New York gets all the credit in the movies and on television as the ultimate Christmas city. Well, we Toronto residents know the real truth – that we have New York beat. Not only is Canada home to Santa’s workshop way up north, we also boast the best big city in which to celebrate the Christmas season. Here are some of our favourite must-see Christmas sights in Toronto:
Nathan Phillips Square
Located at the heart of downtown Toronto, the seat of the city’s government is also the centre of holiday action in our nation’s biggest city. Nathan Phillips Square is illuminated with the holiday spirit, and it’s the perfect place to introduce kids to the magic of Christmas or even share a romantic night with a date. The large Christmas tree shines bright, and the outdoor skating rink is a great place to observe the special combination of shining Christmas lights and glowing office towers at night.
This trendy shopping district is a perfect place to enjoy an evening stroll, looking at the beautiful Christmas lights and impressive window displays and artwork while sipping a hot chocolate or warm cider from one of the great vendors in the neighbourhood. Bloor-Yorkville is a great place to pick up Christmas gifts for friends and family, or just enjoy some holiday magic as you see the trees glow with seasonal colours.
Presented by the National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre, The Nutcracker is a must-see event for all Canadians and Christmas lovers. Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas story set in Imperial Russia is so elegantly performed by Canada’s best ballerinas and ballet dancers, your jaw will drop just like a nutcracker. With iconic music, a timeless story, and gorgeous choreography, The Nutcracker will get any Torontonian into the holiday spirit.
Toronto Christmas Market
The Distillery District is host to this annual holiday street market that features some of the best and most creative vendors in Canada. It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique and memorable Christmas gift while enjoying great entertainment, food, and cider and beer in the beer gardens. The kids will love shopping here, with a life-sized gingerbread house, carousel, and visits from Santa and his reindeer. You can get a taste of European Christmas tradition without leaving Toronto.
These are just some of the incredible events and sights that offer a hint of holiday magic to Toronto residents and visitors during the most festive time of year.