Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto, GTA and Niagara Falls

There is nothing like Chrismas time in Toronto! If you looking for Family-Friendly Christmas events in Toronto to do this year with your kids you came to the right place.

There are many Family Friendly Christmas events in Toronto, most of them for free. Get into the festive spirit this Christmas and enjoy this wonderful time with your family.

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto

1.  Toronto Christmas Market

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto
Screen Shot from Toronto Christmas Market website

Visitors to the Toronto Christmas Market will be immersed in a unique atmosphere that brings out the best and most unique craftspeople, artists and artisans, together with an international roster of world-class vendors.

When?  Thursday, November 15 – Sunday, December 23, 2018 (not open on Mondays)

Where? Toronto Distillery Historic District

Admission: Free of charge on weekdays until Friday at 5 pm.
$6.00 admission fee on weekends, starting at 5 pm on Fridays. Children under 2 are FREE.

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2. Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square

Whether you’re looking for that unique, perfect gift, taking the family for an afternoon of skating and festive fun, stopping by for some lunch and shopping, or enjoying a romantic evening drink at the ice bar, Holiday Fair in the Square has something for everyone.

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto
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When?   December 1st to 23rd-Closed Mondays.

Tuesday to Friday, 4-10. Saturday & Sunday, 12-10.
Open from 12-10 starting December 19th. Closing at 6:00 pm on December 23rd.

Where? Nathan Phillips Square

Admission: Free

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3.  The Santa Claus Parade- Toronto

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto
Screen Shot from The Santa Claus Parade website

The Santa Claus Parade has been spreading joy for over 100 years and has been made possible through the help of thousands of volunteers and sponsors since the first parade in 1913.
Get ready for a cold weather- pack lots of layers. Fill a backpack with gloves, scarves, and hats

When?  Sunday, November 18, 2018, 12:30 PM

Where? Bathurst and Bloor to St.Lawrence Market

Admission: Free

Click here for the Facebook event 

4.  Christmas Parade– Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Screen Shot from Christmas Parade- NOTL Facebook event

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Parade Committee presents one of Ontario’s best Santa Claus Parades.

When?  Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 11 AM – 2 PM

Where? Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S, Canada
Click here for the parade map

Click here for more details from the Facebook event.

5.  The Winter Festival of Lights – Niagara Falls

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The most enchanting of Niagara attractions, The Winter Festival of Lights,  has become a Holiday tradition for over one million visitors from around the globe. The signature 8km long route travels through the beautiful landscapes of the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and surrounding tourist districts to transform the city into a winter wonderland.
The best exhibition is around Dufferin Islands. You are sitting in the car, and watch the lights around you.
If you plan to visit the falls and walk around be prepared with good winter clothes.

When? Nov 3, 2018 – Jan 31, 2019

Where? Along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and Niagara Falls.

Admission: There is no admission fee to view the lights but donations are gratefully accepted by Festival Ambassadors at the exit of Dufferin Islands

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6. Santa Train by York-Durham Heritage railway

Enjoy live entertainment on decorated and heated heritage train. A visit from Santa makes the trip

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto and Niagara Falls
ScreenShot from Santa Train by York-Durham Heritage railway Facebook event

complete. Best of all, Santa will visit each child at their seat. This is a great photo opportunity!
Each child also receives a gift bag upon departing the train. This is a great family holiday experience!

When? 8 Dates · Nov 24 – Dec 16. Each one-hour round-trip train ride departs from Uxbridge at 10 am, 12:30 pm and 3 pm.

WhereYork-Durham Heritage railway. About 45 min drive from Toronto.

Admission: $25 + HST per person or Group of 4 pass: $90 + HST

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Click here for the train schedule on their site

7. Santa Train St. Jacobs

Family holiday outing with Santa,  special arrangements with a community railway in nearby St. Jacobs, and they will be offering a Santa experience this year.

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto and Niagara Falls
Screenshot from santatrain.ca

When? Nov 17- Dec 23

Where? WCR Train Museum Platform, 50 Isabella St., St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada, N0B2N0. About 1.5-hour drive from Toronto.

