a New Year’s noisemaker.  Details at toronto.ca/mackenziehouse.

December 27 until January 4
Winter Break Camp
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Winter Break Camp at Sheridan College Hazel McCallion/Cooksville Library features Lego building that illustrates scientific principles, engineering activities, stories, virtual reality, 4D science riddles and games. Register at centralmississauga.e2youngengineers.com.

Friday and Saturday December 28, 29
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This feast for the eyes and ears is presented at Soulpepper Theatre where children ages 0-5 and their caregivers will enjoy the show commissioned by Wee Festival. Show times and tickets at soulpepper.ca.