Cinesphere at Ontario Place
For the first time in years, Ontario is welcoming people back to the Cinesphere at Ontario Place to watch movies at the iconic theatre, year-round. Winter programming will run from early December to mid-March and feature a winter light exhibition with illuminated installations by local artists, as well as skating on a synthetic ice rink in addition to movie screenings. Details at ontarioplace.com.
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.
One of Toronto’s top 10 tourist attractions and hospitality venues, the castle and estate gardens are open for tours and functions.
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.
Ripley’s Aquarium Sharks After Dark
7 p.m. until close
See the Ripley’s sharks like never before. Due to high demand, tickets need to be purchased in advance.
A Journey to Canada
In May of 1914, the Komagata Maru arrived at the Port of Vancouver. The ship carried 376 British subjects from India who were hoping to immigrate to Canada. They were Sikh, Hindu and Muslim and all were denied entry to Canada. As part of the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives’ Canada 150 program, this exhibition explores racism in a Canadian context.
A Preview of Arts of the Sikh Kingdom
This small preview exhibition at the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives is intended to give a sense of the splendour, beauty and poetry of the Sikh art and artifacts. The selections of Sikh art and artifacts are drawn from private collections in the GTA. The collections cover subjects from Sikh spirituality, court history, history and everyday life.
Rouge Park Guided Walks
Weekends and Wednesdays at various times: Take an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. Not too far from the skyscrapers of downtown Toronto, urban dwellers can see a different landscape where historic farms, century-old trees, peaceful meadows and lush wetlands await. Some trailheads are TTC accessible. Learn about the Park’s nature, wildlife and trail skills with friendly and fun volunteer leaders. There’s something for everyone. For more information visit www.rougepark.com/hike
Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Night 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. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is pay what you wish. Visit www.toronto.ca/museum-events for more information.
Creative Play and art making at AGO
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends: Visit the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre at Art Gallery of Ontario for creative play and art making. Details at www.ago.net.
Weekends at Bata Shoe Museum
Parents and kids are invited to 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. Organic fruit and vegetables, organic wine, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more. Market runs until early spring. Free. Contact 416-394-8113 or visit www.montgomerysinn.com.
Family Sundays at the Aga Khan Museum
12 to 4 pm. 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.
Gibson House Museum
Wednesday to Sunday 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday 1 to 8 p.m. Located at 5172 Yonge Street, at Park Home Avenue, get a dose of Toronto’s history. Limited free parking on site, nearby paid underground and street level parking. Regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax). E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-395-7432
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m. Located at 82 Bond Street, Mackenzie House was the home of Toronto’s first Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Regular Admission for Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax) Children (4 and under): Free. email@example.com or call 416-392-6915
Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Visit one of Toronto’s favourite historic spots. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-394-8133 for information on programming and events.
Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.: Regular admission is as follows; Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $4.87 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free. Paid parking next door at Casa Loma. Call 416-392-6910 or email email@example.com for details.
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
Wednesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4:30 p.m. Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children 6 to 12 $2.65 (plus tax). Children 5 and under free. Free parking. Call 416-396-2819 for more information.
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. Call 416-868-6937 or visit www.cntower.ca for details.
One of Toronto’s top 10 tourist attractions and hospitality venues, the castle and estate gardens are open for tours and functions. For ticket information and details about special events visit www.casalomaorg.
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. Visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca for details.
TBG Organic Farmer’s Market
Thursdays, 2 to 7 p.m.: Meet organic farmers and buy local produce, bread, meat, cheese, tea, honey, prepared food, and more at this year round market. Get some groceries or stay for dinner with the family. Free parking available on site. The market takes place year-round, moving indoors during the winter. torontobotanicalgarden.ca
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.
Meet the Aquarium Keeper
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Meet 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. Details at www.rom.on.ca.
