101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Toronto - 2022 | Kids Out and About Toronto

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in Toronto - 2022

KidsOutAndAbout is the GTA's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families!  The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many of the local options require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 12 - Dec 24, 2022 Photos with Santa - Winter Festival of Lights
Nov 12 - Dec 24, 2022 Visit Santa - Scarborough Town Centre
Nov 18 - Dec 23, 2022 (select dates) Pictures with Santa - Canada's Wonderland Winterfest
Nov 19, 2022 28th Nightime Santa Claus Parade - Brampton
Nov 19, 2022 Santa Claus Parade - Oakville
Nov 19, 2022 Santa Claus Parade - Town Of Newmarket
Nov 19 - Dec 24, 2022 Visit with Santa - CF Sherway Gardens
Nov 19 - Dec 24, 2022 Photos with Santa - Dufferin Mall
Nov 20, 2022 Oringinal Santa Claus Parade - Toronto
Nov 24 - Dec 28, 2022 Country Bright - Country Heritage Park
Nov 25, 2022 Family Holiday Photos with Santa - Bradley Museum
Nov 25 - Dec 23, 2022 (select dates)  Visit Santa - Brooks Farms
Nov 25 - Dec 22, 2022 Christmas at the Farm - Downey's Market
Nov 26, 2022 Santa Under the Stars Parade - Aurora
Nov 26,  2022 Markham Santa Parade - Main Street Markham
Nov 26, 2022 Santa's Spectacle of Lights - Town of Ajax
Nov 26- Dec 18, 2022 (select dates) Santa Express Train Ride - York-Durham Heritage Railway
Dec 3, 10, 17, 18, 19, 2022 Santa Meet & Greet - Queen Victoria Place 
Dec 3, 2022 Whitby Santa Claus Parade - Town of Whitby 
Dec 3, 2022 Breakfast with Santa & The Mayor - Event Centre Lasalle
Dec 3-18, 2022 (select dates) Santa at the Village - Black Creek Pioneer Village
Dec 4, 2022 Santa Claus Parade- Downtown Burlington 
Dec 11, 2022 World's Biggest Christmas Party - Variety Village
Dec 11, 2022 Santa's Workshop & Holiday Tour - Toronto Zoo
Dec 19, 2022 Santa's Parade of Lights - Oshawa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Time Christmas

 
Nov 17 - Dec 23, 2022 Magical Christmas Forest - Kortright Centre for Conservation
Nov 25, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023 3rd Annual Window Wonderland - The Junction
Nov 26,27, Dec 3,4, 2022 A Storybook Christmas - Pickering Museum Village
Dec 2, 2022 - Jan 2, 2023 Christmas at the Castle - Casa Loma 
Dec 3, 2022 A Main Street Christmas - Schomberg Village Association
Dec 3,10,17, 2022 Festive Nights- Black Creek Pioneer Village
Dec 18, 2022 Evergreen's Winter Market - Evergreen Brick Works
Dec 18, 2022 Christmas at the Roundhouse - Toronto Railway Museum
Dec 24, 2022 Christmas Eve Candleight Service - Cornerstone Centre

 

Light Displays

Nov 12, 2022 - Feb 20, 2023 Winter Festival of Lights - Niagra Falls, Ontario
Nov 17 - Dec 2022 (select dates) Christmas Light Show - Canada's Wonderland Winterfest
Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2022 Terra Lumina - Toronto Zoo
Nov 18, 2022 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration - CF Sherway Gardens
Nov 23, 2022 Festival of Trees - The Family Lobby at BPAC 
Nov 25 - 27, 2022 Winter Nights, City Lights - City of Pickering
Nov 25, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023 Holiday Lights Heritage Nights - LaSalle Civic Centre
Nov 25, 2022 Festival of Lights - Main Street Markham
Nov 25 - Jan 7, 2023 Holiday Nights of Lights - Vaughan, ON
Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2022 Fairway of Lights - Angus Glen
Nov 25, 2021 - Jan 8, 2023 Burlington Festival of Lights - Spencer Smith Park
Nov 26, 2022 Light Up the Square -  Mississagua Celebration Square
Nov 26, 2021 - Jan 7, 2023 Cavalcade of Lights - Nathan Philips Square
Nov 28 - Dec 28, 2022 Twinkle After Dark - Country Heritage Park
Dec 2 - 11, 2022 Mississauga Festival of Trees - Small Arms Inspection Building
Dec 3, 2022 Farmers' Parade of Lights - Main Street Schomberg
Dec 3, 2022 28th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Market - Westwood Park, Oakville

 

Living Nativities

Dec 1, 2022 - Jan 7, 2023 The Christmas Story - The Church of the Holy Trinity (online & on-demand)
Dec 3, 2022 Live Nativity Walk-Thru - Amberlea Presbyterian Church
Dec 20, 2022 Bethleham Express: The Nativity on Rails - York - Durham Heritage Railway

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 17 - 19, 2022 Home for Christmas - West End Studio Theatre
Nov 25 - 27, 2022 The Nutcracker - Oakville Centre, AEG Liebherr Auditorium
Nov 27, 2022 O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy - BPAC
Dec 2, 2022 State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine: The Nutcraker - BPAC
Dec 2, 2022 O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy - Living Arts Centre
Dec 2 - 23, 2022 Holiday Performances Holiday Fair - Nathan Phillips Square Virtual Event
Dec 2 - 17, 2022 (select dates) The Christmas Spirit - Scarborough Theatre Guild
Dec 4, 2022 The Nutcracker - LAC Hammerson Hall 
Dec 6, 2022 Merry and Bright - Oakville Centre, AEG Liebherr Auditorium
Dec 8, 9, 2022 Let it Snow - Oakville Centre, AEG Liebherr Auditorium
Dec 9 - 23, 2022 A Christmas Carol - Campbell House Museum
Dec 17-18, 2022 WonderPhil Christmas Magic Show - Wychwood Theatre
Dec 20, 2022 Bethlehem Express The Nativity on Rails - York-Durham Heritage Railway

