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Celebrate the holiday season in Toronto with lighting displays, parades and other family events, all while you prepare for festive fun at home.

Santa Claus Parades

Santa waves to onlookers
Marilyn Campbell

Most people know about Toronto's huge Santa Claus Parade that travels through the heart of downtown and draws massive crowds. But we also have three other community parades in the city, plus there are many parades hosted by cities and towns throughout the Greater Toronto Area. So whether you want the excitement of the large floats and even larger crowds or would prefer a more low-key and personal affair, you can find a parade to suit your family.

Pantomimes and Other Holiday Stage Shows

The Wizard of Oz, Ross Petty Productions
A British tradition, holiday pantomimes are highly-interactive musical comedies which put a rambunctious spin on a well-known children's story. There are several annual Toronto pantomimes to choose from, ranging from large professional productions full of celebrities to volunteer-run community shows.

Christmas Craft Shows

Looking for unique, handcrafted gifts or decorations? While the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale is the most well-known, there are a number of Christmas Craft Shows around the city in late November and early December featuring the work of Canadian and local artisans and craftspeople.

Holiday Hours at the Malls

All of the malls are eager to help you get your Christmas shopping done, so you'll find they have extended hours during the holiday season, most beginning right at the start of December. Check this quick list of extended mall hours to find the shopping opportunities that will work for you.

Want a Real Christmas Tree This Year?

Although they're not for everyone, a carefully chosen and well cared for real tree is an important part of Christmas for many families. You can pick one out at a tree lot, or make an afternoon of heading out to one of the many cut-your-own tree farms near Toronto.

Take-Out Turkey Dinners

Do you want to have a big, home-cooked Christmas dinner... without all that cooking? There are several places in Toronto where you can order a whole Christmas (or Thanksgiving) dinner that will be ready for pick-up. Just remember to get your order in early!

More December Events

A lit tree in the St. Lawerence neighbourhood
Marilyn Campbell
Check the December events calendar for even more seasonal happenings this holiday season.
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