Until November 25
Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto’s Take on a National Symbol
This artifact-rich exhibition explores how Torontonians helped shape the maple leaf as Canada’s leading national symbol. At Market Gallery, St. Lawrence Market. Free admission. Call 416-392-7604 for more information.
until December 2
Solar Observing at the Ontario Science Centre
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. For more information visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
until December 15
ROM’s Dinosaur Gallery
Stand in the shadow of mighty T. rex… or underneath Gordo, the enormous Barosaurus… or beside the famous hadrosaurParasaurolophus. No matter what the first stop on your dinosaur journey will be, you’ll enter a gallery showcasing one of the world’s best collections. For more information visit www.rom.on.ca.
Until December 16
Toronto’s Ultimate Chocolate Tour
1 to 4 p.m.: Calling all chocoholics – divulge in the art of chocolate tasting and sample chocolate from bean to bar. Walk the streets of King West, Queen West and Dundas West and learn all about chocolate. $39 adults; $25 kids. Details and registration at tastytourstoronto.com.
until December 27
AGO Free Admission Nights
6 to 9 p.m.: Admission is free on Wednesday nights to Permanent Collections. This does not include admission to any Special Exhibitions. For more information visit www.ago.net.
until sunday december 31
A TO Canada with Love Exhibition, Spadina Musem: Our Journey
Our Journey – An Art Map of Canadian Identity at Spadina Museum is taking shape and you can help. This collaborative project by Toronto artist Xenia Gonzalez acknowledges our presence on Indigenous land, which is home to many diverse Indigenous people. Visit and share your stories and be a part of this art project. For more information call 416-392-6910.
NHL Centennial Exhibit at the
Hockey Hall of Fame
This exhibition pays homage to 100 years of NHL hockey, highlighting the most memorable players and moments in league history. Exhibition details at www.hhof.com.
Be immersed in the way only an IMAX experience does and trace the 11-year Amazon rainforest expedition of naturalist, explorer and scientist Henry Walter Bates. Run time: 45 minutes. Details at ontariosciencecentre.ca.
Until December 31
YPT Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Various show times: The tale as old as time is presented on Young People Theatre’s main stage. Approximate run time: 85 minutes. Ages 5 and up. Tickets and show times at www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca.
Sundays until December 31
Tea and Tour Sundays
1 to 4:30 p.m.: There’s a seat for you at the harvest table in Gibson house Museum’s historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons. Enjoy tea and homemade cookies and a tour of the 1850s farmhouse. Cost $2.65 – $6.19. Call 416-395-7432 for more information.
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 reservation required. $7. Call 416-394-8113 for more information.
Until January 7, 2018
Make a circuit, create a critter and spin a giant climbable web at the Ontario Science Centre. Inventorium encourages visitors to express their creativity and demonstrate their ingenuity by offering the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. Details at www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.
Various show times: A playful romp spoken entirely in rhyme at Solar Stage’s new location at 601 Christie St., unit 176. Based on the book by Phoebe Gilman. Ages 4 to 9. Tickets and times at solarstage.on.ca.
Until January 21 2018
I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art
This exhibit showcases the work of much-loved Canadian illustrators through original book art from the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books and from the private collection of Scholastic Canada. At TD Gallery, Main Level, Toronto Reference Library. More information at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca.
Until April 2 2018
Vikings: The Exhibition
The Royal Ontario Museum is the final stop on the North American tour of Vikings: The Exhibition. Vikings offers a fresh perspective on the Viking age that challenges some of the commonly held myths and perceptions about the lives of the Norse people and this period of European history. More information at www.rom.on.ca.