Admission: $24.99 for 1 ticket
You can use the PROMO CODE “STVIP” (all caps) for a $2.50 discount per ticket.

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8. Toronto Aurora Winter Festival 2018

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Screenshot from Toronto Aurora Winter Festival 2018 Facebook event

Toronto’s Ontario Place, East Island will be transformed into a captivating winter wonderland full of Mystical Worlds, magical characters, exciting attractions, holiday markets, and of course, the man of the hour himself, Santa Claus. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, October 18th at 10 AM

When? Nov 29 at 4 PM – Dec 1 at 10 PM

Where? Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto, Ontario M6K 3B9

Admission: General admission for $19.99, Child (4-12) for $14.99.
Family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) for $59.99

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9. Aurora Christmas Market

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto and Niagara Falls
Screenshot from Aurora Christmas Market Facebook event

Holiday gift giving just got easier!  Aurora’s Christmas Market is a 3-day outdoor event at Aurora Town Hall, and your go-to spot for some amazingly unique, festive, delicious and creative gifts!
Celebrate the magic of Christmas with friends and family. Wander through the market, and enjoy the lights, festive atmosphere, carolling, buskers and so much more.

When?  Nov 30, 6 PM. Dec 1-Dec 2 12 PM

WhereTown of Aurora, 100 John West Way, Aurora, Ontario L4G 6J1

Admission: Free

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10. Evergreen’s Winter Village

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Celebrate the holidays with the return of Evergreen’s Winter Village to the Brick Works!
Play, eat and shop at Evergreen’s Winter Village. Taste delicious treats from food trucks and local vendors, shop unique gifts at our Holiday Market, skate on our newly reopened skating rink and pick up a sustainably grown Christmas tree from the Evergreen Garden Market.

When?  Every weekend in December and the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s. 10 AM- 5 PM.

WhereEvergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3X8

Admission: Free

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11. Story Time With Santa at Upper Canada Mall

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Every Tuesday starting on November 13th to December 11th, Santa will read a new holiday story in the Centre Court. All children will have the opportunity to take home the storybook afterwards from a random draw! Come out and enjoy this special, intimate story time with the Santa himself!

When?
November 13: 10 AM
November 20: 10 AM
November 27: 9 AM
December 4: 9 AM
December 11: 9 AM

WhereUpper Canada Mall, 17600 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 4Z1

Admission: Free

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12. Burlington’s Lakeside Festival of Lights

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto and Niagara Falls
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Burlington’s Lakeside Festival of Lights Facebook event

Come and share your holiday spirits with family and friends while strolling through the 60 magical lighting displays set up at Spencer Smith Park

When? From November 30, 2018, to January 8, 2019. The lights are on daily from 4:30 to 11 pm, with extended hours (all day and night) on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Orthodox Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

WhereSpencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario L7S 1Y2

Admission: Free

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13. Streetsville’s 3rd Annual Christmas in the Village (Mississauga)

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Get ready to rock around the Christmas tree this November! The Streetsville BIA is excited to present the third annual Christmas in the Village festival. Visitors can head down Queen St. S. to check out the many children’s activities, browse through dozens of unique market vendors, enjoy a horse and carriage ride, and take pictures with Santa! Hop aboard the Polar Express Train to ‘chug’ across the event in style!

When? Nov 23, 5 PM.  Nov 24, 11 AM.

Where? Streetsville Village Square, Queen Street South and Main Street, Mississauga, Ontario L5M 1L6

Admission: Free 

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14. Oakville Santa Claus Parade

Family-Friendly Christmas Events in Toronto and Niagara Falls
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Oakville Santa Claus Parade Facebook event

2018 theme: Celebrating 70 Years! This is a rain or shine event coordinated in association with the Town of Oakville.

When? Saturday, November 17, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m.

Where? Downtown Oakville. The route begins in Downtown Oakville at Lakeshore Road East and Reynolds Avenue

Admission: Free 

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For Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide click here
For Grandma’s and Grandpa’s First Christmas Gift Guide click here