Festivals & Events

5 Spots to Get In the Holiday Spirit in Toronto

Holiday lights, Christmas festivals and all the shopping opportunities you could ask for: Toronto is the perfect spot to get in the spirit of the season this year. Here are five musts for your visit to Ontario’s biggest city.

1. Explore Bloor-Yorkville

Not only is the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood especially beautiful once the holiday lights are on, but it also is one of Ontario’s top shopping destinations. It is the perfect place to make your way through your gift list in a charmingly festive setting.

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2. Yonge-Dundas Square & Downtown Yonge

Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square is a hub for holiday celebrations. Take in the lights display in the square, and enjoy regular free entertainment weekends throughout the season. Even better: you’ll be just across the street from the CF Toronto Eaton Centre and the tallest Christmas tree in Toronto.



3. Queen Street Holiday Windows

It’s a holiday tradition! Each year the Hudson’s Bay Company shop windows  are just the thing to put you in the festive spirit.  This year marks the debut of new displays, and include beautiful Canadian-inspired panoramas.

Hudson's Bay

Hudson's Bay

4. Nathan Phillips Square

With City Hall and the iconic Toronto sign as a backdrop, Nathan Phillips Square is the perfect place to go for a skate in the heart of the city. The square is also home to the stunning Cavalcade of Lights display, and Toronto’s official Christmas Tree.


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5. Toronto Christmas Market

Cobblestone walkways, local and unique handcrafted gifts, and beautiful lights displays throughout, the Distillery District’s old world charm makes the Toronto Christmas Market one of the most stunning holiday celebrations around.

Toronto Christmas Market
Toronto Christmas Market


Want more ideas on how to celebrate the season in Toronto? Get more tips and suggestions from Tourism Toronto here.