Sundays until May 2018
Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education for Grade 7 – 9
10:30 a.m.: Honest, accurate information about sexuality at Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, 84 South Service Rd. Youth in grades 7 – 9 are invited to attend an interactive program that continues until May. Free. Details at www.uucm.ca.
until May 2018
Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education for Grade 7 – 9
10:30 a.m.: Honest, accurate information about sexuality at Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, 84 South Service Road. Youth in grades 7 – 9 are invited to attend an interactive program starting in September and ending in May. Free. Details at www.uucm.ca.
until December 10
Truth, Healing and Reconciliation
10:30 a.m.: Children ages 5 – 11 are invited to take part in a 10 session program on Truth, Healing and Reconciliation at Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga, 84 South Service Road. This new program from the Canadian Unitarian Council will address indigenous issues. Free program with commitment to attend all 10 sessions. Registration on September 17 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
until November 20
10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Take your tot to Kortright Centre for Conservation for this eight-week program including story time, a nature craft and guided age appropriate outdoor activities. Recommended for children ages 1-5 years accompanied by a parent for the duration of the program. $130 for 8 weeks. Advance registration required at www.kortright.org.
Until December 2
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m.: Bring your child on an eight-week sensory adventure as you tour galleries with our early learning instructors, and join them in creative play-based activities, and social interaction in a classroom setting. Meet other parents, caregivers, and children and engage your child in interactive learning for life. Details at www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/romkids-junior.
Saturdays and Sundays in November
Parks Canada Guided Outings and Events in Rouge Park
9:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2 p.m.: An urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. Learn about the Park’s nature, wildlife and trail skills with our friendly and fun volunteer leaders. There’s something for everyone. Details at www.rougepark.com.
Saturdays and Sundays Until November 26
Curious George and the Golden Meatbal
Join Curious George in this brand new musical that will take the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which George learns about Rome, meatballs and the “secret ingredient” in cooking. Presented at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Tickets and show times at tickets.ticketwise.com/event/curious-george.
Wednesdays November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Parks Canada Guided Outings and Events in Rouge Park
9:30 a.m.: An urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. Learn about the Park’s nature, wildlife and trail skills with our friendly and fun volunteer leaders. There’s something for everyone. Details at www.rougepark.com.
Until December 23
Toronto Christmas Market
This landmark event returns to the Distillery Historic District. This year’s festival will feature a diverse lineup of entertainment, multiple interactive installations and Santa and his elves. Details and tickets at www.torontochristmasmarket.com.
Saturday November 18 to 23
Christmas in the Village
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends: Visit Black Creek Pioneer Village and enjoy Victorian Christmas traditions and activities including festive daytime programming on weekends. Regular admission rates apply. More information at www.blackcreek.ca.
Parent and Tot – Big and Small (ages 2-4)
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Parents will take part in this interactive learning experience helping their child discover and learn about the natural world and its beauty. Program will consist of educational playtime, craft(s), activities, songs/poems and a short animal encounter at the Toronto Zoo. COST: (for one adult and one child of program age from the same family) $18 Member, $20 Non-Member per session. Program fee applies to one child and one adult. Additional adults are welcome to attend; general admission for the additional adults will apply at the front gate. Only those pre-registered for the program may attend. Details at www.torontozoo.com/Events.
Sunday November 19
Toronto Santa Claus Parade
12:30 p.m.: The 113th annual parade starts at Christie Pits, heading east on Bloor before turning south on University, east on Front Street and ending at the St. Laurence Market. The parade takes 2.5 hours, arrive early to find a good spot and dress accordingly. For more details visit thesantaclausparade.com.
Thursday to Saturday November 23 – 25
BOOKEnds Used Bookstore Christmas Sale
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: This used book sale at Toronto Reference Library (Beeton Hall), 789 Yonge Street includes Cookbooks, Fiction, Non-fiction, Used Magazines, Children Books, Previously viewed DVDs & DVD sets and Previously Played CDs and Records. All proceeds benefit library programs. Call or email for more information: (416) 397-5948 email@example.com
Friday November 24
Astronomy Night “A Night with the Stars!”
Visit Kortright Centre for Conservation and learn about the night sky through an engaging presentation delivered by an astronomer including history, mythology and how to identify star constellations overhead at this family friendly event. Adults $12; children and seniors $6. More information at www.kortright.org.
Friday to Sunday November 24-26
The Red Door to Santa
1 – 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Sunday: This pop-up experience gives kids a face-to-face chat with Santa, live from his workshop in the North Pole, and see the inner workings of his illusive workshop is a unique opportunity. Visit 752 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, one block east of Pape Subway Station.
