The best holiday events in Toronto

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The holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year when you live at Via123 Apartments in North York. The Toronto area is especially magical this time of year, and if you need any help getting into the holiday spirit, you’ll have plenty of events to choose from to help.


But this beautiful season is short, and you’ll only have so much time to enjoy all the festivities. But if you can help it, try to make it to as many of these seven holiday events in Toronto as you can. They’re spectacular.


Toronto Christmas Market

The Toronto Christmas Market takes over the Distillery Historic District every year, and it’s one of the most incredible things you’ll ever see. This five week long event celebrates the sounds, sights and scents of Christmas.


You’ll find crafts, musicians and artisanal food makers amidst the beautiful lights and decor, and you can sip mulled wine as you browse for gifts or watch the carollers. This year’s market dates are November 16 to December 23. Admission is free during the week and just $6 on weekends.


Swedish Christmas Market

On November 25 and 26, the annual Swedish holiday extravaganza returns to Harbourfront Centre. You’ll find all kinds of family-friendly activities that will help you get into the holiday spirit, not to mention the excellent holiday shopping. Children kick off the event by singing carols at the Lucia Pageant.


Christmas at Casa Loma

Canada’s most majestic castle, Casa Loma, always takes you back in time. And during the holiday season, it will fill you with the Christmas spirit. Decked out in lights and seasonal decor, it’s a sight you won’t want to miss. Walk by as many times as you’d like and take it all in.


A Christmas Carol

What would the most wonderful time of the year be without catching a performance of this classic? Catch the family musical A Christmas Carol at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre from November 24 until New Year’s Eve.


Don’t be a Scrooge: Tickets to the show cost as little as $27.


The Nutcracker

The National Ballet of Canada is putting on a performance of The Nutcracker from December 9 – December 30, and you won’t want to miss it. Come visit the classic story of Christmas in Imperial Russia, rat kings and sugar plum fairies. It’s a holiday tradition.


Tickets to The Nutcracker range from $39 – $180.


Cavalcade of Lights

The illumination of Toronto’s most famous Christmas tree in Nathan Phillips Square kicks off the official holiday season for many. Featuring performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, an amazing fireworks show and even an outdoor skating party, you can celebrate the season under the glow of over half a million lights.


The kick-off event for this holiday magic is November 25, but even if you miss it, you can go check out the lights for a month after.


Christmas Displays at the Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory

On the first Sunday in December, each of these two beautiful conservatories is decorated and filled with thousands of flowering plants including over 30 types of poinsettias. The show’s grand opening on December 3 features horse and wagon rides, carollers, hot apple ciders and a visit from Santa. The displays will be up until mid-January, and on several weekends in December, you can enjoy the conservatories by candlelight.


Once you’re full of holiday cheer, you can retreat to the peaceful North York neighborhood of Toronto and decorate your apartment at Via123. Thinking about moving in? We hope so. Schedule your tour today and come take a look around.


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