This winter festival runs from November 9 to December 30 at Ontario Place and offers dazzling light displays, sculptures, ice skating (with skate rentals on site) and more. A visit to Santa’s workshop, amusement park rides and plenty of food truck treats will make your visit to this magical winter wonderland so festively fun. Aurorawinterfestival.com/toronto
In addition to a picturesque view of the Toronto Islands, Habourfront is a flurry of activities and events all year round. This November kids can participate in the Swedish Christmas Fair, and try their hands at traditional arts and crafts (they’ll even get to take make a Christmas ornament to take home). You can also skate for free on the outdoor Natrel Rink (235 Queens Quay West), or check out many of the nearby weekend festivals. Harbourfrontcentre.com
Be transported back intimeandcelebrateVictorian Christmas, enjoy story time with Santa and take a horse-drawn wagon ride (plus they’ll be tons of Christmas caroling and sampling of holiday treats). Black Creek Pioneer Village offers various weekend pro- grams throughout the season. Blackcreek.ca/calendar
Canada’s Wonderland will be transformed intoa magical winter wonderland this holiday season. With a 70-foot Christmas tree and so many light and decora- tion displays, you’ll be in the Christmas spirit the minute you enter the park. Along with singing, holiday performances, ice skating and a tree lighting ceremony with some of your favourite characters, there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Don’t forget to head to the North Pole Post Office so the elves can help your kids send off their letters to Santa, too! Canadaswonderland.com/play/winterfest
Little ones will be entertained by all the stunning costumes, effects and storyline of Famous People Players Winter Wonderland production running from November 10 to January 5. The well-known Black Light Theatre Company offers both lunch and din- ner performances. With a variety of meal options to go with your theatre expe- rience, the whole family can be happy while watching this mesmerizing performance! Famouspeopleplayers.com
Evergreen Brickworks’s Winter Village is back for another year! Head over to this city favourite for ice skating, delicious food truck snacks, a holiday market, games, roasting s’mores over a fire pit and picking up your sustainably grown Christmas tree. Open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/evergreen-winter-village
Originally published in the Winter 2018 issue. Photo by Tyler Delgado.