November 24 to December 31
A Christmas Carol
Ross Petty Productions presents the annual Ross Petty Holiday Musical, “A Christmas Carol The Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose”. The world-premier of this brand-new title will be on stage at Elgin Theatre and is sure to delight with its hilarity. For info and tickets visit rosspetty.com.
Saturday November 25
Brain Candy Live
7:30 p.m.: This live one-of-a kind interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience starring Adam Savage and Michael Steven comes to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts stage for one night only. Tickets at www.sonycentre.ca.
2 p.m.: When a husband sneaks into a garden for his wife he makes a promise to a witch. Will his promise be kept and his daughter doomed to live in a tower or will a prince come along and save her from her fate? For children 5 and up. Presented at Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Ave. Details at https://www.facebook.com/gallitheatertoronto.
The Secret to Clara’s Calm Picture Book Launch Party!
11 to 11:30 a.m.: Visit Another Story Bookshop 315 Roncesvalles Ave. Toronto and join Tamara Levitt as she celebrates the release of her newest children’s book, The Secret to Clara’s Calm! It’s a quirky tale of a tempestuous girl who finds her inner calm through the art of meditation. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Join Downtown Yonge BIA at Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of fun for kids of all ages, meet Paw Patrol’s Chase & Skye and the gang from PJ Masks, watch the stage shows and much more! For updates, visit http://www.downtownyonge.com/kidzfest/ or @DowntownYonge.
Saturday and Sunday November 25, 26
Christmas in the Village
2 to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: Streetsville’s second annual Christmas in the Village festival includes food, drink, children’s craft tent, vendors, horse and carriage rides, pictures with Santa and more. Details at www.streetsvillechristmasinthevillage.com.
Swedish Christmas Fair
Featuring all things Swedish, the site lights up with a Christmas tree, a celebration of Pippi Longstocking and a traditional Lucia Pageant. Skate along to the ABBA-a-thon on the Natrel Rink and check off your gift list at the winter market with traditional Swedish fare, handmade crafts, unique decor, tasty Swedish delicacies and more! For more information visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
Sunday November 26
Family Funday: Very Merry
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Visit the ROM for a luminous launch of the holiday season. Music and good cheer will fill the air as we celebrate family and festive winter traditions. Make Some Noise! Enjoy the sweet harmonies of My Pop Choir, a talented group of community-based choirs. Visit www.rom.on.ca for more info.
Tea & Talk: Victorian Christmas Traditions
1 to 3 p.m.: Visit Oshawa Museum in the Verna Conant Gallery at Guy House for this event. Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for members of the Oshawa Historical Society. Purchase tickets by phone at 905-436-7624 ext. 106 or online at Eventbrite.ca. Details at oshawamuseum.org.
Saturdays and Sundays November 25 to December 17
Santa Trains at York Durham Heritage Railway
11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.: Santa will join the train rides, providing on-board entertainment and a visit with each child at their seat. Gift bags for all children. Tickets at www.ydhr.ca.
November 28 to December 15
Various show times: Three friends compete for attention before the lightning-fast world of social media triggers an avalanche of controversy in this production at the YPT Studio. Run time: 50 mins. Ages 12 and up. Tickets and showtimes at www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca.
December – February
DJ Skate Nights
Hit the ice at Harbourfront Centre for these fun nights. Details at harbourfrontcentre.com.
Christmas at Casa Loma
Toronto’s majestic castle is a sight to behold during the festive season. Find more details at casaloma.ca.
Month of December
Christmas Flower Show
Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory are decorated and filled with thousands of flowering plants and more than 30 varieties of poinsettia and several topiary masterpieces inspired by the holiday season and created entirely of plant material. Details at Toronto.ca.
Until December 15
Various show times: Three friends compete for attention before the lightning-fast world of social media triggers an avalanche of controversy in this production at the YPT Studio. Run time: 50 mins. Ages 12 and up. Tickets and showtimes at www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca..