 

Holiday Concerts

Dec 1, 2022 Paquette Productions presents: A Christmas Spectacular - BPAC Main Theatre
Dec 3, 2022 Holiday Stories - Living Arts Centre
Dec 3, 2022 St. Michael's Choir School Annual Christmas Concert - Massey Hall
Dec 4, 2022 The Jimmy Stahl Big Band: ASwingin' Big Band Christmas - BPAC Main Theatre
Dec 6 - 8, 2022  TSO Holiday Pops - Roy Thomson Hall
Dec 7, 2022 Southern Ontario Lyric Opera: Home for the Holidays - BPAC Main Theatre
Dec 9, 2022 THE BARRA MacNeils - An East Coast Christmas -BPAC Main Theatre
Dec 9,10, 2022 Elf in Concert - Roy Thomson Hall
Dec 10, 2022 Merry Notown Christmas Special -BPAC Main Theatre
Dec 10 - 31, 2022 The Nutcracker - National Ballet of Canada
Dec 11, 2022 Burlington Symphony Orchestra: A Christmas Spectacular - BPAC Main Theatre
Dec 11, 2022 Family Holiday Concert Oakville Symphony - Oakville Centre
Dec 11, 2022 The Gifts of Christmas - Living Arts Centre
Dec 12, 13, 2022 Christmas Sing-A-Long Caberet - Scarborough Music Theatre
Dec 14, 2022 Burlington Teen Tour Band with Junior Red Coats - BPAC Main Theatre
Dec 16, 2022 TVB Productions: Elvis' World of Christmas - BPAC Main Theatre
Dec 17, 2022 Toronto International Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker - Meridian Hall
Dec 17, 2022 Natalie MacMASTER: A Celtic Family Christmas - BPAC Main Theatre
Dec 17, 2022 MSO:Merry Little Christmas - Living Arts Centre
Dec 17 - 21, 2022 Messiah - Roy Thomson Hall
Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2022 (select dates) Holiday Music & Live Shows - Canada's Wonderland Winterfest
Dec 22, 23, 2022 Classic Albums Live: Lennon and the Beatles Christmas - Oakville Centre

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Open Nov 19, 2022 Pick Your Own Tree - Hockley Valley Farm
Open Nov 25, 2022 Pick Your Own Tree - Clembrook Christmas Tree Farm
Open Nov 26 - Dec 11, 2022 Pick Your Own Tree - Horton's Home Farm
Open Nov 26 - Dec 11, 2022 Pick Your Own Tree - Horton's Magic Hil Tree Farm 
Dec 2022 - select dates Pick Your Own Tree - Albion Orchards 

 

Ice Skating

Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2022 (select dates) Snow Flake Lake Ice Skating - Canada's Wonderland Winterfest
Sept 2022 - March 2023 (select dates) Public Skating - Ajax Community Centre
Nov 26, 2022 - March 19, 2023 Public Skate - Alexandra Park 
Nov 26 -March 19, 2023 Public Skate - Christie Pits Park 
Dec 17, 2022 - March 5, 2023 Outdoor Skating Rink - Evergreen Brick Works 

 

Hanukkah

Dec 18 - 22, 2022 Public Menorah Lighting - Mel Lastman Square
Dec 18 - 26, 2022 Hanukkah Wonderland - Jewish Russian Community Center of Ontario
Dec 19, 2022 Public Menorah Lighting - Mel Lastman Square
Dec 19, 2022 Menorah Lighting Ceremony - Aurora Town Hall
Dec 20, 2022 Hanukkah Fireworks Celebration - Chabad Flamingo

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 19, 2022 Holiday Artisian Market - Twist Gallery
Nov 19, 20 2022 Holiday Marketplace - Toronto Zoo
Nov 25, 2022 Holiday Artisan Market - Main Street Markham
Nov 25, 2022 Mississauga's Holiday Night Market - Vic Johnston Community Centre 
Nov 25, 2022 Toronto Botanical Garden Holiday Market - Toronto Botanical Garden
Nov 26, 2022 Christmas Fun Fair & Market - Cornerstone Market
Nov 26, 2022 Queen West Holiday Market - Queen St. West
Nov 26, 27, 2022 Album Studios Holiday Market - Album Studio Rentals
Nov 27, 2022 Richmond Street Holiday Market - West Toronto
Dec 2,4,9,11, 2022 Aurora's Christmas Market - Town of Aurora
Dec 3, 2022 Schomberg Christmas Market - Schomberg Community Hall on Main St.
Dec 3, 2022 2022 Christmas Market - Beach United Church
Dec 18-19, 2022 16th Annual Leslieville Wanderlust Tree Lighting Ceremony - Leslie Grove Park

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2022 Ajax Family New Year’s Eve Party - Ajax Community Centre
Dec 31, 2022 Lasalle NYE Drive-In Fireworks - Vollmer Complex 
Dec 31, 2022 Family First Night - Aurora Family Leisure Complex
Dec 31, 2022 Countdown to 2023 - Celebration Square 

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 26 - Dec 4, 2022 A Storybook Christmas - Pickering Museum Village
Dec 1 - 4, 2022 Winter Wonderland - Parent & Tot - The Toronto Zoo

 

 

 


Below are items that have been posted to our calendar... many of the events are virtual/online only, and some of those originate in the U.S.

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