The weather is getting colder and the city is coming alive with Christmas markets, plays and festivities. Toronto is a great city to be in to get into the holiday spirit! And, even if your teen is too cool to believe in Santa, they’ll surely be taken by the magic of the season with these three must-see events.

 By Rachel Naud / Photo courtesy of Tourism Toronto Image Gallery


Experience the magic of winter at Evergreen’s Winter Village

Whether your family likes to play in the snow, shop for unique gifts or eat some tasty treats, you can’t go wrong at Evergreen’s Winter Village. Competitive types can challenge their teen to a game of street curling or test their skills at ski biking. Want a more subdued afternoon? Get lost in the beauty of the season while meandering through the on-site nature trails. All that exercise leave you hungry? Indulge in flavourful treats from local food trucks and sample internationally inspired bites like dumplings, arepas and gluten-free baked goods. Don’t forget to grab a toasty beverage from the Sipping Container and roast s’mores over cozy campfires. Have a hard-to-buy for person on your list? Browse unique crafts at the Holiday Etsy Market on Sundays and even pick up your Christmas tree from Evergreen Garden Market.


Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square

There are light displays, and then there are cavalcades. Nathan Phillips Square’s 51st annual kick-off to the holiday season takes place November 25, 2017 and features performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, a spectacular fireworks show and a skating party.


Go and see Elf! Quick!

For an unforgettable evening, head down to The Princess of Wales Theatre and see Elf The Musical. A hilarious story about Buddy the Elf, who, as a young child mistakenly crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts and lives his life as an Elf in the North Pole. When he discovers the truth, he heads to New York City to find his Dad and the family he never had. Two hours of breathtaking performances, stunning backdrops and brilliant costumes goes by in a flash but seeing the musical as family with be a memory that will last forever. But go quick! It’s only in town for one week!