Until December 18
‘Tis the Season Children’s Art Show and Community Open House
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Experience the wonder of the season at Assembly Hall. Vote for your favourite artworks created by students from local schools, while enjoying diverse family friendly activities and displays and a visit from Santa! Bring a donation of new hats, scarves, gloves or socks in support of local charities. Light refreshments served. Everyone is welcome. Email email@example.com or call (416) 338-7255 for more information.
Friday December 1
ROMKids Day: December
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Drop the kids off at ROM Camp for a Call of the Wild-themed day. Learn about creatures through art and stories at the ROM. Register at rom.on.ca.
Friday and Saturday December 1, 2
Home Alone in Concert
2 and 7:30 p.m.: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra delivers John Williams’s delightful score—with the participation of the Etobicoke School of the Arts Concert Choir—live with the classic film on the big screen at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets at tso.ca.
December 1-3, 6 & 7-10
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Various show times: This new musical honours L. Frank Baum’s original vision, with homage to the legendary Broadway musical, the famous MGM film and more modern adaptations at the Zion Cultural Centre in North York. Tickets at www.musictheatretoronto.com.
December 1 – 3, 7 – 10 & 14 – 16
It’s a Wonderful Life
Various show times: Scarborough Players presents this faithful stage adaptation of the quintessential holiday film treasured by generations at Scarborough Village Theatre. Tickets and show times at theatrescarborough.com.
Friday December 1 to 23
Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square
Part Christmas market and part carnival, you can shop for unique gifts, ride a carousel, go for a skate or enjoy a festive cocktail at the ice bar at Nathan Phillips Square. Find more details at fairinthesquare.ca.
Friday to Sunday December 1 to 3
Magical Christmas Forest
5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday: Visit Kortright Centre to experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Horse drawn wagon rides and meet Santa in his cabin. $25/adults; $18/children. Advanced registration at kortright.org.
Weekends in December
Visit Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto and participate in a creative challenge, a scavenger hunt and design your own addition for the winter landscape. For more information visit legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.
Weekend Family Fun
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; 12 to 4 p.m. Sundays: Spend a weekend afternoon at Bata Shoe Museum, where parents and kids can spend time together exploring the galleries and having both a fun and educational experience. Details at batashoemuseum.ca.
Weekends in December, December 27 – 31 & January 2 – 7
Christmas in the Valley
12 to 4 p.m.: 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 Preserve. Details at Toronto.ca.
Saturday December 2
Cocoa and Cookies with Santa
1 to 3 p.m.: Drop in to the Elman W. Campbell Museum in Newmarket for cocoa, cookies and a visit with Santa, including photo. Free admission with food donation. More information at Newmarket.ca./museum.
The Cook’s Apprentice
1 to 3:30 p.m.: Kids aged 8 to 12 years old learn to bake traditional cakes, biscuits and confections in the officers’ historic kitchen at Fort York. $30 per child. Call 416-392-6907 to register.
Annual Lamplight Tour
6 to 8 p.m.: Visitors young and old can tour through the Oshawa Museum’s homes, which are decorated to reflect a Victorian Christmas. Details at oshawamuseum.org.
5 to 7 p.m.: Visit St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church for family dinner,crafts, stories and worship – and making an Advent wreath. $20 per family for dinner and wreath. All welcome. Details at stcuthbertsleaside.com.
Saturdays Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 31
Outings and Events in Rouge Park
9:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m.: Enjoy an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. Details at pc.gc.ca.
December 2 to February 24 2018
Building Toronto: Stories of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. This exhibit explores urban development and the civic engagement of its population. Discover how our city’s first planned neighbourhood served as the building blocks for Toronto’s commercial, cultural, social, and political history. Details at Toronto.ca.
Sunday December 3
Holiday Baking Bonanza
1 to 4 p.m.: Kids aged 6 to 12 bake holiday treats using traditional methods in the woodstove and at the hearth at Scarborough Museum and take home a recipe booklet and selection of goodies. $25. Register at efun.toronto.ca/ with code 3018841.
Sundays December 3, 10 & 17
Storytime with Santa
10 to 11 a.m.: Spend a festive morning at Black Creek Pioneer Village with Santa and his helpers. Details at blackcreek.ca.
Sunday Christmas Dinners
1 and 4 p.m.: Enjoy a traditional three-course Christmas dinner at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Advance reservations are required at blackcreek.ca.
Tuesday to Thursday December 5-7
Best of Tchaikovsky
8 p.m.: Guest conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson leads the TSO in masterpieces beyond The Nutcracker at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets at tso.ca.
Wednesdays Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27
Outings and Events in Rouge Park
9:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m.: Enjoy an urban wilderness adventure in Rouge Park. Details at pc.gc.ca.
December 6 to 23
Magical Christmas Forest
5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday; 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday: Visit Kortright Centre and experience a winter wonderland filled with crafts, activities and treats for the entire family. Horse drawn wagon rides and meet Santa in his cabin. Advance registration at kortright.org.
Thursday December 7 to 24
A Christmas Carol
Various show times: Soulpepper’s beloved production of A Christmas Carol has become a Toronto holiday tradition. Recommended for ages 8 plus. Tickets at soulpepper.ca.
Friday December 8
Wintersong – Dances for a Sacred Season
8 p.m.: Wintersong’s 30th anniversary warms the heart with a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance inspired by solstice traditions at Fleck Dance Theatre. Tickets are available at harbourfrontcentre.com.
Friday December 8 to 31
Various show times: Pirates, lost boys and a ticking crocodile take to Soulpepper’s stage in this lively musical. Recommended for ages 3 plus. Tickets at soulpepper.ca.
December 8-10, 15-17 & 21 – 24
The Christmas Story
4:30 p.m. matinees; 7:30 p.m. evening shows: The Christmas Story is presented at the Church of the Holy Trinity (Anglican) located on the west side of Toronto Eaton Centre. Tickets at theschristmasstory.ca.
Saturday December 9
9: 30 to 11:30 a.m.: Children aged 8 to 12 will have fun making homemade cookies and discovering Victorian Christmas traditions and games at Colborne Lodge and go home with their own tin of gingerbread. $22.50. Preregister at efun.toronto.ca using code 3023393.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Imagine yourself transported back in time to the early 19th century, where the local winter market was one of the social and shopping highlights of the year. Fort York celebrates the legacy of the Frost Fair in 19th Century England with a market, music, and food. Details at Toronto.ca.
Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
1 to 4:30 p.m.: Start your adventure by decorating gingerbread cookies baked by Gibson House Museum staff. Then, take a tour of the museum with costumed interpreters. Details at Toronto.ca.
Gingerbread House Workshop
Various times: Decorate your family’s dream house all together. All the supplies you need to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided at Montgomery’s Inn. Details at Toronto.ca.
Saturdays December 9, 16 & 23
Christmas by Lamplight
6 to 9:30 p.m.: See Black Creek Pioneer Village at night by the glow of candlelight and historic lamps. Live music, holiday food and activities. Choose from Lamplight Program or Lamplight Program with Dinner. Advance reservations required at blackcreek.ca.
Sunday December 10
Christmas at the Lodge
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Kids aged 5 to 7 join in old fashioned Christmas fun in the Colbourne Lodge historic home with a morning full of activities, cookie decorating and crafts. Details at Toronto.ca.
3 p.m.: Guest conductor David Amado leads the combined forces of the Resonance Youth Choir and Tha Spot Holiday Dancers as the TSO performs Howard Blake’s beautiful score to the award-winning animated film at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets at tso.ca.
December 12, 13
Canadian Brass Christmas
2 and 8 p.m.: The famously dazzling brass quintet and the Etobicoke School of the Arts Concert Choir join the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets at tso.ca.
Thursday, December 14
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” with new and familiar songs and lots of Christmas cheer. Presented at The Kingsway Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Tickets: $5 per person. Advance sales only at kingswayconservatory.ca.
December 15 to 17
A Very Soulpepper Christmas
Various show times: This family concert celebrates the sounds of the season from around the globe. Playing at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Tickets at soulpepper.ca.
Saturday December 16
2 p.m.: The traditional tale of Snow White is presented at Roncesvalles United Church. Recommended age: 3 years and older. Details at facebook.com/gallitheatertoronto.
Holiday Greenery Workshop – Families
10 a.m.: Start your Christmas preparations by creating your very own Christmas centerpiece at Colbourne Lodge using nature’s bounty. Two hour workshop for families. Call 416-392-6916 for advanced tickets, which are required.
Sunday December 17
40th Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids
12 to 4 p.m.: Hit the ice with the 40th Toronto Maple Leafs at MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in support of Ontario’s kids living with physical disabilities. Details and tickets at eastersealsskate.org.
Holiday Crafts at Bata Shoe Museum
Drop-in until 4 p.m.: Kids can decorate a cookie, make a special craft, play I-Spy in the galleries and try on some funky shoes, perfect for the holiday family picture! Included with museum admission. Recommended for ages 3-12. Find details at www.batashoemuseum.ca.
The Goodtimes 13th Annual Christmas Show
2 p.m.: The Goodtimes bring their brand of rockin’ Christmas cheer to Revival Bar, teaming up with special musical guests and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Zany Yuletide fun for adults and kids alike. Details at thegoodtimes.ca.
Victorian Ghost Stories
2:15 and 4:15 p.m.: Victorians loved their ghost stories – even at Christmas time. Visit Mackenzie House and sample a few scary Christmas tales along with some cider warmed on the cook stove. Details at Toronto.ca.
Monday December 18
Carols with Friends
7 p.m.: Visit St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church for this neighbourhood tradition. Carol singing followed by mulled cider and cookies. Free. Donations of non-perishable food for the Flemingdon Park Community Food Bank gratefully received. All welcome. Details at stcuthbertsleaside.com.
Various times: Four brilliant Canadian soloists aise their voices with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir led by guest conductor Matthew Halls for a thrilling musical experience at Roy Thomson Hall. Tickets at tso.ca.
December 22 to 31
Pinocchio: A Merry Magical Pantomime
Various show times: This holiday treat for the whole family is packed with action and zingers, as well as some magical surprises. Catch it on stage at the Royal Canadian Legion #001/042 at Coxwell Avenue at Gerrard Street East. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com.
Friday December 22 – January 1
Disney on Ice – Reach For The Stars
Various show times: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza at the Rogers Centre. Tickets and show times at ticketmaster.ca.
December 26 to January 7
ROM for the Holidays
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 5:30 p.m. Sundays): The ROM is turned into a fun-filled winter wonderland for families with extended hours and themed activities. Details at rom.on.ca.
December 27 to 29 & January 2 to 5
Family Winter Break Activities
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Explore arts and crafts that are out of this world at PAMA. Take a seven day journey around the galaxy and learn about a new planet daily and how they relate to our home right here in Peel. Details at pama.peelregion.ca.
Gingerbread Make and Take
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: While you enjoy a tour of Fort York your kids (aged 4 and up) can join the cooks in the Officers’ Mess kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookie using an 1800s gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home. Sign up at the Museum Store. Details at Toronto.ca.
12 to 4 p.m. weekdays; 12 to 5 p.m. weekends: Bring the family to visit Mackenzie House and enjoy some kid time printing in the recreated printshop and making a New Year’s noisemaker. Details at Toronto.ca.
Friday and Saturday December 29, 30
7 to 9 p.m.: Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight. Musicians Gin Lane will perform at Mackenzie House. Details at Toronto.ca.
Friday December 29
Jurassic Park in Concert
7:30 to 10:30 p.m.: Motion Picture Symphony Orchestra presents this ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams’ magnificent score live to picture at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets at sonycentre.ca.